Area rugs can give color and warmth to your home. But just like other household furnishings, area rugs need proper care to stay looking great. Here are a couple of options. Roll up the rug and take it to a professional rug cleaner or you can do the job yourself. This article will help answers questions on cleaning area rugs. If your cleaning the rugs you must use the right cleaners, tools and techniques. But you do need to know what you’re getting into, before you start soaking your rug with detergent. Here are a few frequently asked questions about how to clean area rugs, along with answers. This will help you decide if your up for the job.

Questions & Answers…How to Clean Area Rugs

 Question #1 – How often should area rugs be cleaned?

The answer to this question will depend on where the rug is placed, what materials the rug is made of and if pets live in the household and how often the rug is vacuumed or spot treated. Most area rugs need a good cleaning every 12 to 18 months. If the rug is in a high-use area such as the family room or kitchen, it may need a more frequent cleaning schedule of every 6 to 8 months.  In addition to regular cleanings, area rugs should be vacuumed at least 1 a week to remove the accumulation of dust and dirt.

Question #2 – How can I tell if my area rug needs to be cleaned?

Its hard to see if a rug is dirty just by looking at it.  As a rug begins collecting dirt, it will gradually start looking duller and may not be something you notice.  To decide to know if a rug is dirty,  pick up a corner of the rug and slap your hand on it and if a cloud of dust flies out then the rug needs to be cleaned.  You can also look at the foundation of the rug to see if dirt is deep inside the pile.  If dirt is present then a deep cleaning is necessary.

Question #3 – Are there certain types of area rugs that should only be cleaned professionally?

If you have Persian or Oriental rugs that are made of silk or wool, or other rugs with a “dry clean only” label, it’s best to take them to a professional rug cleaner.

Swift Services will clean your rugs in your home or pick them up and return them within 24hrs.  We are happy to help with all your rug cleaning needs.  Call us today or go to to get a REAL TIME quote and schedule your next rug cleaning.