Homeowners Guide To Rug Cleaning

7 Easy Steps to Clean Your Rugs

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Some people absolutely love having rugs in their homes. They like them because of how they look and also because if you have a tiled house, the rugs can add some warmth to your home.

They get dirty quickly and that brings us to the question, how do you clean them? In this article, we will give you a complete guide on how to clean the rugs in your home. In  case you don’t have the time to do it yourself, you can always ask help from your local carpet cleaners. All you have to do is give them a call, and they’ll take care of the rest.

Step 1. Get a Setup Outdoors

– Get a few days in a row where the weather is sunny so you can set up your rugs to be cleaned.

– Work out a support system because clotheslines will not be strong enough to hold them.

– If you have two trees in your backyard, you can tie up two ropes and stretch them out.

Step 2. Vacuum Properly On Both Sides

Vacuum your rug thoroughly and then turn it over and do it on the other side. This removes any dust.

– When done, roll it up and move it outside to your cleaning area.

– Hang it up somewhere and give it a good whack so get rid of any leftover dust. Don’t do it too hard but enough to get the dirt out.

Step 3. Try Different Carpet Shampoos

– It is always a good idea to test out different shampoos on a small section of your rug before you use it on the whole thing. Mix it with some water and let it settle for a few hours.

– Go back and then rinse it off.

Step 4. Wash your Rug and Add the Shampoo

– With your chosen shampoo, grab your garden hose and give it a good soak and rinse.

– Then use a strong brush with a sturdy handle and massage the shampoo deep into the rug.

– Give your rug a good scrubbing to build up foam.

Step 5. Now Rinse the Rug

– With the shampoo, read the directions properly and leave it in as long as directed.

– When the time comes to rinse it again, do it thoroughly so all shampoo is removed.

Step 6. Drying the Rug

Ideally, you are going to try and wring the rug out as much as you can to get rid of the excess water. After you do that, hanging it up to dry in a space that gets a lot of suns and warmth can accelerate the process.

Once the rug is dry, you shouldn’t be able to feel any water on it at all.

Step 7. Vacuum One Last Time

Once your rug is dry, you can then move it back inside. When you have done that, you should get out your vacuum and go over it again. This essentially acts as a comb going over your rug to make it spotless.

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How much does it cost to get your area rug cleaned?

You can expect on average to pay anywhere between $50 and $300 depending on the size of your area rug. Some local carpet cleaners usually charge between $1.25 and $8 per square foot so if you have a bigger rug it will cost you more.

What is rug cleaning?

Rug cleaning is the act of removing stains, allergens, and dirt from your rug. There are several ways to clean your rug with the most popular being steam cleaning.

Can you pressure wash a rug?

Yes, you can. A pressure washer can get your rug sparkling clean and because of the pressure, it will get off all the dirt and grime.


So there is our guide to cleaning your rugs in your home. There are several different ways that you can clean your rug and everyone has their old wives’ tales regarding the best practices. At the end of the day, pick your way to clean your rug and you will get the results you are after.