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A Step-by-Step Guide to Cleaning Indoor-Outdoor Carpets

Written by A. Borrelli Mechanical on 08.28.23


Indoor-outdoor carpets are a versatile and practical flooring solution for spaces that transition between the inside and outside. These carpets are designed to withstand the rigors of both indoor and outdoor environments, making them ideal for patios, decks, sunrooms, and even high-traffic indoor areas. However, just like any other flooring, indoor-outdoor carpets require regular cleaning to maintain their appearance and longevity.

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

Before you start cleaning, gather the necessary supplies. You'll need a vacuum cleaner (with a brush attachment), a broom or outdoor brush, a bucket, mild detergent, a soft-bristle brush or scrub brush, a garden hose, and a clean cloth or sponge.

Step 2: Pre-Vacuum

Begin by removing loose dirt, debris, and pet hair from the carpet's surface. Use a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment to gently go over the entire carpet. This step helps prevent dirt from being ground into the fibers during the cleaning process.

Step 3: Sweep or Shake

If your indoor-outdoor carpet is removable, take it outside and shake it vigorously to dislodge any embedded dirt or debris. Alternatively, you can use a broom or outdoor brush to sweep the surface thoroughly.

Step 4: Spot Treatment

Inspect the carpet for any stains or spots. Mix a mild detergent with water in a bucket, then use the solution to gently scrub the stains using a soft-bristle brush or scrub brush.

Step 5: Full Cleaning

For a deeper clean, fill a bucket with water and add the mild detergent as directed. Use the solution to scrub the entire surface of the carpet. Avoid over-saturating the carpet, as excess moisture can lead to mold and mildew growth.

Step 6: Rinse Thoroughly

After scrubbing, use a garden hose to thoroughly rinse the carpet. Make sure to remove all traces of detergent and dirt. Ensure that the water runs clear before moving on to the next step.

Step 7: Drying

Allow the carpet to dry completely before placing it back in its original location or using it. Hang the carpet over a railing or lay it flat in a sunny and well-ventilated area. Depending on the weather conditions, it might take several hours or even a day for the carpet to dry completely.

Step 8: Vacuum Again

Once the carpet is completely dry, give it a final vacuuming to fluff up the fibers and remove any residual dirt that may have loosened during the cleaning and drying process.

Step 9: Regular Maintenance

To keep your indoor-outdoor carpet looking its best, establish a regular maintenance routine. Vacuum or sweep the carpet regularly to prevent dirt buildup, and address stains as soon as they occur to prevent them from setting in.

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