This video shows you a great example of why you should not attempt any do it yourself rug cleanings. Rugs are not made like carpet and can easily be damaged is you don't have experience cleaning rugs. Most videos you see online show good examples of what not to do, like pressure washing rugs. I can’t tell you how many do it yourself rug cleaning videos show someone using a pressure washer on their area rug.
As a professional area rug cleaner in Tampa FL I have been called to several homes after a rug owner has tried to clean their own area rug and inadvertently damaged it in the process. When dealing with natural fibers like wool and cotton it’s easy to use the wrong cleaning solution and cause permanent color damage to an area rug. Pre-testing the rug for color issues or wicking issues before cleaning is the best way to make sure your rug is not ruined.
In this video the professional rug cleaner explains how the rug owner used soap and aggressively scrubbed the rug causing the red to migrate to other areas in the rug. As the rug cleaner states “it’s permanently damaged…”
Do it yourself rug cleaning should not be taken lightly and should only be performed by professional rug cleaners. If you live in Tampa FL and are in need of a professional area rug cleaner call Chem-Dry of Tampa for a free in home inspection of your area rug.