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DIY Rug Cleaning


Are you tired of your worn-out rugs? Don’t worry; we are happy to help. Say bye-bye to muddy and dirty carpets with the super simple hacks shared in this article. If the stains are deep and have been piling up for years now, and you reckon to hire a professional, then don’t be in a hurry. You can do it all by yourself.

You should consider vacuuming your rug twice a week to keep it sparkling clean and dirt-free, but if it’s very dingy and smelly, then it requires deep cleaning to brighten it up again.

Removing Loose Dirt and Dust: No Vacuum Cleaner Required

You can clean your mucky rug without a vacuum or a steam cleaner using a stiff-bristled hand brush. This is a straightforward and handy solution. However, you may have to be vigilant because the dust particles may be deep in the fibers. So, you have to labor a little more challenging. You could tie the bristles using a rubber band to make the brush stiffer.  

Cleaning rugs without machines on a snowy day works well too. The only condition is that the snow should be reliable and not fluffy. Also, bear in mind this method is apt for delicate rugs as you can easily roll them outdoors. You should move the carpet inwards and then roll it outwards on the snow. Now dust out the mat by beating the rug using a paddle. Now roll the rug again and repeat the same. You will notice that all the dirt falls on the snow; all you need to do is give it some time to thaw and dry a bit before moving it indoors.

How To Deep Clean And Disinfect A Vintage Rug

You don’t need to rent out a steam cleaner; you can deep clean your vintage rug at home with a super simple homemade concentration. 

Take a jar or a small tub, and mix three parts of water and one part of white vinegar into it. Please give it a nice stir and soak the brush’s bristles into the concentration and scrub off the dirty rug with it. Scrub the fibers well, pressing the bristles deep into the carpet where all the dirt gets accumulated. Use a towel cloth dab it on the wet area of the rug to absorb extra moisture.

How To Spot Clean

Spot cleaning is something that you quickly do on your own, and we may not consider it essential, but it’s very critical in maintaining the carpet is in good shape without a machine. Whether it’s a stain left by your pup, dropped food, or drink, simple cleaning hacks can bring back your rug to its original state. 

If it’s a fresh stain, don’t forget to blot it with a towel cloth or a muslin cloth. You could also use a bunch of tissue papers as they are convenient and highly absorbent. The next step is to give it a soapy wash. For this purpose, you could use liquid dish cleaner or use club soda to remove the stain if it’s fresh. However, consider using a carpet cleaner for better results by following the guidelines mentioned on the product. 

Pro-Tip: blotting works better than scrubbing in wet/sticky fresh stains.

How To Remove Pet Fur

A lint brush works magically in removing pet hair from your rug. Brush hard on the area where your pet lays most often or where you can make out more build-up. So brush more frequently to keep your mat tidy.

How to Remove Coffee Stains 

Blot The Stain

The first thing you should do is blot the stain to absorb extra moisture if you have just spilled coffee on your rug. Blot nicely using tissue paper, towel-cloth, or a muslin cloth. Alternatively, you can put heaps of newspaper on the wet stain and let it absorb the moisture. Now pour some cold water on the stain and blot again.

Use A Cleaning Solution

Take one cup of hydrogen peroxide and mix it with a half teaspoon of the liquid dish soap. Mix it well, now dab a towel or a sponge into the concentration and apply it to the stain. Let the solution sit for 10-15 mins. Now, blot again using a paper towel to absorb the dampness. 

Use A Wet Vacuum

If the stain doesn’t go away in the second step, you need to switch to a wet vacuum. Apply the cleaning solution to the color and let it rest for 5-10 mins. Turn on the wet setting of the vacuum cleaner to get rid of the stain. Repeat these steps if the stain is still there.

Final Thoughts

Cleaning a rug at home is not an impossible task it is pretty much doable using a homemade solution or a carpet cleaner. Dusting off twice a week is always good so that a lot of dirt doesn’t pile up on it. However, consider deep cleaning if it’s too smelly by following the tips given above.