Rug Cleaning Tips

Here you will find tips for maintaining your wall to wall carpets, as well as tips, to deal with stains, in time of occurrence on your Area and/or Oriental rugs.

1. Vacuum heavy traffic areas 2–3 times a week, and the rest of your carpet once a week.
2. Use both indoor and outdoor mats at each entrance to reduce the amount of dirt tracked into your home.
3. Over time, the protection on stain-resistant carpet wears down. For optimum performance, have a protector regularly applied after cleaning.
4. Stain-resistant does not mean stain-proof. Be sure to act immediately to prevent spots and spills from causing permanent damage.
5. Before using any spot removing product, test for colorfastness in an inconspicuous area.
6. Test area rugs for colorfastness before placing over carpet since some rugs may tend to bleed.
7. Vacuum under area rugs periodically to remove loose dirt that may have filtered through the rugs to your carpet.
8. To avoid color transfer between furniture and flooring after a professional cleaning, leave the protective blocks in place until the carpet is completely dry (about two days).
9. Your furniture collects everyday dirt and soil just like your carpet. For convenience, have both professionally cleaned at the same time.

Stain Removal Tips

ACID STAIN REMOVAL
Immediately absorb with an ammoniac solution (ammoniac-water ration 1:4)

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES STAIN REMOVAL
Slightly dampen the site of the stain with hot water and 90% alcohol. Red wine stands can be removed using a cloth soaked in white wine.

ANIMAL STAIN REMOVAL
Clean immediately with a cloth soaked in diluted ammonia (ammonia-water ratio 1:20)/ Absorb the remaining mixture with a clean cloth or sponge.

BATTERY ACID STAIN REMOVAL
Immediately neutralize the site with a compound of boron and hydrogen peroxide to clean and wait until the stain completely disappears. Before cleaning, place a piece of litmus paper over the stain in order to ensure that the stain was caused by acid. If the paper changes color, the substance is acid – see information in the section on Vinegar, Lemon and Other Acid Stains.

BLOOD STAIN REMOVAL
Wet the site with lukewarm water and dry immediately with a cloth or sponge.

CANDY STAIN REMOVAL
Gently remove with hot water.

CHOCOLATE STAIN REMOVAL
Pour Borax (sodium salt on of boric acid used as cleaning product) on the site, leave for 15 minutes and clean with a cloth soaked in cold water. When the site is dry, remove the material by brushing with a clothes brush.

COFFEE STAIN REMOVAL
Wet the site with lukewarm water and dry immediately with a cloth or sponge.

DIRT STAIN REMOVAL
Brush the stain thoroughly with a soft brush. Soak the site with lukewarm suds and wash thoroughly with clean water.

EGG STAIN REMOVAL
Do not use hot water. Clean with a mixture of ammonia and water or a mixture of alcohol and water.

FRUIT STAIN REMOVAL
Clean with a damp sponge that is soaked in a mixture of white vinegar or lemon juice and ammonia, in a ration of 1:3

GRASS STAIN REMOVAL
Wet the site with tartar sauce and rub. When the site is completely dry, remove the remaining stain with a cloth soaked in alcohol.

INK STAIN REMOVAL
Fresh stains must be absorbed with absorbent paper. Then soak a clean cloth in fresh milk and leave it on the stain for several minutes. Later, wash the site with hot water and dry it by sprinkling corn flour or oatmeal on the site of the stain. Old ink stains can be removed by wetting the site and gently rubbing the stain with a lump of citric acid. Repeat the process until the stain disappears and then wash with clean water.

IODINE STAIN REMOVAL
Placealcohol on the site and then clean with a cloth that was dampened with lukewarm water and soapsuds. Finally, wash with clean water.

LEMON STAIN REMOVAL
Immediately absorb with an ammoniac solution (ammoniac-water ration 1:4)

MAKEUP STAIN REMOVAL
Clean with alcohol.

MERCURIC SUBSTANCES STAIN REMOVAL
Particularly difficult to clean. Dry cleaning is recommended.

MUD STAIN REMOVAL
Dry well and vacuum.

OIL STAIN REMOVAL
Place an absorbent paper on the stain and on it a piece of cloth, iron them and clean with alcohol, or spray Fuller's earth on the stain site. When the oil is absorbed in the material, brush with a soft brush.

PAINT STAIN REMOVAL
Fresh stains can be removed by rubbing with a wet cloth soaked in turpentine. If the stain is dry, the site can be gently scraped. The remaining stain can then be dampened with Vaseline. Continue with the same method used for cleaning fresh paint.

RUST STAIN REMOVAL
Use rust removers and follow the instructions listed on the package.

VINEGAR STAIN REMOVAL
Immediately absorb with an ammoniac solution (ammoniac-water ration 1:4)

WOOL RUG STAIN REMOVAL
Caution: stains in wool rugs are very difficult to clean 24 hours after they form. No action should be taken on dirt that stains a wool rug due to the rug's sensitivity.