This is not the official way to clean area rugs.
This is just how I clean our area rugs, and 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?!
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
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Have a great one!