We talk all the time about how rugs are beautiful, but many people forget that they require some basic care. You should take them at least every two years for professional cleaning (check our cleaning services for more info), but this does not mean that you should do nothing and not cleaning it at all during this period. First of all, you should vacuum clean it frequently as maintaining your vacuum cleaner clean; you have to change the filter bag.
But still, sometimes accidents happen, and most probably your rug will face one of them. Do not wait until the next professional cleaning to remove simple stains. Most of food, beverage, greasy stains will usually need just some warm water and a little bit of liquid wash detergent to be removed. If the stain still remains, here are some things you can do depending on each case:
Food and mud: ¼ of solution of white vinegar and ¾ of hot water. Spray the area and then clean it with a white cloth.
Chocolate, wine, ketchup, coffee, blood: 1 tablespoon of household ammonia in ½ cup of water. Spray it and then dab it with a clean cloth. Once the stain is totally removed, spray some water to also remove the ammonia, and blot dry it.
Greasy stains: The area has to be dry first. Sprinkle with ¼ cup of baking soda into the stain. In a mixing cup: 1 cup of hot water distilled vinegar + ½ cup of hydrogen peroxide (3%) and ½ teaspoon of liquid dish detergent. Pour the vinegar over the stain and wait the reaction from the vinegar and the baking soda (it will bubble); it will pull he stain out of the rug. Use a clean hite cloth to blot it. Then let it dry.