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The Most Effective Way to Vacuum Your Tufted Area Rug – Prescott Valley AZ

The Most Effective Way to Vacuum Your Tufted Area Rug – Prescott Valley AZ

It’s no secret that each type of area rug requires different care to help it continue looking great.  Vacuuming frequently is always the first step in helping to prolong your rug’s life because it removes the abrasive dry soil from your rug’s delicate fibers and keeps it from building up and causing damage.

Of course, knowing how to properly vacuum and which vacuum to use on a specific type of rug matters, too, and that’s what we’re here for!  Ruthie with Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care and today I wanted to talk about tufted area rugs.

What’s a tufted rug, you ask?  Tufted rugs are made by looping or punching tufts of wool through a mesh fabric foundation.  Once this step is complete, a layer of latex glue is applied followed by a piece of monkscloth or canvas to give the rug a finished look.

This kind of construction naturally gives tufted rugs a loose pile density.  Most upright vacuums have a suction that is too powerful for tufted rugs and will probably cause more harm than good.  Having a powerful suction pull at the loops of wool can cause damage to your beloved rug.


What kind of vacuum should you be using on a tufted rug?  I always recommend either an electric sweeper or a canister vacuum where you can turn off the rotary head feature.  In some cases, an upright vacuum can work fine if you can turn off the beater bar and the suction is not too powerful.  You can also use an upholstery tool to provide more control over vacuuming, but this is more time consuming.

Vacuum from side to side across the width of the rug, avoiding any fringe that your rug may have. Vacuums are one of the major causes of fringe damage, so it’s important to avoid them.  If you do use an upholstery tool or an upright vacuum, you should vacuum WITH the pile instead of against it.

Remember, tufted rugs don’t have a very dense pile.  This means that dry soil can easily work its way down from the surface of your rug to the base, where it will grind away at the wool fibers like sandpaper.  By frequently vacuuming, you will help prevent the dry soil from working its way down into the base of 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 Valley, Prescott, 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 www.ArizonaOriental.com, 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). (06-28-17)

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