How To Clean An Area Rug
- First, take smaller rugs outdoors and shake them off as much as you can.
- Check the settings on your vacuum cleaner.
- Sprinkle baking soda on your rug before vacuuming.
- Vacuum the rug.
- Roll up each side of your rug to clean under the edges.
How can I clean my rug at home?
- Remove loose dirt with a vacuum.
- Test the cleaner on your rug for colorfastness.
- Work the cleaner into the rug and let it sit for several minutes.
- Hose off the rug.
- Use a squeegee to remove excess water.
- Allow both sides of the rug to dry out completely.
- Vacuum or brush the rug to loosen compacted fibers.
Can you put area rugs in the washing machine?
If your rug is made of cotton or synthetic fibers, you can throw it in the washing machine along with bath towels. Wash in cold water on the gentle cycle, and don’t clean them too often: The rubber backing can’t withstand weekly trips to the laundry room.
How do you clean an area rug without water?
Vinegar, dish soap, and water.
Stir one tablespoon of dish soap into one quart of warm water, then add 1/4 teaspoon of white vinegar. This is a good overall cleaner. Be sure to test the solution on a small, inconspicuous spot on your carpet before applying it to the stain.
How do you clean a white area rug?
Use white vinegar and club soda on water-based stains.
For spills like coffee, juice or—yikes—red wine, mix together equal parts white vinegar and club soda to rub on the stain. Dip a clean rag into the solution, blot and rub it on the stain a little bit at a time until the spill disappears.