Rug cleaning requires common sense and the right equipment. To get you started on cleaning it correctly, there are some tips offered below for your evaluation. The first step in cleaning your rug is to make sure that you vacuum it thoroughly, removing all the dirt and dust that most steam cleaners are not meant to handle. Make sure that your vacuum is empty or that you have a new bag installed before you begin.
Once the carpet is vacuumed, you have several ways of cleaning it - either by the natural methods or using chemically based products. For a natural approach, plain baking soda sprinkled on the carpet is great to freshen it and to soak up odors. Take a spray bottle with one parts vinegar to three parts water and spray the carpet lightly. This will activate the baking soda, and needs to be allowed to dry. Once dry, vacuum over it and you will find your carpet much cleaner and free of smells.
If you intend to go the route of chemically based products, purchase one that works well with your type of steam cleaner. Before you use the product, make sure that you test a small amount on an unseen portion of your carpet to be certain that it will not discolor it. As before, vacuum first and then mix the product according to the directions with water. If you have any stains, pre-treat them before you start
One way to help make rug cleaning easier is using preventative maintenance. Every once in a while, sprinkle baking soda on your carpet before vacuuming. This will prevent smells and makes the carpet fresher on a daily basis. Also, if there are stains, take care of them as soon as they occur to prevent it from soaking in. Lightly pat the area with a cloth and then use a stain remover to get it out. If you use careful, preventative measures to keep your carpet clean, you will spend less time in the future on rug cleaning, using the tips offered above as a place to start.