how to clean a silk rug at home

If you have ever hired a company for carpet cleaning in St. Charles, MO, you will know that the process they implement when cleaning a silk rug is usually different because of the nature of the material.

Silk is a natural protein fiber which is obtained when silkworm larvae form cocoons and it is composed mainly of fibroin. Though silk is one of the strongest natural fibers, it will lose up to 20 percent of its strength if it gets wet. It is known for its ability to refract light and can be used to create shimmering rugs. Because abrasive cleanings agents, steam and hot water cleaning can damage silk fibers, it is recommended that professional cleaning be used for all silk rugs. You can make use of these tips to clean silk rugs at home.

To remove dust and debris from silk rugs

1. Make sure you vacuum the silk rug regularly. A brush-less suction head should be used to vacuum silk rugs because roller or beater brushes may pull out fibers and reduce the pile, thereby, damaging the rug.

2. Silk rugs should be gently swept with a broom in order to avoid damaging the fibers.

3. Shake the rug. To remove dust and debris, shake the rug off outside. This  will also help air out the rug to remove any odors.

Remove Stains from Silk Rugs

1. Stains should be cleaned immediately before they set in and get attached to the silk fibers.

2. Solid spills should be removed. Scoop solid debris from the rug gently by using a spoon. But take care not to scrape the fibers of the rug because scraping motion can  cause the silk fibers to tear.

3. If liquid spills on the silk rug, gently press a clean, white cloth to the affected areas so as to absorb as much liquid as possible.

4. To remove color from stains, pour club soda onto a clean cloth and then blot the stain. With a dry cloth, absorb any excess club soda and allow the area to air dry. Don’t use heat like a hair dryer to dry the area because it may damage the silk rug.

5. Use a mixture of white vinegar and water in equal parts to also remove stains. Pour the vinegar and water solution on a clean cloth and then use the cloth to blot the stain. With a dry cloth, absorb the excess solution and then allow the area to air dry.

To remove odors from silk rugs

1. Use baking soda to remove odors from silk rugs because it helps in removing odors from different surfaces, including textiles. To get rid of the odor, sprinkle baking soda on the rug, allow it to absorb for about an hour and then use a brush-less suction head of a vacuum cleaner to vacuum the rug.

2. You can also use vinegar and water solution to set rid of odors from silk rugs. Because of the slight acidity of vinegar, it is effective in removing odors and germs.