How to Clean and Care for Your Rug

Purchasing a rug for your home is an investment. This one piece pulls a room together, protects your flooring, and adds warmth to your space. Use these spot cleaning and full cleaning methods to extend the life of your area rug. After a deep cleaning, your carpet will look just like new. 

Wool Rugs

From neutrals to large graphics to traditional looks, wool rugs are a versatile option for any home. Wool is a durable fibre, so it is often used in rugs for durability, warmth, and comfort. 

When cleaned and cared for, a wool rug lasts considerably longer than when left alone. Why not preserve your rug, so you don’t have to replace it soon? 

clean and care for your wool rug

Full Cleaning of Wool Rugs

You should deep clean your wool rug about once per year to extend the lifetime of your rug while still maintaining its quality in the long-run. To clean a wool rug, follow these steps: 

Step 1: Get the loose dirt and dust out of your carpet by taking it outside and shaking or beating the rug. The best way is to hang it over a railing and hit it with a broom. Pounds of dirt and dust can accumulate over one year. 

Step 2: Bring the rug indoors and vacuum the front and back of it. Now, you’ve eliminated extra dirt and dust. 

Step 3: Now, make your cleaning solution. A capful of a wool laundry detergent in a bucket of cold water works well, or you can follow the instructions on a recommended fabric cleaner

Step 4: Take your new solution and test it on your rug. Apply a small amount of the cleaning solution to the rug to make sure it does not alter the colour of the carpet. 

Step 5: Once you’ve determined the colour stays in place, start actually cleaning the rug. In a small section of the rug, use a sponge to apply the cleaner. Work in the direction of the rug’s fibres. The rug should be rinsed with the solution, not soaked. 

Step 6: Use the same method to apply water to the rug. This process removes some of the cleaner.

Step 7: Blot the area you have just cleaned with absorbent towels. You will need several bath towels for the entire rug. 

Step 8: Continue in small sections until you have finished cleaning. If at any point you feel the carpet is too wet, let it dry before continuing the process. 

Spot Cleaning Wool Rugs

Wool rugs respond well to spot cleaning, especially if you clean it right away. In general, you should blot any spilt liquids away and rinse with a wool laundry detergent using the procedure listed above. Be sure to test a small area for colourfastness. 

Natural Fiber Rugs: Sisal, Jute, Seagrass

With use and wear, natural fibre rugs get roughed up quickly and even change in colour. If you are ready to adequately clean your rug, follow these steps: 

natural fiber rugs

Step 1: Take your rug outdoors, shake it, and then bring it inside to vacuum it. Go over both sides and be sure to vacuum the floor under the mat as well. 

Step 2: Use a wet brush with small bristles on parts that are visibly dirty. Scrub lightly. 

Step 3: Once the rug dries, use a dry-cleaning powder to clean. You just sprinkle the powder, rub it in with a bristle brush, and shake it out when needed. 

Step 4: The final step of a deep cleaning is to remove mildew from the rug. With a mixture of six parts bleach and one part water, add the solution with a spray bottle and work it into the fibres with a soft brush. Be sure to spot test to make sure the mixture isn’t too stiff. 

Spot Cleaning Natural Fibre Rugs

The process of spot cleaning a natural fibre rug needs to be done right after the spill. Use a brush with soft bristles that are slightly wet. Use a towel to lightly press after wetting the spot to pull up some of the water and liquid spilt. Blotting is critical in spot removal. 

Synthetic Rugs: Viscose, Nylon, and Polypropylene

Perhaps the most used material for area rugs is a combination of synthetic materials. Viscose, nylon, and polypropylene all last longer when you care for them properly. 

clean and care for your synthetic rug

Deep Cleaning Synthetic Rugs

Dogs, cats, humans, and more all cross your area rug on a regular basis. A deep cleaning of synthetic rug should go as follows: 

Step 1: Vacuum your rug on a daily basis, but before a deep clean vacuum both sides and underneath the rug. Try to make at least eight passes across each small section of the rug. 

Step 2: Use a stiff brush to remove pet hair and other materials from the rug. You can do this indoors or outdoors. Brush in the direction of the weaving. 

Step 3: In cases where you notice breaks in the stitching or weaving of the rug, you may want to take it for a professional repair or at least rotate that area to be underneath a piece of furniture. 

Step 4: Clean the rug by spraying it with a solution of one part vinegar and one part water and letting it set. 

Spot Cleaning Synthetic Rugs

Have you spilt on the rug? With this material, use a spray bottle of one part vinegar and one part water to spray a stain. Let it set for 15 minutes and blot it dry. Repeat this process until the liquid is entirely removed. 

If you have a grease stain on the rug, be sure to purchase and apply a special grease remover. Never use laundry detergent to remove stains on this type of rug. 

Stick to These Steps Once a Year

After a tireless search for the perfect rug, you want to extend the lifetime of your rug. Add a full rug clean to your annual cleaning schedule and pay attention to stains and spots with these tips. 

A little bit of regular maintenance goes a long way to ensuring your rug remains in good condition for years to come!