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can you steam clean an area rug?

Someone told me that ot would mold your floor underneath because of the dampness left behind. But I'm not so sure I believe them because steam clean wall to wall would mold thye floor underneath also, if the cleaner didn't suck most of the water up. Anyone ever tried this?

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 7:19 PM on Feb. 10, 2009 in Home & Garden

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  • I have never tried this, but I can't imagine why it would be any different than steam cleaning carpet.
    I guess if your really worried about mold you could always just hang it to dry.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:22 PM on Feb. 10, 2009

  • I steam cleaned my area rugs with out any problems. I do it for the ones in my kitchen and they dry pretty quickly. I have done it with wool rugs too. The only problem I found was when I hung them to dry on my porch railing the edges curled so now I lay them flat to dry, if it is a nice day I put them on my deck otherwise I leave them on my floor. (not hardwood)
    mmmegan38

    Answer by mmmegan38 at 7:26 PM on Feb. 10, 2009

  • Thank you. The floor is hardwood and the rug is way too big to hang on anything. I have steamed in several times on my large deck and dried it laying outside, but its not nice enough out to do that, and it is bad need of a steam clean. Think I'm going to try.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:33 PM on Feb. 10, 2009

  • I steam clean my area rug all the time. it will be fine
    ZaTa

    Answer by ZaTa at 7:49 PM on Feb. 10, 2009

  • I steam clean my area rugs also. I think it will be fine too.
    qtnfluffy

    Answer by qtnfluffy at 9:39 AM on Feb. 11, 2009

  • yes you can steam clean most carpets and rugs. my family is the owners of Folex carpet spot remover inc. and i would just suggest that you test a small spot on you rug first anfd let it sit over night to make sure that your rug accepts water and doen't spot. good luck!!
    lovebugs_08

    Answer by lovebugs_08 at 5:35 AM on Feb. 12, 2009

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