2 surprising techniques to remove stains from a rug

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Not too long ago, we shared a few tips with you for looking after a shaggy rug. A good time to remember how much we love how a rug brings a room together, but how much we hate cleaning them! The whole family walks all over them, and stains of mysterious origins always seem to appear. The problem is that we are never quite sure of how to remove them, and in the end, we often simply do nothing (or try any old technique and only make matters worse). This is why we have two surprising techniques for you today. Make your choice depending on what you have to hand, and off you go! 

The ironing technique

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What you need:

  • Water
  • White vinegar
  • A clean, empty spray flask
  • A cloth
  • An iron


1) Make a mixture of two parts water per one part vinegar.

2) Pour it into the flask, and spray it on to the stain.

3) Place a damp cloth on the stain.

4) Put your iron (set to steam iron mode) on the cloth for 30 seconds, and remove it. If this tip doesn’t work perfectly the first time, don’t hesitate to try it a second time, following the same steps.


Note that it is best to test this tip out on a small part of the rug that is not very visible beforehand, as certain types of fibres – especially synthetic ones – do not react well to steam.

The vacuuming technique

What you need:

  • Kitchen paper
  • Water
  • A towel
  • A vacuum cleaner


1) Start by removing as much of the stain as possible using the kitchen paper, if the stain is still damp. This technique works best on such stains.

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2) Soak the stain in water.

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3) Place a dry towel on the stain and fold it over itself for double thickness.

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4) Vacuum up the stain for a few moments through the towel, with the help of the vacuum cleaner. If the stain is still visible, add more water and repeat, until the rug is perfectly clean.

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The vacuuming technique on video:

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