How to clean your living room rugs: All the tricks

Rugs accumulate dust and dirt over time, and cleaning them can seem like a challenging task.
In this guide, we reveal the best tips and tricks for cleaning rugs safely and effectively. You will learn how to remove stubborn stains and sanitise your rugs with home remedies or specific products.
We will show you the importance of regular, thorough cleaning and how to keep your rugs in perfect condition. With our valuable tips, you will get clean, fresh-smelling rugs that are as good as new, bringing a touch of freshness and comfort to your living room.

Cleaning a rug: dry clean or machine wash?

Whether to dry clean or machine wash a rug is an important decision, as both options have advantages and considerations to keep in mind. Dry cleaning offers a gentle and safe approach for valuable rugs or delicate fabrics. Using an absorbent powder or a specific cleaner, you can remove dirt without damaging the fibres. However, the process may require more time and resources.

Using the washing machine, on the other hand, is quick and convenient for small or washable rugs. You can get good results with the gentle cycle and an appropriate detergent. However, you must pay attention to the rug material and the size of the washing machine to avoid overloading it.

Before deciding, it is essential to check the labels and instructions. Rugs with natural fibres, delicate decorations or sewn edges may require dry cleaning to avoid potential damage. On the other hand, carpets made from durable materials and small enough to fit inside a washing machine could benefit from the second option.

In both cases, pre-cleaning with a vacuum or tools to remove surface dirt can be helpful. Always remember to test a small, inconspicuous area before proceeding. With care and attention, your rug will look brand new again, whether you choose to dry clean or machine wash.

Which cycle should you use to wash rugs?

Keeping rugs clean and sanitised is essential for your health and that of your children. The living room is the area of the house where people often spend their free time, and it is easy to come into direct contact with rugs, perhaps when playing or lying on them. Regular removal of dirt and mites contributes to a safe and healthy environment for small children.

When it comes to washing a more durable rug, you can use the normal or heavy washing machine cycle. Make sure you follow the washing machine's instructions for the maximum load and use a special or mild detergent.

If the rug is particularly delicate or has delicate fibres, it is preferable to opt for the gentle cycle or the cycle for delicate fabrics. These cycles are designed to reduce friction and minimise the risk of fibre damage.

Additionally, if the rug is large and cannot be placed in a washing machine, consider using a steam cleaner.

Regardless of which cycle you choose, it is important to pay attention to the specific washing instructions for the rug and the type of detergent required. For stubborn stains or particularly dirty rugs, it may be necessary to use alternative cleaning methods.

Which product should you use to use to clean your living room rugs?

To clean the rugs in your living room, we recommend using products that are safe and effective. Chanteclair Laundry Detergent with Baking Soda is an excellent option. These detergents are specially formulated to break down and remove organic stains such as those caused by food, drinks or pets. Choose a detergent that is suitable for the type of rug you have, for example if you have a thick pile carpet or a woollen rug. Read the instructions on the package carefully and follow the measuring instructions.

Additionally, consider using a steam cleaner made specifically for rugs. Steam cleaners deliver hot water or steam together with a rug cleaner, which helps to remove deep dirt and stains.

Before using any cleaning product or device, it is important to vacuum the carpet thoroughly to remove debris and dust. It is always advisable to do a test on a hidden area of the carpet to check that the product does not damage or discolour the fabric.

If you prefer a more natural solution, you can also opt for a home remedy such as white vinegar diluted in water or baking soda, which can help neutralise odours and gently clean rugs.

Always follow the manufacturer's instructions and act promptly on stains for the best results when cleaning your living room rugs. If you have doubts or the stains are particularly stubborn, ask a professional carpet cleaner.

Take note!

And now we come to the section on the five useful tips for rug cleaning:

  1. Vacuum regularly: Vacuum the carpet at least once a week to remove dust, debris and hair. Good regular vacuuming helps keep rugs clean and reduces dirt accumulation.
  2. Remove new stains immediately: Act quickly on fresh stains. Use an absorbent cloth or kitchen paper to gently blot the stain, without rubbing. Apply a special rug cleaner or a mild soap and water solution to the stain and dab carefully. Rinse with clean water and dry by patting gently.
  3. Try a home remedy: If you prefer a natural solution, you can try a home remedy such as white vinegar diluted in water or baking soda. Apply it to the stain, leave it on for a few minutes, and then gently blot it with clean water.
  4. Use the right cleaner: For more thorough cleaning, use a special carpet cleaner. Carefully follow the instructions on the package for correct measuring and application.
  5. Dry completely: After cleaning, be sure to dry the carpet completely to prevent the formation of mould. You can do this by opening the windows, using a fan or, if possible, taking the rug outdoors. Make sure the rug is completely dry before placing it back in the room.

Please note that for stubborn stains or thorough cleaning, it may be necessary to call in a professional rug cleaning service.

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