Another note, I highly believe having a rug professionally cleaned is something that should be considered before you dive into cleaning your own vintage rug. Assess the scale of dirt on the rug from 1-10. If it is higher than an 8, I would take it to be professionally cleaned.
3. Flip the rug over and repeat step #2.
4. For vintage rugs that just needs to be spot cleaned, treat any spots with a vinegar mixture of 1/2 tsp of dishwashing liquid, 1/2 cup of white vinegar and 2 cups of water. Be careful scrubbing the mixture onto the area, gently massage it in and allow to soak for 5 minutes.
5. If you feel like your rug needs further cleaning, spray the entire rug with a water hose on both sides.
6. Fill a spray bottle with more vinegar mixture and spray thoroughly over the rug. Spray off the mixture with your water hose.
7. Finally, let the rug dry with a fan or two pointed at it to make sure there is no mildew from the water. You can also drape the rug over a porch rail or cement wall to air it out. Once it is completely dry, bring your new-to-you rug inside!
Stay tuned…I am gathering a post of all the best places to find vintage rugs! In the meantime, do you have any vintage rugs in your home?