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Why you need to treat your area rugs the right way?

For many homeowners, area rugs are a significant investment in decor. They warm up and add color to our homes. They provide soft places for game playing, movie watching, and slumber partying.

But in order for rugs to last for years, they need to be maintained. And a big part of that maintenance is regular rug cleaning. Sure, you can send out a rug to be cleaned off-site by professionals—but it’s very expensive to do this and is only recommended for the very expensive oriental and antique rugs. However, it’s possible to do a good job of cleaning your rugs in the home. It requires skilled professional rug cleaning companies and not any ordinary carpet cleaning companies when it comes to cleaning rugs.

Basic Information

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Different Types Of Rugs

Dhurrie rugs.

These are thick, flat-woven cotton rugs made in India. They come in a variety of color combinations, pastels being the most popular.

Bordered Rugs.

These are simply rugs of any size or shape with a base color in the middle and strips of border on the edges.

Inlaid Rugs.

Here’s where your imagination can take over. Anything your mind can conjure, a good carpet designer can manifest. Doodle on a piece of paper until you come up with at least a semblance of what you want, and your designer can take it from there.

Oriental Rugs.

These rugs have always been a symbol of wealth, and rightfully so, as they’re quite expensive and rarely lose their value.

Questions For A Rug Cleaning Professional

Ask detailed questions

  • Do you charge extra to move furniture off the rug?
  • Do you charge extra for “deep cleaning” or “pre-treating”?
  • How do you charge for the rug cleaning?
  • How long until I can walk on the clean rug?
  • What rug cleaning solution do you use?
  • Will fumes be a problem for kids, pets, or people with allergies?
  • Do you have a copy of your liability insurance for my files?
  • What kind of rug cleaning process do you use?

Basic Rug Care

Vacuum rugs to remove dirt. 
As with carpet which is basically surface cleaning, the most important thing you can do for area rugs is to vacuum them regularly. If a rug is reversible, vacuum both sides. This removes grit and grime that can wear out your rug prematurely. Take care to not vacuum the fringe of your rug.

Brush out pet hair.
A vacuum will sometimes leave pet hair behind. Use a stiff brush to remove the hair, brushing in the direction of the nap of the rug.

Turn rugs every year. 
Foot traffic and sun can put extra stress on area rugs. Turn them once or twice a year to even out the wear.

Shake small rugs.
If the rug is small enough, you can take it outside and shake it or beat it vigorously to remove dirt and grit.

Stain-Removal Tips for Rugs.
Time is of the essence when your rug becomes stained.

Blot – Do Not Rub – 
Do not rub out the stain and remove moisture from spills as quickly as possible.

Soft Drinks: 
Use a solution of 1 teaspoon liquid dish detergent, 1 quart of warm water, and 1/4 teaspoon of white vinegar. Apply to the stain, rinse, then blot dry.

Coffee or Tea: 
Use a solution of 1 teaspoon liquid dish detergent, 1 quart of warm water, and 1/4 teaspoon of white vinegar. Apply to the stain, rinse, then blot dry.

Food Stains: 
For foods such as butter, margarine, or gravy, use a dry-solvent spot carpet cleaner.

Peel off what you can, then put ice cubes in a plastic bag and harden the gum, scraping the gum off with a spoon or dull knife. Vacuum and use a dry-solvent spot cleaner if needed.

For acrylic and latex paint, while the stain is still wet, spot-clean with the detergent solution. If color remains, dab with rubbing alcohol. For oil-base paint, sponge with odorless mineral spirits, being careful not to soak through to the backing.

Melted wax: 
Use the same treatment as gum, hardening it with ice cubes in a plastic bag and scraping. Dampen a clean white cloth or cotton ball with rubbing alcohol and blot to remove any remaining wax.

Always test any cleaning method in an inconspicuous area for color fasting.

Preparation For Rug Cleaning

  1. Pre-vacuum before the rug cleaning company arrives
  2. Remove as much as you can off the rugs to be cleaned
  3. Remove houseplants from the rugs to be cleaned.
  4. Secure breakable and valuable items.
  5. Put clutter away.
  6. Clear knickknacks from the rugs that need to be cleaned.

Tips & Advice

Ask For The License – Ask for all local and state business licenses.

Proof Of Insurance– For your own protection, check proof of both workman’s compensation and  liability Insurance.

Business Stability– Find out how long the company has been in business.

Check Online Reviews – You’re probably not the first person in town looking for their services. Rely on the internet to get reviews written by people in your community.

References – Expect any top-notch company to be able to provide you with references upon request. Once you have these names, contact the clients to get information about the quality service. When you call, ask questions about the work, timeliness, cost and whether the clients would use the company again for future work.

24-hour Emergency Service – Make sure your local company offers emergency 24 hour service. If something goes wrong, it’s good to know that you will not have to wait days for them to come  out and fix it.

Over The Phone Pricing –  Honest estimates simply cannot be given over the phone – especially if you aren’t talking with an actual technician when you call.

Free Estimates – Most companies offer free estimates. This is important because they can provide you with the costs upfront, so that you are not shocked with a bill after the services are completed.

Safety Record – Safety can be a significant factor, so ask the company about their safety records to ensure that any service professional you hire has a satisfactory safety record. You want a company that doesn’t have a high incidence of on-the-job mishaps or injuries.

Building Codes– In certain areas you’ll need to make sure that the local company meets all building code requirements.

Satisfaction Guarantee – Choosing a company that offers a satisfaction guarantee will ensure that they will get the job done right the first time and will save you money and frustration in the long run.

Cleanup – The mess left behind after a project can be major. Ask what cleanup work the company includes with it’s services.

Average Costs of Rug Cleaning

As you are probably aware your area rugs are very expensive and some antique rugs could cost $10,000 or more. A rule of thumb, the more the retail cost the more the rug cleaning cost. The average cost for rug cleaning is $2-$5 per square foot and could reach as high as $6 per square foot or more.

The national average cost is $75 – $500+

The average cost to hire a local professional will average about $75-$200, with some consumers spending over $300 or more. So choosing the right professional the first time is of the essence.


By The Square Foot – Most companies charge by the square foot.

Flat Rate Per Rug –  Some companies charge a flat rate for the work they do.

Recognize that there are several variables in developing the price. These include:

  • Time that it takes to complete the cleaning.
  • Pick up and delivery of the rugs.
  • The fabric and age of the rug
  • With many more aspects that may add to the cost

Remember, the company quoting a low rate may not necessarily be the right  company for you. Some  companies may offer low hourly rates, but then charge additional “fees” to complete the job.

You may also need to consider that most companies charge a higher rate for overtime, weekends, holidays and emergency calls.

The best rule of hand is to get an itemized estimate so you know exactly what is expected from the local company.


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