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How to Clean Area Rug Without Vacuum

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How to Clean an Area Rug Without a Vacuum

One of the benefits of an area rug is that it can be thoroughly cleaned and maintained with a vacuum cleaner. But what about those times when you don't have a vacuum on hand or when you want to clean without breaking out the sweeper? Here's how to clean your area rug without a vacuum.

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  1. Sweep Using a Broom - One of the simplest ways to remove dirt and debris from your rug is to sweep it using a broom. You'll want to choose a durable, fine-bristled yet stiff broom to clean carpet to ensure that even the smallest particles are removed from deep within the fibers. This is a particularly effective way to clean your natural fiber area rugs (such as jute, sisal and seagrass rugs) or low-pile rugs.
  2. Beat the Rug - One of the greatest benefits of an area rug versus whole-room carpeting is the ability to beat out the dust and dirt. This old-fashioned rug-cleaning method is oftentimes even more effective than vacuum cleaning (especially if you're dealing with larger particles) and can be easily done using a rail, balcony or clothesline and your broom. You can even buy a carpet beater instead of using your broom, if desired.
  3. Spot Clean with Carpet Spot Cleaners - Spot-cleaning is the appropriate method for dealing with spills and spots that inevitably happen on the area rug. Make sure you choose a rug cleaner that's approved for your specific rug fiber and test in a small, inconspicuous area before applying to larger areas of the rug.
  4. Hose it Off - This method is only applicable to waterproof indoor-outdoor area rugs, such as our Indoor/Outdoor Rugs with Marine Backing. Waterproof rugs are perfect for situations where you know you won't have access to a vacuum cleaner, such as in the RV, while camping, at events and in party tents.