How Cleaning Area Rugs Is Different Than Treating Carpet

May 23, 2024 | Area Rug Cleaning

Area rug cleaning in Olympia, WA

Why Area Rugs Require Different Treatment Than Carpet

Area rugs are unique in their construction, materials, and patterns. They also require special care and maintenance—particularly compared to carpet. 

Chem-Dry is the expert in caring for both. We possess the professional skills, methods, and equipment for your area rug cleaning on Olympia. Here are some of our recommendations specific to caring for rugs. 

Area Rug Basic Cleaning Tips 

It’s important to clean and maintain your area rugs on your own between our deep cleaning visits. The following can apply to each type and size of rug.

  • Vacuum regularly. Dirt and small particles wear down rug fibers faster than just about anything else. By implementing vacuuming as part of your daily or weekly routine, you can help make your rugs last longer and remain more vibrant and structurally intact. 
  • Remove pet hair. If you have animals in the home, a special stiff brush may be needed to completely remove pet hair, even after vacuuming. 
  • Rotate your rugs. About on a quarterly basis, rotate your area rugs. This will help them to wear evenly rather than getting matted or worn down in one area, especially where there’s a lot of foot traffic or where furniture sits on top of the rug. 
  • Shake out rugs. This helps loosen and remove dirt and particles that get stuck deep in rug fibers. You can also hang rugs on a clothesline and use some type of a paddle to release the dirt.

Area Rug Deep Cleaning Tips

First, be familiar with the material of your rug and what specific care instructions it has. There’s usually a label on the back side of the rug that includes special washing or care instructions. Some rugs are machine washable, while others can only be spot treated. 

If you are able to machine wash some of your smaller rugs, do so on a cold delicate cycle then hang them to dry. Warm water or heat from a dryer can shrink or matte down rugs, so it’s important to avoid this. 

Allow adequate time for your rugs to dry completely before placing them back on the floor. 

Removing Tough Stains From Area Rugs 

In the event of spills or stain, start by gently scooping or blotting the area. You’ll want to avoid rubbing or scrubbing if at all possible. This can force the stain deeper into the fibers, making it more difficult to remove. 

Some store-bought stain removers work well. You’ll just want to be sure the one you use is safe for your rug material, and test it out on a small area first to be sure it doesn’t discolor the fibers. 

You can also make your own stain remover solution. Our favorite go-to is to combine a teaspoon of dishwashing detergent and a quarter teaspoon of white vinegar in one quart of warm water. Again, test a small, inconspicuous area of your rug first to check if there’s any discoloration to your rug.

Area Rug Cleaning In Olympia, Washington

Your rugs are in the best hands with Green Leaf Chem-Dry. We will treat each of yours with the unique care it deserves, and help ensure it maintains its color, structure, and texture. 

Schedule your appointment for area rug cleaning in Olympia, Washington today.