DIY Rug Cleaning vs. Professional Rug Cleaning

Oriental rugs are a terrific way to add personality and individualized touch to your space. To maintain the quality of your rugs, it is crucial to protect them. This is especially important in high-traffic areas such as your dining and living room. Although professional rug cleaning services may seem expensive when compared to the makeshift DIY rug cleaning methods you might have used in the past, it is essential to consider the trade-offs when making your decisions. While machine rentals or other DIY methods may appear to be cheaper, hiring a professional service like Caravan Rugs is a better choice.

Professional Rug Cleaning by Caravan Rugs

Caravan Rugs specializes in cleaning hand-knotted, handmade, and Oriental rugs. We take pride in cleaning all types of rugs, regardless of their condition. Our team of experts provides individual attention to each rug during our specialized cleaning and repair processes, even the most delicate and fine ones. You will not receive the same level of individualized and specialized treatment with a rental service or any DIY method. We are known for our prompt service and customized care, addressing your unique cleaning needs. Each rug is treated individually to ensure the best cleaning for its weave, fibers, and dyes.

Cost of Professional Rug Cleaning

The cost of cleaning an area rug can vary depending on several factors, including size, materials, and method of cleaning. Since each rug is unique, we offer customized Oriental rug cleaning and washing services and do not have fixed pricing for all rugs. The cost will be determined based on the size of your rug.

What Comes with A Professional Rug Cleaning

Professional cleaners use three methods for area rug cleaning: dry cleaning, steam cleaning, and hand washing. But at Caravan Rugs, we promise a better clean with our 7-step rug cleaning process. Although hand washing takes the most time, it is recommended for particularly delicate area rugs. Our thorough seven-step process is designed to remove the maximum amount of dirt and grime from your rug.

Professional rug cleaning offers numerous advantages. A professional deep clean eliminates the risk and trouble of rental machines or DIY rug cleaning hacks. Our technicians are experts in inspecting and determining the best way to clean and repair your rug. Beyond surface cleanliness, it significantly improves indoor air quality by eliminating embedded dust, dirt, and allergens. We guarantee the highest quality professional care for all your cleaning needs through the same machinery used by the rug weavers who created your rugs. The process also extends the lifespan of your rug, preserving its color vibrancy, and texture. Additionally, it saves time for rug owners, sparing them from the labor-intensive task of cleaning large or delicate rugs. Entrusting the job to professionals ensures a thorough and effective cleaning process, providing convenience and assurance that your rug receives the care it deserves.

DIY Rug Cleaning Methods

Let’s face it, spills happen. and depending on the time of the year and the size of your rugs, scheduling a cleaning service can be challenging. Smaller rugs may take 1-2 weeks to clean, while larger ones may take up to 3-4 weeks. During busy seasons and holidays, this timeline may vary.

If you are in a pinch for a quick clean, here is our favorite spot treatment while you wait for your service:

  • Remove the initial stain excess
  • Put vinegar mixture over the stained area
    • For spots on synthetic carpets, we recommend mixing one cup of white vinegar with two cups of water.
    • For natural fiber carpets: Mix ¼ cup of white vinegar with ¼ cup of water.
  • With a cotton rag, blot the mixture into the stain
  • With a new cotton rag, absorb any remaining liquid
  • Using a small, soft brush, brush in the same direction as the rest of the carpet fibers
  • Put a bowl underneath the stained area to elevate and dry thoroughly or hang on a clean banister/railing

Although other DIY spot treatment options exist, nothing compares to the professional cleaning services provided by Caravan Rugs. While you may be trying to be cost-efficient, we do not recommend machines like the Bissel Steam Cleaner. When it comes to the delicate makeup of your rug, we strongly discourage using commercial steamers on your rug. The high temperatures coupled with the delicate fibers and fabric material make for a harsh cleaning. The abrasive action of steam cleaning brushes or attachments may be too rough for certain rug types, particularly those with delicate or loosely woven construction. Aggressive brushing can fray or tear the rug fibers, causing irreversible damage and diminishing its appearance.


Choosing a rental machine or DIY carpet cleaning methods may not be the most effective solution. While you may see some more cost efficiency up front, your Bissel Steam Cleaner will only be able to handle so much. Hiring professionals can help prolong the life and quality of your carpet and upholstery, and save you the time spent cleaning it yourself. Call (919) 782-2673 or contact us online for professional carpet cleaning services from our expert technicians.