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Hello and welcome to my cleaning blog. Cleaning can bring you a lot of joy. Without it, our homes and businesses would literally be covered in old food, dust, and garbage. My name is Penny, and in this blog, I'm going to cover cleaning techniques and tips for staying organized. Whether you are trying to wash a stain out of a shirt or keep on top of the vacuuming, I hope these posts help. I also plan to write about hiring professional cleaners for your home, office, or even your industrial facility. My hope is that this blog brings you as much joy as a clean space.


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How To Clean Polypropylene Rugs

Catherine Edwards

Polypropylene rugs, sometimes called olefin, often cover hardwood floors because they hold color well, and they protect the floor. Polypropylene rugs commonly resist most stains and moisture, but you may find them to absorb grease easily because of the synthetic oleophilic fibers.

You will want to clean these spots right away to avoid rug damage. Clean a polypropylene rug by following these steps.

Prepare to Clean the Rug

To clean the rug, you need:

  • white cotton rags
  • paper towels
  • sponge or scrub brush on a broom handle
  • vacuum dull knife or putty knife
  • liquid dish soap 
  • dry cleaning fluid

Vacuum the rug to pull out any deep set dirt in the fibers, keeping the stain from setting permanently. Vacuuming regularly makes the rug easier to clean. Wear shoes and socks to prevent the transfer of oils to the rug.

Spot Treat the Stain 

Check the rug label for safe cleaning methods.  As soon as you notice a spill, use a cotton rag or paper towel to blot the liquid. For heavy spills, use a  sponge to soak the liquid. Dark sponges, rags, or paper towels may transfer dye to the carpet, and avoid drying it in extreme heat, since it is prone to melting.

 If a solid substance, such as chips or mud, gets on the carpet, scrape what you can with a dull knife or putty knife, then blot again. Let the spot dry, then vacuum the area again. 

Test all cleaners on a hidden section of carpet to check the reaction. For general stain removal, For lightly stained areas, mix two or three drops of dish soap in a cup of cold water. Dip a sponge or rag in the mixture, then blot the stain. Repeat, if necessary until the stain disappears.

To treat oily stains such as makeup, lotion, or chocolate, dab some dry cleaning liquid on the area. Blot the stain until it disappears, then vacuum. Use a carpet cleaner for vomit, mud, urine, or food stains. 

Moisten a rag or sponge in cool water, then dab the area to rinse the cleaner. Let the spot dry, and vacuum.

Clean the Whole Rug

If the rug is not stained but needs cleaning, lay it outdoors on a concrete surface. Wet the rug with a hose, and squirt several drops of dish soap on it.

Rub the carpet with the scrub brush to work the suds in the rug. Rinse the rug until clear water run.  Lay the rug over a clothesline, or flat surface, but avoid placing polypropylene rugs in direct sunlight.  To learn more, contact a carpet cleaning company.