Maintentance Tips

Cleaning and Maintaining Your Rugs

Many theories exist today relating to the best method of cleaning your rugs. After experimenting with all of the new techniques, we find the best method is to extract as much dirt as possible when the rugs are dry, then apply a detergent, extract this from the carpet and intermittently rinse the fiber.

The most important phase of any cleaning is a thorough, daily vacuuming, utilizing a pile lifting machine. The difference between this machine and a regular vacuum is that the pile lifting machine has two brushes, one which stands the carpet erect, the other which pulls out the dirt particles form the very base of the tufts. Dirt acts as an abrasive; therefore, it must be removed daily.

The next part of the process is a thorough spot cleaning. Below is a list of spots and the proper means of treating them. This should be a weekly maintenance item. A trick we have learned over the years is to prepare a solution of 1/3 part white vinegar, 2/3 parts lukewarm water, and a teaspoonful of Lux liquid. This formula will reduce acidic spots.

Professional Cleaners

Every three years, you should have your rugs cleaned by a company that has an in-plant cleaning machine, similar to our cleaning system (which you can view at Steam machines will only give your rugs a slight rinsing. If the operator uses the normal steam machine detergent, it will not dry to a powder and will form a gummy film that will attract more dirt in the future.

When selecting your cleaning company, make sure they have a dusting machine. The rugs will be sent through this machine, upside down, while leather straps hit the back of the carpet and remove 4-9 lbs. of dry dirt per 9×12 carpet. This is essential.

Your vendor must also use a detergent that will dry to a powder. Commonly, less expensive detergents never dry completely, and merely form a gum. A good detergent will dry into a powder to ensure that, what residue isn’t removed by the rinsing of the rug, will be removed by your normal vacuuming procedures.

The actual machine will have brushes to agitate the surface pile, rinse cycles to throughly flush out the detergent, and then a ringer to remove most of the water from the rug before it is hung to dry. Your fringes will need to be bleached by hand.

Code of Recommended Stain Removers as listed in Chart

A. Detergent solution – one teaspoon of a neutral detergent (a brand used for washing lingerie such as liquid Lux, Dreft, or Vel) and one teaspoon of white vinegar in a quart of warm water.

B. Paint Remover – should not contain any oil. Lacquer thinner may also be used.

C. Dry Cleaning Fluid – any common brand used according to manufacturer’s instructions.

D. Rust Remover – (brands such as Eruxticator or Rust GO are recommended.)

E. Acetone – common drugstore brand or nail polish remover WITHOUT LANOLIN or lacquer thinner.

F. Alcohol – rubbing, denatured, or isopropyl.

G. Water

NOTE: If there is no recommended procedure for removing a stain on a specific pile fiber, call a professional carpet cleaner and give him the information pertaining to the staining problem.

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