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Friday, April 11, 2014

How-To: Wash Your Kitchen Rugs

We've been in the Hayley House for a number of years now and I've decided it's long-past time for me to unpack all of the boxes.

There are a lot of boxes. I'm not going to take a photo to share with you - it's embarrassing and makes me look like a somewhat of a hoarder, which I'm not.

I've also decided that I should really really try to develop a system for cleaning the house on a regular basis. I'm not talking about sweeping and mopping (though it's awfully good to do those on a regular basis!).

I'm talking about scrubbing the windows and blinds, oiling the locks and maintaining the garage door, cleaning rugs and the dishwasher filter, and so on.

I have a spreadsheet that I built, using a list I found on the internet of monthly tasks. I've been working through each task as I have time - in the interest of full disclosure, I'm still dealing with some February tasks (though I'm also taking care of April tasks)!

Last weekend, I washed my kitchen rugs.

If you've never washed your rugs before, it's pretty simple. If you have a rubber-backed rug, you can toss it in the washing machine. Wash on a short cycle in cold water with a slight amount of detergent. Do NOT use bleach as it will eat through the rubber.

Air dry your rugs. If the weather won't cooperate to dry them outside, toss them over the shower or lay them on your washing/drying machine. Do NOT dry them in the dryer or you will melt the rubber backing.

Another cleaning task checked off the list!

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