How to clean area rugs

Carpet is one of the main parts of the interior that catches your eyes when you enter someone’s house. As one of the key parts of the home, it plays a significant role in everyday life, though it is often underestimated. We tread on it every day, our children play on it, and again it is filled with dust, mites, tiny microbes, and if we do not maintain it, we risk the health of our loved ones and ourselves. And it won’t be such a nice part of the interior again if we don’t take care of it. This also applies if you have a hotel, restaurant, or another similar type of property – the health of your guests must be the top priority on your list, and the cleanliness of your interior is one of the points that must be met if you consider yourself a professional.

If you don’t want to pay a professional company to take care of your old area rug, you can always buy a new one—a bad joke. You can read our blog and try to solve the problem alone—the easiest, cheapest, and often, most efficient method. Check the following text and see the tips and pieces of advice on how to clean your precious carpet and to give back to your space the old shine.


There are many different types of carpets made of different materials. Therefore, their maintenance can also vary significantly. Today, area rugs are typically made from synthetic materials, they are used everywhere, but one widespread material for carpets is wool. Also, they can be made from silk, jute, and animal skin. We will focus now on the most common and probably the best material for area rugs – woolen and synthetic carpets because they are most common in our homes. The area rugs made from wool are very soft and excellent for every room in your house interior.

Take care of your rug, vacuum it regularly. After you buy it, in the first two to three months, additional vacuuming without the beater bar turned on may be necessary to manage the normal shedding that occurs. If a child spills a cup of juice or a pet has an accident on it, blot the spill immediately with a clean, absorbent white cloth.

Avoid using cleaning solvents or scrubbing excessively to keep the rug’s texture intact. We suggest using products designed specifically for wool or dry extraction powders. For the best results, a periodic professional cleaning can restore rugs to their original appearance. Shag rugs will continue to shed for their entire life—cut the rugs’ loose tufts to keep the rug looking fresh. To avoid any abrasions, consistently rotate the rug and avoid placing it in direct sunlight. Consider placing the textile over a rug pad to keep its foundation good as new.

The synthetic fiber rugs present value in a new generation of human-made materials.  These carpets naturally resist stains and wear and tear. Given that synthetics are extremely durable, colorfast, and ideal for high-traffic areas like kitchen, they’re also priced at low-costs so you can frequently update rooms with new seasonal color and texture.

Synthetic floor coverings are constructed from polyester, acrylic, nylon, or a blend of these fibers. The intricate makeup of an indoor rug calls for regular vacuuming. To clean accidental spills, immediately blot the area with a clean, absorbent white cloth, for a more thorough clean, spot clean the spill with shampoo or a mild detergent.

If the desired use is indoors, place the rug over a rug mat that prevents wear and tear. Meanwhile, indoor-outdoor rugs should be washed outside with a mild detergent and rinsed off with a garden hose.

Cleaning tips

Some universal type of cleaning the area rugs, especially when you can use a few hours of nice weather, consists from next:

First, you vacuum clean it, from both sides, as much as possible, so you get rid of dust, dirt, and all excess soil.

Take it outside, shake it (if it’s possible) and hang it over some railing, bar, fence, or clothesline in the yard and wack the dust out with a rug beater, how much you can.

In that way, all dirt and dust hidden between fibers will go out. (It will be a very dusty process, so we recommend you to use some protecting mask for your mouth and nose.)

In the next step, mix some gentle laundry detergent in a bucket of the cold water and moist microfiber cloth.

Rub the carpet in the direction the fibers are woven and moist cloth when you need it. (But be careful, the difference between synthetic and woolen carpets is that wool can’t be too much saturated with water.)

Repeat the process with the new cloth and with the bucket of clean water.

After, try to absorb an excess of water with some old bathroom towels and leave it to dry before you put it back in the house and walk over again. 

Few old school tips for cleaning area rugs

Tip # 1

For deep carpet wash, you will need – Half a cup of a baking soda, ten drops of cedar essential oil and ten drops of lime essential oil. Put all the ingredients in a plastic bag and let it stay for one day. Before using the prepared mixture, thoroughly vacuum the carpet and sprinkle it over the entire surface, spray with clean water and brush the carpet thoroughly with a brush. Leave it for at least half an hour, then vacuum the carpet again.

Tip # 2

Homemade detergent for removing unpleasant smells from carpets – two tablespoons liquid soap, 40ml alcohol vinegar, half-liter warm water, one teaspoon borax, six drops of lemon essential oil, three drops of tea tree essential oil. Put all ingredients in a glass jar and mix them well, then mix in a bottle with sprayer and add water. Shake well and spray on the entire surface of the carpet, leave for about 20 minutes, then vacuum the carpet.

Tip # 3

For homemade carpet stain remover, you will need the following – 3dl apple cider vinegar, 7dl lemon juice, half a liter of water, one tablespoon baking soda and a few drops of lavender essential oil. Put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix them well, then dip a carpet brush in it and rub the surface thoroughly, especially the parts where the stains are. Since all-natural ingredients that do not form a foam are present in the mixture, it is not necessary to rinse the carpet but only to vacuum it thoroughly after drying.

While you are cleaning your area rug, it would be helpful if you know how area rugs are made. It doesn’t matter if your area rug is for the kitchen, living room, or kids’ room, it is going to need the same level of maintenance. If you think of buying a new area rug, it will be good to know what area rug material is the best option for your needs.

That’s it! If you want to do it yourself and/or you want to avoid the costs of professional carpet cleaning services, we hope our bits of advice and tips will be helpful. 


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