Rug Cleaning Tips and Tricks

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Rugs are a great way to bring a little life into a room, but when it comes to finding the right rug cleaner, they can present a unique set of challenges. They can be little or large and almost always sit on top of hard floors. So, when you go to clean the floors in that room, what’s the best way to go about it? Lucky for you, how to clean rugs is a question we set out to answer a while ago, and in our search for answers, we developed some pretty innovative tools to help with rug cleaning.

Before you start any of these cleaning methods, check the manufacturer’s tag to make sure you can vacuum, wash and use formulas on your rug. A quick note: if you’re looking for steps on how to clean a wool rug, your best bet would be to contact the manufacturer of the rug to see what they recommend as the best way to clean it, since wool is such a unique material. Once you’ve confirmed you can clean your rug, it’s time to decide if you’re ready to go all out, meaning you plan to move furniture off the rug so you can do a thorough rug cleaning. If you’re not looking to get that involved in your area rug cleaning, that’s okay too. We also have quick cleaning tips for you in this post on how to clean a rug.

The first thing you need to do is vacuum up any dry debris you can. We sell tons of vacuums, and many of them work on both hard floors and carpets, area rugs included. And since area rugs are smaller than the entire room, this step shouldn’t take long, which is always great when it comes to cleaning.  

Pretreat Like the Pros

If you have any noticeable stains on your rug, this is the step where you’ll focus on them. BISSELL chemists work hard to provide you with many solutions to pretreat and remove stains. We have formulas that work on stains ranging from chocolate to red wine to pet messes, and so many in between.  If you don’t plan on using a carpet cleaner after you pretreat, our Stomp ‘n Go® Pet Stain Lifting Pads are a great way to quickly remove stains from rugs. All you have to do is set, stomp and go. Let the pad sit for as little as 30 minutes (or as long as 24 hours). If you are planning to use a carpet cleaner, we suggest using the Professional Pet Stain & Odor Removing Formula for professional rug cleaning results.

Lean, Mean Cleaning Machines

Now, it’s time to break out the serious tools. If you haven’t heard, our innovative CrossWave® vacuums and washes area rugs and hard floors at the same time. This machine is the ultimate answer when it comes to figuring out how to wash a rug.

"I bought this to clean the area rug in my family room. The walking path and the area between the couch and the coffee table gets dirty quickly. A professional cleaner charged $300 to clean the entire rug. This machine is marvelous!" - Lois F

It doesn’t matter if you’re cleaning small area rugs, large area rugs or sealed hard floors, CrossWave® can get the job done. It’s specially engineered to clean area rugs by providing low flow carpet cleaning that doesn’t saturate the backing of your area rug. It also has a specific setting for cleaning area rugs and comes equipped with an Area Rug Brush Roll and Area Rug Formula. Plus, because CrossWave® vacuums and washes at the same time, it saves you time by letting you skip that first step vacuuming. It also makes washing your rugs easier, which means you should be able to clean them more often. And, it also works great if you want to clean outside the confines of your area rug because it’s a multi-surface machine, which means it works on all sealed hard floors as well.

Our ProHeat 2X® Revolution® Pet Pro is another great option for area rug cleaning.

"I love this machine! It is so easy to clean. I have a very thick pile, large area rug and two hallway runners. This is the only machine I have found that will get them really clean and soft" - LM 5-star review

It has a CleanShot® Pretreater built into its foot, so you can treat and attack spots and stains on rugs before you clean them. It’s also built with a low profile, which means you can reach under furniture to clean without having to move all your furniture off the rug. Plus, it has adjustable cleaning modes, including an Express Clean Mode which dries your carpets in about 30 minutes.** Meaning you can spend less time trying to clean your area rugs and more time making the most of life’s little, and sometimes messy, moments.

*Reviews from as of 4/02/2019.

**Express Clean Mode - Tested on new carpet with protectant. Results may vary.