Your door rug is, due to its uniquely centralized positioning in your home host to so much traffic which also translates into piles or dirt, debris and mud. Everyone cleans their steppers on it before entering the house hence generating a dirt cycle that is way faster than any other piece of rug or furniture you might have indoors. Consequently, vacuuming it is also a heavy job. However, unlike your other spaces like the bathroom or living room which you clean daily, you might often find yourself needing to deep clean your door rug. Because it can get smelly and look very shabby. By the way, it is recommended on average to deep clean your rug at least once a month, especially considering our African roads and weather.
It is easy to tell when your rug needs deep clean. Just rub your hands back and forth on it for a few seconds and check your hand. It reflects what dirt is on your rug. If it is time for the deep clean, there are a few things that you need to have in mind [by the way if you are a DIY kind of guy, it helps to have these tools - Vacuum, a broom, scrub brush, a towel and a cleaner].
1. Vacuum the rug.
This removes all kinds of debris at the front and the back [yes, never forget the back end of your rug as it is wont to hide a lot of foul odour]. You have done a great job if after vacuuming you hung it on a fence and pat it up and down and there's no more dust coming off. You are ready for the next step.
2. Clean the rug
But before you do, you might want to test it by pouring a little of the cleaner on one side of the rug and try to wipe it. If it removes no color, it is safe. Otherwise change it. You can either mix the cleaner yourself or buy one at the local store. Whatever works for you. Just make sure it ah...it works.
Methodically spread the cleaner onto the rug's surface using a scrub brush and let it sit for about 10 minutes. This allows time for it to soak up all the stains.
Rinse your rug using high pressure water. Here's a simple hack; if you open a tap of water flowing through a small pipe and press at the top of the pipe, the water will come in jet form. Of course if you have a jet wash machine you're in luck. The general idea is to remove every last trace of foam and soap from the rug before you dry it. This ensures that there are no stains on your rug when you dry it.
The drying process could take a day or two so it helps to have an extra rug that you use in the meantime.
There are a few things you need to be aware of too;
Carpet cleaners, while okay to use on rugs can sometimes be the wrong match for your rug. Because carpets are mostly single color [and rugs are usually multi-colored], the product you use might not turn out to be colorfast on the rug so use rugs specific products.
Also, if in doubt, engage the experts.