Caring for a BugRug
Acrylic rug fibres are designed to reflect light and have the ability to resist soiling and stains. This makes our kids rugs very practical and functional in a child's setting. However, the lack of apparent soiling does not eliminate the necessity of regular cleaning. Regular vacuuming and professional cleaning will extend the life of your kids rug by keeping it looking lovely and fresh for longer.
Regular Basic Vacuuming
Regular vacuuming is recommended at least 1-2 times a week to keep your child's rug clean. Most soil/dirt in carpets can be removed with a vacuum cleaner. This should be done before it is worked into the carpet pile by little feet and hands. Remove dirt from the rug as quickly as possible to reduce staining.
Ideally your vacuum cleaner should have rotating brushes, a strong airflow to penetrate the backing cloth, and a high filtration bag that limits particles from recirculating into the air. If your vacuum has a bag, change it often and clean any filters as recommended by the vacuum manufacturer to maximise effectiveness.
Occasionally individual threads may emerge from the pile due to foot traffic/vacuuming etc. If this occurs, don't pull the threads away from the backing cloth as this may damage your kids rug. Rather, cut the longer threads down to pile height with a pair of scissors.
Periodic Full Rug Cleaning
If you choose to clean your entire rug, most commercially available spot cleaners and carpet shampoos are suitable for cleaning the carpet pile. However, always check the manufacturer's instructions and test on a small area of the rug to ensure compatibility. When using home carpet shampoos try to avoid "over soaking" as this can damage your rug.
We highly recommend a full clean every six months by a professional carpet dry cleaner such as "Chem-Dry" or "Electro-Dry" to extend the life of your rug. We also recommend using a professional for any major child related catastrophes that may happen on the rug (for those little poo-cassos out there!).
As Needed Spot Cleaning
When spills occur, always scoop up or blot immediately using a damp (but not too wet!) white cloth. Avoid scrubbing or rubbing the stain as this will spread it further and work it deeper into the carpet. Gently dab towards the centre of the stain as this will reduce spreading and ensure the pile is not damaged.
BugRugs Cleaning Tip
BugRugs is particularly fond of a product by Cavalier Bremworth called "Carpet Stain Remover - for Dry Stains" (available in most Australian supermarkets in a grey and orange spray can) for our kids rugs. If you have any small spots or marks that need attention, this product is excellent. It sprays on wet but dries to a white powder after approximately 30 minutes. Simply spray on, allow to dry, and vacuum off....virtually all stubborn stains vanish. You will be amazed at how clean your kids rug looks!
Be sure that your stain is absolutely dry before using this product
Make sure the spray is absolutely dry and powdery before vacuuming
Remove the head of the vacuum and only use the nozzle for maximum suction to remove all of the powder from the pile of the rug