How to Clean Outdoor Rug

You have a nice outdoor rug but have a problem keeping it looking good and clean with all the children and pets at home? While there are professional outdoor rug cleaning companies which can help you deep clean the outdoor mat, there are ways to properly maintain and clean your outdoor rug by yourself too. Here are some ideas and tips to keep in mind:


Typically outdoor rugs are used to capture most of the dirt when walking from outdoors inside your home, so it is likely that your outdoor rug will need cleaning more often. Make sure you give your outdoor rugs a regular sweeping, shaking, beating and/or hoovering on both sides. You may want to do it more than once a week to ensure that the rug is clean.

Take a close look at the labels on your rug to find out if there are any special cleaning requirements, tips, and warnings before proceeding to wash it.

If your outdoor rug suffers a spill, immediately tend to it by blotting out any excess liquid or solid material. Do not rub it, so as to avoid the spill getting worse, larger or deeply embedded in the rug. Start from the outside of the spill and work toward the inside. Use a clean white cloth or paper towels. If the rug can take water treatment, use a damp cloth to dab the stain.

Many stains on outdoor rugs can be treated by sprinkling baking soda on them, and then spraying or pouring a bit of white vinegar on top so that a fizzle reaction occurs. Rub it gently in and let it sit for 15 minutes, after which you can hoover the baking soda off.

Before using any sort of solution on your outdoor rug, even if the solution is homemade, test it on a hidden area of the rug first and watch for possible discolouring or other negative reactions.

It is probable that your outdoor rug can be washed with water because of the fact that outdoor rugs are meant to withstand harsher weather conditions, so if this is the case, you can periodically use a hose or water pressure system to wash the rug.

For added care, use a mixture of water and mild dishwashing soap or water and white vinegar to first scrub the rug thoroughly with a brush. Rinse it off thoroughly.

Let the outdoor rug dry completely, by keeping it flat on the floor in a well-aerated place.

Author: Madison Kirby

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