You either adore your rug fringe or hate it. Some rugs may have shorter fringes which will be of no bother to you while others have long fringes, giving you a lot of headache. Most rug owners usually make the decision to take matters into their hands and they try to solve the fringe problem by using a pair of scissors. But the professional opinion is to just do away with the scissors, because you will end up very frustrated when you come to the realization of your action.
A fringe is the part of a rug that usually gets the dirtiest and it requires a great amount of effort to get it cleaned. Sometimes, even rug cleaners who want to give their clients a perfectly white fringe usually find fringe cleaning a challenge.
The dirtier the rug, the duller it will look, and once the fringe is dirty, the whole rug will start looking dingy. Most rugs are woven on cotton foundations. Unquestionably, wool is the best fiber to hide dirt because of the layers of cuticles that its fibers possess which is capable of hiding grit and dust quite well. However, cotton will allow soil to get lodged deeply into the strands because it has no place to hide the dirt.
Cleaning a cotton fringe tassels is like cleaning shoelaces. It takes a lot of scrubbing to get a cotton fringe cleaned.
Generally, these are the steps you need to take when cleaning your rug’s fringe:
- First, Protect the floor around the fringe you want to clean. This can be done by placing a plastic tarp underneath the rug. By doing this, you won’t be spreading filth to nearby surfaces.
- Use a soft bristle brush to brush the fringe so as to remove loose dust, debris and dirt
- To a cup of warm water, add 1 tablespoon of ammonia and then dip a sponge into the solution.
- The sponge should be wringed out well. Wipe down the fringe with the sponge. Make sure every piece is dampen.
- Add a tablespoon of white vinegar to 1 cup of warm water.
- A clean cloth should be dipped in the solution and then used too rinse the fringe.
- Dry the fringe outside or place a fan close to the fringe to help it dry faster.