How to Clean Area Rugs

This is not the official way to clean area rugs, but if you have a dirty one or you have just bought one of the different custom rugs that are available and you want to know how to clean it in advance, here is how I clean my rugs.
So, let me premise the following with “these are not wool or expensive persian rugs”.
These are HomeSense, Home Depot rugs.

Twice a year (Spring and Fall) I take the rugs out, hang them on the fence and pressure wash them.

Yup, high pressure water.

No soap, no scrubbing, no steam cleaners.

Water straight from the hose, shot at 1800psi.

Try this at your own risk.
For my home, I just figured “It’s water – what damage can it do?” (as long as there’s no wool content of course)

The bottom left corner is still dirty.
See the difference?!

Can you see how the loops of this berber-type rug are whiter?
What about along the seam that holds the fringe?

Hopefully you can see that the right is much cleaner than the left.

Two giant area rugs, less than an hour of work and now I just leave them to hang and dry.

These are low pile rugs, but I do have other ones that have a bit higher pile and watching the winter salt and dirt come out of those is even more satisfying.

If only you could duct tape your children to the fence and clean them with a pressure washer?! lol

Lmao... at least I'm not the only one! ;)
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2015-02-16T16:02:48-05:00September 24th, 2013|CLEAN|4 Comments


  1. susiecue50 September 24, 2013 at 12:15 pm - Reply

    Rugs look great. John pressure washes the patio in the spring and its amazing the amount of dirt that comes off. You have so much energy that by the time I have read your blog I need a nap. Today I will wash down the kitchen cupboards as the sander was used on the wall above our new countertop and there’s dust all over. Don’t mind as the new countertop looks fantastic.

  2. Anonymous September 24, 2013 at 10:54 pm - Reply

    That’s hilarious…I use the pressure washer for everything. Somebody on fb sent me a recipe using hydrogen peroxide and dawn for spot removers….it is AMAZING and fast! I wonder what would happen if you used a combination of both…spritz it with the mixture and pressure wash the whole thing!

  3. Shelly September 25, 2013 at 11:11 am - Reply

    I’ve seen that recipe too – that’s brilliant!
    I’ll have to take the Spring-wash photos using that recipe and show you if it works better.

  4. 100 Things 2 Do – How to Organize your Dining Room February 18, 2015 at 2:01 am - Reply

    […] Time to vacuum and wash the floors.  If your area rug needs cleaning – now would be a great time to take it to the cleaners for a little TLC.  Or, if the weather permits and your rug isn’t wool – you could try my washing technique. […]

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