Rug Fringe Cleaning
To gear up for at home success, follow these steps:
- Always, always, always protect the floor beneath the rug. You will need to prevent any moisture from reaching the surface of the floor. We suggest placing a tarp or other large, waterproof material underneath the areas you will be cleaning. If the rug is small enough to maneuver and you have a clean outdoor surface, you can also place the rug outside for the duration of cleaning. This will also help it dry more quickly.
- Step two is to gently wipe the fringe of your rug using a soft bristled brush. This will help to loosen and remove most of the dirt between the fringe. Be sure to go slow here and use a very soft touch so you do not unravel or fray the existing fringe. Think of how you would very gently and slowly brush a child’s hair, that is the touch we are going for here.
- After loosening the surface dirt, we are ready to begin the wet cleaning process. Place a tablespoon of ammonia in a large cup of warm water and grab a soft sponge. Dip the sponge into the water and use it to gently wipe any dirt from the fringes again. Be sure to fully wash each fringe. You want to keep everything even here – even moisture on the sponge and using even pressure across the fringe.
- In a new cup, add vinegar to warm water. Grab a new sponge or white cloth, and dip it into the solution, wringing it out as much as possible. You will now take this cloth and use it to dry the fringe. It won’t be perfectly dry, but you should be able to remove the excess liquid using this process. Do not wring or scrunch the fibers, but instead apply flat, even pressure to them as you move along the rug.
- Once the above steps are complete, leave the rug do air dry and when it is completely moisture free, you may remove the tarp from underneath the rug, and place it back in your home.