Spring Cleaning Tips from the Rug Cleaning Superhero
The arrival of the Spring season can be a signal to get on with some serious house care for many of us. We decided to ask Plymouth’s rug cleaning superhero, Captain Rug Wash (otherwise known by his alter ego Andi Hill from Plymouth Rug Cleaning) to share some of his secrets. He very generously offered his complete Top Ten Tips for cleaning carpets, rugs, upholstery and stone flooring. Spring is in the air and what better way to welcome the sun back then to follow this superhero’s Top Tips?
1. Vacuuming Carpets
When vacuuming your carpets, start by attaching the crevice tool on to the hose of your vacuum cleaner, and vacuuming the carpet where it meets the skirting board. This means that you will need to move the furniture in the room. While you have the furniture moved, vacuum behind sofas and sideboards. You may not walk on these hidden areas but dust will settle there. Thoroughly vacuum carpets by vacuuming in a North, South, East and West pattern.
2. The Right Way to Vacuum a Rug
When it comes to vacuuming your rugs, here is a great tip. Turn your rug upside down so the pile of the rug is face down on the floor. With a beater bar vacuum cleaner (usually upright cleaners, but some cylinder cleaners have an attachment with a rotating beater bar), vacuum the back of the rug. This will loosen the soil that is embedded deep down in the pile of the rug. Again as with carpets, vacuum using the North, South, East and West pattern. Once finished, flip the rug over and vacuum the pile. With the fringes you need to vacuum them with the hose attachment. Never go over the fringes with the beater of the vacuum as this will damage the fringes.
3. Cleaning Upholstery
Vacuuming upholstery is also important, just as important as vacuuming carpets and rugs. Over the year, your upholstery collects hair, dead skin and general soil and grit. Attach the brush tool to the hose of your vacuum cleaner and clean all the cushions, and also into the crevices of the framework. Throughout the year, I recommend that you rotate and flip cushions every few months to even out wear.
4. How Often to Have Them Cleaned
It is recommended that you have your carpets, rugs and upholstery cleaned every 12-18 months. But that depends on how many people live in the home. For example, an elderly couple on there own could allow 12-24 months between cleaning. A four-person family with a dog on the other hand, should have their carpets, rugs and upholstery cleaned on a yearly basis.
5. Use Protection
I highly recommend having your rugs, carpets and upholstery protected. Protection prevents those accidental spillages becoming permanent stains. Protection covers each individual fibre helping to resist the spillage. Protection does wear off so you need to talk to your professional carpet cleaner on how often it needs to be re applied.
6. Become a Spin Doctor
Captain Rug Wash always rotates his rugs. Rotating your rug 180 degrees a few times a year will help to even out wear from foot traffic. It will also help to even out damage caused by the sun, if the rug is in front of a window or patio doors.
7. Keep Potted Plants Under Control
Never place potted plants on top of wool rugs. Water leaking out from over-wetting the plant will cause rot and mould damage. This will cause structural damage to the warp and weft of the rug.
8. Windows and Guttering
It is also a great idea to get windows and guttering professionally cleaned on a regular basis. This not only keeps your windows lovely and sparkly, it also helps to maintain the rubber seals and plastic sills. Having your gutters vacuumed reduces the build up of clutter and reducing the risk of overflowing water and damage to gutters and downpipes. Leaving that kind of thing unattended can lead to expensive property maintenance later.
9. Did You Know?
Opening windows for as little as 20 minutes a day will fully ventilate your entire home. This is also a great way to maintain healthy indoor air quality.
10. Stone Vinyl and Wooden Flooring
When it comes to keeping your stone, vinyl or wood flooring looking beautiful here is some great advice. Again it is best to have them professionally cleaned every 12-18 months. It is also highly recommended to have them impregnated. Impregnation is like a sealer. What it does differently to a sealer is that the impregnation soaks into the stone rather then sitting in a layer on top of the stone. This still lets the stone breathe, but it creates a great protection against spillages. Daily maintenance is recommended using a neutral cleaner and a flat mop, as opposed to a regular mop. A flat mop will limit the amount of dirt left on the floor and in the grout lines.
The Next Step
Now you have Captain Rug Wash’s top ten spring cleaning tips, what are you going to do with them? Will you use them to supercharge your own spring cleaning? Let us know if you have any of your own tips. Perhaps you have a cleaning trick that you’ve been using for year to keep your home in perfect order. Add yours by leaving a comment below.