Do you want to revitalize your rug and breathe new life into it? When a light clean isn’t enough, a thorough cleaning is required. So, where do you begin? Don’t worry; we’ve put up a guide to assist you to get your rug thriving again, regardless of which room it’s in.
- To remove as much dust and debris as possible, shake or vacuum your rug.
- Find a carpet wash that’s right for your rug’s design and follow the manufacturer’s directions. We always suggest that you test a small area of the rug first. Combine the ingredients in a small bowl and apply to an inconspicuous place. Allow it to operate for a few minutes before checking for any discoloration. Apply to the entire rug if you’re satisfied.
- Cleaning a rug outside is often easier, but if the weather isn’t cooperating, you can always do it in the bathtub to avoid a mess and any dye transfer to your carpets or flooring.
- Allow it to dry completely outside or in a well-ventilated area.
How to clean a fluffy, shag, or deep pile rug
Washing a shaggy rug is similar to cleaning a wool rug, but instead of using cold water and soap, you can use a dry shampoo.
- Simply sprinkle the dry shampoo on the rug and rub it into the fibers with a cloth.
- Allow the dry shampoo to lie for a few hours before vacuuming out the pile on shaggy rugs with a pile height of up to 5cm. If the pile of your shaggy rug is longer than 5cm, shake it instead
How to Clean a Wool Rug
Wool rugs are popular because they are durable and retain their color well, but cleaning a wool rug is a little different:
- The rug should be vacuumed or shaken out.
- Fill a bucket halfway with cold water and a capful of non-bio washing detergent. Always test a small area first before using a wool-specific carpet shampoo.
- Dampen a white microfibre cloth and gently dab the rug in the direction of the material. Pay special attention to extremely filthy areas and re-dampen the cloth as needed, but avoid getting the rug wet. To keep a wool rug feeling soft and full, avoid oversaturating it when cleaning it.
- Fill your bucket with plain water and start over with a new white cloth.
- After that, dab the rug with a dry white microfibre cloth or a plain colored towel to remove as much moisture as possible.
- Allow it to totally dry before re-walking on it. To expedite the process, hang the rug or use fans if necessary.
Cotton rugs should be cleaned using the same method as described above.
How to Clean a Sheepskin Rug
Knowing how to clean a sheepskin rug properly can save you a lot of money on dry cleaning bills. A sheepskin or cowhide rug requires highly particular cleaning methods to keep the rug from shrinking and the fibers in good condition.
- Fill a bath with cool water (warm water may damage the sheepskin) and a sheepskin-specific detergent. Sheepskin rugs should not be washed with regular wool detergent.
- To loosen any dirt, place the sheepskin rug in the water and swish it around for 5-10 minutes.
- Remove all of the detergents by squeezing it out and rinsing it as many times as necessary.
- To remove as much water as possible, pat it dry with dry towels and then roll the rug up to press out the last of the moisture.
- Allow the rug to air dry by placing it on a large, dry towel and pulling the hide into shape. It should be dried away from direct sunlight and heat in a cool, dry location. This may cause the hide to contract.
- Use a sheepskin brush to fluff the wool when it’s half dry. When it’s totally dry, repeat the process to have a clean, fluffy sheepskin rug.
Note: If you want to know how to make your shaggy rug fluffy again, follow the final step indicated above.
Cleaning a rug at home can be a daunting task. This article provides a comprehensive guide on how to clean all types of rugs. By following the tips in this article, you can clean your rug yourself and save money. Comment below if you have any questions, and share this article with your friends.