First Aid Tips for Rug Spills
Rugs are great room additions. They add a pop of color or design to an otherwise drab-looking room. There are various shapes, sizes, colors and designs you can choose from that will look best in your home or office. But, as they are on the floor, they are prone to getting dirty as well as spillages. Liquids and chemicals can create stains on the rug that can sometimes be difficult to remove. A rug placed in an area with heavy foot traffic needs more cleaning attention. When something spills on your rug, don’t panic. There are things you can do right away to prevent any stains from building up. Here are some:
Spot spills and stains quickly:
When dealing with spills and stains on the rug, there is zero time to waste. The longer you take to get rid of them, the harder it will be and the higher the chance that the rug may be stained permanently. There are liquids and other substances that seep into fabric quicker than others, but you don’t want to try to remember if the spill you are dealing with belongs to that group. You have to act fast.
Solid and liquid stains require different cleaning tricks:
Gum is one of the most common solid substances that can stick to and stain your rug. Never use a sharp object to remove it. A butter knife is your best bet, as the blade is dull and will not cut into your rug. For liquid spills, use a dry cloth to dab the liquid, not wipe it. Doing the latter will only make it worse.
Water is your first line of defense:
For stains, it is very easy for us to grab the first chemical cleaner we can find in our cabinets. But that should not be the case. Always try the water before anything else. Most times water can do the trick; otherwise, if you are unsure of what to use, it is better to contact your trusted cleaning service. Also, when using any stain remover, do not use too much. It can damage the backing of the rug. Use it sparingly.
Get rid of grease stains:
For grease stains, your kitchen ingredient – baking soda – is your best friend. Baking soda is an absorbent powder, thus lifting the grease much easier. For any remaining stain after the baking soda trick, you can dab it with a soft cloth and a mild dishwashing liquid.
Do not ignore rug care instructions:
Instructions on how to care for your rug are there for you to follow. Keep these instructions handy, so you will know what to do when you encounter stains and spills. Do not use anything that is not prescribed by the carpet manufacturer.
If all else fails, you can always call a cleaning company and ask for area rug cleaning prices. They provide practical solutions to rug issues such as stains. You can have your rugs serviced at least once a year to preserve their good condition, along with your own frequent cleaning efforts.
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