Area rugs have been around for centuries. They are the focal point of your room and can either bring a space together or be the accent piece to make a room stand out. But, there are some things you need to know about cleaning area rugs, where to get them cleaned, and how often they should be cleaned. Ayoub Carpet Service has been cleaning rugs since 1952, and countless homeowners have entrusted their family heirlooms to our care. In this article, we will outline where to get an area rug cleaned and what you should expect to get from a cleaning company.

Area Rug Cleaning

Professional Rug Cleaning Company

There are many benefits to hiring a professional rug cleaning company to clean your area rug. First, a professional rug cleaning company has the professional equipment, knowledge, and process to ensure your rug is safe when being cleaned, providing the best chance at an ideal outcome of a clean rug. Professional area rug cleaning companies will have a “plant” or wash facility where area rugs will be inspected and cleaned by hand, as well as a drying area for rugs to dry overnight. 

Additionally, since professional rug cleaning companies have years of experience, they know exactly what type of cleaning technique should be applied during the cleaning process. Finally, because a professional company has been in business for years, they will care about the quality and reputation of their business. They will work hard to ensure that you are satisfied with their cleaning from start to finish.

Pick Up & Drop Off Rug Cleaning Company

When a rug cleaning company has a dedicated pick-up and drop-off team, you know they likely provide this service frequently and are experts. This service is great for customers because you don’t have to worry about moving the rug or even leaving your home to lug your rug around. Rug pick-up and drop-off services allow the company to take your rugs from your home or office, clean them at their cleaning facility, and then deliver them back to you. They will even roll out your rugs upon delivery exactly where they came from and move small pieces of furniture back.

Local Dry Cleaners

Some dry cleaners offer simple rug cleaning services, but they may be limited in the types of rugs they can clean. It’s a good idea to call around and ask about their capabilities before you drop off your rug. If your rug is made from clothing material, it may be able to be cleaned at your local dry cleaner.

Do It Yourself Rug Cleaning

In between professional cleanings, there are basic cleaning habits to keep your rug clean and vibrant. We recommend a professional cleaning every year to get a full, deep clean and to have a professional examine your rug for problem spots before they turn into bigger issues. Here are some basic ways to keep your rugs clean throughout the year:

  • Vacuuming is essential for maintaining the health of your area rugs. Weekly or monthly vacuuming will help cut down on surface dust, which can make it difficult for rugs to breathe and even trap odors inside them. It also helps prevent stains from setting too deeply into the fibers of a rug.
  • If a stain happens, call a professional cleaning company first because over-the-counter chemicals can cause issues with your rug. For simple spills, light stains, or surface stains, cold water dabbing could work, but we recommend contacting a professional for the best results.

How Often Should My Area Rug Be Cleaned?

As a general rule, you should have your area rug professionally cleaned and inspected every 12 months. The frequency of the cleaning depends on how often it’s used and what types of stains occur. If you have kids or pets, then we recommend having it cleaned every 6-12 months because children and pets can be messy. If you don’t have as many people in your home but still want to keep your rug clean, then less frequent cleanings every two to three years are fine for most residential properties that aren’t excessively used.

What Should I Look For When I Want To Hire a Company to Clean My Area Rug?

Before you call a company, you should know what to look for when inspecting your area rug:
  • Fringes or edges fraying
  • Visible stains on the run
Knowing which company to choose can also be overwhelming. Look for these qualities:
  • A reputable company with good reviews
  • A company that has a full cleaning plant (this means it’s not just someone coming from their home in their own car)

Professional Rug Cleaning Company in Northern Virginia

Ayoub Carpet Service provides area rug cleaning in Virginia, DC, and Maryland. We offer rug pick-up and drop-off services as well as a cleaning plant with a dry room and wash station. We hope this information was helpful in learning more about cleaning rugs at home or finding a professional rug-cleaning company near you. Contact us at (703) 255-6000 for more information about who we are, to request a quote for your rug cleaning, or to schedule your cleaning now

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