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How To Clean Vintage Rugs: A Practical Step-By-Step Guide

Often, when I talk to friends or Coco Carpets customers, they ask me how to clean vintage rugs. And, while there are many different ways to clean them, we are going to cover my favorite way in this article. 

Over the years of Coco Carpets, I’ve cleaned quite a lot of rugs and during this time, I have started enjoying the cleaning process. While this may be the case for you too, either way, it’s important that you do clean your rugs, so that they last longer and also have a fresher feel.

How to clean vintage rugs - Guide to cleaning vintage rugs - cococarpets

Don’t Let Stains Set

Before we jump into the step-by-step tutorial on how to clean your rugs, I just wanted to give you two little tips on things you should avoid. Firstly when your rug gets stained, you will want to avoid letting it set as it will be much harder (or impossible) to get it out.

If your rug is stained then blot it using a paper towel and add small amounts of water onto the sport to dilute it. Repeat this process until the stain has disappeared. Avoid scrubbing stains as that can damage the fibers of your rug and make the stain go deeper within the rug.

Avoid Steam Cleaning Your Rug

I often hear people asking if they can use a steam cleaner to clean their rugs. The answer to that is no, as it can damage the wool of your rugs. It does this because steam cleaners usually use harsh chemicals that will damage the wool of your rugs.

Step 1: Arrange a Clean Area For Washing 

The first step that you need to take is arranging a clean area to wash your rug. I suggest doing this in one of your bigger rooms where you have lots of space as this will make things easier for you.

The room in which you clean the rug, should of course have a clean floor too. So, consider vacuuming the floor first to ensure your rug won’t get dirty from it once it’s clean.

Step 2:  Prepare The Floorcloth 

Next, you need to prepare the floorcloth by hanging it on a close line.

From here, just beat the dust and dirt particles out of it. This, of course, should be done outside, as you don’t want to make the space you just cleaned dirty again.

Make sure to do this thoroughly, else your clean area might get dusty and dirty.

Step 3: Lay Down The Carpet In The Cleaned Area…

Once you have beat all the dirt particles out of the rug, you’ll want to lay it down into the clean area and wet it with water. Next, sprinkle laundry detergent onto the carpet, but make sure to only rub it gently with your hands.

This will create foam on the surface.

Step 4: Rinse the rug completely of detergent with water.

After you have rubbed the detergent all around the carpet, you need to rinse it.

Use Water to completely rinse the detergent off the rug. Do this thoroughly until there is no detergent left.

Step 5: Hang the floor covering up outside

Lastly, you just need to hang up the floor covering outside and let it dry in the sun. And, make sure to not use any type of machine dryer as this will damage the wools of your rug.

Read More on Vintage Rugs

As I’m passionate about vintage rugs, I share a lot of what I see with you.

If you’re interested and would like to learn more, you can check out one of my recent articles or visit the Coco Carpets store. 

And if you have any questions you can also contact me directly through the contact page.

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