How to Clean Dhurrie Rugs
Dhurrie rugs are traditionally used in India. These are thick flat woven rugs that protect the floor and add glamour to any household. Dhurrie can also be used as a tablecloth. Dhurrie area rugs do not harbor as much stain and dirt as compared to longer-haired rugs. However, occasional cleaning is still important to lift food crumbs and dirt particles. Cleaning dhurrie rugs at home is fairly simple as long as you know the right cleaning process.
The things that you will need are the vacuum cleaner, mild liquid soap, cold water, empty bottle spray, soft bristle brush and paper towel.
Here are the important steps in cleaning dhurrie rugs:
- For easy cleanups, vacuum your dhurrie rug at least once a week to eliminate crumbs and dust. Vacuum cleaning can maintain the appealing structure of your rug.
- Brush the area with a soft bristle brush to remove dirt residue and vacuum the area again to suck lifted residue.
- Blot the soiled area with a clean paper towel. Avoid rubbing the area as it can scatter the dirt. Pay particular attention to dried stain.
- Moisten your paper towel with cold water. Continue the blotting process using a clean paper towel until you eliminate entire dirt particles and stain.
- Get an empty bottle spray and pour in cold water and mild liquid soap. Shake the solution properly.
- Spray your soapy solution onto the inconspicuous surface of the dhurrie rug to test if it discolors your rug. Blot the soiled area with a clean damp cloth moistened with enough amount of cold water. Repeat the same process if your mild cleaning agent does not discolor your dhurrie rug.
- Inspect the surface of the rugby lifting it up and checking the affected area which has accumulated dried stain.
- Allow your dhurrie rug to completely dry. You can also turn on your fan or open your doors and window to facilitate dryness.
- After cleaning your area rug, proceed on cleaning the floorings using your regular floor cleaning routine.
Avoid using bleach or hard cleaning agent in removing stain and dirt particles as this can permanently damage your rug and may also cause discoloration. You can also use a mixture of white vinegar and cold water in removing rug stain. Avoid using the ammonia-based solution as this can be very harmful once inhaled.
How to clean dhurrie carpets
Dhurries are flat woven carpets, woven on a knotless loom so the pattern shows through any side, making them reversible.
Originally they were a practicality of Indian homes, used to increase bedding, carpet floor mats and meditation.
Colorful carpets can often feature vivid designs – almost invariably geometrical – woven from wool, jute, cotton or silk. Most dhurries are pretty hard, but they do get dirty and proper stain removal and regular cleaning are key to making a prized dhurrie carpet past.
Spills and stains immediately soak the offending liquid out of the fiber in the carpet. Do not rub a stain, as it could cause it to spread, leaving an even worse mark. Press clean paper towels or clean, white rags against a fresh stain until all liquid has been absorbed, changing the cloth or paper frequently.
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If a stain is dry or beginning to dry, moisten a paper towel with cold plain water and erase the stain to loosen it so that the towel absorbs the spill. Lift the carpet off the floor and support it so that air can circulate and dry it.
Old, simple dirt and grime may need a more vigorous approach. Test any cleaning solution in a hidden area of the carpet for color stability. For wool, cotton or jute fibers, soft detergent stoppers are mixed with a bucket of cold – never hot – water. Or make a very diluted – 1 teaspoon of detergent in 1 cup of water – mix pure and soft water to wash dishes or washable soap well and put it in a spray bottle.
Vacuum the carpet to remove loose dirt. Then lightly spray or sponge the soap solution on the carpet, starting with the dirtiest area. Dry until – do not rub or rub to avoid damaging the fibers or spreading any stains or stains. A very stubborn stain can be lightly erased with a soft brush as the last resort. Flush by transferring the cleaned areas with plain cold water, and immediately dry the carpet with fans or by suspending it so that air can reach both sides.
Consult an expert before attempting to clean a silk dhurrie, which should probably be professionally dry-cleaned.
Regular maintenance of the Dhurries blanket does not require carpet pads but using one will add life to your carpet, protecting the fibers from wear with strength against the floor and dirt and dirt and ground particles entering.
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frequent vacuuming is the best defense against dirt. Skip the blender bar of the vacuum cleaner if the dhurrie has a fringe edge, to avoid capturing the ends of the machine and damaging it or the carpet. If your dhurrie pattern works well on both sides – most of them – turn the carpet around seasonally to stop its fading. A dhurrie found in direct sunlight will fade with time.
Some may be smaller dhurries washed in industrial-sized machines. If yours can handle, use cold water, turn twice and skip the dryer – air drying carpet prevents shrinkage and fiber damage. Professional cleaning is a more expensive but effective option that may be worthwhile for a valuable carpet or a favorite of serious stains or dirt.