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How to Vacuum Your Tufted Area Rug the Right Way! – Prescott AZ

How to Vacuum Your Tufted Area Rug the Right Way! – Prescott AZ

Ruthie with Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care today and it should be no secret by now that different types of rugs require different care to prolong their lives.  One of the most important things in care for every kind of area rug is frequent vacuuming.  Doing so helps to prevent dry soil from building up and doing damage to your rug’s fibers.

Since each type of rug is a little different, I wanted to talk today about tufted area rugs and how to vacuum them.  What is a tufted rug?  A piece of mesh fabric provides the foundation of the rug, where wool tufts are then looped or punched through to create the rug’s pattern.  A layer of latex glue is then applied to help hold everything together, followed by a piece of monkscloth or canvas to pretty things up.

Since tufted rugs are not knotted, they have a naturally loose pile density.  An upright vacuum with powerful suction is likely to do more harm than good to your tufted rug.  Powerful suction will pull at the loops of wool, possibly pulling them out altogether.

What’s the best kind of vacuum for a tufted rug?  My recommendation is using either an electric sweeper or a canister vacuum that allows you to turn off the rotary head feature.  Some upright vacuums are alright to use, so long as you can turn off the beater bar and the suction isn’t too powerful.  Using an upholstery tool allows more control but certainly takes more time.

If your rug has fringe, be careful to avoid it when you vacuum from side to side across the width of your area rug.  Vacuums love eating up fringe and causing damage.  If you are using an upright vacuum or an upholstery tool, you should vacuum WITH the pile rather than against it.

Frequent vacuuming is especially important for tufted rugs since the pile is not very dense.  Dry soil easily works its way down to the base of the rug, where it acts like sandpaper and grinds away at the fibers.  Vacuuming frequently picks up most of the dry soil before it can build up and do damage to your rug.

Till next time, enjoy your beautiful art for your floor and remember a clean rug will certainly perform and last longer than a neglected soiled rug.

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

Call us if you have any questions about vacuuming your tufted rug or for other information and quotes for either cleaning or repair at 928-445-1718, visit our website at, or stop by Monday through Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at our rug washing facility at 565 EZ Street, Prescott, AZ 86301 (pick-up and delivery also available). (06-15-17)

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