If you are planning to clean and wash your shower rugs, you’d need an easy to follow step by step guide to do it yourself. You do not need to hire a professional cleaning for having your rugs washed and cleaned at all when you could definitely do it at home by using a few products and a great washing soap/detergent.
With time, stains keep piling up on the surface of the shower rug because the bathroom tends to be a busy area throughout the day and night. The carpet may have its natural capacity to fight back against moisturizer that’s produced in any bathroom environment. However, when it is constant in use, a carpet may have a load of dirt and dust particles trapped within its fibers, which must be removed before the quality of the carpet starts to deteriorate. In the worst cases, an unclean carpet may cause the production of dust mites, larvae, and other insects that are known to thrive in any damp environment. Well, before this happens, just remove your shower rug and use the right cleaning tools for cleaning those bacteria away.
If a shower rug is far too large for one person to successfully wash and handle, of course, you’d be needing help. The larger sizes should be handled by more people, ask around for help to get it done. It will take only a couple of hours to do the job, so be patient because we are talking about rug cleaning that takes some time.
Start off with the Vacuuming
First off, spread the shower rug on the floor and start vacuuming it for cleaning some fibers on both surfaces. You need to prop it up by removing any dirt/dust particles which are trapped within the upper layers of the carpets. Any high-quality vacuum could do the job of eliminating hard particles from the carpet. Just do one surface at a time when you are done, flip the rug and do the other side.
Whack the Dust Out
If you believe that your shower is still too dusty for the vacuum alone, you could give small whacks on both surfaces by using a big wooden tool, use a broom handle, or anything that could knock out the dust out of it. Do not whack with all your might as you do not want to destroy the rug, just do it gently by using moderate power till all the dust comes out.
Use Rug Cleaning Shampoos
You need to use a high-quality rug cleaning shampoo for the washing process. There comes many in forms of gels, neutralize liquids, and paste. I would recommend you to mix the carpet shampoo with the water first to make it less concentrated at first for doing the test on the shower rug. Apply a small amount of solution on the corner of the rug and wait to see the reaction, if you notice any change in color or witness any damage to the fiber, discard shampoo and try a different one.
For better washing, you’d need a rug/carpet shampoo, which is made for at-home safe carpet cleaning since you’d not be using steamer or machine for cleaning the rug. Go for air-fresh, carpet cleaning shampoo formulas; they are usually fragrance-free, safe for pets and children because they are not made with any harmful chemicals that could cause severe damage.
A rug cleaner with biodegradable organic chlorine would be your best choice, and it has to have amino acids along with the table salt for driving good cleaning.
A shampoo that could guarantee at least long-lasting cleaning is not difficult to find. You will find plenty of brands available on the market these days.
Applying the Shampoo
You would need a garden hose as your water source for thorough cleaning; you could use any alternate water source (whatever you have available), now let’s get started. Use a water container, mix your shampoo in it and now start pouring on your rug, little by little, use a sturdy brush with soft bristles to work the shampoo inside the layers and fibers of the rug. You would need to make a lot of foam on the carpet, use as much water as it takes to do the scrubbing on the surface, mind that you need to remove all stains and spots.
The shampoo itself does most of the work; all you need to do is to work your way on the surfaces for making the shampoo to do it well.
Once you have applied enough amount of the shampoo all over the shower rug, set aside for a few minutes, read how much time the shampoo would need to work on the fibers. Usually, it is thirty minutes or more, it varies from shampoo to shampoo. Leave the shampoo and have your rest for an hour. If it is wool rug, you would need to soak it overnight, so just keep your patience.
Wash the Shower Rug
When the time comes, check your rug again. Use the water hose for starting the rinsing process, you might need a spare muscle or two for completing this process because a rug becomes ten times heavier when it is wet and when it is all drenched in soap and water. Use plenty of water to rinse the rug and remove all the residues of the shampoo/detergent out of it. You would have to hosing the rug down until there are no bubbles to be seen.
Drying the Shower Rug
This step is the main step, you would have to squeeze all the water out of your shower rug before putting it outside to dry. You would need extra hands for wringing out the rug to get rid of the water from it and you might need to do it repeatedly so please keep patience during the process. Some people use a squeegee for removing the excess water from the rug, you can use it too if there. Now move the rug outside where you want to put it to dry in the sunlight. If there are trees outside, a bungee cord can be connected between the tree and the rug can be spread over the cord for as long as it takes to dry it out. Depending on the weather conditions, it may take a day or two for the rug to dry completely. To be safe, just read the weather forecasts before you even wash your shower rug because you do not want it to rain during those days of cleaning and drying.