STEP ONE: GETTING RID OF THE DIRT FROM THE CARPETS AND THE RUGS.
You will need to hoover before you undertake a deep clean on your carpets and rugs. This will help you to reduce the amount of bigger sand particles, food crumbs and other blemishes, and it’s also essential to change the bag of the hoover. Try to vacuum the entire surface of the rug and it’s quite easier when it’s a small to medium sized rug. For bigger rugs and carpets that cover the floor in the entire room – maybe a great idea is to pre-vacuum only a half of the rug, deep clean it, and then repeat the procedure with the other half of the rug.
STEP TWO: PICKING YOUR CLEANING SOLUTIONS AND SYSTEMS.
Hot water cleaning is recommended for heavily soiled spots, while you can also use a dry foaming compound if you don’t want to deal with a drying time. Try to avoid deep cleaning with a hot-steam machine because it uses over 100 degrees Celsius heated steam, which can damage the delicate long fibres of the rugs. Especially if you have to clean old, Oriental or handmade rugs, just avoid the steam cleaning system in order to eliminate the chance of dryness, discolouration, shrinking of the fibres, etc.
STEP THREE: ONCE DRY, YOU SHOULD USE A PROTECTIVE SOLUTION ON YOUR RUGS AND CARPET.
It acts as a sealer for the fibres and so it adds an extra barrier between the microorganisms, unhealthy bacteria and pollens. On the other hand, carpets and rugs coated by a protective spray are usually more forgiving of the heavy foot traffic, which usually appears at only some areas of the surface.
STEP FOUR: AVOID EXPOSING YOUR SHINY NEW FLOORS TO DIRECT SUNLIGHT.
Exposure to a lot of sunshine can cause discolouration, dryness and staining of the areas, where the sunlight penetrates through the room and it beats down onto the specific carpet area. Another great idea is to rotate the rugs at least twice a year. This will ensure an even exposure of the areas, which see the heaviest root traffic or perhaps the areas, which are lit by a direct sunlight. Rotating floor coverings also ensures a better and easier cleansing of all the corners and areas when vacuuming periodically. Some rugs and carpets have beautiful two-sided faces, and therefore, don’t forget to turn them from time to time. Cleaning, sanitising and exposing their backings ensures an even wear of all the areas and corners, while in the meantime it prevents the carpets from getting dirt and stains always at the same spots.
STEP FIVE: PREPARE A COUPLE OF USEFUL HOMEMADE DETERGENTS.
These could be extremely handy on an early morning when drinking coffee or tea maybe and an accident occurs. A simple solution of water, white vinegar, soap or another degreaser can really save the situation in some extreme unexpected cases. The simple yet easy homemade solutions can deal with the heaviest stains and blemishes as well. For this, you may need only as stiff brush for spot cleaning. Get a small bowl with hot water, baking soda, rubbing alcohol and dishwashing detergent, stir well and apply the mixture onto the stain. Rub thoroughly until a foam appears. Let it soak up and dissolve the dirt for a few minutes and then just dabbing might be enough to get rid of the stain.