During the winter season, dust and debris enter the home no different than the spring and summer months. Many of us lay down runners, throw rugs, accent rugs also know as area rugs to provide a barrier between our dirty shoes and the floor below. They provide a more inviting space and can highlight a truly incredible piece of art. It's essential to take care of your rugs and clean them to remove pet dander, stains, and dirt. Rugs can be inexpensive, and others bring sentimental value. Some rugs are considered family heirlooms passed down from one generation to the next others are there to just serve a purpose cover the floor. So today, we wanted to share how effective Powerizer is at cleaning carpets, especially throw rugs.
We recommend brushing off debris and hair from your bathmats and hang them to dry after each use. You can brush them with a dish scrubber into the bathtub to see just how much stuff falls off of them. You will be amazed at what falls out of them. Bathmats are much smaller in size than a runner or an area rug which is not so easy to lift especially when wet. You must rely on a broom or a vacuum to remove as much of the dust and debris before starting your cleaning process. Nine times out of ten these rugs are not small enough to wash in a home or commercial washing machine, so other protocols must come into play.
Here are a few things you must do to clean your rugs effectively.
- First, prep the rug with a thorough sweep and vacuum to remove as much dust, debris, and hair as possible. Flip the carpet and vacuum the back fibers as well.
- Dye set your rug before you decide to wash it. Test for dye cast off by dipping only a small corner into a die soak solution to ensure the mixture is going to work. If immediate dye cast-off is a result, stop there and take it to a professional rug cleaner. To dye set your rug, reference our recent blog, which provides an easy to make dye soak recipe. Make a mixture in the bathtub. Rugs that are not dye set tend to bleed, especially if it is printed rather than a woven design.
- To dye set Wool and nylon use Vinegar and for Cotton fibers, use Salt.
- For Silk fibers, be cautious. Powerizer does contain natural plant-based enzymes that are known to neutralize the dye set in silk fabrics. Test before washing with Powerizer and make a 1/2 less mixture instead. To prevent future dye cast off, consider drying the rug horizontal on a flat surface.
- Always wash with cold water. Hot water is the number one catalyst for causing dye cast off even more so than detergent. If you make a soak or a concentrated mixture, wait for the water to cool down to room temperature before applying it to the fabric.
- Spot treat stained areas using a concentrated mixture (1 scoop to 16 oz. of water) ahead of time to give the detergent time to break down stains.
- Use a Commercial Washer & Dryer when the rugs are small enough.
- Do not wash more than one rug at a time.
- Consider using the self serve Car Wash bays to spray down your rugs after pretreating them. The high-pressure spray gun is handy. The wall clamps are helpful to lift the carpet off the floor when spraying the carpet. Once the process is complete bringing the rug home will be a wet mess. Take precautions by throwing it inside a tarp or a large bucket or consider transporting it in the back of a pick-up truck instead.
- If you have access to an outdoor water hose, attach a high-pressure nozzle to the end, it can be just as effective as the spray gun at the car wash.
- Secure the rugs to a vertical surface using heavy-duty clamps. Toss the wet rug over a fence, set of stairs, or a deck with a sturdy railing near. Another option is the back of a Truck Bed, or attach it to the bottom of an open garage door. Clamp it to the bottom of the fully opened garage door. If the rug isn't too heavy, clamp it to the bottom of the fully opened garage door. Also, consider laying it over the top of a Garment drying rack. Place the drying rack inside the bathtub, so that the water runoff doesn't become an issue. If it's too cold to dry the rug outdoors, move the carpet into the Garage to dry instead.
- Scrub brushes and quality microfiber cloths for carpet cleaning are helpful in pretreating or spot cleaning stains on rugs.
We DO NOT recommend using Powerizer Complete in a carpet cleaning machine. Not because the detergent will not clean effectively. It will clean better than the most industrial carpet cleaners. Instead, remember Sodium Percarbonate is the active ingredient in Powerizer Complete. When it mixed with water, it creates Hydrogen Peroxide, which expands and builds pressure in an airtight container. Without a breath hole, the bottle expands and will even tip over. Pressure can build inside the reservoir chamber. The expansion can cause the seals to crack or split, which can affect the mechanical functioning of the carpet machine. So we will always stand on the safer side of things and not recommend it for your carpet cleaner.
If you decide not to heed our warning and use it in your carpet cleaning machine anyway, be diligent in emptying the solution after each use. An essential precaution is never to leave a mixture of Powerizer in the machine. Release all the solution onto the carpet to empty the reservoir so that no solution remains. Pass through the entire rug a second time with plain water to rinse the detergent from the carpet. This water must also be dumped immediately before stowing away your machine. If the liquid pulled out of the rug is still pretty dirty, rinse the carpet a third time. If you decide to use a shop vac, the same precautions apply.
There is no specific manual for how to clean rugs. The number one word of advice is to be sure to rinse the detergent from the fibers thoroughly and wait until the rug is completely dry before placing the rug back on the floor. Some stains may take a few attempts to remove, don't be discouraged. Try a second time. When a spill happens pretreat the rug stain and lift as much of it using a dry microfiber cloth immediately. Then pretreat the stain again letting it sit to give it time to make a second attempt to remove the rug stain. Rinse the rug thoroughly. To rinse spot clean areas, simply pour clean water and absorb with a microfiber cloth. Repeat until the water absorbed is just as clean as the water poured onto it.
Give Powerizer a try and share with us your comments on how well it cleans your rugs. We're always excited to hear new miraculous cleaning stories. Happy Spring Cleaning gets your clean freak on!!.