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Van’s Chem-Dry is Sacramento’s and Elk Grove’s premier source for a home that’s cleaner and healthier. From carpet cleaning to area rug cleaning, our professional cleaning services thoroughly cleanse your home’s highest traffic areas. Each month we include the latest home cleaning and organization tips in our blog, and this month’s focus is on area rug maintenance. 

Area rugs are beautiful pieces to any room, but like your home’s carpet, upholstery, or tile, they require special care and attention to maintain their quality. With these nine tips, you can help prolong the life and overall quality of your area rugs.


1. Know Your Rug

Get to know what type of area rug you have. Know what kind of yarn, what kind of backing, and any special instructions or cautions from the manufacturer. This is crucial to know so you don’t damage it with the wrong solutions and can properly clean it.

2. Rotate Your Rug

Depending on where they are, area rugs can become the most stepped on areas in your home. Because of this, they can wear out very quickly. The life of high traffic area rugs can be elongated/preserved by rotating them with other rugs. Consider having multiple rugs to rotate in the same space if traffic is extremely high.

3. Schedule Regular Professional Cleanings

Rather than just serving as a piece to boost the look of a room, area rugs also act as excellent filters. Just as an air filter caches and traps harmful particles from being put into the air, area rugs act similarly by trapping large amounts of dirt and allergens from being spread out even further into your home. Because of this, area rugs require advanced cleaning from rug cleaning professionals to maintain their look and filter-like functionality.

Professional area rug cleaning from Van’s Chem-Dry is the best way to ensure a long life for your rug. Our team of rug cleaning professionals can reverse a lot of the day to day damage that life can do to your rugs. Our area rug cleaning is gentle on all types of area rugs yet powerful at removing dirt and allergens.

4. Avoid the Sun

When your area rug is left in the sun for too long, the color will gradually start to fade away and lose its vibrancy. Ensure that your indoor rugs nearby windows don’t bask in the sun’s rays for long. Shut blinds and windows to preserve your area rug’s quality.

5. Manage Shedding

Depending on how much your carpets shed, we recommend that you vacuum them at least 1-2 times a week. When your rug develops stray loops, always cut them back to size. Never pull on them as this can cause more damage to your area rug.

6. Protect Your Rug From Furniture

Use protectors on the feet of furniture to prevent large divots or damage to the area rug pile. Ensure that furniture legs are clean before placing them on the rug.

7. Vacuum Regularly

Vacuuming your rug will extend the life and beauty of your rug significantly. Vacuuming every 1-2 weeks is ideal, more often for high traffic. Make sure to use a vacuum that can cater to the pile height of your rug. If you have a high pile rug, it can be damaged by a vacuum on a low pile setting, and a high pile setting won’t really clean a low pile rug.

8. Removing Pet Hair

If there is stubborn pet hair or dirt in your rugs, there are a few tools you can use to get rid of it without damaging the rug. These tools include a carpet brush, carpet rake, or standard squeegee tool.

9. Stain and Spill Clean-Up

Quickly blot up the spill using a clean cloth. Do not rub, as this can press the spill further into the fibers and increase the likelihood that it may stain. Scrape up semi-solid spills with a thin spoon. As it dries, vacuum it up. What about pet urine accidents? Our area rug cleaning is highly effective at removing these and many other common stain accidents.

Choose Van’s Chem-Dry Area Rug Cleaning

Your oriental and area rugs are very valuable investments. No matter the price tag you can always count on Van’s Chem-Dry technicians to always clean them with extreme care and attention to detail. For the best area rug maintenance, contact us here to schedule an appointment. With Van’s Chem-Dry advanced area rug cleaning, you get a home that’s healthier and cleaner. We provide our area rug cleaning for homes in Sacramento & Elk Grove metro areas, including Carmichael, Elverta, Gold River, North Highlands, Rancho Cordova, Rancho Murieta, Rio Linda, Rosemont, West Sacramento & Wilton, CA.