Rugs and carpets need a good deep cleaning especially after the winter when they get some rough treatment from the muddy and wet shoes and paws. There is an easy option to deep clean your rugs by hiring professionals to do the job for you. But if you want to save some money, here are some ideas on how to professionally clean an area rug at home:
- Pick one area rug at a time. Start with the area rug which sees the most traffic in your home. Typically, it is the one in the hallway, or in the living room.
- Vacuum the area rug slowly and thoroughly. Flip it around and vacuum the back side as well. Try to get as much of the dirt and dust out of it as possible.
- If you have a suitable place to do it, take the area rug outside and give it a good shaking or beating on both sides. You will not believe your eyes when you see the amount of dust and dirt which comes out of it.
- If you can do it outdoors, then lay the area rug flat on the ground and prepare it for washing. First of all, give it a close inspection for any stains which need to be treated. If there are stains, use a stain removing solution to pre-treat them. You can also use baking soda and white vinegar to remove them. But remember to treat your rug with care, by not rubbing it too roughly.
- After you are done with the stain treatment, prepare a bucket with lukewarm water and the appropriate carpet shampoo. Read the label on your rug for specific cleaning instructions. If there are no instructions, and you don’t have any specialized carpet shampoo, it is safe to use dish washing liquid detergent for the job. Add just a few tablespoons to the warm water and get ready for some scrubbing.
- Use a soft bristled brush or a sponge and start shampooing the rug. Be careful to apply the cleaning solution evenly.
- Let the solution do its job. And if a lot of dirty water keeps coming out, you can repeat the shampooing in order to get the dirt off.
- After the scrubbing, you need to rinse the shampoo off. Use lukewarm water to do the rinsing. If you are outdoors, you can use a hose to wash off the cleaning solution and the dirt. If you are indoors, you should be careful not to oversaturate your rug, because it could ruin both the rug and the flooring beneath it.
- Let the area rug dry off completely before you put it back inside, or step on it.