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How to Wash a Rug

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📅 January 16, 2022

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Homeowners use different techniques to wash their rugs. These techniques, however, depend on the carpet material and dirt present on the carpet fibers.

Before proceeding further, note that carpets are available in diverse designs and fabrics. There are wool rugs, deep pile rugs, shag rugs, fluffy rugs, jute rugs, and bohemian-style rugs.

Hence, understand the most effective technique to wash your particular rug.

Expert tips:

  • Not all rugs are washable in a carpet washing machine
  • Never use harsh deep cleaning or bleaching agents on soft material carpets

Here is a comprehensive guide for you to follow.

General Washing Style for Most Indoor and Outdoor Rugs

Here are the steps for general rug cleaning.

Step-by-step process

  1. Sweep or vacuum the carpet
  2. Test the carpet to see if it blemishes. Whether it is wool, polyester, cotton, nylon, or linen
  3. Follow the recommended washing instructions. Washing a wool rug is different from a linen or polyester rug.
  4. Apply carpet shampoo or cleaning detergent on the mat
  5. Blot all the stains
  6. Rinse
  7. Allow to air-dry

Washing a Deep Pile or Shag Rug

Shag rugs are delicate, stylish, and unique. Know how to wash a shag rug using the recommended technique.

Step-by-step process

  1. Vacuum the shag rug
  2. Apply dry shampoo on the carpet
  3. Use a soft cloth to scrub the carpet fabrics
  4. Let the shampoo sit on the carpet for approximately 30 minutes
  5. Use a damp cloth to rinse the carpet fabrics
  6. Vacuum and allow it to dry

Washing a Jute Rug

Jute rugs are simple styled floor additions for plain interior spaces or entryways. These rugs, however, do not respond well to water treatment and washing. Never deep clean a jute rug.

Step-by-step process

  1. Vacuum the rug
  2. Mix 1 part dishwashing detergent and warm water
  3. Dip a cloth in the solution
  4. Blot the entire carpet surface, including the stains
  5. Wipe the carpet surface with a dry cloth. But ensure that you do not soak the carpet
  6. Blot it dry
  7. Let is air dry naturally

Washing a Wool Rug

Wool rugs are attractive and trendy style floor additions for your home.

Step-by-step process

  1. Test if the rug fades using a damp cloth
  2. Vacuum
  3. Deal with the stains on the carpet using the recommended stain remover
  4. Mix equal part dishwashing solution and cold water
  5. Scrub the wool rug with a medium-density brush
  6. Rinse the rug with adequate water. Adequate water gets rid of soap stains on the carpet fabric.
  7. Allow the rug to air dry


Identify the carpet material before you decide on a washing technique. Luckily, this guide has looked at how to wash a rug using the most practical methods available.

Do Not use a carpet cleaning machine on most occasions. Unless it is recommended.

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