A throw rug can give any room in your house
an entirely new appearance. And the best
throw rugs don’t have to cost you hundreds upon hundreds of dollars. The look and feel of a throw rug looks great
on stone and even wood flooring. Not
only that, but a throw rug can also complement small rooms such as a bedroom or
office. However, over the years, a small
rug can lose its freshness if not maintained properly. With the summer in full
swing, most people will leave their windows open causing dirt, dust, and
allergens to become trapped in their rugs and runners. Listed below are five valuable tips to keep
your small rug clean and fresh:
1.) Before stepping onto your
rug, kick off the shoes.
Put a plastic cover over your throw rug to protect it
from dirt. Remember, if anyone walks on
your rug and tracks in mud that will not stay on the bottom of their shoes, but
rather on your clean rug.
2.) Vacuum your rug at least
twice a month.
Flipping your rug over and vacuuming both sides weekly
would be perfect but of course life gets in the way. By vacuuming twice a month you will prevent
the dirt and allergens from becoming airborne.
Keep in mind that if you have a dog or cat, you should vacuum every
day. Try using a using a vacuum with a
beater, or rotator brush that will help push the dirt that is trapped deep down
in the rug.
3.) Only use a spot cleaner or
If you use a carpet cleaner or shampoo on your rug and
runner, you could possibly cause further harm. Unfortunately, most carpet
shampoos are usually made just for carpets.
4.) Prevent stains by cleaning
spills or spots a.s.a.p.
Remember, if you provide regular maintenance you will
keep your rug smelling fresh. But, if
you have small children or pets, it may seem impossible to remove a spot or
spill as soon as it occurs. Immediately
begin to blot or scrape the spot with a clean cotton towel. Although, you should make an effort not to
rub in the spill but rather continuously press firmly down on the area.
5.) Let your rug dry in the
After removing a spill or spot, the rug needs to be dried
outside. But, if you cannot hang your small
rug out to dry, a fan can be used for this process.
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