What’s In Your Dirty Area Rug?

Area rugs, like wall-to-wall carpeting, act as filters in your home. They catch so much dust, dirt and allergens.

Without professional cleanings, you could be letting bacteria build up in your area rugs. And you’re definitely letting dirt, dust and allergens build up!

Dirt and bacteria build up could be damaging your area rugs too. It can cause your rugs to show wear and tear.

So, what’s in your dirty area rugs?

Dirt is in your Area Rugs

Area rugs that are laid in high traffic areas, those places where a lot of people and pets are walking on and across them, get filled with a lot of dirt. Just think of all the places your shoes have been. Your shoes, pets and kids carry the dirt of all the places they’ve been with them. Then, as they walk across your rugs, they transfer that dirt onto and into your area rugs. Over time, your area rugs will start looking dirty and dingy from all the dirt tracked and trapped into them.

Bugs might be in your area rugs!

If you have area rugs in your kitchen or dining room, or in other areas prone to food and drink spills, then it could be possible that you have bugs or other organisms living in your area rugs! Food and drink spills on area rugs that don’t get properly cleaned become food sources for living creatures. They may make themselves right at home in your rugs! Be sure to clean up food and drink spills quickly as soon as they happen to prevent bugs in your rugs.

Dead Skin

A person sheds millions of dead skin cells every single day. These dead skin particles get trapped in your carpets and area rugs. Regular vacuuming definitely helps to keep your rugs and carpets free of dead skin, but an occasional professional deep cleaning is the only way to get them all out.


Your area rugs and the carpets in your home act as a giant air filter, trapping dust and dirt particles that you can’t see. This includes other pollutants that might be in our air as well. Going too long between professional cleanings can make these pollutants build up in your rugs, making it hard for your family to breathe clean air.


Even if you can’t see them, odors are getting trapped in your area rugs! Especially if you have pets in your home.

Pet odors cling to carpets and area rugs. The only way to fully remove odors from your area rugs and carpets is with professional deep cleanings. At home cleaning methods are helpful for when you notice smells in between cleanings, but only professional cleanings can fully remove odors from your area rugs. And they can be removed!

Even if your puppy used your area rug often when potty training. Those urine smells can be removed, but only by a professional.

Oily Residue

Every day, oily residues from you and your pets are being carried into and around your home. You may not be able to see it on your carpets or area rugs, but they are there. These oily residues end up drying on your rugs and building up over time. This causes dirt and grime to lock into the fibers of your rugs, making them appear dirtier and could even cause some discoloration! Having a professional clean your area rugs can get rid of any oily residue that has built up over time on your rugs.

Pet Hair

Do you have pets in your home? If so, you know how much hair they shed. Pet hair always seems to find a way to get trapped into the fibers of area rugs. Regular vacuuming definitely helps to get some of the pet hair up. But you also need regularly scheduled professional cleanings to keep pet hair from getting tangled up into the fibers of your area rugs.

Shag Area Rugs

So much get trapped in the long fibers of a shag area rug. One of my favorite things to do at Rug Cleaning of Tulsa is go on a treasure hunt when we get a shag area rug. As we vacuum and beat all the dirt and dust out of area rugs, so many more things fall out of a shag rug. I’ve started collecting all the things we find. We’ve found money, hair ties and clips, lots of legos, and dog toys! While regular vacuuming at home does help keep the dirt to a minimum, there’s no way to get everything out of shag area rug on your own.

I hope you can see all the different things that can get trapped into your area rugs and your carpets. It’s important to vacuum regularly at your home. Not only will it make the air you breathe in your home cleaner, it will also prolong the life of your area rugs and carpets and keep them looking beautiful. But even regular vacuuming is not enough. Professional cleanings are a must. Call us today for a free quote.

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