Many people shun away from buying rug to decorate their home because carpet is perceived to collect dust and difficult to maintain. Contrary to the misconception, rug or carpet can last for a long time if you care for them properly.
1. Regular Vacuuming
Rug and carpet need daily vacuuming using a good quality vacuum machine that can ensure dust trapped in the carpet can be extracted easily. Regular vacuuming will help to prolong the lifespan of the carpet and prevent dirt on the carpet surface from accumulating in the carpet pile.
Do not use high powered rotating brush vacuum cleaner for daily vacuuming on handmade rug like Persian / Oriental rugs as the powerful rotating brush may damage the rug’s pile, especially the fringe. Fringe on the rugs can get caught between the vacuum roller brush thus causing permanent damage over time.
2. Regular Carpet Cleaning
Don’t wait until your rug or carpet is filled with unsightly dirt and stains before you get your carpet thoroughly cleaned. Rug and carpet should be regularly cleaned, at least once a year, by professional carpet cleaner to ensure embedded dirt, stains, and micro organisms are thoroughly removed. The longer you allow dirt and stains to remain in the carpet, the more difficult it will be to fully remove them.
3. Immediate action on stain
Rule of the thumb to maintain your rug and carpet is to quickly blot stain / spillage on carpet using a clean dry cloth as soon as the accident occurs. The longer the spillage / stain remains in the carpet, the higher the chance a permanent spot will form on the carpet. Call a professional carpet cleaner when stain cannot be removed thoroughly.
4. Be careful with DIY carpet cleaning products
There are many carpet cleaning products sold in the market that encourage you to clean carpet yourself but not all of them are safe especially on handmade rugs which are made using natural dyes. Some of these carpet cleaning products may contain chemical that can cause more damage to the rug or carpet instead.
When using a DIY carpet cleaning product, read through the instructions carefully and start cleaning on some hidden corners to make sure the cleaning product is safe to be used on your rug or carpet.
5. Handling fragile fringe on rug
Many people feel that the fringe on the rug needs to be cleaned thoroughly and succumb to using chlorine to bleach the fringe white and bright. Chlorine based bleach tend to weaken natural fibre on the rug and causing the fringe to become brittle over time.
Chlorine content in water used for mopping the floor can also cause the rug’s fringe to become brittle and tear over time. Thus it is recommended to remove rug when mopping the floor and put it back only when the floor is totally dry.
6. Avoid direct sun on rug
Ultraviolet ray from the sun may cause natural dye on the rug to fade especially if your rug is exposed to direct sun daily. Lower the curtain to block some of the sunlight and rotate your rug at least twice a year to distribute any possible colour changes on the rug.