Joanne’s Chem-Dry of NJ is a local carpet cleaner in Toms River. We are proud to also offer area rug cleaning services to restore the color of area rugs and extend their lifetime. Watch our video above or continue reading for information on how to vacuum area rugs: 


In the short video above, we answer the question, “How should you vacuum your area rugs? “ Improper vacuuming can damage and devalue your rugs. Vacuums with beater bars and brushes can break the face yarns and distort the power.

When it comes to vacuuming, it’s important to know what to do, as well as what you should never do. Let’s talk about how to properly maintain three different types of rugs.

First, we’ll talk about sturdy, thick-foundation rugs. Second, we discuss thin foundation rugs. Third, we talk about very delicate rugs. And finally, we talk about dealing with fringe on all types of rugs.

Be sure to turn your beater bar off or at the very least, use it at the highest setting. The aggressive motorized brush can break the surface fibers of your rug. If you have a sturdy thick foundation rug and you’re using a standard vacuum attachment, whether the vacuum has a power or not, vacuum sideways across the width of the rug and across the direction of the power.

Regardless of the type of rug you have, don’t go near the fringe unless you can shut your beater bar off. Brushes will quickly tear the fringe tussles. You could also use an upholstery attachment with these types of rugs, vacuuming with the direction of the pile and picking the attachment up after each stroke. So you’re never pushing the attachment against the direction of the power.

If your rug is a thin- foundation rug with pile, using an upholstery attachment and vacuum with the direction of the pile only. Again, you want to pick the attachment up and not push the attachment against the direction of the pile on the return strokes.

If your thin-foundation rug doesn’t have a pile, use an upholstery attachment and vacuum across the width of the rug. Don’t be too aggressive or use too much pressure with your upholstery attachment. Even upholstery attachments can cause very delicate rug fibers to become frizzy or damage very old fibers.

For this reason, if the face rounds of your rugs are delicate or very old, it might be best to not use a vacuum at all. Instead, just brush the surface fibers by hand using a soft horse-hair brush. With this type of rug, you want to go across the width of the rug when you’re brushing.

This type of delicate rug will not usually be on the floor; they will often be hanging on walls. And remember, the idea here is you’re dusting off the dirt and soil while it’s still on the tips of the yarns before it has a chance to penetrate to the deeper layers of the rug. So you don’t need to be too aggressive with the step but before and do it as often as you can.

Now, let’s talk about how to properly deal with fringe on any type of rug. You want to vacuum or brush fringe going with the direction of the fibers. To reduce the possibility of any damage using upholstery attachment on the fringe. If the fringe fibers are delicate or very old use a soft brush and again, brush with the direction of the fibers.

So, how often should you dust your rugs? Well, if it’s been two years or more since your last rug washing, then you won’t be able to get ahead of the curve in keeping the dirt out of the foundation of your rugs. So, get your rugs washed and then begin this regular dusting routine.

If your rug has recently been washed, then you shouldn’t have very much embedded soil in the foundation. So the goal is to keep that build-up of dust and grit as low as possible until your next washing.

In general, you want to dust the front of your rugs every week or two depending on the traffic they’re getting and on the location in your home. If you’re in a high traffic area or if there’s a lot of dirt, dust it more frequently. If you get a light traffic or if there’s very little dirt, dust less frequently.

Every other month, dust the back side of the rug. Go across the width of the rug using the same attachment that you used on the front. Remember to dust the back sides of hanging rugs as well.

If a rug is extremely delicate, use a brush, but you should still dust the backside periodically. This will destroy these areas and will help to keep bug and moth activity down.

If your rug is woven sturdy and has a fairly fit foundation, every six months you should flip the rug face down and fully dust the backside of the rug, going across the width with the beater bar of your vacuum at a low setting, and switched on. The idea here is to use the vibrations of the beater bar to shake the dirt out of the foundation and the base of the power.

It’s amazing how much dirt rugs can hold. You might be surprised at what you’re able to shake out of your rugs with this method.

There’s just one warning: If your rug is a tufted rug, meaning that it has a cloth backing on it don’t use this method. Tufted rugs have a layer of glue holding them together, and this process might do more harm than good.

Because rugs can hold so much dirt without even looking dirty, it’s important to have your rugs washed every 2-3 years. If you have any questions about proper maintenance of your rugs, call (732) 244-8080 and we’ll be happy to help you out. And please let us know if you like this video.