How To Wash A White Rug?
The style, class, simplicity, and softness that a white rug can bring to a room is unmatched than brightly colored-rugs. However, as elegant as it looks, a white rug is a big white accident waiting to happen and, um, waiting to be cleaned up.
Just imagine wearing a crisp white top until your morning coffee gets spilled on them. Disastrous, isn’t it?
Fortunately, when you happen to spill something on your sparkling-looking white rug, cleaning it is not as hard as it seems. With spot cleaning, prompt dealing with stains and regular maintenance, your rug will always boast the bright white look.
Removing Stains on Your White Rug
Quickly Blot Spilled Liquids
The quicker you deal spills, the better. So, when you spill something on your white rug, don’t be too lazy and take action quickly. This ensures that the spill will have less time to be absorbed into the carpet fibers.
Make sure to scoop any semi-solid accidents and blotting liquids up quickly with a plain, white paper towel or a white rag. Do not use anything with colors or prints as they can bleed on your white rug.
If possible, consider getting rid of the stains with water first. Most spills can be easily cleaned with plain water if you immediately clean it after spilling since it does not have the time to set in. You can rub spill spots with a sponge dampened with water.
It is especially crucial to try water first on wool rugs since wool naturally deters any liquids from absorbing and using harsh cleaners can wear its fibers.
Club Soda + White Vinegar Solution
For water-based stains like juice, coffee or red wine, this solution is your best bet. Mix together equal parts club soda and white vinegar and rub it on the stain.
Using a clean rag, dip it into the solution, then blot and rub it on the stain until it disappears. After that, sponge a bit of water on the area in order to remove the soda and vinegar solution.
If you do not have white vinegar and soda, you can also use hydrogen peroxide as an alternative.
For the oil-based spills like cooking grease, milk as well as ink spills, rubbing alcohol is the best solution. Using a white rag dipped in alcohol, blot and lightly rub it onto the stain, applying a small amount at a time.
Once the stain is removed, use a solution of 1 pint of water and 1 teaspoon of dry dish detergent to remove the alcohol and further clean the stain.
Now, when all else fails to remove that ugly stain on your white rug, a store-bought stain remover with stronger chemicals can be quite rough on the fibers but it might be the only way to deal with tougher stains such as pet accidents.
Before you apply a stain remover, make sure that you blot up as much liquid and stain from the accident as possible. Then, follow the directions given by the manufacturer.
Steam Cleaning Your White Rug
Spot cleaning ensures that your rug stays clean for months. However, when your white rug becomes dull and grayish, then it is time to deep clean your rug with a steam cleaner.
In general, it is important to steam clean your rugs every 6 months or a year, depending on how much traffic it endures.
You can either hire a professional to do it or you can buy or rent a steam cleaner and do it yourself.
So, how do you steam clean your rug back to it pearly white glory?
- Before you start, you need to vacuum the rug in order to get the top layer of dust and dirt off.
- Make sure to remove all furniture and any items lying around your rug.
- Follow the instructions from the manufacturer for the specific machine you’re using.
- Most steam cleaners lay the water down when pushing the unit forward and extracting it when pulling back. If so, make sure to slowly pull the machine over the rug in order to extract as much moisture as possible.
The excess water left behind can soak the padding and cause mildew and mold. It is better to steam clean during the summer months when you can open your windows for better air circulation and speed up drying times.
3 Tips To Maintaining Your White Rug
In order to make sure that your white rug retains its crisp white color for longer, regular maintenance is a must. Here are some ways to maintain your white rug.
Keep your white rug looking pristine by regularly vacuuming it. Dirt and dust easily build up on white rugs in addition to foot traction that wears out rugs.
Regular vacuuming on a low-suction setting and ditching the brush rollers can help minimize such damage and buildup.
- Vacuum once a week for low-traffic areas.
- Vacuum twice a week for medium-traffic areas.
- Vacuum daily for high-traffic areas.
Before vacuuming the top side, flip your rug over and vacuum its underside first. After that, flip it right back and vacuum again. This should help loosen dirt and dust that has accumulated deep into the fibers.
Shake Smaller Rugs
If your rug is small enough, then you can bring it outside and shaking it with all your might. This should help remove trapped dust and dirt better than vacuuming. You can also place your rug over a rail and beat it with a traditional rattan rug beater or a broom.
Brush Pet Hair Out
If you have a furry pet that likes to take a nap on your white rug, then you’re looking at pet dander trapped on its fiber. Get rid of this by brushing it out.
You can choose a hairbrush with stiff plastic or metal bristles or a rubber broom to pick up pet hair. In addition, you can also try the sticky lint roller to remove pet hair on the surface.