How to Clean an Area Rug

They are stepped on, smashed beneath furniture, spilled on, and sometimes slept on, so it should come as no surprise that area rugs need to be cleaned fairly often. And if you’re wondering how to clean an area rug, well, you’ve come to the right place! Today we’re going to discuss what to do when your rug is looking the worse for wear. We’ve divided our tips for how to clean an area rug into different sections, so that you can decide how to treat your rug based on its symptoms and ailments.

This isn’t going to be an amazing revelation (I hope!), but for routine maintenance of your area rug, to get rid of all the dust and dirt that accumulates over the days and weeks, all you need to do is vacuum it. Most homeowners find that vacuuming once every 1-2 weeks helps prevent buildup of all the dust, dirt, and debris your shoes and pets leave behind. Vacuum often to prevent your rug from prematurely aging.

If your dog or cat sheds a lot, you’ll notice that the excess fur often collects on your rugs and carpets. You can purchase special vacuums to remove pet hair from your rug or you can use a stiff brush (brushing in the direction of the nap).