- Vacuum top side of [rug](https://society6.com/rugs?utm_source=SFGHG&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=8775) and flip it over. Vacuum the back side of rug. The object is to get as much of the loose dirt from top and bottom surfaces as possible.
- Mix two tablespoons of mild dish-washing detergent in one gallon of water. Test color fastness on small area before cleaning entire rug. Use a soft, long-bristled brush to move liquid mixture through the rug pile. Move with a firm motion in direction of the nap. It's easy to tell if you are going with the nap or not. If it's difficult to brush against, you are brushing away from the nap. Wash fringes by brushing in a motion away from the rug.
- Use a hose to run clean water over the rug until it runs clear of dirt and soap. This may take several minutes to an hour depending on how dirty the rug is.
- Squeegee the rug pile in the direction of the nap to rid it of excess water. Once you're no longer able to force any water from the rug, allow it to air dry.
- Place the rug in a flat, protected area to dry. Turn over when top feels dry. The bottom might still need a little drying time. Vacuum when dry if it feels stiff.
Things You Will Need
- Wet/Dry Vacuum Cleaner
- Garden Hose
- Liquid Dishwashing Detergent
- Soft-Bristled Scrub Brush
- Use cool water to reduce chances of color bleeding. Pick a low-humidity day for faster drying time.