How To Salvage an Outdoor Rug By Cleaning It Yourself

Like if this guide is helpful
Link to an eBay page Remove
Add up to 3 more photos
Link to an eBay page

It's no secret that when winter hits, sometimes we neglect our  outdoor chairs, rugs and other items we have that spruce up our outdoor space. I'm going to show you how you can clean an outdoor rug and make it look like new so you can use it again and again every season. So if you have an  indoor/outdoor rug that has stains, try these cleaning techniques before you throw it away. 

Link to an eBay page Remove
Add up to 3 more photos
Link to an eBay page

Winter Can Make a Mess

Last spring, when I was ready to get my garden all ready for the new season, I  realised the winter leaves had become trapped and snow had piled up to create a mouldy mess on top of my rug. I didn’t get it rolled up and put away in time. So as I was cleaning up the space I wondered if the rug could be salvaged. It had stains from the leaves decomposing over the winter. I decided to clean it and see what happened. So here’s my experience cleaning a mouldy outdoor rug. 

Link to an eBay page Remove
Add up to 3 more photos
Link to an eBay page

Supplies

As you can tell, it was quite the mess in the garden. There was a lot of work to be done. For this project, here are the supplies you will need:
  • Bucket
  • Washing up liquid
  • Stiff brush with handle
  • Bleach (optional)
Link to an eBay page Remove
Add up to 3 more photos
Link to an eBay page

First, Use Washing Up Liquid

First, I tried using washing up liquid first because it is gentle. I took the rug into my driveway and sprayed it down with water. I put a few squirts of washing up liquid in a bucket and filled it with water. Then I scrubbed the rug with a stiff brush that had a long handle. After the whole rug was scrubbed, I rinsed it off with the hose. 

Link to an eBay page Remove
Add up to 3 more photos
Link to an eBay page

For Tougher Stains, Use Bleach

I discovered that the  rug was cleaner but there were still stains. So I got serious. I emptied out the  bucket and filled it with two cups of bleach and ten cups of water. Then I tested a small section of the rug to make sure that it was colour safe. After seeing that the bleach didn’t fade the pattern on the rug, I sprayed the rug down again with water and then scrubbed it with the bleach solution. I left the solution on the rug for about half an hour and then I rinsed it off again. This time I could see the yellow stains running off the rug with the water.
Link to an eBay page Remove
Add up to 3 more photos
Link to an eBay page

Clean Your Patio Area, Too

I also scrubbed my cement with a solution of twice as much bleach – so four cups of bleach with ten cups of water and my cement looks good now! 
I did this twice and then I let the rug rest in the sun for the rest of the afternoon. When it was dry it looked just like it had when I bought it two summers ago. I was so pleased. 

Link to an eBay page Remove
Add up to 3 more photos
Link to an eBay page

WRITTEN BY: tatertotsandjello
Have something to share, create your own guide... Write a guide
Explore more guides