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How To Clean A Polyester Rug

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Polyester rugs are a great affordable option for any design style. From shag to flat weave a polyester rugs are rich in color and beautifully designed. You may be wondering, “Are polyester rugs easy to clean?” The answer is yes! Properly caring for your polyester rug is easy and important for extending the life of your rug. Follow these tips on how to clean a polyester rug.

Maintaining Your Polyester Rug

Remove dirt and spills quickly so they don’t have time to set in.

Shake Your Rug

  • Firmly hold the corners of the rug while you powerfully shake it. Continue shaking until dirt and debris stops coming from the rug.
  • If your rug is too large to shake by yourself, hang it over a railing, fence or clothesline. Then give the rug a good whack with a strong stick. Hit both sides of the rug to ensure all dirt is removed.


Vacuum your polyester rug frequently to keep dirt from staining the rug fibers. Vacuum both sides of the rug every few weeks to help loosen dirt and debris. Rugs in high traffic areas should be vacuumed multiple times a week. If you’re wondering how to clean a polyester shaggy rug with the vacuum, it’s simple. Just disable to beater bar on your vacuum and vacuum it with suction only.

How To Spot Clean A Polyester Rug

If your rug only has a few areas that need to be cleaned, spot cleaning is a great method.

  • Remove any excess moisture or debris from the spot.
  • Blot liquids (like urine or wine) with a clean towel. If the stain has dried, use the edge of a utensil to remove solid debris.
  • Mix together water and a small amount of mild detergent.
  • Use a clean sponge to blot the spot with the detergent water. Be sure not to rub as this can drive the stain further into the fibers.
  • Clean the sponge and repeat until the stain is gone. Then rinse the rug with clean water until all the soap is removed.
  • Make sure the rug dries completely on both sides before you put it back in place.

Deep Cleaning A Polyester Rug

Take your rug outside on a warm sunny day, preferably with little wind. Don’t wash your rug on the grass as the soap may be harmful to plants.

  • Thoroughly wet down your rug using a hose or several buckets of water. Mix a small amount of mild soap or rug cleaner with warm or cold water in a bucket.
  • Test the soap mixture in a small corner of the rug to be sure the soap doesn’t affect the color of the rug. Let the soap sit for a few minutes and then rinse it out thoroughly. If the color doesn’t fade or bleed then you’re safe to clean the entire rug.
  • Using a soft scrub brush, lather the soap mixture into the rug. Let the soap sit on the rug for a few minutes, and then rinse it thoroughly with water. Make sure the soap is completely rinsed out and the runoff water is clear.
  • Once rinsed, roll the rug up tight and stand it upright for several minutes to remove excess water.
  • Unroll the rug and let it sit in the sun to finish drying.

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