Rug Cleaning vs. Carpet CleaningMost people believe that you can treat your area rugs the same as you would your carpets. After all, they are very similar in appearance and function. However, this is far from the truth. Treating your rugs that same way you could lead to damaged and ruined rugs. Area rugs must be treated differently than carpet for many reasons, including the following: 


The first and most obvious difference between an 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, so they are constructed quite differently from carpets that are made to stay in the same place. 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. Because of these wide differences in the construction of rugs, they all require slightly different care.


Many area rugs have fringe as a decorative element, which is never found on wall-to-wall carpet.  Vacuuming rugs with fringe can damage, tear, or even ruin the fringe completely. It is best to have rugs with fringe professionally cleaned. This is because professional cleaners use more delicate methods that are ideal for fragile rug fibers than a home cleaner can use. Most often, carpets do not require such delicate care.


Carpets are most often a single color. Area rugs on the other hand, often are made of different colors and patterns. If the color starts to bleed on a single color carpet, you probably won’t notice. However, such bleeding on a rug could ruin the look overall and make 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 if you’re needing to protect the colors of a rug. 


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.

How to Properly Clean an Area Rug

Proper area rug cleaning needs to be done by rug cleaning professionals. Not every carpet cleaner is able to treat a rug properly. If your rugs are in need of a good cleaning, make sure that you’re hiring a reputable area rug cleaner, such as Old Dominion Chem-Dry. We are the professionals you need to take care of your rugs and other carpets areas of your home or business!