Area rugs are the perfect way to add a touch of style and sophistication to any room. In addition to being visually appealing, there are many other benefits to including this piece of decor in your home. Area rugs provide insulation and can make a room warmer. They also help to insulate a room and absorb the sound of echoes and footsteps. With these benefits in mind, you want to keep your rug looking its best.
Here are a few tips for cleaning your area rug:
Larger area rugs should be cleaned by hand. Smaller rugs may be able to be put into the washer machine, but be sure to check the care label first.
The first step is to vacuum your rug. Be sure to thoroughly vacuum both sides of your rug as dirt and dust can collect on the front and back.
Soak Up The Sun
The sun’s UV rays help to kill bacteria and fungus. After vacuuming your rug, take it outside and prop it up on your fence, clothing line, or a couple of chairs. The sun and fresh air will help release any trapped odors in your rug. You can also gently whack it with a broomstick to release any lingering dirt and dust.
While the rug is still outside, you can start shampooing it.
Use a shampoo that is compatible with your area rug. Be sure to follow the mixing instructions provided on the bottle to get an accurate clean. Start by spot cleaning the carpet to be sure that the solution will work and that the colors of the rug don’t bleed.
Next, you can begin by using a sponge to spread the solution across the rug and gently clean it in a circular motion. If you have access to a water hose, use that to rinse the solution off the carpet. If you don’t have a hose, douse it with a bucket of water until all the shampoo is rinsed out.
Use a towel to remove excess water and allow it to air dry in the sun. Once the rug is completely dry, bring it back inside and vacuum it one more time to remove any dust that gathered during this process.