Luvi Silverberg
November 19, 2022

How to Beat a Rug


A rug can be a beautiful addition to your home, but it's also something of an investment. You want to make sure that you take good care of it in order to get the most out of your money and avoid costly repairs down the road. In this article we'll show you how to clean and beat a rug so that it looks like new again!

Let the rug air out.

Beat a rug by letting it air out. Air is the best natural way to dry, so let your rug hang somewhere where there’s plenty of ventilation and sunlight. If you can’t do this, at least make sure that the room you hang your rug in has good circulation and is well-ventilated.

If possible, let your rug dry outside instead of indoors for added freshness and to help prevent mold growth if moisture was an issue in the first place. If hanging outside isn't possible or practical—especially if there's rain or snow in your forecast—hang it on a clothesline or even just spread it out over some chairs or something else sturdy enough to act as support (make sure all of its edges are supported). You also don't want to use fans since they'll only blow away any water that may have been absorbed into the fibers without helping them get dry faster (plus fans aren't exactly gentle on textiles).

Lay the rug out on an open, flat surface.

The first thing to do is find a place where you can lay the rug out so that it's as close to its original size as possible. A good option is a clean, dry towel or blanket that's big enough to accommodate the entire rug. If you don't have either of these, just make sure there are no obstacles around and that there's plenty of space for you to work with in every direction (i.e., if your room has furniture against one wall, move it).

Lay the rug face down on top of this flat surface so that it's as close to its original size as possible without being rolled up or folded in any way. The front side should be facing up towards you; this will allow you access to all sides at once while giving yourself enough room between each edge and anything else nearby such as tables or chairs (which might damage your rugs).

Run a hand vacuum over the rug to pick up any loose debris.

Once you have the power, it's time to pull out the crevice tool if your vacuum has one. This small attachment is designed to get into tight spaces and corners, so use it on the rug for extra thoroughness. If you don't have a crevice tool, no worries—a toothbrush will do in a pinch!

Next up: Take out your brush attachment (the one that looks like bristles) and run it over all of those dusty corners where dust bunnies like hang out. It'll help loosen up any remaining debris so it can get sucked up by your vacuum cleaner.

Finally, go back over everything with your suction tool—this powerful little guy will pick up any loose dirt or hair so there aren't any lingering particles left behind.

Mix dish soap and water in a bucket.

Mix dish soap and water in a bucket.

  • Warm water (about 40 degrees Celsius, or 105 degrees Fahrenheit) dissolves the soil best.

  • Use mild dish soap to clean your rug, but avoid harsh chemicals like bleach or ammonia that may cause discoloration.

Clean the wet spots with a rag, starting in the center of each spot.

You can use soap, but it's best to keep the amount of soap and/or water as small as possible. You don't need much water at all; just enough to dampen the rag. As for what kind of soap you should use, that depends on how dirty your rug is. If there are only a few spots that need cleaning, then dish detergent is probably fine—but if your rug is caked in mud or animal excrement (and if you're reading this article then chances are good that it is), try using bleach instead.

Once you've gotten used to working with rugs and find yourself comfortable doing so, other types of stains might become more clear: wine stains look different than rust stains; mud will appear differently than bloodstains; etcetera.

To dry your rug as quickly as possible, hang it outside during warm, dry weather.

To dry your rug as quickly as possible, hang it outside during warm, dry weather.

  • Make sure to take the rug outside before it's completely dry—drying should be done in a place where you have access to the sun and fresh air. We recommend hanging the rug on a clothesline or other drying rack so that air can easily circulate around all sides of the rug.

  • Avoid leaving an unfinished rug out overnight because rain can damage it.

  • Never put a wet area rug in a dryer—that will ruin it!


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Hopefully, these tips have given you some insight into how you can clean a rug. If not, don’t worry. This is just one of many ways to go about it, and there are plenty more out there! We hope that this article has helped you feel more confident about tackling any potential messes in your home.