Monday, August 31, 2015

Why Area Rugs Should Not be Cleaned Like Carpets

Area rugs and Oriental rugs are constructed differently than carpet, and therefore require special cleaning techniques. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Ellen R. of Indianapolis)
Area rugs and Oriental rugs are constructed differently than carpet, and therefore require special cleaning techniques. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Ellen R. of Indianapolis)
Most area rugs, particularly hand-knotted rugs, are made entirely made by hand from all-natural materials. It can take as little as a month to make or up to two years or longer to produce a single handmade rug.
Most household wall-to-wall carpets lend themselves to steam cleaning from a carpet cleaning company because it’s the simplest and fastest way to clean them and make sure they dry quickly. Especially when dealing with carpets made from nylon, polyester or other plastic-based fibers, steam cleaning is more than adequate.
The majority of area rugs or Oriental rugs are made with wool, a highly complex animal fiber. If you looked at it under a microscope, you can see that wool fibers have scales and hundreds of small crevices that can trap soil. Handmade area rugs are also made entirely of fiber rather than fiber held in place with a backing like carpet. This means that to get a rug 100-percent clean, it must be cleaned all the way through, not just on the surface, which is how steam cleaning carpet is performed.
Area rugs can also be made of many other natural fibers such as silk, cotton, jute or others, which means cleaning an area rug is a custom job every time. Proper rug cleaning cannot be performed by simply running a steam cleaner over the front and back. At best, that type of cleaning would be cosmetic and only temporary; at worst, it could cause irreversible damage.
Your area rugs are a one-of-a-kind investment, so don’t trust their cleaning and care to just anyone. Do your homework and look for a cleaner with the education, experience and expertise to care for your rugs safely and effectively. Two organizations that provide training certifications are The Clean Trust, formerly known as the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification or IICRC, and Master Rug Cleaner. Both organizations' websites list those individuals who have completed their training programs.

For more information feel free to contact me:
Juan Werner 
(305) 945-2973
 www.americarpetfloors.com

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5 comments:

  1. Thanks for the post shared with us. It's informative, you can buy rugs online also for saving the time.

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  2. You wouldn't believe the number of area rugs I've seen ruined because someone tried to clean them like they do their carpets! Carpet cleaning is just an entirely different ball game compared to rug cleaning.

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  3. This was a great article as I was just looking at a company that suggested deep steam cleaning also referred to as extraction heating. I will rethink this process now.

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  4. This was a great article as I was just looking at a company that suggested deep steam cleaning also referred to as extraction heating. I will rethink this process now.

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