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236. To Clean Light Rugs

Rugs with white or very light ground may be
cleaned by sprinkling with cornstarch, mixed with one-sixth its bulk of

prepared chalk. Let the starch remain several hours and brush it out with

a fine whiskbroom, then hang in the sun and heat well before putting down.

This method is recommended for fine, silky rugs, as it injures neither

tint nor texture and makes a beautifully clean surface.