Good Questions: Inexpensive Rug Cleaning?

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Hello AT,

What's a good, inexpensive way to clean an oriental rug? I've had mine rolled up all summer so I can enjoy my hardwood floors and go barefoot. When I unroll it this winter, I'd like it to be dust-free and clean. Any suggestions?
Ann

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Dear Ann, the best, cheapest thing to do is to beat the hell out of it. Seriously, to get the dust and dirt out of it, physically beating it works wonders. Next, vacuum really really well. Here are some helpful links that will tell you more:
Cleaning Tips for Your Rugs
How to Clean Kitchen and Bathroom Rugs MGR

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