Area rugs are as important as carpets and sometimes even more as it enhances room interior. To keep it beautiful, you have to maintain a disciplined area rug cleaning routine. On the contrary, people do rug cleaning only when it looks ugly or smells foul. This routine will reduce beauty and life, both, of your area rug. If you want to assure if it is time to clean your area rug or not, do this: hold a corner of it in the air and leave it. If you see a cloud of dust, then this is the time to perform area rug cleaning. You can clean as well as sanitize it with this DIY hack:
Items and Tools to Perform Rug Cleaning
- Garden hose
- Rug cleaning solution or Mild liquid dish soap
- Lukewarm water
- Sponge or Softbristled scrub brush
7 Area Rug Cleaning Guide
1. Start with Vacuuming
To clean the rug, you need to start with vacuuming. Keep an aim to extract all dirt, dust, and crumbs from both sides of the area rug.
2. Get Ready for the Cleaning Process
You can start the area rug cleaning process with either a rug cleaning solution or with a mild dish cleaning soap liquidized in lukewarm water. If you are cleaning the area rug for the first time with this cleaning solution, do a spot test at the very end of a corner of the rug. If it seems safe and the color of the rug is not faded, then start the rug cleaning process.
3. Start Area Rug Cleaning process
Take a Soft Bristled brush or sponge and dip it into the cleaning solution which can be homemade or store-bought. Apply the cleaning solution on the rug until you see suds. It must go deep inside the roots of the area rug for effective cleaning.
Let it sit for at least 15-30 minutes based on the ugliness of the rug.
4. Remove Soap
Use the garden hose to thoroughly clean the soapy water from the area rug.
5. Squeeze Water
One of the most important steps of area rug cleaning is to remove excess water to make sure it doesn’t foul smell later. To do that, take a Squeegee and press its rubber-edged side on the rug in its nap direction. Pull it to remove excess water. Repeat the process of the press and pull multiple times to remove excess water.
6. Let it Dry
If you can, just hang it outside to let both sides get dry faster. If you cannot, leave the rug as it is to let it’s one side dry and then flip it to let the other side get dry.
7. Loosen the fiber
The last step of rug cleaning loosens its fiber, which may have compacted due to the cleaning process. Simply move Soft Bristle brush or run a vacuum cleaner through it.
That’s it! Enjoy the glance and use of a clean and sanitized area rug.