You can find great rugs at estate sales but they're often quite dingy. Freshen up an old rug with a simple salt wash to brighten colours and get rid of grime.
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DIY blog DIYLife has a great tip for getting an old rug clean without sending it off for an expensive professional cleaning. You'll need hot water, salt, a bucket, rags and a little bit of time to give your rug a good hand-washing. Mix up equal parts hot water and salt, dampen a rag with the mixture and gently scrub the rug with the damp rag. For a large rug it's a time-consuming process, but it's nearly free and radically cheaper than having a pro do it.
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