The holidays are quickly approaching, which means gatherings with family, friends and a house full of visitors. This is a great time to show off your beautiful rugs, but due to the excess traffic your home will receive during the holiday season, it is important to ensure your rugs are prepared.
The first preventive measure you can take is having your rugs cleaned prior to your gathering. We know you’re thinking this sounds silly, especially when a dirty rug is inevitable after a get together, but by doing this you are giving yourself a clean slate to start with. With the extra traffic in your home your rug is at a much higher risk for a spill and a clean slate will make it much easier to clean up. Not to mention, a rug cleaning will also remove any residual odors on your rugs that you may have become accustomed to, but something your guests may notice.
With your rug at a much higher risk for a spill, it is important to have an emergency kit of cleaning supplies so you can take immediate action to prevent permanent damage. Your emergency kit should contain the following:
- Oxygen bleach
- Grease solvent – dry cleaning fluid or spot remover
- Nail polish remover
- Rubbing alcohol
- Club Soda
In the case of a small emergency, it is important to act fast and scrape or blot up all excess spills or blemishes using club soda or cold water to dilute. The next step is to pre-treat the area. To avoid setting stains, use cold water but only when water is called for. Depending on the type of spill, you can take the following approaches to get your rug cleaned:
- Greasy spills: Sponge gently with grease solvent or apply detergent.
- Non-greasy spills: Sponge with solution of one teaspoon liquid detergent to one cup water. Do not use soap and water.
- Animal Stains: Sponge freely with cold water. Apply solution of three tablespoons white vinegar to one quart water. Sponge with detergent suds and rinse.
In the case of a large emergency be sure to call Dover Rug & Home immediately and follow the pre-treatment steps for removing a small stain. Our staff has the hands-on expertise to recognize all of these particular details and above all, we respect rugs as an art form and protect their intrinsic and artistic value with care.