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While carpets receive the majority of wear and tear in the average household, area rugs see their fair share of abuse, also. Although vacuuming is the number one way to keep area rugs at their best, there will come a time when accidents occur or a rug just needs a general cleaning. It is always best to go with the manufacturer's recommendations for cleaning; however, it is usually safe to use carpet cleaning equipment on an area rug. Portable carpet cleaners are the perfect option for smaller area rugs.