5 Best Tips To Keep Your Rug Clean

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Cleaning our homes is a chore we can’t really run away from, as much as you postpone it, eventually you’re going to have to deal with it. Sometimes you can get away with some dusting and vacuuming, however once every few months you should deep clean your living area.

This is a must because dirt will pile up in places that are harder to reach, spills that aren’t cleaned immediately will gather etc. One of the areas that often gets overlooked, but should be cleaned regularly is the rug.

Rugs are an essential part of almost every household. You might not notice them too often, but that is precisely why they get dirtier than you think. You probably casually pass over them with the vacuum once or twice a week, however spills, dirty shoes and other various stains call for deep rug cleaning. In order to maintain the cleanliness of your rug, we’ve prepared a quick guide with some easy tips you can follow to help your rug look as good as new.

Vacuum often

While this may sound obvious, it’s simply a must. Make sure to vacuum your rug at least once a week to collect any dirt and food debris. Before you start vacuuming make sure to give your rug a good shake so that some of the dust and dirt fall out. 

Another useful tip is to clean the bottom side of the rug as well. You might be surprised to find things getting stuck under there, but it happens more often than you think. Last but not least make sure to clean every part of the rug, including the ones that might be located under your furniture. 

No shoes allowed

A simple trick that will save you a lot of work. By simply asking your guests to remove their shoes before stepping inside, you will keep a lot of dirt from the outside away from your rug. 

If you want to make your guests feel more comfortable you can put some indoor slippers at the door. 

Immediately clean spillages

If you notice a stain on your carpet or you accidentally spill some liquid, tackle it right away! If you soak it up quickly you can stop it from creating a stain that will be more difficult to remove later. 

Get a white towel or piece of cloth and blot the area. Try not to rub the rug as this might damage its surface. If the stain is still there, you can use some cleaning liquid as well. If by chance you don’t have any at home, you can mix some vinegar and club soda and apply it carefully to the affected area. 

After you’re done, make sure to leave the carpet to dry for a few hours. 

Deep cleaning a rug can be a tedious process

Luckily there are plenty of things you can integrate into your daily routine to keep  your rugs looking spotless for as long as possible. 

Use a lint roller

Sometimes, as hard as we vacuum, there’s still crumbs or hairs or dirt that we can see but can’t get out. This is why we suggest buying a lint roller to solve your frustrations. Depending on the material of your carpet and how big it is, the time you’ll need will vary, but most of the time it won’t take more than a few minutes to cover the whole area. 

Test detergents on small areas

Occasionally when the stains are more persistent you’ll have to apply some detergent. When doing so, you have to be careful because different materials will require different care. If you’re not sure your cleaning liquid is the right one for your rug, apply it on a small area of your carpet that’s out of sight, like under the couch or table. 

Give it some time, wash it off and then let it dry for a few hours. If there’s no signs of damage, you can safely proceed with the rest of your rug. 

If you follow our tips, you will certainly increase the lifetime of your rug and keep it looking fresh. Sometimes, however, there are stains that we just can’t get out as hard as we try. That is when we need to call the professionals in.

Clean Expert offers professional rug and carpet cleaning services that will get the job done for you! Book an appointment and our qualified experts will arrive at your location and handle the dirty work so you don’t have to.


  • George Kosev

    George Kossev is a highly experienced and dedicated carpet cleaning specialist with over 15 years of expertise in providing top-quality carpet care solutions. As the owner of Clean Expert, George has built a reputation for excellence, reliability, and unparalleled customer service in the carpet cleaning industry.