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Rugs give a pretty accent to our home.

It is a significant investment for home decoration. It gives warmth and a soft place to hang out, but it receives a good beating from heavy foot traffic, spills, and worse if you have a fur baby around. Thus, it quickly catches dust, grime, and odor.

Vacuuming is not enough to remove the odor and truly clean it. Bringing them to the nearest laundromat is the most convenient, but learning how to wash rugs at home properly comes super handy.

1.  Gather the Cleaning Equipment Needed

You should come prepared to finish work easily. Gather the cleaning equipment needed and place them near you. Putting your cleaning equipment nearby streamlines work. Here are the things you need to have besides:

  • Bucket
  • Rug shampoo or mild dish soap
  • Soft-bristled brush
  • Water
  • Vacuum

If you have sensitive skin, you can wear rubber gloves when cleaning the rug.

2.  Vacuum Loose Dirt

Thoroughly vacuum the rug on both sides to completely remove loose dirt. If you have fur pets, use the brush attachment of your vacuum to remove any lingering fur or hairs on the rug. Removing loose debris is essential to prevent them from settling on the rug once it is washed.

3.  Test Cleaning Solution for Colorfastness

You can use two cleaning solutions to wash your rug: store-bought rug cleaner or shampoo and liquid dish soap solution.

If you opt for the store-bought rug cleaner, follow its mixing instructions. Meanwhile, if you settle for the liquid dish soap solution, you only need a bucket of water and mild liquid dish soap. Do not use hot water for the solution. It shrinks or fades the fabric color.

Before you start washing the rug, test the cleaning solution on the rug. If the color does not blend, it is safe to move on to the next step.

4.  Wash the Rug

When washing the rug, use a sponge or soft-bristled brush to lather the rug and gently remove any debris. Let the cleaning solution sit for 5 minutes before you rinse it. Less than 5 minutes will change the process result. Do it on the other side of the rug to completely clean it.

5.  Rinse the Rug and Completely Remove the Excess Water

Rinse the rug with buckets of water, but a garden hose is more efficient in removing all the cleaning solutions. Remove as much excess water from the rug to make it dry faster.

6.  Air Dry the Rug

Let the rug air dry outside of your house. Lay the rug flat and allow both sides of the rug to dry completely. Ensure that the rug is fully dry before you return it to the room.

7.  Vacuum the Rug

During the cleaning process, there may be fibers and threads that are loose and compacted. Now that it is fully dry run a vacuum over or soft-bristled brush to bring it back to its best condition.

Final Thoughts

You do not have to wash your rugs regularly. Instead, vacuum them once a week and only wash the rugs when the dirt is visible and has an undesirable odor. You can either do it at home or have it cleaned at the laundry shop near you.

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