How to clean a rug – 2 ways to restore your rugs to greatness

If your rugs are looking marked, tired and just not that appealing to your toes, then you need to know how to clean a rug like an expert

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Need to know how to clean a rug? Sometimes vacuuming just isn’t enough to get a rug looking like new. The foot traffic of daily life, and maybe the fact that your pet loves to hang out on it can make your rug look far from its best, and even leave it a bit niffy.

We are here to the rescue with a trick from UK-based Cleanfluencer and Instagram sensation, Mrs Hinch. It's an incredible tip that will get your rug looking and smelling fresh once again. Even better, it’s a rug remedy that requires just a few ingredients that you’ll have in the pantry already. 

Whether you need to work on a small rug for the bedroom or are looking to clean a large area rug for your lounge, just keep scrolling to get cleaning then be sure to checkout our hub when you're done for more cool hacks.

How to clean a rug 

Cleanfluencer Mrs Hinch loves a rug – her home is full of them – and she knows how to bring them up really well! This method should work on different types of rug, including wool rugs. Cotton rugs are usually machine washable so if they are small enough you can bung them in the washing machine.

Hello and Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend so far! It still feels so strange for me to say my dining room 🤣 because I’ve never had one before! But as you can see this room was once my lounge and I love the fact that it still feels cosy which is exactly what I wanted! I also wanted to take this chance to say thank you for tagging and sharing your Activity Journals with me! It’s been so amazingly overwhelming guys and I can’t believe this is my second book to reach #1 and it’s all because of you ❤️ Ive loved seeing your hinchlists and I’ve ticked quite a few things off my list today and I’ll be adding some more ready for the week ahead ✅ But for the rest of today me Jamie Henry Ronnie and Abi are going to go for a quick walk to the park 🍁 and then I’m going to attempt to make some sort of sausage casserole/ hot pot thing for us 🙈😂 so wish me luck because I can’t cook 🤣 but I’m just excited for us all to sit up at this table and eat it! (If it’s edible) I hope you all have the best cosy evening indoors , candles on, TV, sofa and blankets! Because that’s exactly what we’ll be doing! Lots of love and thank you for everything ❤️ #mrshinch #mrshinchtheactivityjournal #imahincher #diningroom #iloveoctober Mirror: @furniturevillage Curtains: @veryuk Table: @barkerandstonehouse * Carver chairs: @charlestedinteriors * Table accessories: @dunelmuk Rug: @therugseller * Vase: EBay • {*gifted items} #gifted Sophie Hinchliffe

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1. Get yourself some fabric conditioner, washing gel (we recommend clear), a clean, lint-free light-colored cloth (to avoid color transfer), and a bucket. You'll need a capful of the fabric conditioner, then add the washing gel, mix, and add warm water. That’s your rug-cleaning solution.

2. Then all you need to do is put your cloth into the mixture, wring it out so it’s not going to make the rug over-wet, then wipe on to the rug. 

3. Make sure you tackle just a small area at a time, and dip the cloth back into the mixture and wring again before working on the next section. 

4. Leave to dry fully before you let feet, the kids and your pets near your fresh, clean rug.

How do you clean an area rug naturally?

If you want to stick to completely natural household ingredients then you totally can. Just follow this method that calls for bicarbonate of soda and/or vinegar: 

1. For a general clean: shake your rug out if possible, if not, vacuum the top and underside of your area rug on a low airflow setting

2. Next, sprinkle bicarbonate of soda on the rug and leave for a little while before vacuuming again to help neutralise any odours.

3. To tackle any stains: mix one part white vinegar with three parts water and use a sponge to clean the stains from your carpet.

4. Let it air dry, out of direct sunlight, and vacuum. 

How often should you clean a rug?

Vacuuming your rugs every couple of weeks will prevent a buildup of dirt which can lead to tricky stains. Any spills that happen in your presence, try to absorb these with paper towel and treat them as soon as possible.

When it comes to wool rugs however, you only need to vacuum yours once a month or so to avoid disrupting the fibres.

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