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DIY Routine Area Rug Care

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Rugs can make an easy and comfortable accessory for any room, especially taking into account that they come in all shapes, sizes, patterns and colors. It is a great way of bringing everything together in the room and adding a finishing touch to it.

However, in case of any damage, stains or wear, the rug can also ruin the overall look of the room. So in order to avoid that, you should be taking good care of your rugs and following the necessary steps to prolong their lives.

First of all, you should clean your rugs regularly. For most materials, regular vacuuming can do the trick of removing surface dirt and soil. Vacuum your rugs thoroughly once a week and you will be good to go.

Smaller rugs can also be simply shaken to remove surface dust and dirt. Keep in mind that vacuuming will only be helpful to remove pet hair and soil. Any small objects like coins, needles, paper clips and so on, should be picked up by hand, or else you will ruin your vacuum.

Pay special attention to the material of the rug: silk rugs, for example, are very gentle and require professional cleaning and over time all area rugs will require some form of professional cleaning. But don’t confuse area rug cleaning with carpet cleaning.

Besides vacuuming, you should spot clean your rugs when necessary. In case of spills and stains, immediately blot the area with a clean paper towel to absorb the liquid. Any solids should be scooped up off the rug immediately. After blotting the area, use some detergent to clean it. Once again, blot the detergent instead of rubbing it. If you rub it, there is a chance of smudging the stain even further. Use detergents on a small unexposed area of the rug at first, to make sure that it doesn’t fade out the color or damage the fibers.

After cleaning, rinse the area with water, if appropriate, and let it dry thoroughly. For any heavy stains, like gravy, oil or butter, use a dry-solvent cleaner. For pet urine or vomit, use a citrus-oxygen cleaner or a detergent solution, rinse and blot dry after. In case of vomit or pet urine, it is better to have the area disinfected as well since the contaminated area can lead to sickness and disease.

In general, pay attention to the tags whenever purchasing a rug. Some rugs are machine-washable, which will make your life much easier. However, make sure the rug dries completely before using it again, as the moisture in rugs can lead to mold growth. It is better to dry your rugs on a clothes-drying rack, so they don’t get stretched out under their own weight.

Another useful tip: turn your rugs every once in a while. As the exposed areas of rugs have a higher chance of being worn, as well as getting faded, take your time to turn the rugs once or twice a year to even out the signs of wear.

Last but not least, make sure to get your rigs professionally cleaned at least once a year. Deep clean is necessary to get rid of any pet dander, dust mites, bacteria and so on. It will also freshen up your rug and prolong its life.

DIY Cleaning Products

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We’ve provided tutorials on DIY glue and more in recent posts and today we want to provide a “how-to” on DIY cleaning products for your home or apartment.

Let’s face it. Cleaning products and chemicals are very expensive and they’re not healthy for you either. Several store-bought cleaning products contain toxins and solvents that are not good to breathe in.

What if we told you there was a way to clean your home without cleaning products or chemicals? This would mean you could save money and avoid breathing in toxins and contaminants in your home.

Here are some DIY cleaning products for your home:

Lemons

That’s right. Lemons are an amazing cleaning product and much cheaper than store-bought products and cleaners. You can use lemons as a disinfectant or mix them with water for a lemon-scented deodorizer in your home.

You can also slice a lemon in half and place it in a dish of water and then leave that dish in your microwave or refrigerator for a pleasant aroma in those spaces. Just be sure to replace the lemon slice each week.

White Vinegar

A bottle of white vinegar is only $1-2 at the grocery store and is the perfect replacement to many types of cleaning products and chemical solutions. You can use white vinegar as a disinfectant and as a deodorizer in your home.

Mix a solution of half water and half vinegar and spritz it on your carpet for a pleasant, fresh carpet deodorizer. This will conceal odors from most carpet stains besides pet urine odor. For pet urine odor, you should hire a local carpet cleaning service near you. Learn more online: lloydschemdry.com/carpet-cleaning/

Table Salt

Table salt is able to help with cleaning stains on carpet and other surface. Sprinkle table salt over the stain if the stain is still wet. The salt will absorb the moisture and most of the stain. Then you can just wipe up or vacuum over the stain to remove the salt.

If there is more of the stain remaining, you can dab it with a damp towel and repeat the process again since the stain will be wet again.

Salt is extremely cheap and odds are you already have some in your home.

Baking Soda

You can complement white vinegar and water with baking soda to create a lather similar to soap. The lather will clean just as well as soap but it won’t create a residue or require a lot of water for rinsing. Often, soap will remove dirt and stains but traces of the soap will remain on or in the surface and lead to soiling and re-staining as the soap attracts dirt and other spills around it.

Warm Water

The truth is, plain, warm water is great for cleaning. For many stains, you don’t need anything more than a damp towel or a small spritz of water. The only stain you should not use water on is an ink stain as the reaction can lead to a permanent issue.

Club Soda

You can use club soda and carbonation to lift dirt and stains off of fabric and carpet. Just dab the club soda on the stain and watch as the carbonation and bubbles lift the dirt or liquid from the fabric. A bottle of club soda is typically $1-2 at the grocery store.

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