There are many reasons why you might need to wash a rug. Maybe your dog has had an accident on it, or maybe there is a spill that you can't seem to get out.
Whatever the reason, it's important to know how to properly wash a rug so that it doesn't get damaged in the process. In this blog post, we will teach you how to safely and effectively wash your rugs!
Supplies You Will Need:
Before you begin , you will need to gather some supplies. Here is what you will need:
-Rug Shampoo or mild dish soap
-Soft-bristle brush or sponge
Optional supplies include:
These are not necessary but might make cleaning your rug easier.
How do you clean a rug?
Directions on How to Wash a Rug
Here is the easiest way to clean a rug:
Remove dirt and debris by vacuuming both sides of the rug. If you have a garden hose, you can also spray the rug with water to remove any loose dirt.
Mix your cleaning solution. Follow the directions on the bottle of your rug shampoo.
Alternatively, you can use a solution of mild dish soap and water. Do not use hot water. This can shrink or fade the coloring in the rug.
Color test a patch on the rug to see how the solution will affect it. If the color doesn't bleed, you are good to go
Wash the rug with the soft-bristled brush. Dip the brush in the cleaning solution and scrub the rug, creating a lather.
Leave the solution on the rug for 5 minutes before moving on to the next setp. This will help the dirt lift off the rug
Rinse the rug. Use a garden hose to rinse the rug with clean water. If you don't have a garden hose, you can bring the rug inside and rinse it in your bathtub or use buckets of clean water.
Remove as much water as possible . Use a wet-dry vacuum to suck up any excess water. You can also squeeze the water out with a sponge.
Dry the rug. Lay it flat in a well ventilated space. Turn over the rug to dry the second side.
Be sure to keep the rug out of sunlight as this can fade the colors.
Vacuum the rug, again. This will help remove any fibers that lifted during the cleaning process and any leftover dirt or debris.
Steps to Take for Heavily Soiled Rugs:
If your rug is heavily soiled, you may need to do a pre-treatment before shampooing. Mix a tablespoon of ammonia with a gallon of water and sponge it onto the rug. Let it sit for about 15 minutes before rinsing thoroughly.
Steps for Cleaning Specific Types of Rugs:
-oriental rugs: these should be cleaned by a professional. Do not attempt to clean them yourself
-wool rugs: before washing, brush the rug with a soft bristle brush or sponge to remove any dirt or debris. Follow the same steps as above for cleaning
-jute rugs: jute is a natural fiber and should be vacuumed regularly to prevent dirt and debris from building up. To clean, follow the same steps as above for wool rugs.
Recommended Products for Washing a Rug:
Here are the products we recommend for washing your rugs:
We hope this guide was helpful in teaching you how to wash a rug. Remember to vacuum regularly and clean spills as soon as possible to prevent stains. If your rug is heavily soiled or an oriental rug, we recommend bringing it to a professional for cleaning. For all other rugs, follow the steps above for best results!
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