How to clean an area rug on hardwood floor

Do you have area rugs in your house? Area rugs are usually put in places with frequent passing of people or pets such as living rooms or bedrooms in order to shield the floor from scrapes or dirt.

Area rugs can also offer a sense of coziness to our house due to their soft surface and elegant patterns. In order to maintain their color and texture, area rugs should be deep cleaned from time to time to prevent them from getting dirty and developing a bad odor.

A soiled rug could even contaminate the wooden floor underneath. Today, Sparkling and Beyond will suggest some proper ways to deep clean the area rug on wooden floorings and also provide some tips for choosing suitable rugs for your wooden floor.

You will first need to prepare these tools to clean area rugs:

  1. Vacuum
  2. Baking soda
  3. Liquid dish cleaner (mild)
  4. Soft brush
  5. Hose
  6. Bucket and sponge

 

You will first need to prepare these tools to clean area rugs
Prepare these tools to clean area rugs (Source: Internet)

Clean the area rugs by vacuuming them first before dealing with stains.

The first step of deep cleaning is vacuuming. Simply vacuum both sides of your rugs to clear most of the dust since the back side of the rugs is prone to pile up all kinds of dirt.

To remove the smell, sprinkle baking soda over the rugs and wait for some hours. The baking soda can effectively absorb the bad odor in the fabric without damaging the rugs.

Finally, vacuum the baking soda, and the odor will disappear.

 

Clean the area rugs by vacuuming them first before dealing with stains.
Clean the area rugs by vacuuming them first before dealing with stains (Source: Internet)

Clean the stains on area rugs with baking soda 

After the dust is removed, we will move on to deal with the stains on the rugs. This step involves the usage of water, which may affect the wooden floor beneath the rugs.

Therefore, you should put an additional rug pad under the stains or cover the wooden floor with waterproof materials like plastic sheets placed under the rugs.

Before applying any cleaning method to the whole rug, it is advisable to test the method on a small spot of your area rugs first to make sure it is effective and also check if the rug can be air dried.

Also, reading thoroughly the manufacturer’s instructions on the rugs can help make sure the following methods are applicable to your rugs. 

To use baking soda to remove stains on your rugs, mix the baking soda with water to make a paste-like mixture. After this, cover the spots with the baking soda paste. You can do this by pouring the paste on a piece of cloth and spreading it on the stains.

Next, let the baking soda stay for some hours and the stains will be wiped out. Lastly, vacuum the rugs to clear the baking soda paste.

 

Use baking soda to remove stains on your rugs
Use baking soda to remove stains on your rugs (Source: Internet)

Clean the stains on area rugs with a steamer

A steamer can clean dirty surfaces by releasing the hot vapor into the surface pores to remove spots, germs, and other tiny substances. Therefore, steam cleaning can remove stubborn stains and germs on the rugs.

When using the steamer, be extra careful as the steam will pierce into the wood and damage it. Therefore, wood floorings should be protected by a waterproof plastic sheet.

Also, the walls should also be shielded by sheets as the steam may also spread and penetrate into the nearby wall. To use the steamer, make sure to read carefully. Pour water and suitable cleaner into the canister of the steamer and turn on the steamer to heat the liquid.

When using the vapor to clean the stains, move the steamer quickly to prevent the rugs from being overexposed with the steam. After steaming, leave the rugs to dry for 2 days. Finally, you can remove the plastic sheet on the floor and put the rugs back.

 

Steam cleaning can remove stubborn stains and germs on the rugs
Steam cleaning can remove stubborn stains and germs on the rugs (Source: Internet)

Conclusion

Area rugs are of great value to make your household decorations more subtle and also create a feeling of warmth and restfulness.

Therefore, it is important to maintain them regularly.

To clean the rugs, vacuum the rugs on both sides to wipe out most dirt. After this, you can take care of the stains with baking soda or steamers.

Remember to protect the wooden floor below the rugs while cleaning stains.

We hope these tips can help you tidy up your house more effectively.

For more cleaning methods, visit sparklingandbeyond.org or dial 415-966-1101 to book a cleaning service with us!

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