Discover The Real How To Clean An Area Rug

clean an area rug
Written by Bilal Munsif

Cleaning an area rug can be a chore, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, with just a few easy steps and a few supplies on hand, you can tackle cleaning your favorite rug without feeling overwhelmed or out of pocket.

Vacuum the rug

Vacuum the rug. To clean a rug, you will need a vacuum with an attachment for vacuuming carpets and rugs. If you have one of those hand-held cleaners that can be used on carpets and rugs, use it! Otherwise, use a regular sized upright or canister vacuum to remove dirt from your carpet.

Use the brush attachment on your brushless vacuum to gently scrub every inch of your area rug for up to five minutes per pass through one direction, then turn the rug over and repeat this process in reverse order (e.g., from front side to back side).

Spot clean the rug

  • Use a damp sponge or cloth to wipe the surface of the rug. Don’t use too much water, and don’t rub too hard or scrub too much.
  • If you have an area rug with a patterned design, you’ll want to be careful when cleaning it—you don’t want to accidentally ruin any of those intricate details!

Add water, vinegar and detergent to a bucket

  • Add water and vinegar to a bucket, mixing well.
  • Add detergent to the bucket, mixing again until dissolved in solution.
  • Use a clean cloth or sponge to soak up the solution and gently rub it across the rug’s surface until all stains have been removed

Mix the solution

Mixing the solution is the first step how to clean a rug at home. The solution should be made up of equal parts water and vinegar, with a few drops of detergent added to it. You can use warm or cold water for this mixture depending on what kind of rug you’re cleaning. If your rug has been heavily soiled, then you may want to use a scrub brush instead of just rinsing it off with plain water; however, if your rug is only slightly dirty (or dry), then using plain cold water will be sufficient enough for most purposes. To make sure that all surfaces are properly cleaned, soak either one or two pieces of cleaning cloths (or sponges) in your chosen cleaning solution before wiping down each section thoroughly until no more dirt comes off onto them when squeezed between fingers over time and force is applied against them as well!

Soak the cleaning cloth or sponge in the solution

Soak the cleaning cloth or sponge in the solution. Make sure it is fully saturated, then use a sponge that is not abrasive and a lint-free cloth to wipe down the area rug.

Wash down the rug with the cleaning solution

To start, use a sponge or cloth to wipe down the rug. Make sure you scrub well and remove any stains on your way. Once all of your stains are gone, rinse with cool water until all traces of cleaning solution are gone from the rug.

Rinse the rug with cool water

  • Rinse the rug with cool water.
  • Use a hose to rinse the rug.
  • Let it dry completely before using it again.

Hang the rug to dry in a shaded area outside or hang it on a clothesline in laundry room.

  • Hang the rug to dry in a shaded area outside or hang it on a clothesline in your laundry room.
  • Do not put it in the dryer; this can damage the fibers of your rug and cause fading.
  • Don’t use carpet cleaners, bleach or any other type of cleaning solution that contains ammonia to clean your area rug! This will damage its fibers and make them brittle over time as well as cause staining if you choose not to wash it before using again (which we don’t recommend).

To clean an area rug, vacuum it, spot clean it and wash it outside with a water/detergent mixture!

To clean an area rug, vacuum it and spot clean it.

Vacuum the rug to remove any loose dirt or debris that may be on the fibers of your rug. Then, use a small brush or soft toothbrush to scrub in an up-and-down motion along all edges of the rug until it is free of debris. If you have pets who like to scratch at furniture legs when they are bored, make sure to do this step before putting anything back down on top of your area rugs!

Spot clean stains if needed by applying some water/detergent mixture directly onto stain with a cloth balled up into a square shape (you can also use paper towels). Wipe off excess liquid from fabric surface with paper towel after about 10 seconds; do not let any drips go into sink—this will only cause bacteria growth inside drain lines which could cause serious damage over time due another person using hot running water later on down road!


And there you have it—a comprehensive guide on how to clean an area rug! We hope that this article has helped you understand the basics of cleaning and maintaining your home. If you have any other questions, please feel free to leave them below in the comments section. Also, if this article was helpful for someone else as well, please share it using one of the buttons below!

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