Your rug might be inexpensive, and depending on the cleaning company used you may not always be satisfied with the results. So you may want to try to do it yourself. Besides making sure that you have the necessary equipment, all you will need is a little time and energy to get the job done. You will already have a pretty good idea of where the heavily used areas are, and you can also focus your efforts on the more visible areas as well. Keep in mind that you will need someone to help moving heavy furniture, but there are even products available that will make it quick and easy. So pull up your sleeves and get ready to learn how to clean your rugs at home.
Before you pull out the steamer, you will have to make sure your rug is free from as much dirt and dust as possible before doing any rug cleaning. If you have a smaller rug, you can do this simply by putting it outside and giving it a few good shakes and whacks. But, if the rug is large or has a thick, deep pile, you'll have to hoover it thoroughly. Ensuring that the rug is free from excessive dust and dirt will make the cleaning process much easier.
After your rug is free from soil, you will want to begin the stain cleaning process. Look around to locate stained areas. If you can remember the area of a serious spill, treat that area as well. Sometimes when you clean a rug, old stains can reappear because the rug underlay becomes damp. Spot cleaning it with a strong cleaning solution will clean all the layers of the rug. You will want to use an electrical carpet cleaner as directed to clean the entire surface of the rug. Before beginning the rug cleaning process, you will want to make sure you are wearing clean, white shoes so that no dirt is tracked onto the wet surface. Use any hand held attachments to clean hard to reach areas, and utilize attachments to achieve better result. After you have cleaned the rug as directed, you will want to avoid stepping on it before it is completely dried.
Now, the rug needs to dry. This process can take anything from a couple of hours to a few days. This is entirely dependent on how much water was used during the rug cleaning process and the type of the rug. Some carpet steamers use less water than others, while some are just more efficient at sucking up excess water. After the drying process is over, you may want to look around and see if you missed any stains. It's completely up to you whether you choose to simply spot clean or plug in the rug cleaner again to go over missed stains. Once you are satisfied with the results, you should have a clean enough rug until it needs to be cleaned by a professional rug cleaning company.