There are many things that can go wrong when trying to clean an area rug. You really need the best carpet cleaner to clean it properly because the area rug could become smaller in size, lessen in colour, or become discoloured overall. And once damaged, it can be very difficult, if not impossible, to recover from. That makes learning how to properly clean a rug incredibly important.

How to Begin

It is a good rule of thumb to start by vacuuming the surface. You will not be able to tell how dirty it really is until the area is free of debris and dirt. You can use a broom and a dust pan in some cases, but a carpet cleaner works better. Finding the right one can be a challenge though so read some reviews beforehand.

Inspect the Surface

You need the best carpet cleaner to clean your area rugs.The process should begin by eye balling the surface layer of the area rug. You should be looking for apparent stains that are clear to the naked eye. These can be spills or drips of any kind that detract from the overall look of the piece. Make sure you’ve got the best carpet cleaner ready to go.

If spills or drips are obvious and apparent, then you may be able to spot clean. That means taking a clean dry towel and a bottle of water to begin. You will want to rehydrate the stain and then you will try to blot and absorb anything that you can to remove the odd colouring of the stain. If you have a steam cleaner, this is going to be extremely useful. If you don’t have one then consider buying a carpet cleaner if you want to clean your carpets, rugs and furniture quickly and efficiently.

There can be hidden unwanted ingredients like pet dander and pet hair amongst the fibres of the area rug. This is a place where unhealthy bacteria and mould can ultimately grow when moisture us added.

Manufacturer’s Warning

Most people do not take the time to read the manufacturer’s instructions. But they are actually as equally useful as they are important in the care of an important area rug. It will depend on what the rug is made of as to how it can be cleaned and what chemicals can be used in conjunction with the fabric.

Depending on any particulars about the area rug, there can be trickier parts. If the rug has protruding segments, then extra care should be taken for those pieces. Rugs are known as being extra absorbent as they are often times made from soft cotton fibres. This is why you need to read various carpet cleaner reviews before you find a product suitable for your rugs.

The cleaning process but occasionally need more detailing after the rug is removed from the centrifuge. Any other spot and stain treatment is done at this time. After we determine the rug is 100% dry, we groom the fibres leaving a very soft feel.

Area rugs should be cleaned regularly in order to fully utilise their shelf life. And if you have pets, they will need extra care. And if there is a cigarette smoker within the home, then it will take an odour deterrent in order to make them smell like they were new.

Area rugs are a fantastic way to spruce up space. They might seem hard to care for at first, but they do not have to be if you understand how to properly care for them. From experience, I can say that the best carpet cleaner tends to help a lot so try and get one if you’re serious. Rugs are a fun way to liven things up and to make your house a proper home.

DeclutteringOh clutter. It’s the unforgivable sin of the minimalist world. Clutter – which can be disguised as collectibles, mementoes, gifts, and ‘it might be useful someday’ items – is bad.

Clutter makes us buy bigger houses, rent storage sheds, spend a fortune on home organising kits, turn our garages into sheds, and fills our basements and attics with dusty old albums, jigsaw puzzles with pieces missing, and moth-eaten museum-style clothing. Not to mention buying devices like carpet cleaners to keep our home clean.

Clutter is insidious, sneaking its way into our homes with the post, the grocery shopping, and in the holiday season.

In a spirit of confession, here is some of my clutter:

– An ancient gameboy that doesn’t work that I don’t want to throw away but can’t donate to anyone.

A box full of random wires – telephone lines, USB connectors, chargers for devices that we no longer own, and exchangeable plugs and adaptors.

– A briefcase of Dungeons & Dragons books, maps, dice and magazines.

– A snowglobe that someone gave me as a gift.

– Three incense burners (I haven’t burned incense in well over a year)

– A shelf of old CD’s that contain back-ups of old files, mysterious programs compatible only with ancient versions of windows, and a number of music CDs even though my music has been digital for a decade.

– Cardboard boxes that once contained expensive electronic equipment, complete with the protective moulded packaging.

Expensive pens, pencils, Bristol board, acrylic paints, pastels and other ‘a-grade’ art materials from my years as an aspiring artist. Now, depressingly, I bet a lot of them have dried up or faded. That’s a great example of saving something expensive until it’s useless and never getting to enjoy it.

So for the next four weeks I’m going to get rid of one item a day. That’s it. I can list it on eBay (it only counts once it’s actually shipped out the door), I can take it to the recycling centre or a charity shop, or I can throw it in a compost bin. I’m not allowed to send anything to landfill.

I started today with my GCSE revision books. I’m taking them to the charity shop. As a bonus, I included my one remaining Harry Potter book, and a pretty dire comic book.

If anyone else wants to join me on this challenge, post the item you got rid of in the comments.