If you’ve noticed that a vacuum is not enough to clean your area rug or that it has stubborn stains, it is time to clean it.
When it comes to cleaning an area rug on a hardwood floor, we suggest you avoid washing the whole rug; only try to remove the stains and get rid of deep-rooted dust, dust mites, stains, and smell.
Getting rid of dust
Vacuum your rug thoroughly on both sides, and repeat the process at least twice. This is the best way to remove as much dust as possible. In case vacuuming is not enough, you can lightly beat the rug with a broom or a similar tool. The rug is ready when there are no dust clouds coming out of it.
Getting rid of the smell
Generously pour sodium bicarbonate over the rug and leave it overnight. Simply vacuum in the morning and voila!
Protecting hardwood floors
You have to protect your hardwood floor from water and cleaning products since they may soak and ruin your floor.
- If you only want to remove stains, put a rag below the stain, to protect the floor. You mustn’t use much water in this case.
- If, however, your whole rug needs freshening up, roll up your carpet, put a waterproof barrier underneath – we suggest a thick, plastic sheet, which is not easy to tear. Each side of the plastic sheet placed underneath the area rug should be at least two feet longer than the carpet. You should tape it to the floor so it doesn’t move and you don’t risk getting water on the floor.
Cleaning the rug:
It is extremely important to test the product on a small corner patch of your rug to see whether the chemicals will damage the rug. If the rug looks okay, go ahead. Here’s what you can use to thoroughly wash the area rug in your home.
Sodium bicarbonate will not only get rid of stains but also the smell from the carpet.
Though sodium bicarbonate may require more time than other cleaning methods, it is definitely Next Design’s favorite since you don’t need to use a lot of water and you can simply vacuum it afterward.
Pour sodium bicarbonate on the stain (or lightly on the whole carpet) and clean with damp cloth or rag, without pouring any water directly on the carpet. Alternatively, you may want to create a thick paste of sodium bicarbonate, using very little water, and then apply it to the carpet.
If you are treating only a stubborn stain with the sodium bicarbonate paste, try to apply it directly on the stain using a small toothbrush. The best part is you do not need to rinse – you can simply wait for the paste to dry into a powder and vacuum it.
Carpet shampoo is effective in removing dirt and stains.
Choose the carpet shampoo for the type of material your rug is made of, or use a dishwashing detergent, which is perfect for oily stains.
Use a bucket and a brush (or a cloth) to apply the carpet shampoo. Do not completely soak the carpet. Gently brush the surface in one direction, making it wet enough to remove the dirt. Spray an equal mix of clean water and white vinegar on the carpet and lightly brush in another direction. The vinegar will remove excess detergent. Dab a wet cloth on the rug to “rinse”. Use rags or towels to soak up the excess water and dry the carpet as much as possible by pressing the cloth on the rug.
Steam cleaning is the easiest and fastest way of cleaning the whole carpet, but the priciest.
If you decide to buy or rent a steam cleaner, simply follow the provided instructions to clean the rug with a protective barrier underneath it. This is one of the easiest ways to clean the carpet thoroughly while keeping your hardwood floors safe.
Depending on the size of the carpet you treated, drying may take from a couple of hours up to two days. Be patient. Open the windows and try to create airflow to help the rug to dry faster. After you’ve made sure that the rug is completely dry, vacuum it again. The fibers may flatten after the wash, so vacuuming will work like a comb and lift the fibers up.
These tips can be applied to any type of area rug, regardless of the material and quality.
Avoid any other unproven methods. If you want to know more about how to take care of different materials in your interior visit our blog.