How to Clean a Moroccan Rug: The Ultimate Guide

September 04, 2022 12 min read

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How to Clean a Moroccan Rug: The Ultimate Guide

Moroccan rugs are beautiful pieces that can add a touch of luxury to any home. But like any piece of furniture, they need to be properly cared for in order to keep them looking their best. Here is a comprehensive guide on how to clean a Moroccan rug, from the type of rug to the cleaning method.

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Introduction: Why You Should Clean Your Moroccan Rug

Cleaning a rug can seem like a daunting task, especially since they are often made of materials such as wool, sisal, jute, and polypropylene. However, with a little bit of work and attention to detail, cleaning a rug can be a surprisingly easy process. Throughout this guide, we will provide specific instructions for cleaning a Moroccan rug, including the tools you will need, the order in which to perform the steps, and the types of stains that should be avoided.

Type of Rug Needed to Clean: differentiate true rugs from area rugs

The type of rug needed to clean will vary depending on the size and shape of the rug. For instance, a large circular rug may need to be cleaned with a damp mop, while a small pashmina-style rug may only need to be cleaned with a dry cleaning cloth. True rugs, also known as classes, can be differentiated from area rugs by the fact that the latter does not contain a core of textiles organized in a geometric pattern.

What are Moroccan rugs made from?

Moroccan rugs are made from natural fibers such as sisal, jute, and hemp. Since these are natural fibers, they have specific care instructions. The most important thing to remember is to spot clean these rugs as needed. This will help keep the rug looking fresh and prolong the life of it. By using a mild soap or detergent, you can clean the rug easily. Just make sure to dry it thoroughly and avoid getting it wet again. If the rug gets wet, it can mold and start to smell. These rugs can also be cleaned by steamingthem. To do this, just fill a pot with water and place the rug in it. Bring the water to a boil, then turn the heat down to a simmer and let the rug soak for about an hour. After an hour, take the rug out of the pot and let it dry completely.

What should I do if my Moroccan rug is dirty?

If your Moroccan rug is dirty, you should first try to clean it with a mild soap or detergent. Just make sure to dry it thoroughly and avoid getting it wet again.

The Right Way to Clean a Moroccan Rug


Moroccan rugs are known for being some of the most durable and beautiful crafted rugs in the world. However, the pattern and color variety can be intense, making it crucial to know how to clean a Moroccan Rug properly. In this guide, we cover everything from brush strokes to spot cleaning, so you can take care of your rug like it's your own. This guide is written for professionals and enthusiasts alike, so if you're looking to learn how to clean a Moroccan Rug for commercial use, please consult with a licensed professional.

One of the most important things to remember when cleaning a Moroccan Rug is to use the right products for the job. Having the wrong tools can not only make the task harder, but may also result in a dirtier rug.

Below is a list of what you will need to clean your rug:

- Rug cleaner/degreaser – We recommend using a rug cleaner/degreaser specifically made for rugs. These products are designed to break down the bonds between the rug and the structure on which it is based, while preserving the materials.

- Soft water-dampened mop – To clean the rug properly, you will need a soft water-dampened mop.

Rugs are heavy and can thus be difficult to dry thoroughly with a dry cloth.

- Rug brush – A brush is useful for getting into hard to reach places.

- Rug vacuum – If you have a cordless vacuum, you can use it to remove crumbs and dirt from the rug.

- Soft dry cloth – For cleaning the exterior of the rug.

- Presh!

Non-abrasive scrubbing pad – For hard to clean areas of the rug.

- Combination brush/degreaser – For heavily soiled rugs.

- Rug Shampoo – For cleaning the rug with a gentle cleaning solution.

- Rug washing detergent – For cleaning the rug with a standard washing powder.

- Water – For moisturizing the rug.

- Rug dry – For removing excess moisture from the rug.

Professional Rug Cleaning

If you are a professional cleaner or have significant experience in cleaning rugs, we strongly recommend using a commercial rug cleaner/degreaser on your Moroccan Rug.

The Worst Way to Clean a Moroccan Rug

We all wish that rugs would clean themselves, but unfortunately, this isn't the case. It takes a lot of work and time to clean a Moroccan rug, but if you want to keep your rug in pristine condition, then it needs to be cleaned regularly. However, the process of cleaning a rug can be difficult if you don't know what you're doing. In this article, we are going to tell you how to clean a Moroccan rug the right way, so you can keep your rug in the best shape possible.

Cleaning Steps:

- 1Remove any stains immediately. If you spot clean a rug, it will be necessary to wash it later to remove the stains. Stains can include paint, marker, grass stains and more.

- 2 vacuum the rug. Use a soft bristle brush attachment on your vacuum to get into hard to reach areas. Be sure to use a rug cleaner/degreaser specifically made for rugs.

- 3 spot clean the rug.

Use a cloth dampened with clean water to spot clean the rug. Wipe the area you are working on and then let the rug dry naturally. Do not use any products on the rug, other than water, to clean the stain.

- 4 break down the adhesive bond. Adhesive bond means the glue that connects the rug to the floor. To do this, use a commercial rug cleaner/degreaser.

- 5 remove stains from the rug. You will need to wash the rug again to get the stains off.

Use a commercial rug cleaner/degreaser and spot clean the rug as necessary.

- 6 deep clean the rug. If the rug still needs to be cleaned, do it at this stage. Use a commercial rug cleaner/degreaser and wash the rug as necessary to get the stains off.

- 7 preserve the rug. Presh! If you want to save the rug, then do not let it get dirty again. Make sure the rug is dry before storing it.

How Often Should You Clean a Moroccan Rug?

A lot of people buy fake or second-hand rugs from markets and don't know how to clean them. The answer is simple: Rugs can be cleaned using mild methods, but it's always best to use a rug cleaning professional for high-quality rugs. Using an expert cleaning method ensures that your rug will remain in good condition for years to come.

The frequency of cleaning a rug depends on its use. If you have a high-traffic area and buy a cheap rug, it might need to be cleaned once a week. But if you have a designer rug that is only used for special occasions, you can clean it less often.

How to Clean a Rug the Easy Way:

If you are trying to get the rug dry before storage, then the above method isn't for you. You need a quicker, simpler way to get the rug dry. Here's what you do.

- 1 Flip the rug over.

If the rug is on the ground, then turn it over so that the dirty side is touching the floor. This is important because dirt can get on the adhesive side and create an allergy-reaction when someone is trying to clean the rug.

- 2 Put a thick throw rug under the rug. Put a thick rug under the rug so that the thick part is against the wall and the rug is in a sitting position. This helps to keep the rug dry while you are cleaning it.

- 3 Extract the corners. Get the rug into a standing position and pull the corners out.

This will help to get rid of any adhesive left on the rug.

- 4 Get the rug wet. Fill a bucket with water and use a soft sponge to wipe the rug clean.

How to Clean a Rug with a Sticky adhesive

Some rugs have a sticky adhesive that is hard to remove. In these cases, you need to use a chemical remover to get the adhesive off. Be very careful when using chemicals, especially if there are kids in your home.

Tips for Cleaning a Moroccan Rug

Cleaning a rug can be a difficult task if you do not know how. Thankfully, it is very easy to clean a Moroccan Rug using simple and basic techniques that do not involve harsh chemicals. You can also clean the rug using natural products that are safe for your home and family. In this article, we will cover both techniques to ensure you choose the best option for your rug.

  1. Get the rug into a warm, dry environment. The first thing you need to do is make sure the rug is in a warm, dry place. It's important that the rug is completely dry before you start cleaning it so that no bacteria or mold grows. Keeping the rug in a dry place away from any moisture will ensure the best results.
  2. Clean the rug regularly. The next step is to clean the rug regularly. The best time to clean the rug is when it is noticeably dirty. If the rug is still clean, then it needs to be cleaned soon.

Rugs that are regularly cleaned will remain clean longer than ones that are not.

  1. Clean the rug when it is thinnest. When you are cleaning the rug, you want to make sure that you are removing all of the dirt and dust. The best way to do this is to clean the rug when it is at its weakest point. This is usually when the sun is going down or when it is dark.
  2. Wear rubber gloves. When you are cleaning the rug, it is important to wear rubber gloves to protect your hands.

Wearing gloves will also help you to avoid getting any of the chemicals on your skin.

  1. Clean the rug with a brush. When cleaning the rug, it is better to use a soft-bristled brush so that you do not damage the area. You can also use a vacuum cleaner with a hose attachment. Make sure that you get all of the nooks and crannies of the rug.
  2. Use a broom and dustpan. Once you are done cleaning the rug, it is important to clean up the debris that remains.

This can include anything that was on the rug such as dust, dirt, hair, and cat fur.

Use a broom and dustpan to clean up the debris.

  1. Sanitize the area. It is important to make sure that the area is completely sanitized after cleaning the rug. This can be done by using a steam cleaner or a toilet brush.

It is also a good idea to run bleach solution over the area to kill any remaining germs.

  1. Give the rug a good shake.

Now that the rug is clean, it needs to be shaken out before hanging it up. This will help to remove any remaining strands of hair or cat fur that may still be trapped in the rug.

Hang the rug up immediately after cleaning it so that no dirt or debris gets caught in the hanging process.

  1. Hang the rug outside. After cleaning the rug, it is best to hang it outside in a well-ventilated area.

This will help to remove any remaining odors and make sure that the rug remains clean.

If you are going to leave the rug up for more than a few days, then it is a good idea to place a layer of plastic over the area so that the moisture from the rain does not get on the rug.

  1. Never wash a rug that is being worn outdoors. If you are going to be out in the elements with your rug, then it is important to remember that you should never wash it there.

If the rug gets wet from any outside sources, it may get moldy and even mildewed.

  1. Spot clean the rug occasionally. If you are going to be having guests over who will be sitting on the floor, then it is a good idea to spot clean the rug occasionally.

This can be done by wiping down the rug with a damp cloth or by using a steam cleaner.

Do not use water to clean the rug since this can cause permanent damage.

  1. Trim the excess fur. If you have a high-traffic area and are unable to put the rug in a closet or out of the way, then you may want to consider getting the fur trimmed.

This can be done by a professional Furrier or at home by using a clipper. You can also use a shear blade to cut the fur down to size.

  1. Remove stains from madder and other plants. Rugs can hold onto smells and stains from other areas that they have been.

This can include things like tea, coffee, and other foods.

It is a good idea to shake the rug out every time you use it so that any leftover debris does not get onto the rug.

If the rug gets very dirty, you can also run a small portion of lemon and salt solution over the area to remove stains.

  1. Protect rugs from pets. It is a common mistake for pet owners to leave their pets behind when they go out.

This can include dogs, cats, and even birds.

What Not to Do When Cleaning a Moroccan Rug

When it comes to cleaning a Moroccan Rug, less is definitely more. However, there are some things you should definitely avoid doing when cleaning your rug. In this article, we are going to cover what you should avoid doing when cleaning a Moroccan Rug.

  1. Washing your rug too often. We mentioned already that it is important to avoid washing your rug too often. This is especially true if you are having trouble removing stains from the rug.
  2. Letting your kids play on it. Just like you wouldn’t let your kid play with your furniture, you should also keep your rug free of any debris or stains so that it can last you for years to come.
  3. Picking it up to move it. Remember, rugs are heavy. If you decide to move your rug, then you are putting additional stress on the material. Instead, you can have a friend help you out. Also, be sure to wrap the rug securely in plastic and boxes so that it does not get damaged.
  1. Cutting down your rug. We know it is tempting to try and save some money by getting a rug cut down to size. However, you are ruining the rug’s integrity and potentially causing damage to the area where the rug was placed.
  1. Selling it. If you want to get your money back for the rug, then you can sell it. However, since the rug is now a used item, it may not be in the best condition to sell. You may want to look into buying a used rug from a secondhand store instead.



- Instead of using a lint-free cloth, you can also use a small soft brush to clean your rug.

- If you are planning on selling your rug, then you can also clean it to ensure that it is in the best condition possible.

How to Remove Stains from a Moroccan Rug

One of the first things I learned was that Moroccan rugs could be cleaned using nothing but water! This is just how they are made, and the result is a stain-free surface that looks almost brand new. To clean your Moroccan rug, all you need is a spray bottle filled with water. When was the last time you saw a spray bottle at a dry cleaners? I didn't think so. Most of us don't have dry cleaners near us, so we need to learn how to clean our rugs ourselves. Today, I'm going to show you how to clean a Moroccan rug using nothing but water. Trust me, it works! Cleaning a Rug with Nothing But Water Start by filling a clean spray bottle with lukewarm water. Be sure that the water is not hot or cold, and that you haven't added any additives (like a conditioner).

Now, add a few drops of your favorite rug cleaner. I like to use a product called Rug Mist, which is safe for use on all types of surfaces. Just mix it into the spray bottle with some water. Now, mist your rug evenly all over. Make sure you get into the nooks and crannies of the rug. You are going to want to include the edges in your cleaning routine as well. Just mist your rug and then walk around it to get into all the little cracks and crannies. Be sure to reapply rug cleaner as needed.

When you are done, then you can go ahead and let your rug dry naturally. It will take about 24 hours, but your rug will be clean and ready to be used again.

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