Clean A Dirty Rug: How To Clean An Area Rug

By: Mrs. Mathis


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Knowing how to clean an area rug yourself can save you hundreds of dollars through the years.

Before You Clean A Dirty Rug

The first step to DIY rug cleaning is to know the fiber content of your rug. Hopefully you remember this little piece of information, as it will tell you how to clean a dirty rug. If not, check the back for a label. If that fails, perform the following simple experiment before attempting any area rug cleaning.

1. Remove a small rug fiber from an inconspicuous place.

2. Set the fiber sample of fire and watch carefully. If the fiber melts into a small ball, it is manmade.

3. If the first burns to ash, smell the ash. If it smells like scotch hair, your rug is wool. If not, it is cotton.

4. Note that there is also the possibility that your rug is a blend of manmade and cotton or wool fibers.

How To Clean An Area Rug

A vital part of cleaning an area rug is keeping it free from dirt. Clean your dirty rug by vacuuming it every time you vacuum the rest of your home. At least once a month, turn the rug over and vacuum the back, too.

Should your rug become soiled or stained, use a product designed for area rug cleaning to treat that specific stain. Just make sure that it is compatible with your rug’s fiber content and is suitable for DIY rug cleaning.

If your entire rug is stained, reconsider DIY rug cleaning. It may be better in the long run to have it professional cleaned by someone specializing in area rug cleaning. However, if it is cotton or manmade fibers, and not too heavy for you to carry, you can clean a dirty rug by taking it outside on a sunny day and wetting it thoroughly with a garden hose. Using a mild detergent suitable for cleaning an area rug and a sponge mop, work the soap into the rug thoroughly. Then spray the rug until the water runs clear off of it. The final step to clean a dirty rug is to allow the rug to dry out doors in indirect sunlight, turning the rug over from time to time to insure in dries evenly.

If at all possible, avoid wetting a wool rug. Instead, clean the dirty rug with one of the powered cleaning products designed for DIY rug cleaning. Sprinkle the powder over the stain in question and gently brush it in with a stiff scrub brush. Allow the cleaner to sit for a while and then vacuum the area rug cleaning it as usual.

While area rug cleaning may not sound exciting, knowing how to clean an area rug may open up a whole new world of stress-free entertaining that begins with you not asking your guests to remove their shoes at the door.

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  1. Tess on March 7, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    I hang mine on the clothes line and beat the daylights out of it with a stick. This is an old fashioned way to clean area rugs, but it works.

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