If your area rug has stubborn stains or you notice your vacuum is not enough to clean it, it’s time to give it a thorough cleaning. However, this can be a bit tough when your area rug is on a hardwood floor. Experts recommend that you avoid washing the whole rug. It’s important, therefore, to learn a few tips on how to clean an area rug on hardwood floor.
How to Clean an Area Rug on Hardwood Floor
In this post, we’ll point out how to remove the stains and get rid of deep-rooted dust, stains, smell and dust mites from an area rug on a hardwood floor.
Getting Rid of Dust
Start by vacuuming the rug thoroughly on both sides and repeat the process at least twice. This is a great way to remove as much dust as possible. If vacuuming isn’t enough, you can use a broom or similar tool to lightly beat the rug.
Protecting Hardwood Floors
You have to protect your hardwood floor from water and any other cleaning products since they’re likely to soak into the wood and ruin it.
If you’re removing a stain, for example, be sure to protect the floor underneath by putting a rag below the stain. Avoid soaking the stained area with water.
If your entire rug needs freshening up, roll it up, put a waterproof barrier underneath – a thick, plastic sheet that won’t tear easily should work fine. Make sure each side of the sheet placed under the area rug is a bit longer than the carpet. You can tape preventing it from moving and lower the risk of getting water on the hardwood floor by taping it down.
Cleaning the Rug
It’s very important to test the cleaning product on a small section/patch of your rug to see whether it will damage the rug. If the rug is okay, you can go ahead with the cleaning process. Here’s what you can use to ensure your rug is clean, fresh and looking as good as new.
Sodium bicarbonate may require more time than other cleaning methods but you don’t need to use a lot of water and you can vacuum it afterwards, which is great for hardwood floors. Pour some sodium bicarbonate lightly on the whole carpet or on the stain then clean with a damp rag or cloth. You want to avoid pouring any water directly on the carpet. Alternatively, you can use a little water to create a thick paste of sodium bicarbonate, then apply it to the carpet. You can even make your own homemade dry carpet shampoo to clean your area rug regularly.
Carpet shampoo is effective in removing dirt and stains. The trick here is to choose the right shampoo for the type of material your rug is made of. Alternatively, you can use a dishwashing detergent, which works well for oily stains.
All you need are a bucket and a cloth or brush to apply the carpet shampoo without completely soaking the carpet. Then gently brush the surface in one direction so that it’s wet enough to remove the dirt. Then spray a mix of equal parts white vinegar and water on the carpet then lightly brush in another direction. The vinegar helps to remove the excess detergent. Then “rinse” the rug by dabbing a wet cloth on it. Soak up the excess water using towels or rags before drying the carpet as much as possible by pressing the cloth on the rug.
If you decide to rent or purchase a steam cleaner, simply place a protective barrier under the rug and follow the provided instructions to clean the rug. This is one of the most effective ways to clean the carpet thoroughly without damaging your hardwood floor.
With those tips, you now know how to clean an area rug on hardwood floor. The trick is to follow instructions carefully and avoid any unproven methods. It’s also important to have your rug cleaned by a professional such as our team here at On the Spot Carpet Cleaners every six months to a year depending on how frequently it’s used.