|Posted by cleanandcleaner on December 13, 2012 at 7:40 AM|
Whether you have a carpet or laminate flooring, you most certainly have small rugs and doormats. Ant they need maintenance as well. It is proven that doormats gather almost ninety percent of the dirt and grime. Therefore, you need to clean them even more often. I'm sure you know how to manage with the big carpet in your living room, probably own a cleaning machine, but you don't need to use heavy artillery for small rugs. There is just no need, since you can just put them in the washing machine.
Cleaning By Hand
All in all small mats have quite delicate surfaces, although it doesn't seem that way. The material is of significance, wool, synthetic and polyester are treated differently. And of course there is the occasional rubber padding, you should take in mind. First thing you should look at is the label. That way you'll know if it is safe to put it in the washing machine. If so don't hesitate, go for it and all your problems are solved. Otherwise there is a simple solution, but you'll have to do it by hand.
Take a soft brush, appropriate cleaning solution, some fabric softener and a little of your laundry detergent. Mix with warm water and start scrubbing gently. Small rugs dry relatively fast, so don't worry about over wetting it. Rinse very well, because if there is any remaining detergent, the rug may become like a magnet for dirt and grime. After you're finished you may put it in the dryer or squeeze hard, to remove as much excess water as possible. You may also put a fan underneath it.
Washing Machine To The Rescue
If you have a green light for the washing machine, here is what you're going to do. Pre-wash comes first. Set it to cold water just to be sure. The worst thing you can do is wash a wool rug with hot water. This will cause shrinking and you may also damage the padding. The actual washing should be with cold water too and switch to delicate cycle. Refrain from using centrifuge, because it can damage the fibers of the rug. Always dry mats inside, because direct sunlight damages the fabric.
Last but not least if you have any doubts and don't want to risk damaging the rug, better use professional help. There are some really good companies for carpet cleaning Putney offering great services.