Cleaning Rugs

As part of the back entry hall makeover, our rugs needed a good cleaning. I’m trying to use fewer chemicals to clean our home these days, so I went on a search for the best way to “green clean” a rug that’s too big to just be thrown in a washing machine.

Here’s how I did it:

Step One: Vacuum the rug to pick up and dirt, dust or Moose hair.

Step Two: Sweep. Sound weird? Sweeping the rug with a stiff broom will loosen up the dirt that’s made it’s way deep down. At this point you can also take the rug outside for a good shake. It was raining the day I cleaned, so that didn’t work out.

Step Three: Vacuum the rug again to get up all the dirt you just swept out.

Step Four: Spot clean, don’t shampoo. Did you know that if you shampoo an entire rug and don’t thoroughly rinse out the shampoo that it will end up attracting even more dirt? I know that’s the last thing I need! The vacuum, sweep, vacuum combo pulls up all the dirt in the rug. The spot cleaning gets out the stains.

For an easy spot cleaning solution, mix 1 teaspoon of white vinegar, 1 teaspoon liquid detergent, and 1 pint lukewarm water together in a spray bottle. 

Spray the stain and begin working it out with a brush. Blot as you go until the stain is gone. If the smell of vinegar sticks around after the stain is gone just sprinkle a little salt over the spot and let it sit for an hour, then vacuum it up.

And there you have it, clean rugs in just four steps.

Warning: always spot test your rug first to make sure colors won’t fade and your cleaning concoction won’t do more harm than good. Also, remember that my rugs are from Target and were cheap. If I had nicer rugs, I’d probably do things a little differently and maybe even bring in  professional. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
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