5 Risks Of DIY Rug Cleaning

Jun 17, 2024 | Area Rug Cleaning

woman cleaning stain off area rug

If you have any rugs in your home, then there’s no doubt you spent plenty of time and money on choosing the right rug for your space. It could even be an heirloom or a special souvenir from a once-in-a-lifetime trip. Regardless, we know how valuable rugs are and how crucial it is to use a proper cleaning method for your rug that will help preserve its beauty and integrity. Instead of using a DIY method that could risk damaging the delicate fibers, call in the pros for quality area rug cleaning in Waipahu, HI you can trust.


5 Risks to Avoid During DIY Oriental Rug Cleaning

Since most DIY rug cleaning methods don’t involve professional experience or the right tools, there are a slew of issues that arise. As Oahu’s trusted rug cleaners, we’ve seen our fair share of rug cleaning fails. Here are five risks you’ll be able to avoid if you choose to hire an experienced rug cleaning service like Malama ‘Aina Chem-Dry:

Bleeding Dyes

It’s often hard to know the exact type of dyes that were used in the creation of your area rug. This information helps inform which cleaning solution is right for your rug. When you use just any general cleaner on rugs with unique dyes, there’s a risk that the dyes will run or bleed together, completely damaging the pattern and look of your rug.


When you use store-bought stain removers, there’s a chance that discoloration could occur. Many general stain removers use harsh chemicals like bleach, which can be too potent for intricate area and oriental rugs. Using them often worsens the stain rather than fixes it.

Excess Moisture

Lots of DIY rug cleaning methods include excess moisture. The thought is that lots of water is needed to fully remove the soaps, dirt, and grime shoved down in each fiber. However, high levels of moisture can be detrimental to area rugs since it can create a breeding ground for mold and mildew.

Damaging Delicate Fibers

The age and type of your rug fibers can greatly impact how delicate your rug is. Excessive scrubbing on delicate fabrics with the intent to remove dirt could very well damage the fibers, or at least impact their lifespan. 

A Less-Than-Thorough Clean

Some rug owners overcompensate and opt for a very gentle DIY rug cleaning method. In reality, these do very little in terms of giving your rug an actual clean. The process often leaves the rug looking dirtier than before, and the loose dirt that is left behind in the fibers can create friction and damage the rug further.


About Malama ‘Aina Chem-Dry’s Professional Rug Cleaning Service

When you choose Malama ‘Aina Chem-Dry for your rug cleaning in Waipahu, you can rest assured that none of these risks will be a problem! Instead, you can have confidence that our professional rug cleaning will preserve the life and beauty of your cherished area rug. 

Our technicians have experience with all types of rugs, and have the expertise to determine which treatment will be best for your individual rug. Our process starts with an in-home rug analysis, where our techs can identify the rug’s materials and weave type. Regardless if your rug is synthetic or organic, you can trust that our team is fully prepared to give your rug a tailored cleaning that it deserves.

Based on the in-home visit, we may recommend taking your rug off-site for a detailed cleaning process, or we may be able to clean it right in your Oahu home. Our careful cleaning method will remove dust and build-up, all while preserving the rug’s gorgeous color and patterns.

Learn more about our proven area rug cleaning service in Waipahu today! Skip the risks of DIY cleaning; contact us at (808) 371-8874 to get a quality rug cleaning you can trust.

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94-1010 Leihaku Street
Waipahu, HI 96797

Phone: (808) 371-8874

Email: keliir@malamaainachemdry.com

Website: malamaainachemdry.com

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Serving all of Oahu, including: Honolulu, Waipahu, Pearl City, Ewa Beach, Kapolei, Mililani, Waipio, and the surrounding areas.

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Mon-Sun: 6:00 am - 11:00 pm

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