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How to Clean a Rug and Clean it Good!

Rugs harbor more dust than any spot in the house– especially when your rugs are located in high traffic areas. And while it’s allergy season, you’ll want to eliminate as much dust as possible by keeping your rugs clean and allergen free. Here are some important tips to learn how to clean a rug to extend their life and help keep your house dust-free.

For pet owners, animal hair can become overwhelming. It gathers on the rugs, the floor and everywhere in between. If you have a long-haired pet, tending to the hair can feel like a full time job. For pet hair, vacuuming is the most efficient way to eliminate as much hair as possible. But if you need a quick touch up, try combing your rugs with a bristle brush to collect hair from the fibers.

For spots and stains, the best chance to get a spot out completely is to clean it as soon as you can. The longer you wait, the more time a stain has to set in. For an all-natural, odor neutralizing spot cleaner, try using a concoction of 3 parts soda water and 1 part vinegar. Make sure to blot with pressure (not rub!) to uproot the stain from down deep. Be extremely careful when using shampoos and spot cleaners. Depending on the type of rug and material you have, (this goes for all carpets, too!) some shampoos and spot removers may not be compatible. Make sure you test the cleaner on a small area of your rug to make sure it doesn’t bleed.

After spot cleaning or shampooing, it is very important that your rugs dry completely before using them again. Damp rugs will attract dirt and dust far quicker than dry ones. This could potentially ruin your rugs by creating permanent stains. After the rug is fully dry, run the vacuum over it to get any dust that collected while drying.

To extend the life of your rugs, make sure you turn them every season. Like a mattress, you need to make sure the wear on your rugs is even. Turning your rugs will make sure that the high traffic areas of your house have equal wear. This will also even out any sun damage that might be wearing on the life of your rugs.

Finally, try implementing a no shoe rule– you’ll be surprised at the amount of vacuuming time you save when your family and guests aren’t bringing the outdoors, in!

For do-it-yourself spring cleaners, Molly Maid offers house cleaning tips and created a spring cleaning checklist to ensure no spot is overlooked.

To leave spring cleaning to the professionals at Molly Maid, visit to schedule a cleaning.