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Tips for Vacuuming Your Flat Weave Area Rug the Right Way – Prescott Valley AZ

Tips for Vacuuming Your Flat Weave Area Rug the Right Way – Prescott Valley AZ

Most people don’t think about how much dust and dry soil that we bring into our homes just from walking around outside.  If you have area rugs in your home, they’ve been quietly collecting the dry soil for you all this time.  However, if you aren’t proactive about vacuuming, this dry soil can cause a lot of damage to the delicate wool fibers of your area rug!

Flat weave rugs from the American Indian tribes, Mexico, or of Persian origin are quite popular and it’s easy to see why with how beautiful they are.  Unfortunately, this type of rug also bears the brunt of the damage when it comes to having dry soil ground into them.  Dry soil damages these delicate fibers much more easily than the fibers of a rug that has a thick, plush pile.


Not sure what kind of vacuum to use?  I recommend using either a canister vacuum or an electric sweeper (Bissel and Shark are great brands) for a flat weave rug.  These types of vacuums provide just enough suction to lift the dry soil off of your rug without causing damage to the fibers.  NEVER use an upright vacuum that has a beater bar on flat weave rugs!  These are far too aggressive for the thin, flat weave rugs and will cause unnecessary damage.

Watch out for the fringe and side cords of your rug as you vacuum from side to side across the width of the rug.  Using the upholstery tool or a soft brush attachment will give you some added control over the vacuuming process if you have the time to do so.  Be careful that your vacuum doesn’t have too strong of a suction, as this will cause the fibers to “fuzz out” from pulling too hard at the fibers.

Remember – vacuuming alone is not enough to prolong your rug’s life.  You should have your area rugs cleaned by a professional cleaning service like Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care here in Prescott AZ every 1-3 years, depending on how much activity is in your home.

If your area rug looks highly soiled, it likely has permanent fiber damage.  You should never let soil accumulate on your rugs to the point that they become damaged or excessively dirty looking.

Give Arizona Oriental a call today and let us help you
maintain and preserve your beautiful area rugs!

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 Valley, Prescott, Sedona, 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 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.

Want more information about the best way to vacuum a flat weave area rug?  Give us a call 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). (05-15-17)

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