Can I Clean my Area Rug myself?

A hand-knotted Oriental rug can cost thousands of dollars. Proper care can make it last a lifetime. Oriental and area rugs are valuable investments that can be a beautiful centrepiece and the main focal point of any room in your home.

Over time, your rugs experience a large amount of foot traffic and can become worn, stained, dulled, and discoloured. Even the rugs you hang on your walls can become dingy and worn from all of the gathered dust.

A wide variety of rugs are made up of special materials that can be hard to clean, let alone repair, and this makes Do-it-yourself (DIY) rug cleaning dangerous. You can easily damage special material beyond repair if you try to tackle the task without the proper knowledge and experience.

You don’t want to try and save money cleaning an expensive rug yourself, take it to a professional. A DIY cleaning job main cause damage. Spot-clean them only.

If you are going to try to clean your area rug yourself try these tips:

  • Vacuum the rug front and back to remove surface dirt. Move the rug outdoors and place on a dry surface. .
  • When using a store-bought rug shampoo, follow the mixing instructions. If you are going to try a DIY mix a little dish soap in warm water not hot and test a small part of the rug first to be sure there is no running of colours
  • Apply the rug shampoo with a sponge or soft-bristled brush and work it into a lather. It should sit for about 5 minutes. Leave the cleaner on the rug for 5 minutes. If you are cleaning outside you can rinse with the garden or a wet/dry vacuum to remove as much water as possible. Let the rug dry completely and then you can bring it indoors. You may need to flip it over and allow the rug to dry one side at a time.

If this seems daunting or you simply don’t have the time, contact Lakeshore Cleaning and Restoration and one of our experts will be happy to assist you.

Lakeshore also offers wall to wall residential carpet cleaning and for office buildings, we offer commercial carpet cleaning.