Updated: Apr 19
Mild dish soap, diluted with water:
Blot up wet spills immediately with a dry cloth.
Vacuum up dirt immediately but leave mud to dry before vacuuming.
Dish soap (ideally dye-free) will gently remove stains without damaging rug fibers. Rub in circles with a lint free cloth.
Avoid using too much soap, especially on wool. Stain remover (like Zout or Resolve): A stain remover will help with those stubborn stains.
Water: Use water for diluting soap, washing, and rinsing.
Professionally steam clean if necessary, however steam cleaning may strip any stain prevention treatments applied from the factory, so it's a good idea to purchase an aerosol can of *Scotchguard and apply a coat to a newly cleaned rug.
Always avoid vacuuming the binding of a rug. If your binding does come loose, stitch it back in place or hot glue it back.
Loose binding is a trip hazard so don't ignore it.