3 Reasons To Avoid Using Carpet Cleaners in Victoria BC to Clean Your Area Rugs

When I first started out in this business, I was a carpet cleaner.

I’ve lived all my life in Victoria BC and grew up in a carpet cleaning family.

My dad started the company when I was just a kid.

And when I got a chance to clean my very first carpet I was hooked.

Hooked on the sense of accomplishment I got from turning a dirty rug into one that looks brand new again.

The feeling has stayed with me ever since.

So its no wonder I got into the carpet cleaning business myself when I grew up.

But something happened.

Along the way, I fell in love with area rugs.

The beauty.

The art.

And the history.

There is something unique about area rugs that wall to wall carpet could never hope to have.

And so I switched from cleaning carpets to area rugs only.

And never looked back.

Having once been a carpet cleaner in Victoria BC myself, I know how many carpet cleaners think about area rugs.

Many treat them just like wall to wall carpet.

When I started, I didn’t understand the difference either.

But now after caring for area rugs for over 20 years, I know that is a mistake.

A mistake because unlike carpet, area rugs are not all made the same way.

  • You can’t use cleaners meant for synthetic fibers on natural fibers like wool.
  • You can’t use carpet cleaning equipment to properly clean area rugs or get out the heavy damaging sediments.
  • You can’t clean them on a hard wood floor and expect the floor not to be damaged.


Using a carpet cleaner to clean your area rugs is like using a kid who cooks hamburgers in a fast food restaurant to cook you a 3 course French meal.

The results will be more than disappointing.

Especially if you have a rug of any value.

If you want to get your area rugs properly cleaned in Victoria BC, avoid using carpet cleaners.

They’re great for you wall to wall carpets.

But they don’t have the right equipment, skill, knowledge or LOVE to give your area rugs the care they deserve.

Instead, bring your area rugs to Luv-A-Rug where they WILL get all the love, care and attention they deserve.

What Carpet Cleaners in Victoria BC CANNOT Do For Your Fine Area Rugs

I had a client come in one day and tell me story.

It started early one morning when she got up.

It was still dark out.

The street lights from outside lit the inside of the house enough to navigate without turning any lights on.

But not enough to see details.

So when she stepped on her wool area rug she didn’t see that the spot she stepped on was wet.

But she could feel it.

The squishy feeling between her toes was unmistakable and so was the smell.

Immediately she knew one of her pets had an accident during the night.

This was not the first time it happened.

And certainly would not be the last.

But what would be the last time that ever happened to her was the disappointment she received when she got that fine rug cleaned.

She thought how it got cleaned didn’t really matter.

So she went the economical route.

And hired an inexpensive carpet cleaner.

Someone who said they could come to her home and clean it right away.

At first it seemed like a good idea.

But after a couple of weeks it was clear.

Her decision to get a carpet cleaner to clean her fine wool rug was NOT a good one.

The rug looked clean but it didn’t feel soft anymore and the smell of urine was still there.

And that’s the thing about hiring carpet cleaners to clean your area rugs.

They cannot do a thorough job.

There is no way they can offer you guaranteed pet odor removal.

That can only happen at a company that specializes in cleaning area rugs.

A company that can properly and thoroughly remove the urine from your rug.

A company like Luv-A-Rug.

At Luv-A-Rug we have specialized equipment for cleaning fine area rugs.

Equipment we actually developed and sell to the entire rug cleaning industry under the brand name of RugBadger.

Plus we only ever use Woolsafe cleaning products so your wool fibers never get damaged.

Carpet cleaners on the other hand typically use chemicals meant for synthetic fibers that are too harsh for your wool rugs.

Luv-A-Rug also knows how to clean your rug without making the colors bleed.

The number of carpet cleaners who have ruined a rug’s colors with their hot water extraction equipment are too many to count.

I could go on and on but I think you get the idea.

When it comes to your area rugs…

… carpet cleaners in Victoria BC cannot properly clean a fine area rug in the owner’s home.

Especially if it has a pet accident.

  • They don’t have the proper equipment.
  • They don’t have the proper training.
  • They most certainly do not always have the right insurance.

So next time one of your pets has an accident on your fine rug…

…make the right decision and bring it to a company like Luv-A-Rug who specializes in cleaning area rugs.

For the best area rug cleaning in Victoria BC bring your loose carpets (aka area rugs) to Luv-A-Rug Service Inc at  445 Beta St.

Also be sure to visit the Luv-A-Rug Facebook page for cool contests (like weekend getaways, free rug cleanings, etc),  local events, trivia, and a whole lot more fascinating stuff.

Avoid Victoria Carpet Cleaning Companies For Area Rug Cleaning

On Saturday mornings I’m usually in my van.

Doing pick up and deliveries of rugs for all my customers who are unable to bring them to our shop.

When I talk to some of my new customers they like to tell me how they found Luv-A-Rug.

They went on Google and looked up carpet cleaning Victoria BC.

I find that funny.

Mainly because the term carpet used to mean area rug once upon a time.

But that term has since changed.

Carpets here in North America today now mean wall to wall carpet.

Unfortunately the term carpet cleaning in google does not usually bring up area rug cleaners.

That special breed of cleaners who specialize in the care and cleaning of loose rugs.

Especially ones made of natural fibers.

Like wool and silk.

Be warned though!

If you use a carpet cleaner to clean your area rugs…
…you are asking for trouble.

  • They do not have the right equipment to properly remove all the heavy dirt and grit from your rug.
  • Nor can they make your fringes look good.
  • Or do any kind of repairs.
  • Or offer a guaranteed pet odor removal.
  • Or be able to properly decontaminate your a rug if it had a pet accident on it.

There’s one other reason why you should never have a carpet cleaner handle your area rugs.

The chemicals they use are meant for synthetic fibers and too harsh for you wool, silk or other natural fibers rugs.

Those chemicals will reduce the life of your rug – not to mention make it look dull .


If you want to have you area rugs properly taken care of.

Stay away from the carpet cleaning Victoria BC companies.

They are great at cleaning wall to wall synthetic carpets.

But lousy on area rugs.

What you should do is bring them to a real area rug cleaning expert.

Like the Master Rug Washers you find at Luv-A-Rug who ONLY specializes in caring for area rugs.

And not a carpet cleaning Victoria BC company who “Claim” they are rug experts.


For the best area rug cleaning in Victoria BC bring your loose carpets (aka area rugs) to Luv-A-Rug Service Inc at  445 Beta St.

Also be sure to visit the Luv-A-Rug Facebook page for cool contests (like weekend getaways, free rug cleanings, etc),  local events, trivia, and a whole lot more fascinating stuff.