Delicate or antique rugs are often the pride of place in a room, and whilst that means they are very visible, it also means that they are much more likely to get dirty, which is, of course, a problem. You will find that the resulting irony is that you need to care for the rug rather carefully if you are going to do a good job of having it remain a centrepiece for the room. Unfortunately, the nicer the rue, the more likely it is old and expensive, which makes cleaning it a little risky. You will find, however, that there are two options that you can go down - delicately cleaning it yourself, or getting a professional in!
You will find that there are plenty of ways in which to clean a carpet written online, but cleaning a delicate rug is a lot more difficult as well as time-consuming. You will find of course that if you tread carefully you can avoid anything going wrong, but should you make a mistake, it is often difficult or impossible to rectify them. Discolouration and bleaching can make a rug look terrible immediately, so it is wise that you are completely set on how you are going to clean the rug well before you start. You should consult a specialist if the material of the rug is silk, cashmere or anything that is particularly fine. Sometimes these materials should not really be treated with water, and only a specialist will really be able to tell you as to how to proceed. If the material is wool or cotton, then you can have a go at it yourself, but be careful!
Begin with a bucket of warm, ph neutral, soapy water and a cloth. You will find that ph neutral soap will not be too acidic nor too alkali for the wool or cotton that the rug is woven from. You will find that you only need a tiny amount on a sponge and that you should rub gently at Th. Areas that are stained, to see how the marks shift. If they do not, then you may have an issue, but keep giving it a little rub here and there, to see if they will start coming away at all, and you will begin to get an idea of how stubborn the stain is. You will notice that you can either get a decent amount of it out in this way or none at all. If none at all, then you should look into dry cleaning or steam cleaning if it is safe to do so with a rug of such age.
If you feel like using fabric soap or ph-neutral soap is working, then it might be time to up the amount. Pour a pea-sized drop of washing up liquid on to the stained area, and scrub it in gently with your sponge. Be careful not to loosen any of the fibres as you rub, as this can start to fray the material of the rug, which would look terrible, and potentially have the whole thing start to fall apart. Leave the area soaking slightly in the soapy lather, and then dab it off after ten minutes with a clean cloth or a paper towel. If it looks like the stain has gone then you should rinse the area through with clean water and allow it to dry. Check after to see if the mark has truly gone. If it has not, then keep repeating the process until it either goes, or you decide that special attention is needed.
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