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Area rugs should not get the same treatment as your wall-to-wall carpet!

For many of us area rugs are a special feature to our home.  They create that “homey” feel to our homes with their character and uniqueness.  Area Rugs have stories to tell from where they were made and where they traveled to.   They hold special memories from an old home to a new one. Rugs often are heirlooms past from one generations to the next.  There are so many reasons an area rug can be special to us and that is why it is so important to take extremely good care of them.

Many area rugs such as fine oriental rugs are very costly and are made from fragile natural fibers, dyes, and foundation materials that cannot be cleaned in the way we usually clean synthetic carpets (such as nylon, olefin, and polyester).


Most professional carpet cleaning systems involve the use of high heat, high water pressure and extreme agitation.  Most area rugs cannot be cleaned using these tactics.  A more gentle “hand washing” process must be used to safely clean area rugs.  


Because more time is involved in hand washing and more complex cleaning products must be utilized to avoid damaging the fibers and dyes, you would expect that area rug cleaning would be more costly than standard carpet cleaning.  It is.

Why Area Rugs Are More Difficult To Clean

1.  Because of the dense pile construction of ara rugs, dirt particles work their way down through the fibers-to the backing foundation of the rug where they cannot be removed by ordinary vacuuming.

2.  This loose grit wreaks havoc on your rug’s delicate fibers, causing a cutting abrasive action as you walk on the rug.  Abrasion accounts for fiber loss (wear) and embedded soil stains.

3.  Other types of soil including food particles and pet oils “hide” in the dense pile, making your rugs  an ideal haven for germs, bacteria and other nasty creatures such as dust mites!

4.  Dust mites are too small to be seen but are the common cause of year round allergies and asthma.  They live in mattresses, pillows, carpets, rugs, furniture, bedcovers, and clothes-anywhere they can feed on dead flakes of human skin.

5.  All foreign pollutants in your rugs should be removed by a professional cleaning on a regular basis to  keep your rugs “healthy”.

6.  We use a unique and thorough high-volume clear water rinse extraction process.  You see, the amount of water used to clean area rugs is directly proportional to the amount of soil removed in the rinsing process.


If you are in our service area of Anchorage, Eagle River or the Mat Su Valley…We can arrange for a pickup and delivery of your rugs for a small fee.  If you are out of our service area or in another state I recommend finding a reputable company through Ethical Services.  Please call 562-7410 in Anchorage or 373-7410 in the Valley for an inspection appointment.  Your high traffic rugs should be lightly cleaned several times a year and thoroughly cleaned at least once a year professionally.  Low traffic area rugs should be cleaned every 2-3 years to rinse away accumulated dust and soil.  Even if the rug doesn’t LOOK dirty…it should be routinely washed.

October 13, 2008 - Posted by | Anchorage Carpet Cleaning, carpet cleaning, oriental rug cleaning, Wasilla Carpet Cleaning | , , , , , , , ,

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  1. […] rugs  is a much different cleaning process than regular carpet.   It takes more time and a gentler, hands on approach so it will cost more to have it professionally cleaned.   If you love your rug and it has […]

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