With summer nearly here, now is the perfect time to clean your outdoor rugs and freshen up your outdoor area.  One of the benefits of outdoor rugs is that you can easily clean them yourself.  Follow our simple tips to restore your outdoor rug to looking new again for summer.

How to Clean An Outdoor Rug

Lay the rug out in an area where you can hose it down.

How to clean an outdoor rug before

Hose down the rug with water

How to Clean an Outdoor Rug hose it with water

Mix up the detergent – use 1/4 cup of mild laundry detergent in 1 gallon (3.8 litres) of lukewarm water (30C).  Here’s my secret cleaning recipe – I use an oxygen bleach powder like Vanish Oxyaction.

Use a soft brush (a car washing brush is idealDIY Decorator Tip) to gently brush the rug and remove the stains.  To save your back you can also use a long handled soft bristle brush.  Pay particular attention to soiled areas.

Clean an outdoor rug brush

Hose the rug again to remove all the dirt and detergent.  Roll the rug up and stand it vertically for 15 minutes or so to drain all the water.  Then lay the rug flat in a clean spot to dry thoroughly.

How to clean an outdoor rug

Once your rug is dry lay it out in it’s normal spot.

How to clean an outdoor rug

I was so pleased with how clean my rug came up and it looked like new again.  Well at least for one day, then my dog Gus vomited all over it.  I’m not kidding.  At least the rug is easy to clean.

If you have a Dash & Albert indoor/outdoor rug, then check out this cleaning video.  If you haven’t got a Dash & Albert rug, you’ll probably want one after seeing this.  I know I did.

So make some time this weekend to clean your outdoor rugs, and feel free to send us your before and after pictures.  We’d love to see them.

How to Clean an Outdoor Rug