How do you clean a rug?


Quick Answer

To clean a rug, tend to all spills and pet stains as soon as possible. Wash the rug in a washing machine unless the tag states otherwise.

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  1. Remove solid matter

    Use a paper towel to remove any solid matter spilled or deposited on the rug, and dispose of it.

  2. Blot spills and stains

    With a towel or paper towels, blot up as much of the spill or stain as possible. Blot until the stain no longer transfers to the towel or paper towel.

  3. Rinse the blotted area

    Rinse the area with warm water, and absorb the water with a towel or paper towel.

  4. Mix a cleaning solution

    Mix 2 to 3 drops of clear liquid dish soap with a cup of warm water.

  5. Apply solution to spills and stains

    Soak a paper towel or a portion of a towel in the solution, and apply to the stained area.

  6. Blot the area again

    Blot the area again, and continue until there is no transfer to the towel or paper towel.

  7. Rinse the area again

    Using warm water, rinse the area again, and blot until dry.

  8. Wash in a washing machine

    Unless the tag states "dry-clean only," wash the rug in a washing machine using cold water and laundry detergent.

  9. Air dry the rug

    After the washing cycle is complete, air dry the rug. Never use heat.

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