How to Clean Kitchen and Bathroom Rugs

Kitchen and bathroom rugs help keep the two most dirt-prone areas of your home clean - but only by sacrificing themselves.

Here's how to treat them right and get them clean.

Know that most kitchen and bathroom rugs can be machine-washed. Check on the care tag to make sure.

Pre-treat stains with a laundry pre-treatment or stain remover.

Separate rugs by color: dark colors in one wash load; light colors in another.

Wash dark-colored rugs on the delicate setting with a mild detergent at a warm temperature - less than 90 degrees F.

Wash light-colored rugs on the delicate setting with a mild detergent at a hot temperature - less than 105 degrees F.

Rinse rugs thoroughly.

Tumble dry at a low setting. Or, if the fibers of the rugs are especially delicate, you may prefer to hang the rugs to dry rather than tumble dry them.

Brush the fibers lightly with your hand to fluff.

Things You Will Need

  • Area Rugs
  • Bath Rugs
  • Mild Detergent
  • Stain Removers
  • Washing Machines


  • Check rugs for special care instructions before washing.
  • Rugs should be washed separately from clothes.
  • To brighten the appearance of white rugs, add a small amount of non-chlorine bleach to water when washing.


  • For rugs with rubber backing, avoid high heat in the washer and avoid the dryer.