How to clean your area rugs with snow is an easy step by step guide showing you how snow can be used to clean your area rugs. We have had more than our share of snow this winter season, so why not take advantage and make the best of it? Stay away from chemical detergents to clean your area rugs by using nature’s own cleanser, snow! This process works really well on smaller handmade, and antique wool rugs. It can be somewhat difficult to do with large or heavy rugs unless you have a few extra helpers to lift the rugs and carry them outside. We want you to get the best results possible so make sure you try this in dry, powdery snow and not the wet heavy type of snow. You will be amazed at how snow-cleaning actually intensifies the colors in your area rug, making them look newer.
Step 1. Grab a broom and one of your area rugs and head outside into the snow.
Step 2. Shake the rug well in order to release any dust or loose dirt. Next, hang the area rug outside and let it acclimate to the temperature for at least a half hour.
Step 3. Lay the rug down in about 3″-5″ of snow, giving yourself a fairly large area to work in. With the broom, sweep a good amount of snow across the entire surface. Don’t be afraid to cover the surface.
Step 4. Beat the snow all around the rug with the flat side of the broom. The trace amounts of ammonia in the snow will react with the cold air temperature and cause any dirt to solidify and fall out of the rug.
Step 5. It is best to let the snow remain on the rug for approximately 15-20 minutes before flipping it over and repeating steps 3-4 on the other side.
Step 6. Lastly, shake as much excess snow off the area rug as you possibly can before hanging it over a railing or clothesline. Leave it to hang for approximately 20-30 minutes to allow the snow to sublimate. The snow will go from it’s solid phase to vapor without actually getting the rug wet.
Be sure to take the rug back inside the house and let it return to room temperature before you place it back on your floor.