Remove any visible debris from the carpet. Pick up large pieces of lint, animal hair and toys.
Take the carpet outside and hang it over a banister or a clothesline. Using a broom or a rug beater, beat the rug to remove any traces of dust and dirt. If the rug is too large or heavy to remove, vacuum both sides with a vacuum cleaner.
Lay the rug on a clean flat surface.
Clean the rug by gently scrubbing it with a sponge and a small amount of cool water and mild liquid soap. Gently agitate any areas of the rug that have particularly dirty areas to remove stubborn traces of dirt.
Remove excess water from the rug with a squeegee. Squeegee the rug until it is dry to the touch.
Allow the rug to air dry. Vacuum once more to remove any last traces of dried dirt or debris.
Return the rug to its original location.
Things You Will Need
- Mild detergent
- Rugs trap dirt easily, so consider implementing a no-shoes policy in the house. Street shoes drag in a significant amount of grime from outside which can easily transfer to your rug.