Are Area Rugs On Carpet OK?
Are area rugs on carpet ok?

Have you ever wondered if area rugs are ok to put on carpet? Or maybe you've wanted to add a splash of color or personality to your boring beige carpeted floors and asked the question will area rugs ruin my carpet?

In this post we'll answer this question with an answer that may surprise you.
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Will an area rug ruin a carpet?

The truth is there is more of a problem with the area rug getting damaged being on top of a carpet then the carpet being damaged by being under an area rug.
Are area rugs on carpet ok | area rug cleaning victoria bc
The main problem with area rugs on a carpet is the fact that the rug does not have a stable foundation.

When you step on the area rug, the carpet fibers under it will compress from the weight of your foot and decompress after you lift it away. Three things will happen as a result...

1) when the carpet fibers decompress and stand up again, it pushes against the area rug and making it travel along the floor - forcing your to have to regularly reposition it.
Are area rugs on carpet ok | area rug cleaning victoria bc
2) the section(s) of an area rug with the most foot traffic will eventually get stretched out of shape and unsightly

3) the area rug will tend to bunch up and become a tripping hazard.

The other problem with a rug bunching up is when you use a spinning brush vacuum cleaner on it, the fibers get ground away extremely quickly.
Are area rugs on carpet ok | area rug cleaning victoria bc
Are area rugs on carpet ok | area rug cleaning victoria bc
Dusty's advice regarding using spinning brush vacuum cleaner is simple:

Don't use one! Just use a simple floor nozzle attachment instead.

By vacuuming your area rug with a simple floor nozzle once or twice a week your rug will not only stay clean it will last a lot longer too.
Are area rugs on carpet ok | area rug cleaning victoria bc
There are products out there that you can put between the carpet and area rug to minimize these problems but they do not work 100% of the time.

Everything depends on the carpet you have, the kind of area rug going on top of it, the sizes involved and the material used. What works on one carpet/area rug combination may not work on another.
Are area rugs on carpet ok | area rug cleaning victoria bc
Here is an example of the best type of product to place between an area rug and a carpet.

The thickness of the rug pad helps to create a more stable foundation that prevents the carpet from pushing the rugs around.
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Now as for the problems area rugs cause carpets. The main problem happens when you try to save a bit of money and hire an unqualified carpet cleaner to steam clean an area rug in your home.

When a natural fiber rug gets wet, there is a fairly good chance the colors will bleed and transfer to the carpet below.

Also if an area rug doesn't dry quickly enough - especially underneath - you risk having mold grow between the two which can also stain your carpet. (wet rugs on your hardwood floor can become a disaster too!)
Are area rugs on carpet ok | area rug cleaning victoria bc
One quick note about another problem you'll have if you hire a cheap carpet cleaner to try and clean you area rug in-home.

It's impossible for carpet cleaning equipment to clean your rug from the top only. They are not able to suck out all the heavy damaging sediments at the bottom of the rug. Nor will they be able to give you a 100% pet odor removal guarantee not to mention how disappointed you will be with the fringes (they need to be properly groomed after they are dried)
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So that wraps it up for now. If you have any questions about the your area rugs be sure to use your cell phone and text us your name, a picture of the rug and your questions to this phone number: 778-533-7847
Are area rugs on carpet ok | area rug cleaning victoria bc
Here is the full video for you to watch that goes into much deeper detail about why putting area rugs on carpet may not be a great idea.

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