How to Clean Rug Fringe

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Things You'll Need

  • Plastic tarp

  • Soft- to medium-bristle brush

  • Ammonia

  • Clean cloth or sponge

  • White vinegar

  • Fan

Keeping your rugs' fringe clean is a simple chore that helps keep your rug looking like new.

Fringe can add interesting detail to a rug, but when it gets dirty it can become an eyesore. Take care when cleaning rug fringe as it can easily become damaged, causing your rug to look shabby. Rug fringe also provides a hiding place for dirt and dust, which can aggravate allergies and create an unhealthy environment. If your rug's fringe is due for a cleaning, it's a simple chore that's well worth the minimal effort.


Step 1

Place a plastic tarp underneath the rug to protect the floor around it. This will help to prevent spreading the dirt to other surfaces.

Step 2

Brush the fringe with a soft- to medium-bristle brush to remove loose dirt, dust and debris.

Step 3

Add 1 tbsp. of ammonia to 8 oz. of warm water.

Step 4

Dip a cloth or sponge into the solution and wring it out well.


Step 5

Wipe down the fringe with the cloth or sponge, taking care to dampen every piece of fringe.

Step 6

Add 1 tbsp. of white vinegar to 8 oz. of warm water.

Step 7

Rinse the fringe with a separate clean cloth or sponge dipped into the vinegar and water solution.

Step 8

Allow the fringe to air dry. Place a fan nearby to circulate air over the fringe to help it dry more quickly.


If the fringe still looks dirty after cleaning, consult a professional rug cleaning service.


Do not attempt to vacuum the fringe, as this may destroy both the fringe and the vacuum cleaner.



Melynda Sorrels

Melynda Sorrels spent 10 years in the military working in different capacities of the medical field, including dental assisting, health services administration, decontamination and urgent medical care. Awarded the National Guardsman’s Medal for Lifesaving efforts in 2002, Sorrels was also a nominee for a Red Cross Award and a certified EMT-B for four years.