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Like regular carpets, our rugs collect a lot of dangerous dirt and debris as we go about our day to day lives. While you can shove some smaller rugs into your washing machine to get rid of all the built-up dust and grime, area rugs pose a bit of extra challenge.
Due to their typically room-sized proportions, hauling around and cleaning an area rug can sometimes seem to be out of the question. Fortunately, there’s a relatively easy way to clean your area rug without having to move it anywhere.
Ready to get cleaning, but aren’t sure where to start? We’re here to help.
Here’s your complete step by step guide on how to clean an area rug inside your home.
How to Clean an Area Rug Inside
Please note that while this guide will work for many area rugs, all rugs are different and some require special care.
Remember to check any tags before applying any water or cleaning agents. If you have any doubts or concerns, you can’t go wrong hiring a professional area rug cleaning service.
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Step 1: Vacuum
Sometimes hauling your rug out into your yard for a good beating to get rid of any loose crumbs or dirt is just out of the question. Fortunately, you can accomplish the very same thing with your vacuum cleaner.
Before you wash your area rug, thoroughly vacuum it and the area surrounding it to get rid of any loose debris.
Start by vacuuming the top of your rug and the surrounding area. Then roll it up and clean underneath it.
Flip your area rug over and thoroughly vacuum the back before flipping it back and going over the top one last time to pick up any remaining dust or dirt.
Step 2: Wash
Remember, before you wash your rug, spot test a small and easy to cover section to make sure your cleaning agent doesn’t stain or discolor the material.
Using a sponge, gently blot your preferred carpet cleaner across the entirety of your area rug.
Keep in mind that your goal is to clean your rug, not soak it. So, make sure to thoroughly ring out your sponge before applying your cleaner to get rid of any excess liquid.
Step 3: Rinse
Once your rug is thoroughly clean, repeat the process with a fresh sponge and water to help soak up and remove any extra soap.
Like with the cleaning process, your goal isn’t to drench your rug. So, be extra careful not to over saturate your area rug during this step.
Step 4: Spot Clean
If there are any extra tough stains leftover after the cleaning process, now is the time for spot treatment.
Using your favorite spot cleaner, or a mixture of your detergent and white vinegar, and a clean towel, gently blot any remaining stains. Be sure to rinse away any leftover cleaner once the leftover stains are gone.
Step 5: Dry
Finally, take a clean towel and begin to blot dry your area rug. Once you’ve soaked up as much liquid as you can, leave it alone to air dry for at least 24 hours before using it again.
If you want to speed up the drying process a bit or make sure your rug thoroughly dries, set up a fan or two in the room to help boost air circulation.
Making Your Area Rugs Look Good as New
Mud, dust, and debris can take a real toll on the appearance of your area rugs if left unchecked. Fortunately, getting your bulkiest area rugs back to looking pristine again doesn’t have to be a challenge.
Now that you know how to clean an area rug inside your house, it’s time to get to work!
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