Each of these options will save you money and time, but it is important that you choose the best method so that you won’t end up spending more than you have to. Sometimes, going for the cheapest option can cost you more in the long-run. Here are a few of the common options that you will be presented with when faced with the task of cleaning your rug.
Doing it yourself (DIY)
If you have an inexpensive rug, you can choose to clean it yourself. It will cost you more in time than money. But if you do have the time and the patience, you can do the following.
- Place the mat on a clean open area, such as a driveway.
- Wash the rug with a hose.
- Let it dry.
- Get four 2 x 4 lumbers to make a square that is larger than the rug.
- Get a plastic tarp to cover the frame and then fill it with enough water to cover the rug.
- While it is filling, add some detergent to the pool.
- Vacuum the rug.
- Place the rug within the pool of water with the detergent and let it soak for 30-60 minutes.
- If there are any stains on the rug, you can scrub that area to remove any soil, dirt, grime or stains.
- Remove the water from the pool and then fill with clear water to rinse.
- Soak the rug for another 30-60 minutes in the clear water.
- Drain the water
- Roll up the rug
- Drape the rug over a railing to let it drain and dry.
- Ensure that the rug is completely dry before you place it back inside the house.
Hiring a professional
It’s a good idea to get your rug professionally cleaned so that you minimize the risk of damaging the rug. If your rug is an expensive one like a Persian rug (i.e. $1000 or more), then it is definitely a good idea to use a professional. If the rug is a cheap one, then it probably isn’t as economical to invest in a professional carpet clean. Although, if the rug has sentimental value, then you can consider professional rug cleaning.
Professional rug cleaners know how to handle your rugs delicately so that they won’t be damaged during the cleaning or drying process. This is the risk that you have when doing it yourself or even taking it to dry cleaners that know how to dry clean, but don’t know how to handle the delicate fabrics within the rug.
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As you can see, it really depends on the value that you place on your rug as well as how much you would like to spend over the long-term. If you do place a high value on your rug, we do recommend getting it professionally cleaned.