How To Clean a Rug

ByAnn Goth

How To Clean a Rug

How to clean a rug

Rugs are a great way to create warmth and add to the decor of your home – but after repeated use over time they will need a good cleaning to look like new and regain their original freshness – just like carpeting. Very often, when people are looking at getting their home deep cleaned, they overlook getting the rugs steam cleaned as well. Keep reading to learn more about how to clean a rug.

How Often Should a Rug be Cleaned?

If you take back the edge of the rug and give it a good kick and see a cloud of dust emit from it – you know it is definitely time to get your rug cleaned! A good rule of thumb is to clean your rugs every 12-18 months, and more often if you have young children or pets.

Tips for How to Clean a Rug

  • Check the manufacturer cleaning instructions on the tag.
  • Again, make sure to check manufacturer instructions and follow them! This can mean the difference of life or death to your rug – the material, and the colour. Ok, moving on.
  • Steam cleaning can help to break down dirt, grease, and grime.  It can also kill dust mites and sanitize your rug too. You can also see another article HERE on our website that describes the benefits of steam cleaning. BUT – Please be aware that some rugs are not water-safe – this is especially true with jute rugs. If this is true, we do not recommend using steam cleaning. We also do not clean jute rugs. 
  • Before steam cleaning, your rug will need a good thorough vacuum.
  • For longer pile rugs it is a good idea to give it a good shake to shake out dust and other particles. We recommend hanging it up (say, over a clothes line) and giving it a good whack with the broom or something like that.

For more information about our rug cleaning service, have a look at our rug cleaning page. Also, have a look at our carpet cleaning page for more information about that service.

If you are in Melbourne and have a rug in need of cleaning, call us on 1300 778 104 or 03 9380 7785. You can also use the forms on most pages of our site.