How To Clean A Faux Fur Rug In 5 Steps

Sep 16, 2021 | Cleaning Organizing, Housekeeping

Faux fur rugs can be expensive and pretty delicate. They’re also a pain to clean because the hair tends to get matted down, which makes it hard for your vacuum to pick up all of the dirt.

If you have one of these precious rugs in your home, we’ve got some tips that will keep it looking good as new.

We’ll walk you through how to do this yourself so you don’t have to pay someone else or risk damaging your rug while trying on your own.

Here are five steps to clean your faux fur rug:

1) Shake or vacuum the rug clean

2) Use soapy water to fill a tub

3) Soak the rug in the water

4) Use warm water to rinse the rug

5) Let the rug dry

Items you’ll need for the cleaning processes

  • Vacuum
  • Soap or Detergent
  • Bathtub
  • Warm Water
  • Rags
  • Brush
  • Towel

Step 1: Shake or vacuum the rug clean

This may seem silly but you’d be surprised how much dirt, dust, and debris can get trapped inside of the fibers of a faux fur rug.

Shake out your rug outside or vacuum it using the crevice tool to loosen up any stubborn bits that don’t want to come loose.

Step 2: Fill a tub with soapy water

Fill up a large bathtub with lukewarm water and add some mild soap such as dish soap. Place your rug in the tub and let it soak for about ten minutes before taking it out. 

Letting the soapy water sit on the fibers allows for easier cleaning once you start scrubbing away at them since they’ll be nice and pliable from soaking in the warm water.

Step 3: Use a brush to scrub the rug clean

After letting the soapy water sit for a few minutes, grab a soft brush and get started scrubbing your rug. It’s going to take some elbow grease on your part but it will make all of the difference when you’re finished with this step. 

If you’re worried about damaging your faux fur rug by scrubbing too hard, consider investing in one of those rubber/foam sponges that are textured for tougher jobs like this. You could also use an old toothbrush or boar bristle brush to help remove dirt from individual strands.

Step 4: Rinse the fabric using warm water

Grab another bucketful of lukewarm water and empty it on top of your rug. Once again, use the brush to scrub away at any particularly dirty spots or stains in your faux fur rug.

Be sure to rinse out the rug frequently so you’re not just moving around dirt and grime from one area to another instead of actually getting rid of it completely.

Step 5: Dry off the rug with a towel

Once you’ve gotten all of the soap and dirt buildup off of your faux fur rug, dry it using an old towel. The fabric will probably still be wet but don’t worry about that since it will dry up when you put it in its spot in your home.

After giving your faux fur rug a thorough washing, make sure it’s completely dry before placing it in its usual spot in your home. 

If you have a big enough radiator, that’s a great way to speed up the drying process so you can recommence walking all over it in bare feet without having to wait a long time for it to dry out completely.

Otherwise, just give it a few hours and the rug will be dry enough to use again.

How To Get Rid Of Odors From Faux Fur Rugs

A carpet that has a scent may also emanate an unpleasant odor throughout your entire home or room. If you notice an odor coming from the fibers of your favorite chair, try sprinkling baking soda on top and let it sit for 10-12 hours before removing it with an upholstery tool vacuum cleaner.

How Do You Make A Faux Fur Rug Soft Again?

It’s not fun to have a rug that’s old and tired. But don’t worry, because there are ways for you can get your faux fur back into shape. For example, hand washing will help if done correctly or machine-washing at the right temperature with care could revive an otherwise lost cause.

Can You Put Faux Fur In The Washing Machine?

It’s important to know the proper care for your faux fur. Faux furs are often machine washable, but some acrylic and wool-based ones require dry cleaning instead because they cannot withstand getting wet like other types of fabrics can do without damaging them or losing their properties entirely due in part to being too delicate; you’ll want something durable so as not risk ruining an expensive item. Jackets and coats made with this material should always be cleaned by someone experienced since otherwise there could potentially still remain hidden dirt particles left behind which might lead to wear down faster than expected over time.

How Do You Fix Matted Faux Fur?

If you have matting on your faux fur, the best way to fix it is with a cat brush. Not only will this remove any dirt that may be embedded in the first fibers and knots or tangles but also make sure all of its sleekness stays intact.


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