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How to Use a Pressure Washer for Indoor and Outdoor Rug Cleaning

How to Use a Pressure Washer for Indoor and Outdoor Rug Cleaning

Keeping your rugs clean can feel like a never-ending battle, especially with the foot traffic that both indoor and outdoor rugs endure. However, a pressure washer can be a game-changer in maintaining the cleanliness and longevity of your rugs.

Here’s a simple guide on how to use a pressure washer to effectively clean both indoor and outdoor rugs, transforming them from dull to dazzling with minimal effort.

Preparing Your Rug for Washing

Before you start, give your rug a good shake or beat it with a broom to remove loose dirt and debris. For indoor rugs, vacuuming both sides is a good practice to ensure you’re not pressure washing dirt deeper into the fibers.

Setting Up Your Pressure Washer

If you’re new to using a pressure washer, it’s important to select the right setting. A medium pressure setting is generally safe for most rugs, but you’ll want to start with the lowest setting and gradually increase the pressure if needed. Attachments like a wide-angle nozzle can distribute water evenly and prevent damage.

Choosing the Right Detergent

Some pressure washers have compartments for detergents. Use a mild, rug-safe cleaner to avoid damaging the fibers or colors. Test the solution on a small, inconspicuous area of the rug to ensure it won’t cause any discoloration.

The Cleaning Process

  1. Outdoor Rugs: Lay the rug on a clean, flat surface. If possible, choose a concrete area or place a tarp underneath to protect the grass or deck.
  2. Indoor Rugs: It’s best to clean them outside where there’s ample ventilation and space to dry. If that’s not an option, ensure the room is well-ventilated and protect the floor beneath with plastic sheeting.
  3. Applying Water and Detergent: Start by wetting the rug with the pressure washer, using broad, sweeping motions. Apply the detergent solution, letting it sit for about 5-10 minutes, but don’t let it dry on the rug.
  4. Rinsing: Thoroughly rinse the rug with clean water, ensuring all soap is washed away. Again, use broad, sweeping motions and maintain a consistent distance to prevent fiber damage.

Drying Your Rug

Proper drying is crucial to prevent mold and mildew. For outdoor rugs, hang them over a railing or place them on a slope for water runoff. Indoor rugs should be laid flat in a well-ventilated area or outside in the sun. Flip the rug every few hours to ensure even drying on both sides.

Safety Tips

  • Always wear protective footwear to guard against slips and falls.
  • Keep the pressure washer and electrical cords away from water.
  • Never point the pressure washer at yourself or others.


With the right approach, a pressure washer can revitalize your indoor and outdoor rugs, making them a highlight of your living space once again. By following these steps, you’ll ensure your rugs are not only clean but also well-maintained for years to come. Happy cleaning!