How to Clean a Rug?

Every space benefits from the addition of an area rug. Our cleaning suggestions for area rugs can keep them bright and immaculate.

How to Clean Different Rug Materials

Rugs should be vacuumed on a regular basis and spot-cleaned when a stain occurs. They should, however, be deep cleaned once a year. Always check the care label on your rug to determine if it has to be dry-cleaned, hand-washed, or merely spot-cleaned.

Area Rugs Made of Cotton and Synthetic Fibers

If your rug is small enough, you may wash it in the machine. Use a gentle cycle on a cold setting and air dry.

If your rug is too large for the machine, though, you may hand-clean it. We recommend doing this on a bright day because you’ll need to wash and dry it outside.

What you’ll require

  1. Vacuum
  2. Broom
  3. Shampoo for carpets or liquid dish soap
  4. Tarp
  5. A drying rack for clothes
  6. Hose
  7. Brush with a soft bristle
  8. Towels

The first step is to vacuum.

Vacuum the top of the rug before flipping it over and vacuuming the back. The rug’s back absorbs dust and debris as well.

Second, take it outside.

Unroll it outdoors and set it up against a fence or porch railing. Whack the back of the rug with a brush to check if any additional dirt comes out. If you notice dust and dirt clouds leaving, keep whacking the rug until you can no longer see them. If your rug has a latex backing, don’t hit it too hard because the latex will be damaged.

Step 3: Get Your Rug Clean

Place the rug on a tarp or deck, but make sure it’s near a water source, such as a garden hose. Follow the directions on the carpet shampoo’s label. Warm water is required for several shampoos. If you don’t have carpet shampoo, prepare your own solution using warm water and a spoonful of mild liquid dish detergent in a bucket. Before washing your entire rug, try the shampoo or solution on a tiny section of the rug to ensure that the colours do not bleed.

Take the rug to a dry cleaned if the colours do bleed. If the colours do not bleed, rinse the rug with your hose. Work the soap solution into the rug with a strong, soft-bristle brush. Allow the rug to air dry for five minutes before washing.

Step 4: Allow It to Dry

To absorb as much surplus water as possible, use a towel. Allow it to air dry on a clothes drying rack outside. This might take up to 24 hours. If you can’t keep the rug outside for an extended period of time, take it inside to air dry in your garage, basement, or laundry room.

Step 5: Vacuum it again.

Replace the rug in its original location and vacuum it once more.

Rugs Made of Wool

What you’ll require

  1. sponge
  2. Wool-specific laundry detergent
  3. 2 buckets
  4. Broom
  5. Towels

The first step is to vacuum.

Vacuum the rug’s front and back. Turn off the beater bar if you have the option, as it may harm the tiny fibres of a wool rug.

Take It Outside in Step 2

Bring the rug outdoors and hang it over a fence or railing. Whack the rear of it with a brush to get additional dirt out. Continue until no more dirt clouds appear.

Step 3: Wipe it down.

Make careful to move your hand across the rug before washing. Sliding in one direction feels smooth, while sliding in the other feels harsh. Always wash with the soft side facing out. Always use a moist sponge and avoid soaking the rug fibres entirely, since this might cause damage.

Combine cold water and a spoonful of wool-specific washing detergent in a bucket. Fill another bucket halfway with cold water. Test a small section of the rug with your sponge dampened in the detergent and water solution to ensure the colours won’t bleed. Take the rug to a dry cleaned if the colours do bleed. Continue entire rug cleaning in small pieces if they don’t bleed.

Step 4: Give it a good rinse.

Using the second bucket of cold water, dampen your sponge and softly dab the rug to rinse it. Make sure the rug does not become wet.

Step 5: Allow It to Dry

Soak up any surplus water on the carpeting with clean towels. Allow it to air dry after that.

  • Area Rugs Made of Jute, Sisal, and Bamboo
  • Deep cleaning these carpets is not recommended since water damages the fibres. Vacuum the top and bottom of the rug, as well as the floor underneath it, on a regular basis.
  • Dip a microfiber cloth into a combination of warm water and a spoonful of laundry detergent to erase spots. The stain should then be blotted and rinsed with warm water. Allow it to air dry after blotting it dry with a clean towel.

Area Rugs that are delicate or antique

Consult a professional if you have a fragile or antique rug to guarantee it is cleaned properly.

How To Get Rid Of Odors

Sprinkle baking soda on top of your rug if it’s starting to smell. Allow fifteen minutes to pass before vacuuming it up.

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Michael Caine

Michael Caine is the Owner of Amir Articles and also the founder of ANO Digital (Most Powerful Online Content Creator Company), from the USA, studied MBA in 2012, love to play games and write content in different categories.