Rugs may seem a lot like carpet, but they are actually very different. Their construction, coloring, overall materials, etc. make them unique. Unfortunately many people don’t know this. They go out and buy very expensive rugs and then ruin them by treating and cleaning them like carpet. Well the professional rug cleaners at San Juan County Chem-Dry are here to set those people straight with these rug cleaning tips.

Difference in Construction

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To help you understand these tips, we will clearly explain the differences between rugs and carpet. The first one has to do with how they are constructed. This might seem obvious. Your wall-to-wall carpet isn’t exactly built to be picked up and moved around. Area rugs are designed to do exactly that. Because of this they are built differently with different materials. The big tip here is to make sure you know what you’re buying. Ask the vendor or look online for special care and treatment when it comes to cleaning your new rug. 

The Fringe

Okay who has ever heard of carpet with fringe? Fringe is, however a common feature of rugs. Fringe is very delicate so avoid vacuuming it as a vacuum can destroy it. Area rugs with fringe must be given special treatment in order to preserve the fringe.


Removing Dry Soil

Area rugs are typically designed to be a little thicker with a denser pile so their fibers are knit closer together. This makes it easier for the rug to trap dirt and soil near its base. The average vacuum cleaner generally can’t remove the thing trapped in these fine fibers, which is why people take their rugs outside and beat the dirt out. We have a less back-breaking solution for you though. Simply schedule our rug cleaning service and let us get it out for you with state-of-the-art rug cleaning technology. 

Color Bleeding

Carpets are usually just one single color so it isn’t a problem if that color bleeds. Area rugs have intricate patterns with many colors and bleeding can completely ruin the rug. Using the correct cleaning solutions and methods is crucial to prevent bleeding and fading. The standard carpet cleaning solution just won’t cut it.

Tea Washing & Antiquing

Another color issue has to do with the dye itself. There’s a certain method of dying a rug called antiquing.This is a process that is done by a manufacturer or importer in order to make a rug look older and more expensive. Antiquing is common in some types of area rugs, but less so in carpets. It is usually a layer of very aggressive acidic wash or a post-treatment of tea dying, which can wash away during the cleaning process. If that does happen, an expert can reapply the layer after cleaning.

Correct Training

We hope that these tips will help you maintain your rugs. They are somewhat basic though, and to really keep your rugs looking nice and pristine you’ll want to schedule regular rug cleanings with a professional. Choosing the right cleaner is the key. With so many different types of rugs out there it can be hard to find somebody properly trained to address your rug’s unique needs. Our technicians are highly skilled and trained to handle any rug cleaning situation. Schedule your next appointment today!