I needed to deep clean the area rugs on the main level and didn't want to pay someone a few hundred dollars to do it. I scoured the internet to see what other people did and then figured out how to do it on my own.
GO ME! It's easy enough to do...just time consuming!
Before I headed out to rent a powerwasher (I rented an electric one because I didn't want to deal with gas.) from Home Depot ($35 per day), I vacuumed the rugs and sprinkled them with baking soda letting them sit for a couple of hours.
One thing I learned was that everyone had their own version of solution to use. Because of Jaru, I wanted to use a stain buster and a deodorizer in my solution so I seriously just mixed stuff up to include Oxy Clean, vinegar, LA Awesome, and Dr. Bronner's peppermint liquid soap (finally finished using that bottle up after realizing I couldn't used it for bubble bath after that tragic disaster...LOL!: "Like Mother...NOT Like Daughter.").
Make sure you do this on a day when you are going to get a couple of follow up days without rain. I did this on Friday and the rugs weren't completely dry until Sunday.
It should be noted that the rugs I was cleaning were 100% wool pile so they weren't super expensive rugs. If I had super expensive rugs I would definitely let a professional do them. It should also be noted that I didn't have a problem with replacing these rugs if I screwed them up so I scrubbed them down something serious. I would test an area first with your cleaning solution to make sure it didn't discolor a rug you wanted to make sure you didn't ruin.
I made a quick video showing the process and I'm happy to say my rugs came out wonderfully clean and clean smelling! GO ME! Check me out getting my rug scrub on!
Question: How do you deep clean YOUR rugs? What solution do you use? Do you make your own, or do you buy one?