Homemaking Simplified: How to Easily Wash and Dry Your Rugs without a Carpet Cleaner! This should work really well for the rug in my classroom. It has gotten so dirty with two years of students reading on it.
Finnish Cleaning Day, every week roll up you rugs, take them outside and hang them up. Beat them with your rug paddle to get out all the dust and dirt; make reverberating smacking sounds throughout the neighborhood.