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5 Steps for how to clean faux fur rug at home

How to Clean A Faux Fur Fug: Keep It Fluffy and Luxurious

Faux rugs are a fun accessory to use for so many things. But what do you do when your faux fur rug gets dirty? I use my faux fur rug as a dog bed so it gets dirty all the time.

Here are a few tricks to clean your faux fur rug, but first a few warnings.

DON’T wash your faux fur rug in the washing machine unless the label specifically says it is MACHINE washable. This can shorten the life of your faux rug and make it look and feel different. If your rug says it is machine washable don’t wash with other things, wash on the delicate or gentle cycle and don’t put in the dryer. It is best to air-dry your rug.

BEWARE of rugs that say they are washable but in the fine print is MEANS hand washable, not machine washable. That was the case with my rug. The product title included the word washable, but the care tag said HAND WASH ONLY.

DON’T use a regular vacuum cleaner on your faux fur rug. You can end up ruining the rug. You can use a hand vacuum or the hose from your vacuum.

The steps to clean your rug depend on these two things – 1.) size and 2.) substance (what you are cleaning off your rug).

1. Clean a Small Faux Fur Rug

The best way to clean small rugs depends on the dirt, is it actual loose dirt or a spill?

Dirt & Debris

To clean dirt or loose debris start by taking your rug outside and shaking it out. Anything that won’t come out can be vacuumed with a HAND vacuum.

faux fur rug dirt

faux fur vacuum


If you are trying to clean a small area on the rug, you can spot-clean it with mild laundry soap or dish soap. I find it’s quicker to fill a bowl with soapy water than to use a spray bottle.

For larger spills, the best way to wash it is to hand wash the entire rug in cold water or lukewarm water in the sink or bathtub. You can use a mild detergent or dish soap. If the spill you are cleaning is greasy, use a grease-cutting soap like Dawn and hot water. After you wash your rug, ring out excess water and hang to dry or dry on a flat surface. It can take up to 24 hours for a rug to air dry.

2. Clean a Large Faux Rug

If your faux fur is large the best method for cleaning it is spot cleaning.

Dirt & Loose Particles

If you are cleaning dirt off of a large faux rug you can use a hand vacuum or the hose attachment for your regular vacuum. The regular vacuum head can destroy the rug. Use an attachment that divides up the suction as much as possible. For most spills you can use cool water and mild soap and a sponge or damp cloth. First, blot up the spill if it is liquid. The next step is to pour a small amount of soapy water onto the rug and rub until the spot is gone. Then try to blot up all of the liquid. Most faux fur is made of synthetic materials that are possible to clean. Taking them to the dry cleaner is not necessary or even preferable.

White faux fur rugs can be cleaned with a liquid oxi if the stain is something that would normally stain. However, I spilled coffee on my white rug and it washed right out with soap and water.

It can take a long time for your faux sheepskin rug to dry. Be sure to blot out as much water as possible. You can use a hair dryer if you are in a hurry.

How to Prevent the Loss of the Original Texture. The best way to keep your rug’s fluffy appearance is to be gentle. Don’t scrub with a brush or be rug too hard. I don’t like to use fabric softener because it builds up (and it’s got too many chemicals that I don’t like).

Treat the rug’s surface almost like you would real hair. Faux fur rugs can give your space a luxurious look without the price, so they deserve a little TLC. They feel amazing on bare feet, so enjoy.

3. Way to wash a faux fur rug correctly

Washing Faux Fur Rugs In The Washing Machines If you follow the guidelines thoroughly, then you can easily use the washing machine with no worries

But keep in mind that there are some exceptions, and some of these fuzzy rugs do not withstand washing in the machine.

You might be wondering, how would I know whether my faux fur rug is machine washable or not?

Written instructions can be like:

Do not wash it with colored rugs or fluffy carpets. Use warm water while washing. Hand washing only. Sometimes, you may see standard signs or tags that tell you what to do exactly. If you do not find any, then the chances are that your faux fur rug can be cleaned in the washing machine.

4. Machine Washing Steps For A Faux Fur Rug

● Use cold water and put the rug in the washing machine with no other clothing.

● Adjust the washing machine settings and use the least amount of spin possible.

● Use a mild detergent and fabric softener for delicate washing of the rug.

● Only one complete wash cycle is enough, and you should not be using fast washing cycles again and again.

● After one wash cycle, remove the rug from the machine.

● While retaining its natural flow, shake diligently to remove the excess water.

● You can also use a towel or sponges to absorb the remaining water.

Make sure to complete all the steps carefully, so that the original shape and texture are conserved.

5. Hand Washing Steps For A Faux Fur Carpet

You can get the wanted result by washing the faux fur rug with your hands, though it will need more work. There are various instructions that you must follow while washing an artificial fuzzy rug with your hands.

Let’s break it down.

● First of all, fill the tub with cold water. Do not use too much water. Keep the tub only half-filled.

● The next step is to choose the right washing materials. Various rug detergent powders are widely available in the market; however, mild laundry soap and other light detergent washers are also fine.

● Do not fully dip the rug in the tub. Find the dirtiest places and wash them one by one.

● Once you remove all the spots by hand, dip the rug in the water and let the dirt clear on its own with the chemical reaction.

● If your rug is still unclean, use lukewarm water instead of cold water.

● While cleaning the rug, gently rub two areas against each other.

● Use a brush to clean the sticky remaining dirt, however, be careful with rough scrubbing that can lead to the loss of the original texture or materials.

●Finally, rinse your rug until all the suds are gone, and the water falling from the carpet becomes clean.

There are various do’s and don’ts when it comes to drying a faux fur rug.


● Do not use a dry-cleaner to dry the rug. Some people still use it with no heating settings, but it can damage the hair. and the fur rug texture can become rough.

● Don’t force it into the drying machine.

● Do not hang a heavy wet rug directly on the hanger or wall; otherwise, it will get deformed, and the weight of the water will change the direction of the fibers in only a downward direction.


● Air drying is the most reliable and safe way to dry fur rugs. Under the sun on a windy day is perfect.

● You can also use strong plastic hangers to hang the rug in the open air or on the rooftop.

● You may use a fan or a hairdryer in colder settings to accelerate the drying.

Usually, it doesn’t take more than 48 hours in good sunny weather.

Common Questions on How To Wash A Faux Fur Rug

To guide you from scratch and keep the target audience in mind, we have made a list of questions and answers that people are most likely to ask about the cleaning process of a faux fur rug.

Note: This Q/A list also contains the queries that we received related to faux fur rug cleaning.

Can I wash my faux fur rug in the washing machine if the tag says “wash using fur method”?

Yes, you can wash it in the washing machine while keeping the washing cycle gentle.

I have a very big faux fur rug; how can I clean it at home?

Cleaning a large faux fur rug at home is not as difficult as it may seem. The key to making sure your faux fur rug looks its best for years to come is regular maintenance and spot cleaning when needed.

First, vacuum the rug thoroughly using an upholstery attachment on your vacuum cleaner, paying special attention to edges and corners. You may also want to use a lint roller to remove any loose particles or pet hair that your vacuum missed.

Next, mix one teaspoon of mild laundry detergent with one cup of cold water in a bucket and lightly dip the corner of a sponge into the solution. Gently dab the soapy sponge onto any stained areas of your rug and let it sit for a few minutes. Then, rinse the area with another damp cloth to remove any residue.

Finally, hang the rug in a dry place away from direct sunlight and let it air dry completely before you put it back in its original location. Be sure to shake out any dust or dirt that may have settled while it was drying.

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