Having a rug or carpet in your home can make a huge difference, adding a cosy feel and actually helping to keep your home warmer. However, our floors are subject to potential damage every day, from bringing the outdoors inside to pets making a mess. We’ve probably all been there at some point; the cat has knocked over a glass of wine, or muddy boots have left an imprint in your favourite hallway rug.
So how do you tackle these problems to make sure your rug or carpet stays spotless? The Rug Seller offers a handy guide to advise on cleaning stains and even dealing with pet allergies, so that you can enjoy your home décor with no issues.
Keeping up with the cleaning of your home can sometimes feel like the worst chore, with so many potential things to spoil your brand new rug. After all, after spending money on a new carpet or rug, you’ll want to make sure it continues looking spotless. Those with pets might even consider choosing a darker colour scheme to hide the impact a cat or dog can make.
Homeowners with pets will be fully aware of the staining problems that they can cause, especially when accidents happen. If your dog has vomited on the carpet you can sprinkle sand over the affected area, let it absorb the vomit for 5-10 minutes and then easily pick it up wearing a rubber glove. You can then blot the affected area with hot water and dishwater detergent until the stain has gone. For pet urine, blot all surface residue with a paper or white terry towel then sprinkle the carpet with baking soda and leave for 6-12 hours. After this time has passed you can then vacuum the area and blot any remaining stain on your carpet with hot water and detergent until it’s gone, says Ben Cottie from professional carpet cleaners AAAClean.
There are so many different substances you could spill, from mud to candle wax. If you’re hoping to find the perfect way of cleaning them from your rug or carpet, look no further.
One of the most notorious stains is wine, and rightly so. It is quite difficult to get out, but once you know a solution then it becomes less of a panic. An effective way of cleaning up a wine spillage? You’ll need paper towels, white cloth, warm water, a plastic bowl, white vinegar and dishwashing liquid. Simply blot the stain with paper, then mix together the water, vinegar and dishwashing liquid together and blot the mixture on to the stain with the cloth.
Another irritating mark that’s commonly found on your rug or carpet is mud. Luckily, this is much easier to get rid of and restore your floor to its former glory. Let the mud dry, then brush it up and vacuum the area. Mix some dish detergent with water and blot the stain.
Should you ever have an accident in the kitchen and you spill blood on your floor, there is a very efficient way of cleaning it up. Soak up any excess, then sprinkle baking soda over the stain. Cover with water, vacuum and then blot the area. An extra tip; let the baking soda fizz before blotting, and don’t soak the stain in water as it could spread.
If a family member or friend turns out to be allergic to your pet, such as a cat, there’s no need to get rid of either party! There are certain measures you can take when cleaning your home to remove the allergens and relieve the symptoms.
Many people believe it is cat hairs that are the problem; it’s actually the proteins in cat saliva, and sometimes skin cells. These particles can become lodged in rugs and other soft furnishings, hence the flare up of symptoms.
Some cleaning tips include using an allergen proof vacuum, using an anti-allergen spray on floor coverings and groom your cat outside whenever possible.
You might also want to consider using some new technology, like the best robot vacuum, when it comes to saving time and being efficient.