How to clean a rug

As a centrepiece to most rooms, eventually comes the time when your rug needs a more substantial and deeper clean to keep it looking fresh. Once or twice a year, when stains begin piling up, we recommend giving your rug a clean to ensure it looks just as lovely as when it was first bought. This guide shows you the perfect way to clean your rug, without the need of a professional!

For a deeper clean, it will be more efficient to take advantage of good weather, therefore we recommend cleaning your rug during the summer, or when the forecast is sunny. You will need an outdoor station, this will be used to dry the rug on, for example, a bench, chair or wall for hanging. Make sure you don’t dry your rug on the grass or ground as this will pick up dirt and will reduce the effect of how clean your rug will be.

Firstly, begin the cleaning process by vacuuming your rug. Thoroughly vacuum the top side of the rug to remove any dirt, then flip over the rug and vacuum the bottom side to remove any lingering dust. If your rug is overdue a good clean and holds a lot of dust, it may be more effective to gently beat the rug with a brush to knock off any dust particles. If you have pets it might be beneficial to also run a brush across the rug after vacuuming to dislodge any stuck animal hairs. 

Next, you will need a carpet or rug shampoo. Make sure you test out the shampoo first in the corner of the rug to check for any colour damage. You can do this by mixing in some of the cleaning shampoo with water and applying to a small patch of the rug. Leave it for a few hours and when you return be sure to check that the colours have not bled and there is no fibre damage. Now you have the perfect rug shampoo begin to wet your rug and apply the shampoo all over. Use a brush to gently scrub the rug and focus on any tougher stains, and work deeply into the fibres. 

Afterwards, remove any excess shampoo. To do this the most effectively, we recommend hosing down the rug by placing it at the outdoor station you created earlier. This will remove any leftover shampoo and wash out the dirt. Then ensure you wring out as much of the water as possible. A squeegee is useful to get out any remaining water during this step.

After that, the drying process begins. The rug will need to be left outside for a long time until completely dry as it is very wet. This may take over a day depending on the thickness of the rug and how much water it has absorbed. Due to any changes in weather or, if you are concerned about the rug picking up any dirt, you can move the rug into an indoor environment such as a garage or laundry room for more protected drying. When the rug is completely dry, you won’t be able to feel any excess water in the rug when you squeeze it.

Finally, once the rug is dry put it back into place and give it a final vacuum all over. This will bring the rug back to life, as some of the fibres will be flattened after washing and will need a vacuum to restore it to its new appearance. 

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