Many people believe that area rugs are just like regular carpet and can be treated exactly the same. Unfortunately, this attitude leads to many damaged or even ruined rugs. In actuality, area rugs are very different than carpets. Because of this, they need to be cleaned differently. Here’s why:
Of course, the biggest and most obvious difference between area rugs and carpets is that area rugs are simply constructed differently than wall-to-wall carpets. If you think about it, you can easily see why: your area rugs are made to be picked up and moved as needed, while your carpeting is installed in one place and made to stay there. Because of this difference, they have to be made differently. In addition to this, there are so many different types of area rugs that are constructed differently from one another, and so they all require slightly different care.
It’s silly to even think about carpets with fringe; where would it go on wall-to-wall carpet? However, fringe is common on some types of rugs. This fringe is often delicate. You definitely don’t want to vacuum it as a vacuum can destroy fringe. Area rugs with fringe must be given special treatment in order to preserve the fringe.
DRY SOIL REMOVAL
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.
Most carpets are a single color. If it happens that this color bleeds, it usually isn’t a problem. However, in area rugs with intricate patterns color bleeding can completely ruin a rug by muddying the design. 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.
Another dye issue to be aware of is antiquing, a process that is done by a manufacturer or importer in order to make a rug look older and more expensive. Antiquing is common in some types of area rugs, but less so in carpets. It is usually a layer of very aggressive acidic wash or a post-treatment of tea dying, which can wash away during the cleaning process. If that does happen, an expert can reapply the layer after cleaning.
There are many different kinds of rugs out there that are all different and thus require different specialized care. Not to mention that rugs are usually an expensive investment. Area rug cleaners have to have a lot of training in order to have the knowledge to properly clean all of these different types of rugs without damaging Don’t trust just any local steam cleaner to clean your rugs. Before you allow anyone to touch your rugs, ask them questions and make sure that they have received training.
PROPER CLEANING OF AREA RUGS