Large rugs can add so much beauty and interest to your space, but they do present one hassle: they're tough to clean. You probably can't fit the rug in your car to take it anywhere for cleaning, and even rolling it up to take it outside is going to be difficult. Your best option, then, is to clean the rug in place. Here's how to do that.
Step 1: Vacuum the rug well.
Hopefully, you vacuum the rug regularly. But even if you just vacuumed a day or two ago, you need to vacuum as the first step of your cleaning process to ensure any larger debris is out of the way. Be very thorough with this vacuuming. Use the brush attachment to your vacuum, and vacuum under the edges of the rug using a wand attachment.
Step 2: Spot-treat any stains.
It's easiest to see stains before you get the rug damp, so do this first. Locate any stains, and spray each one with a carpet stain remover. Wait five minutes, and then blot up the stain remover. Make sure you are blotting, not rubbing, with a cloth or paper towel. Let the stained areas dry a little until you can see whether you removed the stains properly. If there are any lingering stains, repeat this step again.
Step 3: Spray the rug with white vinegar.
While you could use a rug or carpet cleaner for this step, white vinegar tends to work just as well as long as you've already treated any stains. Mix the white vinegar with an equal portion of water in a spray bottle. Spray it lightly over a section of the rug. Set a towel down over that section, and press on the towel to absorb the vinegar mixture. Repeat with subsequent sections of the rug until the whole rug has been treated. Then, let your rug dry for a day before completing the next step.
Step 4: Sprinkle the rug with baking soda.
This step just removes any lingering odors so your rug is nice and fresh. Sprinkle baking soda liberally over the rug, and let it sit for at least 12 hours. If you can leave it for 24 hours, that's even better. Vacuum it up, and admire your clean rug.
If the process above seems too labor-intensive, remember — there are rug cleaning companies that will come clean large rugs in-place in your home. This can be an easier approach if you are short on time. For more information about rug cleaning services, contact a company like Superior Rug Services.