The white area rug was looking a little sad so I decided to paint it with a tiny bit of latex paint (leftover wall paint, now everything matches!), lots of water and a couple tablespoons of fabric softener. I applied a generous coat of the paint mixture with a regular fabric roller then left the rug to dry outside for 4 days, truthfully it was dried in a couple hours but I can’t stand the smell of chemical products like fabric softener. Once dry, Matt vacuumed it as hard as he could and it was ready for installation. It’s about 25% harder than it originally was but I think after a good week of walking on it/cats scratching it, it will be not different (softness wise) as it was before.