How To Clean a Dash & Albert Rug

How to Clean a Dash and Albert RugDisclaimer: The method I am sharing honestly worked for me. Please read the updates at the end of the post before attempting to do this.

About a year ago I purchased a Dash & Albert indoor/outdoor runner for my kitchen.  It has worn well and I adore it. It’s the perfect size and I love the fact that it’s tough enough to use outdoors. It has gotten sort of dirty though…especially the white stripes.

Earlier in the summer I saw a pin on Pinterest on how to clean this version of a Dash & Albert rug. Going back to the main source of the pin got me to a blog post from Calypso In The Country called Cleaning My Dash and Albert Rug.

Here’s the process:

1. Drag your rug outside. I took mine out to my back deck.

2. Hose it down good. It needs to be very wet.


3. In sections, spray Chlorox Clean-Up and let it sit for just a minute.

4. Scrub with a brush until it suds up.

5. Hose it down again several times until no more soap comes up.

It was a sunny, hot day so my rug dried in a few hours. Here is the final result:

I couldn’t be more pleased. It really does look like a new rug.

Update August 2013: I want to make sure you realize that my rug is from Dash & Albert’s OUTDOOR Collection. This is pure acrylic so it didn’t absorb any of the bleach. Please don’t try this on a rug made from natural elements (like cotton or wool.)

Update May 2015: Please be very careful and test a small portion of your rug before you clean the whole thing. This method honestly worked for me and I have even used it on another D&A rug since I cleaned this one. If you have any doubts please don’t use the Clorox Clean Up.


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  1. I have a 2×3 and actually machine wash and dry and it does great. Tiny bit of shrinkage but I just tug on each corner and its back to size!

  2. So glad I found this on Pinterest. I have another brand of outdoor rug that’s acrylic in our sunroom and it’s become really dirty after years of indoor/outdoor traffic. I’m going to try this to clean that rug! Thanks!

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Good luck! If your rug has vibrant colors maybe you could test just a corner to make sure the bleach doesn’t hurt it. Chances are you will be just fine but I would hate for anything to happen to your rug. Thanks for your comment!

  3. Lynn Margaret says:

    Thank you thank you thank you!!!! My kitchen Dash and Albert rug was looking SO ROUGH! I considered using a commercial washing machine but it was fairly stained. It’s drying on our deck now as we type that and it looks BRAND NEW! I’ll be working on the rest of my D&A rugs over the weekend!

  4. Love my D&A rugs – ours are large and I just wash them in a commercial washing machine downtown – they clean up great!

  5. Kimberly from Serendipity Refined says:

    I’m SO EXCITED to see this! I had two D&A rugs chosen for my kitchen but was too afraid that they’d be filthy from cooking and, well, “life in my home”. Thank you!!!!! I’m ordering them now! xo

  6. MariaElena says:

    It looks so pretty and clean! I would of never thought of using the Clorox Clean-Up. Great tip!

  7. Keeping it Cozy says:

    That is a gorgeous rug and it really does look brand new! One of these days I will get around to getting a Dash & Albert rug and will remember this post. :-)

  8. Atta Girl Amy says:

    I have two Dash & Albert indoor outdoor rug, one of them very large. I throw the smaller one in the washer — in fact, I need to do that now. When I need to clean the larger one, I drag it out to my deck and spray it down with Spray ‘n’ Wash and hose it off. I’d heard that you can use bleach on these, but I was too scared to try it. My rug wasn’t cheap! But now that you both have tested it, I feel better about trying this method.

  9. I would’ve never thought to try that spray on a rug before. I would’ve been too afraid of it bleaching out the colored stripes. Looks like it did a great job for you. I use that spray daily in my kitchen sink and couldn’t live without it!

  10. It turned out just wonderful Ann, thanks for the tip and I’ve pinned it:)

  11. Wow, what a difference. It looks great, Ann. Good job!

  12. Yvonne @ StoneGable says:

    Oh, great to know. I hate to say this, I threw away a rug that I was getting dirty! Now I know!!! Please visit on Wednesday evening and share this great info at TUTORIALS TIPS AND TIDBITS! I’m pinning this too!

  13. I haven’t tried some of the things I’ve pinned for fear that they might not work. I will begin to try since you had such great luck. Thanks for the blog hint. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with next!
    Your rug sure looks like new again! Best blogging!

  14. I wash mine in the washing machine and let it dry outside. It did fine.

  15. Penny @ The Comforts of Home & Flea Market Makeovers says:

    That really did the trick! It looks like new again.

  16. shirley@housepitality designs says:

    Glad to know that the Clorox Clean Up does not compromise the color of the rug…But then again, I would assume that would not happen with a quality rug a Dash and Albert….Great tip Ann!!! Glad you remembered the pin from Shelley……I purchase the Clorox clean up by the gallon!…

  17. Shelley @ Calypso in the Country says:

    Thank you for mentioning my blog! What a nice surprise to see that not only did you pin the instructions, but you tried them! Aren’t those Dash and Albert rugs the best? Thanks again for the mention!

  18. Sweet Posy Dreams says:

    Great results.

  19. Sherry Hart says:

    So glad I saw this as mine could use a good cleaning. Just hosing it off is not working anymore!

  20. Jane @ Cottage at the Crossroads says:

    Ann, it’s so good to know that you can use the Chlorox CleanUp on the Dash and Albert rugs. I just bought one for the kitchen, but I decided to use it elsewhere because I was afraid that it would get too dirty in the kitchen! Your rug looks great, by the way!

  21. Michele @ Finch Rest says:

    I am SO glad that worked so well for you………..but I must ask you…………..where did all your soapy bleach water run off to? Into your grass/yard?

    Not so sure it is good for your greens.

    If I were to do it would be in the driveway so the water could run down into the drains of the cul-de-sac or my hubs would KILL me if I killed the garden or grass.

    Love that rug, Ann.

  22. Looks brand new Ann!!

  23. Hi Ann:

    I have several Dash and Albert rugs that are fairly new. However, your info will be helpful! I really love my rugs, don’t you?

    Hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend!


  24. Pat@Back Porch Musings says:

    Thanks for this info Ann. I have a couple of Dash and Albert rugs that need cleaning. I will try this!