I believe it is a recognized current trend that people stuck at home are digging into big cleaning projects they had put off forever. We got really ambitious yesterday and rented a Rug Doctor to spruce up our carpets. I think we got a little carried away because since we knew we’d have it for 24 hours, we threw our area rugs into the mix. The one in the picture is my favorite, an expensive dense wool rug we bought used which has followed us to five different homes in fifteen years.
When we began investing in good quality rugs for the house, suppliers warned us to only have them professionally cleaned by the stores that sell them. I found early on that the cost and trouble of doing this is so significant that we never took them in at all. This year, we took a chance by using the machine on them anyway. In fact, I confess that my husband got overzealous and took the power washer to them as well. I don’t see any damage, just brighter colors than we have seen in years.
They all got quite heavy when they were wet, but none came even close to the weight of the thick wool rug. It was like dragging a sleeping elephant across the floor.We managed to get them all out into the sunshine so that by the end of the day they were all clean, dry, and replaced into their normal resting places. The moral of the story is that taking a risk to clean an old, dirty rug is better than being afraid to even try and living with whatever the vacuum cleaner cannot suck out.
One caveat to this happy ending was that we were utterly exhausted by the end of the day, creaking bones and aching muscles barely able to drag us up the stairs to bed. Thank God for Motrin and the healing power of sleep.