This Weekend: Give a Rug or Carpet a Deep Clean

This Weekend: Give a Rug or Carpet a Deep Clean

Adrienne Breaux
Feb 28, 2015
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Winter is rough on our floors from wet snow, mud and more, especially on our carpets and rugs. This Weekend Project is about giving one carpeted room or rug a deep, thorough clean that will make your whole space feel invigorated and refreshed.

This Weekend's Assignment:

Pick one rug (or carpeted room) to focus on

Experts suggest that you deep-clean rugs and carpet at least once a year. This weekend, knock out one spot in your home really well. Look through your home and choose one carpeted room to give a deep cleaning to or choose one rug that sees a lot of traffic. You're looking for a spot in your home that either gets dirty fast or that you haven't deep cleaned in awhile. You can use this weekend to focus in on any stains you haven't gotten to (or have just discovered upon closer examination), or just work on really digging out the dirt and deodorizing.

Attack the task in steps

  • Start by vacuuming. If it's a rug, vacuum both sides and the floor underneath (if it's small enough, take it outside to shake it out, as well). Be careful not to vacuum over fringe or bindings. And read this post so you vacuum effectively: 5 Ways to Really Make Your Vacuuming Count.
  • Tackle stains. Attack stains individually and based on your rug/carpet material and the stain type. This post will help: How To Clean Every Type of Carpet Stain.
  • To deep clean, your carpet might need to be steam cleaned. This post can help. Some rugs can be hand-washed (by placing plastic underneath and sponging clean and toweling dry). Small woven or braided rugs may be able to be washed in the washing machine; read their label and place them in a enclosed mesh laundry pouch to wash on the gentle cycle. Natural fiber rugs like jute or sisal should be cleaned using little water. Any stains should be scrubbed with a gentle cleaner (you want to be careful of the fiber and weave) and a fan used to dry it quickly. Hide rugs can be vacuumed and brushed (in the direction of the hair) and can be wiped down with a damp rag (in the direction of the hair). You could also try a little snow.
  • For any rug or carpet — Test what you're going to do to it on a very small piece of it first to see how the material reacts.
  • In the comments below, share your tricks and tips for deep cleaning rugs and carpet, and be sure to share what kind of materials they're made of and your favorite tools and products you use!
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