We are towards the last leg of lockdown and most of us have cleaned all major corners of the house by now. But did any of you pay attention to your rugs or carpets yet? Rugs and carpets can elevate the look of any home easily and bring in that touch of glamour and grandeur to your home. It is important to keep your carpet clean to avoid any side effects. Well, you still have time to clean them and it is not a tough task.
Carpets should be vacuumed regularly; blot spills should immediately be cleaned with a dry cotton cloth. The best way to maintain them is by keeping them away from moisture, getting it professionally cleaned regularly if stored; one has to keep it in a dry place.
So, we got in touch with an expert Angelique Dhama who shared a few tips and hacks that can ensure that your rugs and carpets are clean and ready to shine for the season.
Wool is a natural dust repellent. A regular vacuum of at least twice a week helps keep the carpet clean. Loop carpets are more delicate and should be vacuumed without brush. In case any thread comes over the surface, do not pull it out. Cut it with a scissor.
In case of drop or spillage in a carpet, put a blotting paper immediately over it which will absorb it quickly. To minimize absorption into the pile, press the spot from the sides for maximum removal. On tough spots, try with an equal amount of white vinegar and water. Club soda is appropriately thinner for coffee stains and red wine; corn-starch for grease; the iron and transfer method for candle wax; otherwise, contact a professional.
Avoid dust, dirt and moisture
Wet carpet leads to mould and mildew growth. Further, wet wool starts rotting with bad odor. Ensure proper aeration of the rug periodically.
If you like to deodorize your carpets, avoid chemical-laden options and make your own with baking soda and a few drops of essential oil.
Keep a few pouches of silica gel in the roll to keep it dry.
For preventive maintenance, the rugs can be protected by putting on a layer of Fabric scotchgard, once in three to six months depending on the usage