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When it comes to everyday spills on area rugs (also known as carpets), there are some times when these stains can be cared for at home by the homeowner, but in order to properly care for your rug and effectively remove any stains or odors, it is important to note that 9 times out of 10 your area rug needs to be cleaned by a professional at a professional rug washing facility. Yes — at a facility — not in your home by a carpet cleaning/steam cleaning company. If a stain is incorrectly treated with an over-the-counter spot cleaner, or by a steam cleaning method, instead of being treated by a professional, the stain will permanently set and/or the rug will be permanently damaged. Many other issues such as dye bleeding can occur, if not treated by a professional area rug cleaning company.

To avoid setting stains/damaging your area rug, here are a few stains that can be treated at home, and a few that should be left to the pros.

Note: These suggestions are based on general terms. Every area rug and stain are different. If you have a high-end, delicate area rug, such as a Persian, oriental, handmade, or viscose area rug, please make sure to always have your rug professionally cleaned. As far as all other rugs go, we always suggest to have your rug, and any stains on it, treated by a professional at a wash facility. If you are unsure what kind of area rug you have, it is best to bring it into a professional anyway. If you are in the Orange County, CA area, please give us a call and we can help you determine the type of area rug you have, as well as give it a professional rug cleaning.

IMPORTANT: If you are at all unsure as to whether the stain is treatable at home, leave the spot untouched, and immediately have your area rug professionally cleaned. 

Stains That Can Likely Be Treated At Home:

  • Sugar stains such as those caused by soda, beer, etc.

  • Pet feces (if it is a light amount with a solid texture)

Leave It To The Pros:

  • Pet Urine, Vomit, or Feces (heavy amount/liquid texture)

  • Playdoh

  • Chocolate

  • Wine

  • Tomato Sauce

  • Permanent Marker

  • Juice

  • Mustard & Ketchup

  • Coffee

All in all, professional cleaning is so important for an area rug. The at-home steam cleaning, carpet cleaning method doesn’t extract dirt and bacteria the way a full-submersion wash does. Area rugs also cannot be effectively spot treated. What this means is that in order to properly and effectively rid your area rug of all bacteria, pet feces, pet urine, pet vomit, stains, spills, etc. the entire rug needs to be submerged in water. You cannot wash only the spot or stain. This is why we treat each rug in our state-of-the-art wash facility (located in Fountain Valley, CA). In our facility, we can fully submerge the entire rug in water, shampoo it, remove all excess liquid and then hang the rug to dry in our temperature and humidity-controlled drying room. 

If you have any other questions regarding professional area rug cleaning in Orange County, that may not be listed here, please feel free to contact us.

As mentioned above, we always suggest you have your rug cleaned by a professional, as they have the necessary techniques and cleaning equipment, to keep the stains from permanently setting. Once a stain has set, a professional cannot get the stain out.

For area rug, persian rug and oriental rug cleaning in Orange County, CA please feel free to call us at (714) 465-5377 or email us at info@refinedcarpets.com.

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