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​​​​​​​How To: Vacuum Your Flat Weave Area Rugs


Ruthie here with Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care in Prescott AZ.  Here in Arizona, there are so many beautiful places to go out and explore, but when we come home we track all the dust and dry soil we picked up outside.  You can prevent a lot of damage to your area rugs by staying proactive about removing this dry soil from your rugs.

Flat weave rugs bear the brunt of damage from dry soil being ground into them.  Their delicate fibers are damaged much more easily by abrasive dry soil than rugs with a thicker pile.

What is the best vacuum to use on a flat weave rug? I always recommend using a canister vacuum or an electric sweeper (from Bissell or Shark) for your flat weave area rugs.  These provide enough suction to lift the dry soil from your rug, but are still gentle on their delicate fibers.  NEVER use an upright vacuum with a beater bar!  These are too aggressive for delicate flat weave rugs and will cause unnecessary damage.

Be careful to avoid the fringe and side cords of your rug when you vacuum across the width of the rug, moving from side to side.  If your rug is on the smaller side and you want more control, you can use the upholstery tool or a soft brush attachment.

But remember, vacuuming alone is not enough to make your rug last years and years!  To keep your rugs looking their best, you should have your rugs cleaned by a professional like Arizona Oriental every 1-3 years.

If your area rug looks highly soiled, there is a high chance it has permanent fiber damage.  This is why it’s so important to not allow dry soil to accumulate on your rugs.

Arizona Oriental is here to assist you with preserving your beloved area rugs however they need - from cleaning to repairs and at-home tips for in between professional cleanings.

Till next time, enjoy your beautiful art for your floor and remember a clean rug is a rug that can last you a lifetime!

Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care serves Prescott, Prescott Valley, Sedona, Flagstaff, and much of the Northern Arizona areas.  We meet the highest standards in professional cleaning of area rugs with rug wash specialists having earned the highest training, including certification as WOOLSAFE FIBRE CARE SPECIALISTS through the WOOLSAFE ORGANISATION.  Such extraordinary certification ensures our client’s area rugs receive the highest quality care.

Give us a call for more information about how to care for your flat weave area rug at 928-445-1718, visit our website at, or stop by Monday through Friday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at our rug washing facility at 565 EZ Street, Prescott, AZ 86301 (pick-up and delivery also available). 05-12-2020

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