O N T H E F LOOR

No mat­ter what type of area rug you have, keep it look­ing fresh and clean with proper clean­ing and care.

Home & Decor (Singapore) - - Fix It -

WO­VEN AND BRAIDED RUGS Check the la­bel to de­ter­mine if it is wash­able. If it is, a small rug can be placed in a zip­pered pil­low­case or mesh laun­dry bag, and ma­chine washed in cool wa­ter on a gen­tle cy­cle.

For a large rug, place it on a vinyl or con­crete floor, or put an old blan­ket be­neath it. Sponge a rec­om­mended clean­ing so­lu­tion over the sur­face and rub it in ac­cord­ing to la­bel in­struc­tions. Fin­ish by rins­ing or vac­u­um­ing. Dry thor­oughly be­fore putting back in place. Also, check the stitch­ing be­fore and af­ter you clean the rug to see if there are any breaks. If you no­tice breaks, it’s best to have it pro­fes­sion­ally re­paired be­fore clean­ing the rug, to avoid fur­ther dam­age. ORI­EN­TAL RUGS Whether new or an­tique, these rugs re­quire spe­cial care be­cause of their del­i­cate fi­bres. When vac­u­um­ing, place a ny­lon screen over the rug, and vac­uum over the screen. This will re­move dirt with­out dam­ag­ing the rug. Al­ter­na­tively, you can tie a piece of ny­lon mesh over the vac­uum at­tach­ment and change the mesh fre­quently as dirt ac­cu­mu­lates.

Im­me­di­ately treat spills by us­ing bak­ing soda to soak up the liq­uids. It is also im­por­tant to have an ori­en­tal rug pro­fes­sion­ally cleaned at least once a year, es­pe­cially if the rug is placed in an area with heavy foot traf­fic. NAT­U­RAL FI­BRE RUGS Rugs made from nat­u­ral fi­bres, such as sisal, jute and sea­grass, fea­ture an open weave that al­lows dirt to sift through to the floor be­neath. Vac­uum fre­quently on both sides, as well as the floor un­der­neath them. Many of these rugs are re­versible, so flip them ev­ery time you vac­uum for even wear.

Blot spills im­me­di­ately. To clean stains or dis­coloura­tions, pro­tect the floor un­der­neath with a plas­tic drop cloth be­fore scrub­bing the rug with a soft brush dipped in soapy wa­ter. Rinse with clear wa­ter, and place a towel over the wet area. Make sure to blot the cleaned area as dry as pos­si­ble; use a fan or hair dryer (set on low heat) to speed up dry­ing. FUR, SHEEP­SKIN AND HAIR- ON HIDES Tal­cum pow­der works mir­a­cles on these del­i­cate rugs. First, sprin­kle some un­scented tal­cum pow­der on the rug and leave it for sev­eral hours (or overnight, for best re­sults). Af­ter that, brush the tal­cum pow­der through the hair, then shake it out from the rug. This should be re­peated sev­eral times, de­pend­ing on the length of the fur. Re­mem­ber to brush gen­tly in or­der to pre­vent pulling on the hair and caus­ing it to fall out.

To clean the back of the rug, use a clean cot­ton cloth dipped in luke­warm soapy wa­ter. Wipe off any dirt or spills. Rinse with a cloth dipped in clean wa­ter and al­low to dry com­pletely.

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