Give It Some Sunshine

Never underestimate the power of the sun. Try placing your rug outside in the open air and sunshine. Hang it over some chairs or a balcony so that the sun, air, and wind can move through it. Leave your rug out there for up to six hours to see if that makes a difference.

Vacuum It

Vacuuming your rug removes more than just dirt particles - it can sometimes reduce the smell of smoke. Just don’t forget about the backside when vacuuming! If you have a suction attachment on your vacuum cleaner, even better. Make sure to use that instead of a rotary vacuum.

Put It In Your Washing Machine

If you have a washable rug, toss it in your washing machine. Just make sure to read the care instructions before setting your washer into motion. We also recommend placing your rug outside in the sun (and even vacuuming it as well) for increased measures of removing the smell of smoke. Plus that way you aren’t just throwing a strongly scented rug into your washer.

Get It Professionally Hand-Washed

Consider getting your smoke-scented rug hand-washed by a professional. They can use a pH-balanced shampoo that is gently worked into the rug to give it a more neutral scent. It’s also a good rule of thumb to get any rug professionally hand-washed every 3 to 5 years.

What To Always Avoid

Tempting as it might be, do not ever use the below methods for removing the smoke out of your rug. Sure, it might remove the smell but it will forever ruin your rug’s material and appearance.

Dry Cleaning

Never (ever) dry clean your rug. The chemicals are incredibly harsh on the rug’s materials and will result in a rug that is damaged beyond repair.

Rotary Vacuums

Avoid vacuums that contain rolling cylinder brushes at the bottom, known as beater bars. They tend to reduce the rug’s lifespan by pulling on the tightly-woven fibers of the rug. However, it is still good to vacuum your rug (on both sides), just make sure to stick to a rotary vacuum.

Stain Cleaners

Stain cleaners contain harmful chemicals that damage your rug. For any difficult-to-remove scents and stains, take your rug to a professional for it to be hand-washed.


Avoid steaming your rug at all costs. It just ends up creating one big mess and will probably leave your rug smelling even worse.

About Revival

Revival curates one-of-a-kind, high-quality handmade rugs and home decor from around the world. Our styles are original, design-centric rugs fresh off the loom to your home. With operations in the U.S., Turkey, Morocco, and India, our teams visit suppliers regularly to make sure our products meet our quality specifications, and that workers are treated fairly. We simplify the process, eliminating steep markups and costs that don’t add value.

We believe that rugs have the power to transform any space. Transform yours today.