All About Area Rug vs. Carpet Cleaning

Dec 16, 2021 | Uncategorized

All About Area Rug vs. Carpet Cleaning

It’s a common misunderstanding that area rugs are just like carpets and therefore can be cleaned and treated in the same way. At Immaculate Home Chem-Dry, we provide expert carpet and area rug cleaning in  Orange County and the South Bay, so we know that area rugs are very different from carpets when it comes to cleaning them!


The biggest difference between area rugs and carpets is that area rugs are simply constructed differently than wall-to-wall carpets. Your area rugs are made to be transportable, while your carpets are permanently installed in one place. On top of this, area rugs in and of themselves are different, so even individual rugs require unique care.

Dirt & Soil Removal

Most rugs are made to be thicker with a dense pile construction, meaning they typically have more fibers closer together than standard carpet. This dense pile tends to trap dirt and soil near the base of the rug. A vacuum cleaner generally can’t remove these allergens from the fine fibers, which is why people often take their rugs outside and shake or beat the dirt out of them. This can be a lot of work, so we suggest choosing professional area rug cleaning in Orange County and the South Bay.


Fringe is popular on a lot of area rugs, but you never will find fringe on carpets! Rug fringe is delicate, so you never want to vacuum it as it can tear or split the fringe. Area rugs with fringe must be given special treatment to preserve the fringe.

Color Bleeding

Carpets are a single color, but area rugs often have intricate patterns of color. These unique designs can quickly be ruined by color bleeding. This is why it is important to use the correct solutions and methods to clean an area rug.

Professional Area Rug Cleaning in Orange County and the South Bay

Correct area rug cleaning is best left to professionals. Don’t trust just any local steam cleaner to clean your rugs. Before you allow anyone to touch your rugs, ask them questions, and make sure that they have received training to know how to properly clean your rug without damaging it.

Immaculate Home Chem-Dry is your top choice for professional rug cleaning in Orange County and the South Bay, CA. We’re a notable cleaning company in the community and you can trust us with your rugs! Learn more about our rug cleaning process here and see what customers have to say about it.

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