How do I Clean My Rug?

Don’t want the hassle of dragging your rug to the dry cleaners? Here at Femme we have the know-how on cleaning your rug from the comfort of your own home!



  • Rug shampoo (or mild dish soap)
  • Bucket
  • Soft-bristle brush or sponge
  • Water

  • Rubber gloves
  • Garden hose
  • Wet-dry vacuum

Step 2 Vacuum away

Vacuum your rug ON BOTH SIDES! Yes, both sides. You really need to give it a thorough vacuum to make sure there is absolutely no debris. If you have any pets make sure you brush first before hoovering.


Step 3 Mix your solutions

When it comes to your solutions, most rug shampoos work! Make sure you read the label correctly and mix the appropriate measures and follow the correct directions.

Another alternative is using a mild detergent and a bucket of warm water. Don’t use hot water as it can shrink the rug and cause colour fade.


Step 4 Colour Test

Do a colour test before you start scrubbing your rug. Pick a corner and test your solution, if the colours don’t run, it is safe to move on.


Step 5 Scrub until your heart's content

Use a sponge or soft bristle brush and begin to work your cleaning solution into your rug. Let the cleaner sit on your rug for at least 5 minutes before beginning to scrub. Anything less and you aren’t giving the solution time to work its magic.


Step 6 Rinse

Now that you have scrubbed and cleaned your rug, you need to rinse. Do this by using your garden hose or buckets of clean water. Make sure that all the cleaner has completely gone from your rug. How do you know it is completely gone? Your runoff water will be clear.


Step 7 Remove excess water

At this point, you’ll want to get rid of as much excess water in the rug as you can so it will dry faster. You can use a wet-dry vacuum if you have one, or use a squeegee in the direction of the nap.


Step 8 Let the rug breathe

Letting the rug breathe and really dry is an essential part of the process. Lay the rug flat and allow the top of the rug to dry completely. Then, flip it over to let the bottom side dry. Fans can help speed up the process. Make sure the rug is fully dry before you return it to the room.


Step 9 Brush it out

Brush out the rug! During the cleaning process, threads and fibers can get compacted and squished. Revive them by running a vacuum over the now-dry rug, or brush them with a soft-bristled brush. Now you're finished, and can enjoy your freshly cleaned carpet. You know how to clean an area rug yourself, and you can complete the job whenever you like.


We hope these tips help!