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When it comes to everyday spills on area rugs, there are times when these stains can be cared for at home with an over-the-counter cleaning agent, and or a carpet cleaner. However 9 times out of 10 your area rug needs to be cleaned by a professional at a professional rug washing facility. It is important to know whether the stain can be treated at home, with a homemade spot solution, or if the rug needs to be taken to a wash facility, where special chemicals and care will be used. If a stain is incorrectly evaluated, and 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. 

To avoid setting stains, 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 rug and stain are different. If you have a high-end, delicate area rug, 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 as to whether the stain is treatable at home, leave the spot untouched, and immediately have your area rug professionally cleaned. 


Treat at Home:

  • Sugar stains such as those caused by soda, beer, etc.
  • Pet feces (light amount with 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. Steam cleaning doesn’t extract dirt and bacteria the way a full-submersion wash does. 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, 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, where 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 cleaning in Orange County, CA please feel free to contact us at (714) 465-5377 or info@refinedcarpets.com.