Why Are Area Rugs Hard To Clean?

Because of the dense pile construction of area rugs, dirt particles will work their way down into the fibers.  And into the backing foundation of the rug where the dirt can’t be removed by regular vacuuming.

The loose grit wears on the rug’s delicate fibers, causing a cutting abrasive action as you walk on the rug.  Abrasion makes for fiber loss (wear) and soil stains being embedded in the rug.

Other types of soil such as food particles and pet oils “hide” in the dense pile.  This creates an ideal haven for germs, bacteria and dust mites.  (Yuck!)

Dust mites are too small to be seen but are the most common cause of year long allergy and asthma problems.   They live in mattresses, pillows, carpets, rugs, furniture, bedcovers and clothes—anywhere they can feed on dead flakes of human skin.

All pollutants in your rugs should be removed by professional cleaning on a regular basis to keep your rugs “healthy”.

At TCM Restoration & Cleaning we use a very thorough, high volume & clear water rinse extraction process.   The amount of water we use to clean area rugs is directly proportional to the amount of soil removed in the rinsing process.  

If you are in the Anchorage or Mat Su Valley call us and we can pick up and schedule your fine rug cleaning.   907-562-7410 or 907-373-7410.

Welcome To Our New Blog!

Owning area rugs can be a huge investment, heirloom, sentimental or all three.   I get many questions about rugs, cleaning methods & care.  I thought a blog designated just for rug cleaning would be a great resource for our clients.  I hope you find value in this blog and enjoy it!

Area Rugs Should Not Get The Same Wall To Wall Treatment As Your Carpet!

Many area rugs such as fine oriental rugs are very costly and are made  from fragile natural fibers, dyes, and foundation materials that cannot be cleaned in the way we usually clean synthetic carpets (such as nylon, olefin, and polyester).

Most professional carpet cleaning systems involve the use of high heat, high water pressure, extreme agitation, and intense chemical activity. Most area rugs cannot be cleaned using these tactics. A more gentle “hand washing” process must be used to safely clean area rugs.

Because more time is involved in hand washing and more complex cleaning products must be utilized to avoid damaging the fibers and dyes, you would expect that area rug cleaning would be more costly than standard carpet cleaning.  It is.

Area rugs don’t need to be cleaned as often as carpet so the investment of professional cleaning is well worth it.


Anchorage 562-7410

Mat Su Valley 373-7410