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Knowing how to properly care for your area rug can increase the life of the rug. Cleaning and spot removal can be easy and conveniently executed with simple and inexpensive home remedies. We would love to share some tips with you to increase the longevity of the life of your rug and for common stain removal.

You should have your rugs professionally cleaned every one- threes years. Professional cleaning removes dirt and debris on a deeper level then vacuuming alone.

Vacuuming your rug sound like a logical dirt and debris removal technique, however it more than just a cleaning tool. Vacuuming can also enhance the beauty of your rug by restoring the natural fibers. We recommend you vacuum your rug at least once a week or as often as possible. This can also prevent moth damage.

For stain removal, first remember quickness is key. The faster you attack the stain, the better your chances of removal are. When removing stains the first and foremost important thing to do is to immediately remove excess solids or liquids from the area. Always blot the liquid up from the area using paper towels or an absorbent cloth, never rub. If it is a solid, use a scooping method.

Below are some common stains paired with common household remedies that may assist with stain removal. Before using any of these solutions, it is recommended that a small area of the rug is tested first with the solution to test for color pull.

Ink- spray area with hairspray then brush stain with a water and white vinegar solution. Dry area with a fan or hairdryer then brush area with a clothing brush.

Gum- Ice the gum until gum is hard. Pick gum out of rug then treat any remaining debris with a general spot remover or a house hold detergent solution.

Wax- Lay a traditional brown paper bad over the wax. Use a clothing iron over the bag, constantly rotate the iron around the area until wax is absorbed. Repeat until wax is removed.

Alcoholic beverages, sugary candy and foods, chocolate, lipstick, mud, nail polish, perfume, rust- household detergent, blot, white vinegar, blot, repeat if necessary. Pat the area with colorless paper towels, dry area with a fan or hairdryer then brush area with a clothing brush.

Oil/butter, makeup, crayon, ketchup, tar, vomit- dry cleaning fluid, blot, household detergent, blot, water, blot, ammonia, blot, detergent, blot, water, blot, repeat if necessary. Pat the area with colorless paper towels, dry area with a fan or hairdryer then brush area with a clothing brush.

Acid, blood, coffee- household detergent, blot, ammonia, blot, household detergent, blot, water, blot, repeat if necessary. Pat the area with colorless paper towels, dry area with a fan or hairdryer then brush area with a clothing brush.

Berries, fruit juice, mustard, soft drinks, tea, urine, wine- household detergent, blot, ammonia, blot, white vinegar, blot, household detergent, blot, water, blot, repeat if necessary. Pat the area with colorless paper towels, dry area with a fan or hairdryer then brush area with a clothing brush.

*Please advise that these are suggestions based on home remedies, for professional cleaning tips please call a carpet cleaning professional.

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