Can I Clean my Area Rug myself?

A hand-knotted Oriental rug can cost thousands of dollars, and with proper care can last a lifetime. Oriental and area rugs are valuable investments that can be a beautiful centerpiece 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 discolored. 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 specialty materials that can be hard to clean let alone repair, and this makes Do-it-yourself (DIY) rug cleaning dangerous. You can easily damage specialty material beyond repair if you try to tackle the task without the proper knowledge and experience.

When it is time to clean your area rug you could save money and try to do it yourself, however, if you have a Persian rug take it to a professional. Persian rugs are expensive and you don’t want to ruin one with a DIY cleaning job. 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. Use the brush attachment to remove pet hair. Take the rug outside and lay flat on a waterproof surface. A driveway or patio is perfect.
  • If you’re using a store-bought rug shampoo, follow the mixing instructions. You can also make your own cleaner by mixing a few squirts of liquid dish soap into a bucket of warm water. Don’t use hot water as it could shrink and fade the rug. Test the solution in a small, inconspicuous area of the rug to make sure it’s colorfast and there is no running of colours.
  • Apply the cleaning solution with a sponge or soft bristled brush and work it into a lather. Allow the cleaner to sit on the rug for 5 minutes. Use your garden hose to rinse the rug off. Use a wet/dry vacuum to remove as much water as possible from the rug. Leave the rug outdoors until it is completely dry before returning the clean area rug to its place in the house. 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 the office building we offer commercial carpet cleaning.

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