How To Spot Clean Area Rugs

All rugs can occasionally use a good overall cleaning. But if you have a small stain that you want to remove immediately, spot cleaning is an important skill to have in your arsenal. Consider the following spot cleaning techniques for a few different scenarios.


Get it while it’s wet. A dried stain is much more difficult to remove. You have a much better chance and easier time of removing it completely when it’s still wet.


Always blot. Start at the outside of the stain and work your way inward to avoid spreading.










Start with water only. Water is least invasive solution. Water-based stains that often can removed by simply blotting with water, blotting with a dry towel, and repeating (sometimes many times) include: alcoholic beverages, berry juice, soda, pet accidents, food dye, milk, dirt, washable ink, and wet latex paint. If you need something stronger than water, always test first.


Use cold to remove sticky spots.  Especially on wool rugs, use cold to harden sticky stains (like gum or wax) by putting ice cubes in a plastic bag and pressing them onto the rug. Once hardened, scrape the area with a spoon. Blot with rubbing alcohol to remove any remaining residue.











Use warm, soapy water for natural fibers. Apply warm, soapy water to the stain. Then scrub with a soft brush. Rinse well and blot with a towel to dry as thoroughly as possible, since water weakens fibers such as sisal, coir, or jute. Place plastic sheeting under the stain to protect the flooring beneath.

At Dover Rug & Home, we have the hands-on experience and expertise to identify your rug’s characteristics and how they work together to present specific cleaning needs. If you have a stain that is resistant to home cleaning, our professional services are always available–and recommended.

Thanks to Apartment Therapy.