Cleaning an Area Rug

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isisgoddess_1's picture
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Cleaning an Area Rug

I got an area rug off craigslist and now I need to clean it up a little bit. How do you clean yours? My friend suggested a shampooer but Dh doesnt want to spend the money on it. LOL. So now I am looking for suggestions.

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can you take it outside, hose it down, and hands and knee's with a scrub brush and some sort of laundry soap(cheaper than carpet cleaner) give it a good scrub, and then dry out side??? will it fit in the washing machine???

isisgoddess_1's picture
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It wont fit in the washing machine. DH was thinking go hosing it down outside though. So he should just use a little bit of laundry soap?

toothy35's picture
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I'd use either laundry soap mixed with water in a bucket...or some fabuloso mixed with water in a bucket...with a scrub brush..

luangwa's picture
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From experience......I'd only hose it down if you have something like a shop vac to suck the excess water up. Otherwise it will take DAYS to dry and it will probably end up growing mold.

A carpet cleaner that they rent out in the grocery stores is only like $25 to rent for a day. I ruined a really nice area rug because I didn't want to trouble myself renting a carpet cleaner for one 12X14 area rug, plus I thought they were closer to $75-$100 to rent. Sad

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I agree with Mel, I've tried the hose/scrub thing and it took FOREVER to dry. Rent one, its worth it.
Nicole

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I was going to say, if you have snow, lay it out on the snow and sweep it with snow...But I see that you are in Florida, so that probably won't work, lol. Let us know how it goes, whatever you decide to do...I have an area rug that has only ever been vacuumed; this would be useful info.