An antique rug needs periodic care to assure lasting beauty and value. By taking a few simple precautions, your older carpet, whether it’s a decades-old vintage rug or a century-old antique carpet, can be preserved in good floor condition to be handed down to the next generation.
Here are some helpful tips and techniques to help you keep your antique rug in top shape:
The finest older antique wool rugs were often made from lanolin-rich wool which has amazing stain repellent properties. If a spill is dealt with immediately, it can often be easily blotted up before staining occurs. Use a moist, clean cloth to blot from the edges toward the center of the spill. If soap is needed, use hair shampoo, as the protein of wool is similar to human hair. Do NOT scrub, as this will embed the stain more deeply into the wool. Then elevate the damp area on a short stool or box for quick air drying. Avoid allowing your carpet to sit damp for an extended period of time, as this could possibly rot the cotton foundation.
Everyone loves their carpeting when it’s new, but as it gets older and shabbier, we tend to ignore and even scorn it. So what can you do to stay in love with your carpeting? Here are three things that will help make your carpet last longer and keep the love alive:
- Stay ahead of the dirt
Did you know that it takes up to 17 steps before the soles of your shoes are clean? Dirt tracked onto a carpet eventually sifts down to the carpet backing and grinds away at the fibers, literally wearing it out. Surface soil also dulls the carpet color by covering it up. Fine grit scratches the carpet fiber, just the way a diamond scratches glass. So after you clean the carpet, the carpet still looks dull and dirty because the fiber surface is distorted.
Many cultures remove their shoes when entering a home. This habit really helps keep a carpet looking new. If you want to wear your shoes inside, entry mats also cut down on dirt coming into your home.
Even the most diligent homeowner can’t avoid dirt completely, so it’s important to vacuum, vacuum, and vacuum. Start by making sure your vacuum works properly:
While springtime always seems to come late to New England, it’s finally here, and that means it’s time to get to spring cleaning. Carpets and upholstery such as sofas and chairs have all gathered dust and dirt from months of winter use, so now it’s time to get the dirt out.
The benefits of clean carpets and upholstery
Did you know that one out of every three individuals in the United States suffers from a respiratory problem such as allergies, asthma, bronchitis and sinusitis? It’s true, and many of these conditions can be aggravated by dust and dirt in our homes.
Carpet and upholstery cleaning can make an enormous difference in how we feel, not only because our carpets and furniture look better, but because they can help us breathe better.
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