How To Deep Clean Your Rug

Area rugs can get dirty really fast. This is especially true if they are in high traffic areas. While spot cleaning can help in getting rid of certain stains fast, there comes a time when you need to have the whole carpet thoroughly cleaned. The experts of rug clieaning have outline detailed instructions how to clean area rugs which can take a while to read, but we sum it all up quickly below.

Step 1

Identify one rug that you would like to clean. Just focus on one carpet at a time, as cleaning multiple area rugs at the same time can take longer than doing one at a time.

Step 2

Get the equipment that you will use for cleaning the area rug. This includes

  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Steam cleaner
  • Hot Water

Step 3

Vacuum the whole carpet. Take your time and ensure that you are thorough. Vacuum both sides of the rug. If the rug is small, take it out and shake out all the dirt in it. This will help to get rid of all loose dirt and grime. This will prevent you from pushing dirt deeper into the carpet fibers as you clean. The best way is to take a stick and beat the rug while it is handing from a laundry line or fence.

Step 4

Tackle any stains on the carpet by spot cleaning first. Clean each stain individually based on the type of stain. This might require that you do research, so that you know how to clean different types of stains. For stubborn stains, pre-treat them first before you spot clean. For details about treating specific stains please read the articles on Love Your Rug Blog, which is a great resource for rug stain removal and cleaning.

Step 5

Wash the area rug. How you wash it will largely depend on the size of the rug and the material that it is made out of. For a big rug, hand wash it by placing a large piece of plastic underneath it and then scrub it with a brush. The brush you use will depend on the type of carpet. Synthetic carpets require a harder brush, while Persian and Oriental rugs require a soft brush or a sponge. Hang it outside to dry in the sun. If its winter hang it in your home over the railing. For small carpets that can fit into washing machines, throw them into the machine and wash them based on the instructions on their labels.

Alternatively, use a steamer cleaner to clean the rug. If you don’t own one, rent one that is in good condition. Make sure that it is clean before you start using it. If it is not, clean it up first. ¬†Fill it up with really hot water. This will help to get out the grime in the carpet. You don’t have to add any cleaning soap or detergent to the water, but you can if the carpet is really soiled. If you would prefer a natural cleaning solution, add one cup of vinegar to 10 liters of water.

Operate the machine by switching on the button mode that allows it to release hot steam out of the machine and then switch to the button mode that allows the machine to suck up the water. Go over the carpet multiple times to make sure that you suck up all the water dry.

Repeat the steam cleaning whole process a second time to ensure the carpet is really clean.


Clean the rug when the weather is good, so that it can dry first. Cleaning on wet days or when it is too humid means that the carpet will take extra long to dry. This could result in mildew growing on the carpet or the carpet having a musty smell.

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