Area rugs are an important aspect of your home décor. They add color and warm-up rooms and offering softer places for slumber partying, movie watching, and game playing. Nevertheless, pets, visitors and kids can make them very dirty and it’s upon you to keep them tidy. Read on to learn how to clean an area rug with a pressure washer.
An area rug must be cleaned often if you want it to retain that bright, beautiful look and last for longer.
While it is okay for you to send out your carpet to be washed by specialists, it is not necessary. This is because you can perform exceptionally well by cleaning the rugs at home, all you need is the most suitable equipment. For now, all you need is a power washer, and sooner than later you will have your rug sparkling clean.
Since the area rugs are made of different types of materials, you must make sure that yours can be cleaned using a pressure washer and check whether there would be any negative effects. It is not all rugs that are made of materials that can be cleaned using a pressure washer. Some are laundered, dry-cleaned and other spot-cleaned.
Materials Needed For This Project
- Laundry detergent
- A large cleaning
- A pressure washer (electric) with a garden hose
- Your area rug
- Drying equipment
- Stiff the scrub brush and bristled broom–it is very helpful if you have horrible spots
- 1 tsp. dishwashing fluid
Steps In Cleaning Your Area Rug
- Choose The Washing Area
Although your area rug is already dirty, you must find a cleaner station to make sure you don’t dirty your rug. The concrete sidewalk or wooden decks are the best areas for cleaning. You must never try power washing your area rug in the house because the water from the machine may be troublesome.
- Prepare To Start The Real Cleaning
To start cleaning, lay your material upside down so that it is compressed at the bottom part of your area rug. You may start by thoroughly sweeping it on all sides to try to take out any loose dirt on both sides. This is a good way of preparing the material for methodical cleaning. Remove any soil particles, food substances, hair, and debris by enabling the power washer to excellently clean immense dirt.
- Countercheck Your Equipment’s
Check out the most suitable detergents that you need to get positive results. Some may not be appropriate since they can result in discoloration. To achieve this, check the cleaning instructions inscribed on the area rug. Most people who do not know how to wash a rug end up doing the wrong things at this point. Therefore, you must be careful to avoid ruining your home décor in any way.
- Check your Pressure Washer
Before you turn on the machine, closely check the power washer. Check to ensure the power washer is perfectly oiled, has all the necessary accessories and attachments.
In case your power washes use oil or electric, make sure it is well powered to ensure it can perform all the tasks at hand without any issues. This is because some devices could be defective and hence cannot clean thoroughly. Also, remember to check whether the outlets are secure enough before you can connect the garden hose to the source of water.
- Gently Clean The Area Rug
At this point, you should apply the detergent on your rug if the power washer does not have the right soap tank. This is very essential to use as a washing aid to sterilize. Once this is done, clamp the wand down for approximately 0.3 meters from the rug surface. Pull the power washer trigger to make sure you apply sufficient pressure on the rug.
You should not hold too far or close because it can blow off the area rug, damage the area rug or might not live to your expectations. Ensure the power washer works perfectly by passing it over the area rug’s surface moderately remove out any dust, dirt or spots.
- Rinse Thoroughly
Once you have washed your area rug, you can now rinse it thoroughly with clean water, to remove the remaining soap. Rinse all parts of the rug to make sure that not even the smallest bits of soap are left. Repeat this step severally to make sure it is perfectly cleaned.
- Dry The Area Rug
Once clean, you need to find the most ideal drying spot where you can place the area rug and leave it to dry. Different spots are appropriate based on the size and weight. Also, the best spot should be free from dust or dirt.
Most people prefer placing the rug on the hanging lines because they properly expose the material to wind and sunlight so it can dry up quickly.
Things To Remember
- Use the most suitable cleaning solution and equipment because there are some out there which are not apt.
- Apply the correct pressure to avoid destroying the materials used to make the area rug
- Maintain a reasonable distance–the right range must not be too long or too short.
- Use the power washer on the most suitable surface because they are materials that are not compatible with a pressure washer
Now you know exactly how to clean your area rug with a pressure washer. Technically, you never have to worry about the extra costs of taking your area rug to carpet cleaners because you can do all this from the comfort of your home.
Make the cleaning process less cumbersome and more comfortable by following the procedure we have just highlighted, and it is without a doubt that you will find it fast and easy to clean your rug.
Just get the right equipment’s and get the job completed without having to hire a professional. Also, you should consider reading the power washer’s user manual to understand what is needed of you when using it to clean your materials.