Natural Rug Cleaning Tips

If you are concerned about the chemicals and detergents that are present in many rug and carpet shampoos, there are many natural solutions you can use to clean your rugs in a more natural way. Children and pets in your home can often mean that you need to clean your rugs on a regular basis and the problem is that many commercial carpet cleaning solutions contain chemicals that can be harmful or cause allergies. Another downside to commercial cleaning products is that they can be expensive especially if you need to purchase them on a regular basis.

The good news is that effective rug cleaning can be carried out naturally and you probably already have the products you need in your kitchen. Baking powder for instance is well known for its cleaning properties and will clean your rugs without any of the harmful effects associated with harsh detergents and cleaners. Baking powder is also very inexpensive and a little goes a long way.

The amount you need to use depends on the amount of staining and the size of the area you need to clean. For spot stains, simply tip a little baking powder onto the stain, spray with hot water and allow to dry. Once dried, simply hoover away the powder and you will be left with a clean rug. For more stubborn stains, just scrub baking powder and water through the stain and follow the same steps above.

Of course, you don't want to be pouring large amounts of baking powder over your larger area rugs. For these areas, simply fill your carpet shampooer with hot water, or you can dampen your rug if you don't own one of these devices. Then sprinkle baking powder over the entire rug and let it settle until dry. Once dry, simply hoover and all baking powder and dirt particles will be removed. Your rugs will be left clean and looking their best and you get the peace of mind that they have been cleaned in a manner that is kind on the environment and kind to your family and pets.

Natural cleaning products are also available on the market that contain only natural plant-based ingredients. If you are keen to follow a greener and cleaner lifestyle, these products give you the freedom to do just that whilst keeping your home and your rugs perfectly clean.

Unfortunately, accidents do happen, but the more prepared you are to deal with spillages and other damage to your rugs, the less chance these risks will cause lasting damage to the fabric. We have produced this handy guide to help you deal with those common household stains so that you can take quick action and keep your rugs looking as good as new.

Shopping List for Effective Rug Stain Removal

  • Clean absorbent cloth or towel
  • Surgical Spirit
  • Gentle detergent – you will need one that is suitable for wool – mix one teaspoon with half a pint of warm water
  • Detergent vinegar solution – mix one teaspoon of white vinegar to your detergent solution
  • Ammonia solution – add one teaspoon of household ammonia to one cup of warm water

Stain Removal Advice

  • Try not to over-wet any backing material on your rug as this can cause it to break up and rot
  • Try to test your cleaning solution on a small piece of rug that is unlikely to be seen
  • Blot up or scrape away the substance that has spilt on the rug as quickly as you can to prevent it getting deep into the pile or fabric.
  • Work the stain from the outside in to prevent it from spreading
  • Apply your cleaning solution to your cloth rather than directly to your rug
  • A hairdryer on a low setting can be used to gently dry the area
  • Once dry, run your hands or your hoover over the area to lift the pile again
  • Always attempt to deal with stains as quickly as possible.

Alcohol, Coffee, Tea, Urine, Liquid Foods:

  • Soak up spillage
  • Use detergent vinegar solution sparingly
  • Work stain outside in
  • Use dry clothes or hair dryer to dry gently
  • Use final rinse procedure (see below)

Chocolate, Sweets, Blood, Glue, Egg, Ice Cream, Milk, Soft Drinks, Vomit

  • Scrape away excess
  • Use detergent solution from outer edge
  • Blot dry with a clean cloth
  • Use ammonia solution
  • Blot dry with clean cloth
  • Use final rinse procedure (see below)

Solids, Fats, Tar, Chewing Gum, Oil, Ointment, Show Polish

  • Scrape away excess
  • Use Dry Cleaning solution followed up with detergent vinegar solution
  • Blot dry with a clean cloth
  • Use final rinse procedure (see below)

Unknown Stains

  • Scrape away excess
  • Use Dry Cleaning solution followed with clean lukewarm water
  • Blot dry with a clean cloth
  • If stain persists, use detergent or detergent vinegar solution
  • Blot dry with a clean cloth
  • Use final rinse procedure (see below)

Final Rinse Procedure

  • Scrape away excess
  • Use Dry Cleaning solution followed with clean lukewarm water
  • Blot dry with a clean cloth
  • If stain persists, use detergent or detergent vinegar solution
  • Blot dry with a clean cloth
  • Use final rinse procedure