In cleaning your rugs, we make sure to first determine the type of rug you have. This involves examining how the rug was woven together, the glues used to hold the rug together (some rugs do not use a glue to keep the weave together), the fabric type, and the type of dye used for coloring the fabric. This allows us to make sure we use the proper cleaning solutions that will be tough on the dirt but not on your rug.
We offer two different area rug cleaning services: in-home cleaning and a pickup/drop off service.
In-home cleaning: our in-home cleaning service is more cost efficient and is great for rugs that aren't heavily soiled and have no issues with pet staining. We will use a method similar to our low moisture carpet cleaning process. Your rugs will be dry in just 1 hour, and they can be cleaned in place (even on top of hardwood floors!).
Pickup/drop off service: if your rug needs a deeper clean, we are happy to pick it up and clean it at our facility. Our process includes a thorough power vacuuming both front and back, cleaning to remove soil front and back, buffing on the face of the rug to remove additional staining, deodorization, stain protection, and overnight drying. If pet enzyme treatment is needed, we will apply the treatment to both the front and back of the rug and flush those areas out to remove any remaining urine. It is important to clean both sides of the rug because much of the urine will settle into the backing.
What You Can Do To Care for Your Rugs
While you should have the rugs in your home cleaned periodically by a professional, there are a few things that you can do which will help keep your rug looking great.
First, just like carpets, vacuuming a rug weekly will help keep dirt and grime from getting pushed deep into the fiber. It may also be wise to vacuum the back of the rugs in your home a few times a year. Another step to take, since most rugs are on a hard surface, like a hardwood floor, is sweeping the floor often which reduces dust that could gather onto the rug. Since you want to protect the surface underneath the rug as well, use a non-slip pad to prevent the rug from scratching and damaging the surface. This also helps with preventing falls caused by a rug sliding out from under some one. Lastly, if a spill occurs on your rug, make sure that both the floor underneath the rug and the rug itself are completely dry before putting it back onto the floor.
The history and origin of rugs goes back as far as 5,000 years ago when people wanted something to make the cold dirt floors warmer. The design of rugs has evolved drastically from those first rugs made, but much of the materials used to make rugs and their uses hasn't changed as much. Many area rugs are still made from wool and are used to help make the floor in your home warmer and more inviting.
Types of Rugs
There are many types of rugs, as well as materials that are used to make them. Rugs can be made from natural materials-such as wool, synthetic materials-like acrylic fibers, or a combination of the two. The same applies to the coloring or dyes used to bring color to a rug. That's why it's important to have a professional cleaner come in and examine the area rug to determine the best cleaning process.
Area rugs come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. But the more expensive types of rugs are the Persian and Oriental rugs. The difference between the two is important to note. Oriental rugs are made in countries within Asia, while Persian rugs are made exclusively in Iran. Since a Persian rug is made in Iran, it's also an Oriental rug. This means that a Persian rug is an Oriental rug, but an Oriental rug might not be a Persian rug.
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