DIY: Rub A Dub Dub, How to Clean a Rug
If you passed by my home a few weeks ago, you might have seen me wrestling my 8.5' x 11' family room rug outside for its very first cleaning.
Last Christmas, Santa brought us two puppies. Since they did not arrive potty trained, my family room (sisal) rug became the scene of a few accidents. I had to throw it out.
In my search for a more durable replacement, I stopped in at one of my favorite home furnishing stores in the DC area, The Kellogg Collection. Kellogg sells some gorgeous wool rugs, but I knew that they wouldn't be practical with the puppies.
One of the saleswomen there (who is now my best friend), recommended the indoor/outdoor line from Dash & Albert. To my surprise, they felt incredibly soft, nothing like the plastic grass feel that came to mind when I heard "indoor/outdoor". The color and pattern selection is fairly extensive, including one that worked well with my family room. So when I heard that you can hose off the rugs when they get dirty, I backed up my car and said, "load 'er up!"
Despite my best efforts to keep the dogs away from the rug, they did manage to christen it. And while I did clean it up immediately, you could still see a faint stain that bothered me every time it caught my eye. So a few weeks ago, I decided to try out the hose as Kellogg had recommended. Nervous to do so, I was lucky to find step-by-step instructions for cleaning a Dash & Albert rug from the blog, On Sutton Place, which originally found posted instructions on the blog, Calypso in the Country. The power of the Internet!
So on this sunny afternoon, I dragged the family room rug out to my back deck where I stretched it out over a large table and benches. Following the instructions, I thoroughly hosed down the rug, sprayed the spots with the Clorox Clean-up Bleach, and then scrubbed the spots with a new brush. As I hosed it off, the dirt just rinsed away. Within a few hours, the rug was dry and ready to return inside, as clean as new - no worse for the wear. I am quite impressed and thrilled to have rugs that I can resuscitate with just some elbow grease and a backyard hose. So impressed, in fact, that I got a second Dash & Albert rug for my dining room.
Dining Room Rug (Diamond Light Blue/Ivory)
Family Room Rug (Two Tone Rope in Ivory and Baby Blue)