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How Do I Know if My Area Rug is Getting Cleaned Correctly?

How Do I Know if My Area Rug is Getting Cleaned Correctly?

That beautiful, carefully picked-out rug has been in your home for a while now, and you may wonder if it is time to be cleaned. Between the spills, messes, and getting stomped on, chances are your area rug is in desperate need of a good cleaning, even if it isn't evident at first glance.

But, where do you even start? The idea of cleaning an area rug can be daunting. When it comes to area rug cleaning, it is important to know your options before you decide to go through any DIY concoctions.

Different Types of Area Rugs

There are a variety of different styles and variations of area rugs. Whatever your style or personality is, there is an area rug out there for you! Because of the different styles, sizes, colors, and materials, the area rug options are endless.

Area rugs are typically separated into two categories- pile and no pile.


A pile rug is defined as an area rug with an "upper side," which is a pile. This pile can be made from various materials such as natural wool, sheepskin (also known as shag), sisal, jute, coir, hemp, or bamboo. The pile can be obtained through different procedures such as weaving, tufting, or knotting.

No Pile

Some area rugs are without pile, and these can be in a certain pattern, made of some specific material like jute, sisal, etc. They can also be just a single color. The no-pile area rugs are usually a little bit cheaper and easier to clean than the pile ones.

How to Clean an Area Rug

This is where things can get tricky. Depending on your type of rug, you will want to use different cleaning methods in order to preserve the integrity and quality of your rug. For example, if you have a hand-knotted wool rug, you are going to want to take extra care when cleaning it so that you do not ruin the delicate fibers. The same goes for a vintage or antique rug- these rugs often have special value and meaning beyond just being a floor covering and should be treated as such. Area rugs, a surprise to many, are not like your wall-to-wall carpets. They are much more delicate and prone to wear and tear. That being said, area rug cleaning needs to be done very carefully and specifically for your type of area rug. In fact, it is best to leave area rug cleaning to professionals.

The Zerorez® Area Rug Cleaning Process

Trust us, area rug cleaning can be tricky. If you are looking for rug cleaning near me, you have come to the right place! Not only do our technicians here at Zerorez® have extensive knowledge of rugs, but we also use a unique and patented cleaning process specifically just for area rugs.

First, our Master Rug Technician will begin with a thorough inspection of your rug. The purpose of this is to look for spots, stains, or any needed repairs before they begin cleaning your rug.

Next, we use the Zerorez® rug washing plant, equipped with a rug duster, that uses compressed air to gently remove dust, soil, dirt, etc. It is much more gentle and effective than shaking or beating a rug.

Following dust removal, your rug will then be placed in a 1200 gallon Zr Water® filled tank. A star paddle will help agitate the water to lift deeply embedded dirt in the delicate fibers.

To finish the area rug cleaning process, your rug is then placed in a specially constructed centrifuge where it will be rinsed with cool water and then dried through the power of the 900 rpm centrifuge. The spin-dry process reduces problems like dye run and shrinkage. For more information about our unique rug-cleaning process, click here!

The Zerorez Difference®

Zerorez® is unlike any other area rug cleaning company out there. We use only Zr Water®, which is free of harsh chemicals, soaps, detergents, or anything that can ruin your delicate rug. When you experience the Zerorez Difference® for yourself, you will never go back!

For the best carpet cleaning and professional rug cleaning in Columbia, schedule a service with Zerorez® Columbia today!