Lumpy Rug Day – How to clean a rug

To celebrate Lumpy Rug Day (yes, it’s a real thing!) on the 3rd May, we thought it’d be nice to give a little TLC to the rugs in our lives which often go under-appreciated and unloved.

Here we give you our top tips on how to clean a rug, to give your floors a bit of a boost and get your rugs looking, smelling and feeling fresh.

What you’ll need

  • A vacuum cleaner
  • A sponge or soft bristled brush
  • Mild washing-up liquid
  • Water
  • A bucket
  • A squeegee

Woman hoovering a cream rug

How to clean a rug

  1. Vacuum both sides of the rug thoroughly to remove any loose dirt.
  2. If you’re using rug cleaner follow the instructions for mixing otherwise add 2 caps of mild washing-up liquid to warm water. Don’t use hot water as this could shrink the fibres or cause colours to fade.
  3. Test a small area of the rug first to check that the colours don’t run.
  4. Use a sponge or brush to lather the mix into the rug and leave for a few minutes.
  5. Rinse this off with a garden hose and make sure it is clear of suds.
  6. Remove any excess water with a squeegee making sure you work in the direction of the rug fibres.
  7. Use a fan to dry the rug or hang it out to dry – don’t lay it on the floor to dry as this could cause water damage to your flooring.
  8. Vacuum again when dry to catch any loose fibres.

Woman cleaning a rug with a cloth

Once you’ve got your rug back to its former glory, there are a few things you can do to keep it in tip-top condition for as long as possible…

  1. Fluff out the tassels using your hand – don’t risk damaging tassels with a vacuum cleaner.
  2. Try rotating your rug every so often to ensure wear is evenly distributed over time.
  3. If you are moving the rug or storing it, always roll it up as folding can cause creases or folds.
  4. To restore the colour of a rug, try using a little white vinegar. Mix 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water and blot in the direction of the carpet pile.
  5. Clean stains as soon as they appear by blotting and then wiping in straight lines – don’t scrub in circular motions as this can damage the rug’s fibres.

As you can see, it’s not hard to care for the rugs in your home, just a little care and attention will keep them looking like new for years to come!

If you are having other problems then visit our inspiration and advice pages to find a helpful solutions to cleaning, selecting appropriate flooring for your household and more.