They colour the space and warm the atmosphere, but their maintenance often gives us a hard time. To keep your pretty white and black Berber rug looking fresh like it did on day one, follow these tips.
Oriental rugs, Berber or your grandmother’s heritage … If we cherish them, we do not want to drop them off every four mornings at the dry cleaners for the smallest stain. The solution: gentle and regular maintenance and a few rules of good practice. A quick tip: Always test the products on a corner of your carpet to make sure they won’t damage it!
Crumbs, hair, dust: carpets catch all dirt and quickly turn into a nest of mites, which is often the cause of bad odours! The problem is, the vacuum sucks on the surface, and increasing the intensity will only damage the fibres of your woollen carpet. The best technique? Old! Take your rug outside, hang it in your window, over the balcony or patio, and beat it vigorously with a rattan rug swatter to get the dustout. Finally, to preserve your rugs, get in the habit of removing your shoes at home.
Once you have beaten your carpet and brought all the dust to the surface, you can then vacuum it up. Be sure to bring in the bristles of the nozzle so as not to damage the fibres. Without beating your carpet regularly, a gentle vacuuming every week is the best way to maintain your carpet.
In the event of a stain, slightly soapy water is the best solution. Dilute a little black soap or Marseille soap in lukewarm water, soak a sponge and gently dab the stain on the carpet. Repeat with clear water with a little vinegar to remove soap residue and allow to air dry.
Soda crystals have a strong degreasing power. In case of large stains on your carpet, dilute a cup of soda crystals in a quart of lukewarm water, soak a sponge and rub off the stubborn stains. Repeat with clean water, dabbing with a paper towel.
CARBONATED WATER AND SODA BICARBONATE
Has your carpet lost its original colour, and a few stains have settled here and there? Use sparkling water and baking soda. Using a sponge, coat the carpet with water, then scrub gently with a soft bristle brush. Let dry for half an hour, then sprinkle baking soda all over the carpet; once the baking soda is a dry, vacuum and enjoy the results!
DISHWASHING LIQUID AND WHITE VINEGAR
White vinegar is the miracle home remedy. It is used to sanitize, deodorize and stain. To clean your carpet, start by pouring vinegar on a clean cloth and then rub the stain. Leave on for 15 minutes. Then pass a mixture of water and dishwashing liquid, made into a foam with an electric mixer or with a whisk. Scrub this mixture over the carpet with a brush, then rinse with clean water. Wipe the carpet with a clean cloth and let it dry.
Ammonia is a great stain remover, but it does require some care! When using it, be careful not to breathe the vapours that this product gives off, open the window wide and protect your hands with household gloves. Dilute a few drops of ammonia in water, soak a sponge in this mixture and rub the stain. Then rinse with clean water and pat dry with a dry cloth.