Why should you choose a rug? Rather than useful, many people view it as an annoying accessory because it gets dirty easily, is awkward to move and often expensive. Yet it really is a very versatile and functional furnishing accessory: it add warmth to a room, protects the floor from scratches, creates harmony and helps divide up spaces.
That said, it does need to be cleaned often, especially if there are children or people allergic to dust mite in the house.
Here are a few tips to clean rugs thoroughly at home!
Removing dust (and surface grime)
The first thing to do is remove the dust that constantly and insidiously accumulates on all the surfaces of the home, collecting dust-mite and other germs with it.
It’s essential to use a vacuum cleaner with its specific attachment. To ensure in-depth cleaning, run it over the fibres multiple times.
If you live in a house (not in an apartment) you can take advantage of the open air and beat your rug with a traditional straw broom or a carpet beater. In this case you will need lots of energy and you should also wear a mask to avoid breathing in too much dust.
Do you think having a rug as well as a stove at home would be just too much because of the ash? Palazzetti’s pellet stoves with T3 technology solve this problem at the core: the Complete Burning System thoroughly burns pellets and their residues, leaving only minute mineral particles inside the stove which are automatically dropped into the ash pan! No build up in your stove and nothing on your rug.
Use the power of baking soda
We would now like to recommend a typical traditional remedy: if you want to remove a stain, just sprinkle some baking soda on it and leave it to rest for a few hours then remove it with a suitable brush. End by vacuuming your rug.
Alternatively and for more in-depth cleaning – if there aren’t any stains – dissolve 3 tablespoons of baking soda in 1 litre of hot water and pour it into a spray dispenser. Spray evenly over the entire rug, brush gently and leave to rest (don’t let sunlight into the room during this time).
The baking soda will help absorb grease and other substances that may have stained the rug.
And if this traditional remedy doesn’t work? You can always take your rug to the dry cleaner’s!
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