Post-Holiday Carpet & Rugs Cleaning Tips MD VA DC


Spills, crumbs, stains!

Love parties but hate the toll they take your beautiful rugs and carpet?

See our cleaning tips (just in time for the holidays)…

Vacuum ASAP

1.To keep food particles from becoming deeply embedded in your rugs vacuum after your party to keep them from turning it into mold and bacteria.

2.Fine, handmade rugs should not be vacuumed with a beater bar.

3.Use a nylon stocking over your attachment nozzle to keep fringe from being sucked up and damaged.

4.Vacuum in the direction the pile lies.

5.If the rug is small enough, take it outside and dust it with a soft brush. Gritty dirt tracked in from guests can abrade the rug’s backing so vacuum the back, flip over and vacuum once more.

Remove Stains

Clean ordinary food and beverage spills immediately by removing the excess and then use specially formulated stain and soil remover (always test for colorfastness), a solution of clear, non-bleach dish washing detergent (1/4 tsp detergent to 32 oz water), or club soda.

Red wine

1. Sprinkle table salt all over the red wine stain if it’s still wet. The salt will help wick up some of the stain as you collect other stain removing supplies.

2. Blot up as much of the red wine stain as you can by placing a clean cotton cloth on the stain and applying pressure with your hands. Move to a clean spot on the cloth and continue to blot until there’s no further transfer of red wine stain. Pour enough club soda on the stained area to fully saturate it. Use a clean cotton cloth to blot up the club soda until no further transfer of moisture is picked up.

3. Apply hydrogen peroxide to a clean sponge and dab at any remaining red wine stain, starting at the outside of the stain and working your way in. Press into the fibers of the rug.Rinse the sponge with cool water and repeat, if necessary, until the stain is gone.

4. Allow the rug to air dry or use a blowdryer on the area.

Grease & Gravy

1. Scrape off excess grease.

2. Sprinkle baking soda, cornstarch, or other absorbent on the stain. Let stand for 10 to 15 minutes, and then vacuum.

3. Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with a dry-cleaning solvent.

4. Blot until the solvent is absorbed.

5. If the stain remains, mix one tablespoon of liquid hand dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon of white vinegar with two cups of warm water. Sponge the stain with this solution. Blot until the liquid is absorbed.

6. Sponge with cold water and blot dry to remove the detergent/vinegar solution.

Candle Wax

Candle wax can be removed from most surfaces with the following technique:

1. Lay a plain brown paper bag or white paper towels on the wax.

2. Place an iron set on its lowest setting onto the paper bag or paper towels. Run the warm iron over the wax and it will begin to absorb into the paper bag/towels.

3. Move the bag around to a fresh place and keep ironing until the wax is gone.

4. If colored dye from the candle remains, dab at it with a bit of rubbing alcohol, then a sponge dampened with water.

Deep Cleaning

Make sure that you do a deep cleaning of your carpet after the Holiday party. To achieve a clean carpet, you’ll need to have it cleaned by a professional carpet cleaner. A thorough cleaning is needed every six months or so, especially after a party.

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