How to Clean Kitchen and Bathroom Rugs

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Kitchen and bathroom rugs help keep the two most dirt-prone areas of your home clean - but only by sacrificing themselves. Here's how to treat them right and get them clean.

Things You'll Need

  • Area Rugs
  • Bath Rugs
  • Mild Detergent
  • Stain Removers
  • Washing Machines
  • Know that most kitchen and bathroom rugs can be machine-washed. Check on the care tag to make sure.

  • Pre-treat stains with a laundry pre-treatment or stain remover.

  • Separate rugs by color: dark colors in one wash load; light colors in another.

  • Wash dark-colored rugs on the delicate setting with a mild detergent at a warm temperature - less than 90 degrees F.

  • Wash light-colored rugs on the delicate setting with a mild detergent at a hot temperature - less than 105 degrees F.

  • Rinse rugs thoroughly.

  • Tumble dry at a low setting. Or, if the fibers of the rugs are especially delicate, you may prefer to hang the rugs to dry rather than tumble dry them.

  • Brush the fibers lightly with your hand to fluff.

Tips & Warnings

  • Check rugs for special care instructions before washing.
  • Rugs should be washed separately from clothes.
  • To brighten the appearance of white rugs, add a small amount of non-chlorine bleach to water when washing.
  • For rugs with rubber backing, avoid high heat in the washer and avoid the dryer.

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