Most people believe that you can treat and clean your area rugs the same as you would your carpets. However, this is far from the truth. Doing this could lead to damaged and ruined rugs. Area rugs must be treated differently than carpet for many reasons. Here is why:


The most obvious difference between and area rug and carpet is how they are made. Area rugs are made to be picked up, moved and placed in the location that you prefer. For this reason the, backing, sticking and other aspects of the rug are different compared to wall-to-wall carpet. In addition, each separate rug may vary depending on where they were made, what material and the ideal use of the rug. For these reasons, they all require slightly different care.


The fringe found on area rugs is mainly for a decorative element. Vacuuming rugs with fringe can damage the fabric and ruin it for good. It is best to have rugs with fringe professionally cleaned. Professional cleaners use more delicate methods that are ideal for fragile rug fibers. Most often, carpets to not require such delicate care.


Another difference is that most area rugs are made to be thicker with a dense pile construction. This means that they usually have more fibers closer together than standard carpet. This dense pile tends to trap dirt and soil near the base of the rug. A vacuum cleaner generally can’t remove these trapped fine fibers, which is people sometimes take their rugs outside and beat the dirt out. There is an easier solution though, you can just trust a professional rug cleaner to remove this build-up for you.


Carpets are most often a single color. Area rugs on the other hand, have multiple colors and patterns. If it happens that a color starts to bleed on the rug, it could ruin the look overall and making it almost unusable. This is why it is incredibly important to use the correct solutions and methods to clean an area rug in order to prevent bleeding and fading from happening. Often, a standard carpet cleaning solution just won’t cut it.


Proper area rug cleaning needs to be done by professionals. If your rugs are in need of a good cleaning, make sure that you’re hiring a reputable area rug cleaner, such as Chem-Dry of the Twin Ports. We are the professionals you need to take care of your rugs and other carpets areas of your home or business!