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How to Clean A Rug


Rugs are an essential design element that have the power to transform a room. But from foot traffic to pets, food spills, stains, dirt and water, your beloved rug can take a beating. When it’s time to clean your favorite rug follow the proper steps to ensure your rug lasts for years. Below are multiple methods on how to clean an area rug. If these methods don't get the job done, we recommend contacting a profressional rug cleaner.

Before You Clean Your Rug

How To Spot Clean A Rug

These steps below on how to get stains out of a rug should help with most stains as they occur and will keep your rug looking great for years to come.

How to Spot Clean a Rug: You can keep your rug looking great by cleaning spots and stains as they occur.

How To Wash Rugs

If your rug can handle a lot of moisture, you can deep clean a rug by simply throwing it in the washer. Or for larger rugs, you can use a hose, some mild dish detergent or rug cleaner, and a scrub brush. Take your rug outside on a warm sunny day, preferably with little wind. Don’t wash your rug on the grass as the soap may be harmful to plants.

How To Clean An Area Rug WIth A Steam Cleaner

If your rug is not made to handle a lot of moisture, steam cleaning can be a great method. Steam cleaners come in a variety of sizes and can be purchased or rented. Steam cleaners work by forcing steam into carpets which loosens dirt, dust, mites, and bacteria from the fibers so they can be easily removed from the rug. Steam cleaners don’t require suction because the water from the steam quickly evaporates.

How To Clean An Area Rug With A Carpet Cleaner

Carpet cleaners clean by forcing soapy water into the rug and then immediately sucking the dirty water out. Carpet cleaners come in an assortment of sizes and can be purchased or rented. For spot cleaning and small jobs, a portable handheld carpet cleaner does the job nicely. For bigger jobs, you’ll want to get a machine that’s made to clean large carpets.

How To Clean An Area Rug WIth A Pressure Washer

Carpet cleaners clean by forcing soapy water into the rug and then immediately sucking the dirty water out. Carpet cleaners come in an assortment of sizes and can be purchased or rented. For spot cleaning and small jobs, a portable handheld carpet cleaner does the job nicely. For bigger jobs, you’ll want to get a machine that’s made to clean large carpets.

Cleaning Rugs By Material

The way you clean everyday spills and stains from area rugs depends upon the fabric from which the rug is woven. Here are some general guidelines:

Wool, Cotton, Acrylic and Rayon Rugs

Synthetic Rugs - Olefin, Nylon, Rayon

Silk Rugs

Natural / Plant Fibers - Jute, Sisal, Seagrass, Coir, Hemp

Helpful Hints

If you have any specific questions about the care or cleaning of your rug, please contact our Customer Service Department by calling toll-free 888-464-1447, or send an e-mail to: [email protected].

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