IF you’ve vacuumed but your area rug is still dirty, you’ve probably done the wrong cleaning.
But you can save a trip to the dry cleaners by cleaning your own rug with simple household items.
Before restoring your rug back to the way it was, be sure to check the label first and make sure you’re following the manufacturer’s instructions.
First, the carpet must be free of dirt.
You can vacuum both sides or take the rug outside and shake it off.
Make sure all debris is gone, including pet hair.
Depending on what type of carpet it is, you may be able to purchase and use a specific cleaning solution such as carpet shampoo.
However, mild laundry detergent or dishwashing liquid mixed with warm water will be very good.
Before you start scrubbing with any cleaning solution, test the color first to make sure the solution doesn’t bleed. Test the solution on one corner of the rug.
Once you’ve determined the material is colorfast, use a sponge or soft-bristled brush to lather the carpet.
Let the cleaner sit for 5 minutes on the rug so it can remove the dirt, which you can then rinse thoroughly with a hose or bucket of clean water.
When the water comes out crystal clear, you’re done washing and it’s time to start cleaning the excess water off the carpet.
You can use a rubber broom or wet vacuum to remove excess water from the carpet so that the carpet dries faster.
Hang the mat to dry so that both sides can let the air out. Fans can help speed up this process.
Make sure the rug is completely dry before placing it back on the floor.
You may have problems if you have a jute, shaggy, fluffy, or deep rug.
These mats don’t react well with water, so you’ll have to use a different method than the one listed above.
For fluffy rugs, use a dry shampoo like power carpet cleaning power.
Add it to your rug and let it sit for a few hours, giving it time to refresh and clean the carpet fibers.
Then shake the rug out and vacuum up any remaining powder.
Congratulation! Your carpet is as good as new and you pay almost nothing.
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