Everyday life can get a bit hectic, and we know far too well how easy it is to put housecleaning on the back burner of your to-do list. But if you’re feeling like your space needs a quick update, and you’re not in the market for new pieces, giving your rugs and carpets a quick weekend refresh can really work wonders to liven up your home.
As far as weekend projects go, giving all of your rugs or carpeted spaces a good cleaning is among the simplest of tasks. It can sometimes just be a bit time-consuming depending on how much carpeted space you have, or just how into the rug trend you may be. But trust us, with a few simple steps, this task gives the most bang for your proverbial buck, in that it doesn’t cost a thing and can literally make your living spaces look like new!
Here’s our easy rundown of the best way to do a full rug and carpet refresh in just a single weekend.
Step 1: Vacuum
Vacuuming will get rid of surface dirt and give you a better view of actual problem areas that will need extra attention. When vacuuming a rug, be sure to roll it up first and vacuum the floor beneath the rug before tacking the rug itself. Then when vacuuming a rug, think of the vacuum as a tool to not only pick up dust and dirt, but also flatten kinks and folds that may have developed from day to day wear.
A quick tip for vacuuming in general: Move all furniture and items that will hinder the work before you get started. This will make the task at hand easier and actually quicker, than if you move things one by one to vacuum around them. You’re also more likely to do a more thorough job in just one pass.
Step 2: Wash Rugs
This obviously depends on the rug, but if you have any smaller, washing-machine-safe rugs, go ahead and throw them in the wash for a deep clean. Tumble dry low, or hang to dry.
Step 3: Spot Clean
For larger area rugs and carpets that can’t go in the wash, spot cleaning is where it’s at! Find stains, and problem areas and target them with a focused cleaning. What solution you use should be determined by the type of stain as well as the type of fibers you’re cleaning. However, it’s advisable to start with just water and see if that does the trick.
Treat all stains by dabbing with water, starting from the outsides of the area and working your way in (so the stain doesn’t bleed into a wider space.) Resist the urge to scrub your carpet or rug, as you’d risk pushing the stain even deeper into the fibers.
If water doesn’t work on a stain, you may need to take your solution up a notch. A mixture of water with white vinegar is a great standby for a variety of stains, but for specific solutions to common stains, check out This Old House’s handy list of stain-busting methods for carpets.
When finished with these three easy steps you should see a significant difference in your carpets and rugs, and your space should have a pleasantly clean glow! Of course, after a significant amount of time, you may need to do a deep clean with a steam cleaner, but feel free to save that for another weekend! ?