Area rugs are frequently placed in areas where there is a lot of foot traffic, resulting in the area rug becoming compacted with dirt and debris, riddled with spots and stains, and emitting foul odors. Having a filthy, dull, dingy, and pungent area rug is not something anyone wants to accessorize their home with. Today we at Tough Carpet Cleaning would like to share a way to approach to deep cleaning your area rug.
Area Rug Cleaning Supplies & Equipment
What you will need to gather:
– Hard surface that is extremely clean and can get wet outside, such as a patio or garage floor.
– Garden Hose equipped with a with high pressure nozzle.
– Sunny area the rug can be hung to dry.
– Scrub brush
– 1 gallon sized container that can evenly distribute the formula, such as a pitcher or watering can.
– 2 TBS Laundry detergent
– 2 TBS Washing soda (stronger than baking soda)
– 1 tsp Mild dishwashing liquid
– Extraction equipment, such as wet/dry vac or a squeegee to remove excess water.
How to Clean an Area Rug
1) On the clean, surface that can get excessively wet, place your rug upside down to start. Grab your hose with the spray nozzle attached and at semi-close range, very slowly spray every inch of the backside of the area rug. This will get the compacted soil loose and start working it to the surface. Be sure you are thorough and slow during this process.
2) In your container of choice, add warm-hot water, do not use hot-hot water. Add laundry detergent, mild dishwashing liquid, and washing soda and mix it together well. Once it is completely mixed, evenly administer the solution along the backside of the rug and let it soak in for 15 to 60 minutes.
3) With the extremely slow and thorough method, use your hose and spray nozzle and semi-close
4) With help, flip the rug over; keep in mind it is heavy with excessive water soaked into the fibers. After it is flipped over do not panic; it will look worse than when you started because the filth as come to the surface.
5) Rinse just as you did before with slow, thorough, and methodic movement. Apply the mixture evenly to the topside of the area rug and let it absorb in the fibers for 15-60 minutes. Rinse the cleaner and grime away with the identical technical.
6) Depending on the extent of the filth, you may need to repeat these steps and in stubborn areas use muscles and scrub brush.
7) Dry. Extraction equipment is ideal to remove the excess water, but if it is not available, use a squeegee to do your best to remove as much water as possible. Afterwards, hang your area rug in a sunny spot to begin letting it dry. Do not replace your rug inside until it is completely dry. Depending on how much moisture it retained when you hung it and the climate and weather conditions, it can take a few days.