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Tips for cleaning a rug, irises in bloom, talk by the Hosta Guy

Spectator bearded iris at Botanica
Spectator bearded iris at Botanica Courtesy photo

How to clean a rug

“It’s counterintuitive, but the worst mistake people make when cleaning rugs is using store-bought stain removers,” says Ginna Christensen, creative director of Woven Accents. “They ruin the rug, eat up the natural fibers and discolor the area where the stain was.”

Instead, blot the area with a clean, dry cloth, using care not to rub the spill in but absorbing as much of the liquid as possible, say Christensen and Los Angeles designer Amber Lewis.

“Then douse with water and blot again until all of the liquid has been removed,” Christensen says. “If the stain persists, have the rug professionally cleaned.”


In bloom at Botanica

Irises, including this Spectator bearded iris, in the iris display bed across from the children’s garden meadow

‘Hot Hostas of Tomorrow’

Hosta grower Rob Mortko of Olathe will be in Wichita on Tuesday evening to give a preview of hosta cultivars recently propagated by tissue culture by many of the nation’s top hybridizers that will be released in a year or two.

The “Hosta Guy” also will have hostas for sale during the event at Botanica sponsored by the Wichita Hosta Society. It starts at 6:30 p.m. with light refreshments and is free and open to the public.