Your Quick and Easy Guide to Cleaning Rugs

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Rugs are great for adding more life to your indoor spaces. But over time, they’ll accumulate more dirt and stains that a simple vacuuming job won’t solve. This means giving your rug a deep clean, whether by yourself or through a rug and carpet cleaner expert. 

Here’s how you can clean your carpet or rug without a professional. We’ll also discuss when to consider a specialist’s help. 

The Basic Steps to Cleaning Rugs

Clear Items off the Rug and Take it Out

Giving the rugs a proper deep clean starts by taking everything off it, whether it be furniture or appliances. You can minimise the possible damage done to the rug by lifting the objects instead of dragging them off. 

You can have the rugs cleaned outside if you have the space for it. It can easily get messy if you do it indoors. It will also help if you do the job on a sunnier day to dry the rug out quicker later. 

Vacuum and Brush

Vacuuming the rug removes any loose dirt and dust trapped in the fibres. Be sure to do both sides, even if the rug is not reversible.

If animals often walk or lie on the rug, brush it after vacuuming. There’s always the chance that the cleaner will miss a few hairs. 

Brushing also removes some of the dirt that vacuuming couldn’t dislodge. 

Wash and Rinse

Once you’ve gotten rid of the dirt and dust — or at least most of them — it’s time to wash the rug. When using a rug or carpet cleaner shampoo, follow the directions to avoid accidentally ruining the fibres or colours. This could involve diluting the shampoo in water. 

If you don’t have any rug or carpet shampoo, you can mix some liquid dish soap and warm water as a temporary solution. 

If you’re unsure if your shampoo or DIY carpet cleaner mixture is too strong for the rug, it’s best to play it safe. Do a spot test on the rug first before applying the solution to the rest of it. 

Work up a lather on the rug using soft brushes or sponges and let it sit for at least five minutes so the cleaning solution does its job more thoroughly.

Rinse and Let It Dry Completely

After you’ve let the lather sit for several minutes, rinse out all the rug or carpet cleaning shampoo. You can then hang the rug and let the excess water drip out. This helps the rug dry faster later and prevents mould from growing on the rug.  After removing the excess water, air the rug out by laying it flat. Once the top side dries, switch the rug to the other side so it can dry out too. Rugs take time to dry fully, so don’t expect it to be done in just a few hours. It may even take a day or two. 

Vacuum and Brush Again

Your rug’s fibres will likely feel quite stiff and flat after getting washed and dried. Fortunately, you can bring it back to life with a quick vacuum job and gentle brushing. 

When to Consider A Professional Rug and Carpet Cleaner

Some rugs require a more delicate touch when they need cleaning. For example, jute and sisal rugs shouldn’t get wet, as it can shrink or stain them. Some rugs may also be too large to clean by yourselves or have stains that seem unwashable. 

You can call a professional carpet cleaner in such cases. They have the proper cleaning products and will know how to give different types of rugs a deep clean.


While DIY deep carpet and rug cleaning is certainly doable, not everyone has the time or energy. It’s simply more convenient to have a carpet cleaner company handle it for you. Not only will it save you the effort, but your rugs can come back cleaner and more vibrant thanks to an expert’s touch.