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Removing Stains from Your Hide Rug

October 11, 2017

Stains are unavoidable. Regardless of the types of floors you have in your home, chances are something will get spilt. And, if you live with young ones, or are prone to clumsy behaviors, spills are even more frequent. However, cleaning up a spilt drink on tile flooring is easier to do than on wood, carpet, and rugs. At Hide Rugs, we produce genuine leather hide rugs that are made to last even in the toughest of environments. However, even the best rugs need some TLC from time to time. While not all stains can be remedied, the more common ones can. If you face a stain on your hide rug, here’s what we recommend fixing it for good.

 

Liquid Stains

The worst feeling you can have when it comes to rugs is spilling a glass of your favorite beverage right on top. Totally, utterly gutted! However, don’t let a simple spill turn into a permanent stain. The first thing to remember is to act fast. If you leave liquid on a rug, especially a hide one, it can soak into the material and stain it permanently. Next, get a sponge or cloth and soak the stain thoroughly. Whatever you do, though, do rub the stain in. Remember, tab and dab are best for absorption. If water alone does not do the trick, soaps and shampoos can also do the trick. Using a moderate amount of soap with a damp rag can give you the extra kick you need to rid the stain. If you do use soap, though, don’t leave any suds or residues of the rug. This can lead to other permanent stains.

While liquid stains can be difficult to remedy, it’s important to remain patient and work tenderly with what you have. One important note though; never, for any reason, wash your hide rug in the washing machine. This can break apart the rug, shrink its size, and damage the texture permanently.

Food & Grease Stains

If you use a hide rug in your kitchen or dining area, food is bound to land on it one way or another. Similar to dealing with liquid stains, it’s important to act fast, lest you face larger, more permanent stains. However, unlike liquid stains, certain foods and greases may require you to wait until they have hardened before removing them.

When removing food that has fallen onto and set on your hide rug, you can remove it directly with a blunt knife or spoon. Without using too much scrapping force, most foods will come out of hide rugs naturally. However, harder to remove foods may require assistance. In these circumstances, we recommend using a small amount of eucalyptus oil. This helps break down the food stain without damaging your rug more. However, sometimes even the most experienced home remedies are not enough for the toughest stains. In these cases, it might be worthwhile visiting your local professional rug cleaner.