Keeping the Tradition of Carpets Alive

The first edition of the Arab Carpet expo opened on October 1, 2015 in Abu Dhabi which is home to the world’s largest carpet at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, reported the Yarns and Fibers website. The four day exhibition showcased an exquisite collection of carpets that reaffirmed the age-old fact that the Middle East is a magnificent repository of the art of carpet weaving. However, what remains hidden behind the legacy of craftsmanship is a strict regimen of cleaning and maintenance. The wisdom of home remedies for carpet stain removal with borax, vinegar, baking soda or salt, is passed on along with the carpet itself that is inherited through generations. However, like Chinese whispers, family wisdom to get sullied over time and may need modern alternatives.

Modern Tips for Carpet Stain Removal

Determine whether the stain is fresh: The way you treat a fresh stain will be different from the way you will address a dried in stain of many days. For a fresh spill, you must soak up the culprit with some tissues as soon as possible and then proceed to treat it with stain removal agent. For dried in stains, it is advisable that you apply the agent and allow it to be completely absorbed before you begin to clean. Always work your way in from the outside of the stain.

Test for colorfastness: Instead going straight to the affected area with a cleaning agent like Vanish 3 in 1 Carpets and Upholstery Hand Shampoo, it is advisable to first test the carpet for color fastness. This can be done by applying a small amount to a hidden area of the carpet. One should wait patiently for this test patch to dry completely to determine whether it effects the color of the threads of your valuable carpet. This is a very valuable tip as it can prevent you from landing up with a glaringly discolored patch on your carpet.

Use a Spray, instead of a detergent: It is advisable to work with a spray as it tends to get absorbed into the affected area without having to rub it in too much, which could spoil the delicate fibers.  Vanish Oxi Action Carpet and Upholstery Spray remains an ideal choice for this. All you have to do is spray it on the affected area and gently rub the region. Once it gets absorbed and the spot dries, wash it with a clean, damp, colorfast cloth.

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