Spring Cleaning, Rainy Season
Spring cleaning is the opportunity to let in the fresh air, clear out the clutter, and give your home a little, or a big facelift. Here in Costa Rica we are coming into the rainy season. Technically it is our summer, but with rain every day Costa Ricans prefer to call the rainy season their winter.
Either way, many of the tips for cleaning carpets and rugs work in both places, spring cleaning for you northerners and rainy season’s mud and dirt challenges for those of us south of the border.
All rugs can use a good overall cleaning occasionally. But a small stain addressed immediately delays the costly overall cleaning and keeps your carpets and rugs looking fresh. Here are some Spot Cleaning tips to keep your carpets in shape, making your spring cleaning a breeze.
Get it while it’s wet. Try to get to the stain when it’s wet and it will be much easier to remove.
Always blot. Start at the outside of the stain and work your way inward to avoid spreading.
Start with water only. For many stains such as alcoholic beverages, berries, soda, pet accidents, food dye, milk, dirt, washable ink, and wet latex paint you can start by using water. By applying water and blotting, perhaps several times, the stain can be diluted and absorbed without using harmful chemicals.
Removing sticky spots (like gum or wax) from wool rugs: Use cold to harden sticky areas by putting ice cubes in a plastic bag and holding them to the rug. Once hardened, scrape the area with a spoon. Blot with rubbing alcohol to remove any remaining residue.
Spot cleaning natural fiber rugs like sisal, coir, or jute: Using warm, soapy water, scrub the stain with a soft brush. Rinse well and blot with a towel to dry. These rugs may need some plastic sheeting underneath to prevent water going through to the floor beneath.
Here is a fantastic Chart that will help you with carpet cleaning focusing on the exact stain and what to use for each one. Oriental Rug Cleaning.
Costa Rica’s Spring Cleaning
Rainy season is here and many of us living in rural areas and the beaches have to tend with muddy shoes and muddy paws making our spring cleaning a constant activity.
So why am I writing about carpet cleaning when we make canvas rugs?
We’re here to help you keep your home beautiful in any way we can.
Owning a canvas rug makes life much easier when it comes to cleaning any time of the year.
Soap and water, a damp rag, a broom, work to remove any dirt and they do not Stain.
We’re here to make your home beautiful and your life less complicated. And if you own a fiber rug and the above helps you we’re happy about that too!
Write Laurel for any questions about canvas rugs for your interior décor.
Happy Spring Cleaning!