- 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](https://society6.com/rugs?utm_source=SFGHG&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=8775) 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.