How to Clean Rugs and Carpets in the Washing Machine

Cleaning rugs and carpets in the washing machine is a great way to keep them looking their best. However, it is important to know which settings to use and how often to wash them. Most carpets can be washed, even those with a rubber backing, as long as you use cold water and a gentle cycle. Cotton and synthetic fiber rugs, wool rugs, white carpets, jute, sisal and bamboo rugs, delicate or antique rugs, and large-area rugs can all be washed in the machine.

If your rug is small enough, you can put it in the washing machine. Use a cold setting on a delicate cycle and allow it to air dry. You can also use a carpet shampoo and pre-made carpet cleaning solution to thoroughly clean the entire carpet with ease. If your carpet has a label that clearly states that it can be dry-cleaned or only stains cleaned, most carpets can be washed.

When considering how to clean large area carpets, it may be best to send them to a professional carpet cleaning service. When washing any type of carpet, always use cold water since it is difficult to determine how many different materials the carpet actually consists of. Set up the machine for a large load in the delicate cycle, even if you're just washing the carpet and a couple of towels. The carpet needs enough space to move freely during washing.

Fill the machine with cold water and add bleach if desired, using only oxygen-based bleach for rubber-backed carpets. If you see dirt clouds escaping, keep hitting the carpet until you can no longer see clouds of dust and dirt. But how often do you wash your bathroom carpets? It's not uncommon to skip washing them for a long time.

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