How to Clean an Area Rug

There is a large margin of error that can occur when you attempt to clean your area rug at home. Rugs are made from a variety of different materials and each material must be handled with a different level of care. If you have an irreplaceable rug that’s a family heirloom or an antique, cleaning it at home could potentially cause permanent damage.

This margin of error is why it is more time and cost-efficient to get your area rug professionally cleaned. Love Your Rug‘s 10,000 sq.ft. fully equipped cleaning factory in Toronto allows us to clean all types of area rugs. When it comes to rug cleaning, we are the largest and the best in Canada. Whether you’re attempting a cowhide rug cleaning, Persian rug cleaning or silk rug cleaning at home, your rugs are in much safer hands with Love Your Rug.

In this article, we’ll cover the most popular at-home, do-it-yourself (DIY) rug cleaning methods to help you understand the best way to get your rug cleaned.

Rug Laundry Cleaning Method

Some people get their rugs cleaned at the local laundromat because they think that it is easier and cheaper when in fact; the opposite is true. A standard washing machine is smaller than what is needed to thoroughly clean a rug and it can cause wear and tear. As well, rugs require special detergents that can be hard to find and expensive. If your rug doesn’t explicitly say that it is machine washable, you should avoid laundering it yourself at all costs.

It’s a lot easier and cheaper to take out the guesswork and hire rug cleaning professionals to handle everything for you! The team at Love Your Rug knows exactly the right cleaning processes for every kind of rug. We’ll closely inspect your rug for stains and smells and then create a customized cleaning process that will have your rug looking, feeling and smelling as good as new! View our affordable rug cleaning prices here.

Rug Steam Cleaning Method

The best at-home cleaning solution is a steam cleaner. It uses water vapour to clean so it doesn’t get the rug too wet or use chemicals that could leave stains. However, even the most high-powered, expensive steam cleaners are incapable of getting tough stains out your rug. It also requires quite a bit of manual labour. You must dry your rug for 12 hours with no one stepping on it. Properly drying your rug is just as important as properly cleaning it because any moisture left behind can cause mould or mildew. This is why Love Your Rug has a state-of-the-art temperature-controlled drying room for all of the rugs we service. Steam cleaners are also quite expensive and cumbersome so you’ll need somewhere to store the device which is not ideal in smaller homes and apartments. Click the following link for DIY instructions on how to remove mildew smell out of your rugs.

Rug Vacuum Cleaning Method

Vacuum cleaning is, of course, the most tried-and-true method for cleaning rugs. However, standard vacuums cleaners really just get rid of superficial dust and crumbs that have fallen on your rug. A thorough cleaning must also be done to get rid of any dirt or grime that has been embedded inside the rug for an extended period of time. Remember, vacuum cleaning and store-bought carpet shampoo don’t always get all the grease, oil and dirt out of the very deep sections of the carpet. Using a liquid carpet shampoo should be avoided at all costs because it tends to blotch and leave stains after the cleaning which are really hard to get out. A dry carpet shampoo, on the other hand,  is better because it doesn’t cause blotching but it can still be difficult to use properly at home. At Love Your Rug we use eco-friendly rug cleaning products and custom-blended solutions to get your rug looking and smelling like new.

Can your area rug be cleaned professionally in your home?

Unlike wall-to-wall carpets, area rugs cannot be professionally cleaned in-home. The reason why area rugs can not be cleaned properly in your home is because they cannot be dusted properly, pre-soaking is impossible, stain removal can’t be done properly, and cleaning the top and bottom of your area rug requires two different cleaning processes, which cannot be performed inside the home with a truck mount or paintable unit.
Furthermore, your floor under the area rug may get damaged if the rug is not hung to dry.
Inadequate drying of your area rug can also cause mold and mildew as well as permanent damage to your rug, in effect shortening its life span.
On the other hand, wall-to-wall carpet is made for in-home steam cleaning. Piles are made for on-site washing by portable and truck mount units. At Love Your Rug we offer both; area rug cleaning in our state-of-the-art rug cleaning facility, as well as in-home carpet cleaning anywhere in the GTA and Southern Ontario. Call us today to schedule your cleaning.

Why Love Your Rug

For a thorough and professional rug cleaning service in the GTA, look no further than Love Your Rug. We’ve developed an intensive nine-step area rug cleaning process to ensure your rug is thoroughly cleaned and in flawless condition. Our rug cleaning process is as follows:

  1. Inspection
  2. Dusting
  3. Pre-Treatment
  4. Manual Wash
  5. Machine Wash
  6. Draining
  7. Drying
  8. Final Inspection
  9. Packaged Ready to Ship

View our area rug cleaning process video below to get a good idea about our extensive and professional rug cleaning services.

LoveYourRug - Rug Cleaning Process Video and Facility Tour

As you can see, cleaning your own area rug at home is a lot of work. It is always a good idea and a lot more stress-free to send your dirty rugs to Love Your Rug. We will clean your dirty rug better than you can imagine for a very affordable price. After all, this is what the professionals at Love Your Rug do every day and with our state-of-the-art equipment, materials and know-how it is impossible for you to clean your rugs as good as we will. Contact us today or request a free online quote to see instantly how much it will cost to clean your rug. Let our rug cleaning experts do the dirty work!

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