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Rug cleaning

Rug Cleaning

Vax carpet washer brushes getting deep into the rug pile to remove dirt

Rugs can make a beautiful addition to your home so you want to keep them looking as good as new for as long as possible. Therefore, by knowing how to clean and look after your rugs, you can protect them for longer.

It’s important to know when your rugs need cleaned and a clear indication is if they are visibly dingy or have a noticeable odour, but more times than often it’s about the dirt you can’t see, so maintaining the cleanliness of your rugs regularly is important. With regular maintenance and cleaning, your rugs should last for many years.

You can send out a rug to be cleaned by professionals, but it certainly isn’t cheap. If you’re willing to put in some time and energy, it’s possible to do an even better job of cleaning your own rugs at home and we’re here to help make it even easier with a few simple steps.

Vacuum first!

Yes, yes we all vacuum our rugs- but with the right approach and method, you can lift even more dust trapped within your rug pile.

First you should evaluate your current vacuum cleaner. Does it have rotating brushes at the floor head? If not, then you should consider getting one with rotating brushes as these will help give you a much better clean. A brush bar is great because it spins to dig deep into the carpet pile, this then loosens any trapped dirt and the suction pulls it into the machine. Using suction only will extract dirt, but it’s not as effective as when brushes aggravate the pile. You can find an array of Vax upright vacuum cleaners here with a strong and powerful brush bar for a great clean.

You should also flip your rugs upside down when vacuuming to vacuum the back of the rug. The rotating brush bar helps push dirt trapped deep down towards the top of the rug. The rug should then be flipped to the right side and vacuumed. This will give you the best results.

Steam cleaning

It’s important to know that a steam cleaner is not a carpet washer. They will not remove stains from rugs, or extract dirt from them. They are used to refresh your carpets and rugs. Vax Steam cleaners have a carpet glider and some even a specific carpet setting. They are used to kill allergens and dust mites that linger within your rugs, for a fresh, hygienic clean.

Using a steam cleaner for rug cleaning can be very effective and we would advise to use this as a quick, regular refresh for your rugs but not for a deep clean. Vax have various steam cleaners, both for floors and multifunctional models that can be used to steam clean upholstery, mattresses and curtains.

For best results use a Vax carpet washer

The best way to clean your rugs is to use a carpet washer. They’ll not only remove stains but they’ll lift the pile to restore it to the fluffy soft rug that smells great. There’s a lot of myths around carpet washing that include:

  1. You only need one to remove an obvious stain such as red wine or coffee- if the carpet doesn’t look dirty then it doesn’t need cleaned.
  2. They’re really inconvenient, time consuming and too much hassle.
  3. When the term ‘professional carpet clean’ comes to mind you automatically think to hire a machine for one off use.

None of the above is true. Using a carpet washer isn’t just about the dirt you can see, it’s about the dirt you can’t. This may be because your rugs are a deep colour so any staining or dirt isn’t immediately visible. However, this doesn’t mean it isn’t there. Think about the dirty shoes that tread over your rugs every day, your dog and children that roll all over it dropping food, shedding hair and so on. Vacuuming isn’t enough to remove what’s trapped deep down. Only a carpet washer can bring your carpets back to life.

Vax carpet washers come in all shapes and sizes and each one is designed to suit you and your home. Some are even as lightweight as an upright vacuum cleaner and are also compact so they can be easily stored.

There are many benefits to buying your own carpet washer over renting. It pays for itself after only a few uses and with Vax’s advanced technologies your carpets will be dry and professionally cleaned in no time. It also gives you peace of mind knowing that if there was ever a spill on your rug, or you wanted to give it a quick spruce, your Vax carpet washer is ready when you are and when its most convenient for you. You don’t get this flexibility and convenience with a hired machine.

How does a carpet washer clean my rugs?

It’s really simple. You fill the machine with hot water (not boiling!) and Vax formulated solution. All the solutions are wool safe approved and come in many fragrances and types to suit your family and home. You turn the machine on and by walking forward slowly the machine brushes, hot water and solution work deep into the carpet pile loosening any dirt trapped deep down. You then move backwards over the same area, letting go of the trigger so suction alone can extract all the dirt from your rug. This is then collected into the dirty water tank and can be disposed on when you’re finished. Your rugs will be fluffy, vibrant and smell great!

Top tips:

  • Clean a stain with your carpet washer as soon as it occurs. Don’t rub or blot as this can cause further damage.
  • Rinse your rugs with water only after shampooing to remove any leftover residue.
  • Use the ‘extraction’ mode thoroughly to give it time to extract more water so your carpets are as dry as possible.
  • Open your windows or turn on the heat after cleaning to help speed up the drying process.


You can never underestimate the value of a nice clean rug. It provides a soft place for game playing, movie watching and slumber partying, and being that it’s now clean, germ and allergen free- it’ll be irresistible.


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Happy cleaning!


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