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white powder under rug everytime i go to vacume?

I had the rug from work about a year ago so its pretty old but every time i go to hoover its got a large amount of white powder under it! i have no idea what it is at first i had the gross idea that it was bits of skin but there is no way that much could accumilate in such a short timewhat is it and can i get rid of it

Answer:

There are pretty much three things it could be.... 1 - Powder - There are several cleaning products that are on the market today that people sprinkle on the rug so that it smells good - every time you vacuum more will come out till it is all gone. 2 - Dust - If it is an old rug then there is a good chance that it is simply dust. 3 - Fibers - If the rug is not in good condition then sometimes the fibers break apart and fall out when you vacuum but this is most common with old silk rugs. If you think it is one of the top two then simply turn over the rug and slowly vacuum the from the back (make sure to use a vacuum with bristles). The vibrations will cause whatever is in the rug to fall out. After you are done - turn the rug over and vaccume the front side, collect the dust from the floor and repeat the process till almost all the white powder is gone. Hope I was helpful :)
Aug 23, 2017
You said the rug was old. It could be the rug itself degrading, especially the material the fibers are woven into or if it has a latex backing, the latex itself. Also it could be years of dirt hoovering hasn't been able to remove filtering down and out thru the bottom.
Aug 23, 2017
It is probably the backing disintegrating. You could try flipping it over and vacuuming it from the back side, though it will continue to degrade, this *might* cut down how much powder you see for a while.
Aug 23, 2017
the backing on the rug has dried out and is crumbling. I have owned a clean/organizing business for 23 years, and I see it with older rugs. There is not much you can do, except have another backing put on over the old dried out one.
Aug 23, 2017
This rug has been abused on many occasions with so called cleaning/deodorizing powders. There are several of these products on the market. They are all a rip off, as they do not vacuum back out as the directions say. This rug will continue to bleed off these powders as long as you own it. Sorry, but the manufacturers of these products are practicing a scam on the general public, who are trying to save a buck or two by not having the carpet professionally cleaned when it becomes dirty.
Aug 23, 2017

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