How to Clean Your Indoor/Outdoor Rug

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  • 1-3 hours
  • Beginner
  • $0-60
What You'll Need
Soft, dry cloth
Neutral detergent
Soft brush
Club soda
Push broom

An indoor/outdoor rug, or an all-weather rug, is made completely from synthetic fibers. This type of rug is made to last in wet, outdoor conditions, and because it's synthetic, it's easy to clean and naturally resists mold. Unlike cleaning jute rugs and other rugs, the synthetic fibers are easy to clean with a few household tools and some neutral detergent. Use the tips below to keep your rug looking new, even after being outside in harsh weather.

Step 1 – Vacuuming

Although indoor/outdoor rugs are totally synthetic and mold can’t grow on its fibers, mold can grow on the soil and moisture trapped inside of the rug. To keep your all-weather rug looking its best, you should regularly vacuum it to keep dirt from settling deep beneath the fibers.

Step 2 – Spot Cleaning

To clean a fresh spill, remove any excess debris or liquid that's on top of the rug, and then blot the area repeatedly with a soft, dry cloth. Do not rub the spot.

If necessary, use a mild detergent, water, and a soft brush to remove any residue that is left. Then, blot until it’s almost dry. Use a hose to thoroughly rinse it, and allow it dry outdoors.

Removing Tough Stains

For removing wine or a tomato-based spills like ketchup, you should also gently blot the spot to prevent permanent staining. Gently remove any excess moisture, taking care not to push more of it into the rug. Then, use a white cloth dampened with club soda to blot the stain. The club soda will neutralize the acid in the spill and make it less likely to leave a permanent stain.

Cleaning Large Rugs

To clean an indoor/outdoor rug that you have mounted on your porch or some other semi-exposed area, you can use any neutral detergent at the ratio of about 1/2 ounce to 1 gallon of water. Use a soft brush for cleaning spots and stains, and use a large push broom to gently scrub the rest of the rug’s surface. Use a hose to rinse the rug, and then use the push broom to push the excess water away.