Could your area rug profit from a thorough cleaning? Learn how and where to clean a rug on your own and you’ll be able to get all of your floor coverings back to life whenever you want. Area rugs can help to tie a room together, but they can also take the abuse from foot traffic, animals, and stains. After a while, vacuuming simply isn’t enough to get it completely clean—which is when learning how to do it properly comes in handy.
Area rug cleaning is a simple task that you can complete on your own. If your rug is particularly fragile, there is no need to employ skilled rug cleaners (for example, an antique rug, Persian rug, or oriental rug).
It is not necessary to clean rugs on a regular basis. Instead, clean the rugs only when they are clearly dirty or have a stink. Continue reading to learn how to revive worn-out area rugs so they look as fine as they did when you first unpacked them.
Get Your Supplies and Tools
Here’s all you’ll need to finish a good area rug cleaning:
- Rug shampoo/ mild dish soap
- Sponge or Soft Brush
- Hose (Optional)
- Gloves (Optional)
Get Rid of Debris and Dirt
Vacuum the rug completely on both sides. You want to be certain that all debris has been removed. If you have cats, you can use the brush attachment to remove any stray hairs.
Make Your Cleaning Solution
When it comes to the cleaning agent, a rug cleaner is ideal. Follow the mixing instructions on the bottle of whatever shampoo you want.
You may also use dish soap detergent mixed in a bucket of warm water. Hot water should not be used because it can curl the rug or inflict fading.
Do a Colour Test
Until you begin scrubbing, check to see if the cleaner can cause the colours to fly. To ensure that the solution is colourfast, test it on a section of the rug. If the colour does not bleed, proceed to the next stage.
Clean the Rug
Work the cleaning solution into a soap on the rug with a sponge or soft-bristle cloth. Allow the cleaner to sit mostly on rug for 5 minutes before rinsing. Anything better, and you’ll be short changing the cleaning process. Allow it five minutes to sink in and begin lifting dirt. The soak depends on the shape and size of the rug. Small round rugs would need less soak time than a massive square rug.
Rinse the Rug
Using a water hose or barrels of clean water, wash the soap out from the rug. Ascertain that all of the cleaning fluid has been fully removed from the area rug and that the water that is draining is crystal clear.
Get Rid of Extra Water
At this stage, you’ll need to get rid with as much excess water as possible in the rug so that it can dry faster. If you have a wet-dry vacuum, you can use it.
Allow the Rug to Dry
Allowing an area rug to dry is the final step in cleaning it. Enable the top of the rug to dry completely before laying it flat. Then turn it over to dry the bottom side. Fans may assist in hastening the operation. Before returning the rug to the bed, make sure it is completely dry.