Area Rug Fringe Cleaning
If you’d like to try to clean your rug’s fringe between your professional cleanings, follow these steps:
- Protect your floors. Either set up a barrier between your rug and your floor, such as a tarp or other material that will prevent excess liquid from settling on your hard wood floors, or move your rugs outdoors or to another area that can withstand the dampness.
- Remove loose dirt and dust. Before you wet your fringe, try to remove as much dirt and dust as possible while it’s still dry. Doing this will prevent you from spreading dust and dirt while it’s wet, creating an even bigger mess than what you began with. You can do this lightly brushing the ends of your rug with soft bristles brush. Work the brush through slowly and evenly, and always take care not to cause fraying, ripping or tearing.
- Wash the frills. You can mix together an effective cleaning solvent at home using one tablespoon of ammonia for every large cup of warm water. Take extra caution not to use the mixture any further than the fringe though. Some people may opt to add an extra protective layer over the main area of their rug to prevent any accidental overreach. After you mix your cleaning solvent, you can dip your sponge or soft-bristled cleaning brush in the cleaning solution and start to gently hand scrub the frills, washing away any set-in dirt, dust, grimes or stains.
- Rinse away the ammonia. Using a vinegar and warm water mixture along with a clean cloth, you can wipe away any excess ammonia mixture, as this is a strong cleaning solvent that you won’t want to let sit on the fibers.
- Dry the fringe. After cleaning and rinsing each section, you may want to run a dry clean cloth over it to help remove some of the moisture. Once you’ve cleaned your final frills, let your rug sit in a dry, clean and well-ventilated area to air out any final moisture. Try to ensure that each frill is laid flat to avoid any crimping, curling or bunching issues.