Last updated: June 12th, 2023

Area rugs are a nice decorative addition to homes, but sometimes they can be forgotten during day-to-day cleaning routines. If you’re wondering how to properly clean your area rug, you’ve come to the right place.

This blog has been divided into different sections so that you can decide how to treat your rug based on the situation with which you are faced.

Removing Buildup of Dust and Dirt

This will come as no surprise, but to remove dust and dirt all you need to do is vacuum your area rug. Vacuuming every week helps prevent buildup of all the dust, dirt, and debris that your shoes and pets leave behind. It can also prevent your rug from prematurely aging.

Removing Pet Hair

If your beloved pet sheds a lot, their excess fur will collect on your area rug. You can purchase special vacuum attachments to remove pet hair from your rug. These act like a groomer for your rug, brushing the hair from the rug, brushing the hair from the rug into the vacuum cleaner’s bag. Alternatively, you can use a stiff brush. Remember to brush in the direction of the nap.

Removing Stubborn Stains

You should treat stains on your area rug the same as you would on your carpet. Please see our many blogs on the subject of stain removal. We have information on many different kinds of stains, from ink blots and grass stains to red wine spills.

Since the rug can easily be lifted up, you will also want to check that the underside of the rug hasn’t been stained as well. If the stain has seeped through to the carpet beneath, apply the same method you used on the rug to the carpeting.

Remember that you should always apply the cleaning solution on a test patch to make sure the product won’t stain your rug further.

Deep Cleaning Your Area Rug

If your rug needs more than a quick vacuum, you could hang it up outside on a fence using strong clamps. While hanging, clean it by hand with a carpet cleaning solution and water. You’ll need to remove as much water out of it as possible afterward and then leave it outside to dry in the sun. It’s not a good idea to deep clean your rug and let it dry outside if there is rain in the forecast, so choose your cleaning day wisely.

For a more thorough cleaning, contact an Ottawa carpet cleaning company like Ja-Doc Inglis. Using professional equipment and state-of-the-art techniques, they can get your area rug looking like new!