Area Rug Cleaning Mistakes

Last month we took a bit of a deeper dive into the positive impact of Fabric Protection on area rugs and today I want to highlight the importance of cleaning rugs BEFORE they look like they need it!!

We are creatures of habit and many of us are more typically moved to action by what we see, rather than with what may be happening out of plain sight. It does require discipline to move to a “schedule-based” cleaning system, but the result will be much greater longevity for your valuable rugs.

The Problem: Abrasive Soils!

The attached video, (“The two mistakes made by most rug owners”) does a great job of explaining what happens when dust and soil are left in your rug, but in summary, regular foot traffic grinds the sharp edges of the contaminants into the fibers, scratching and damaging them. Over time, the impact can be significant, as a once beautiful piece of art becomes lifeless and visually worn.

Solution #1: Proper Vacuuming!
The same video explains the danger of both non and wrong vacuuming! Aggressive vacuum beater bars on a wool or fine synthetic rug will almost certainly damage the fibers by causing pulls, breaking the face yarns, and distorting the pile. In most cases, vacuuming sideways across the rug with the beater bar off is the safest and most effective way to vacuum, but the video will show exceptions to the rule.

Solution #2: Scheduled Cleaning!
Off-site rug cleaning includes advanced dust removal techniques using specialized equipment prior to washing, that can immediately transform the look of the rug! I never cease to be amazed by how much dust comes out of the average rug and how differently the rug looks just by dusting alone! The washing process will then complete the removal of the soil and restore the rug ready for reinstallation. (See this video for the rug cleaning process )

We recommend professionally cleaning your Area Rugs every 1-3 years, depending upon the traffic, quality of the rug fibers, and vacuuming habits. In our case, the added value of our 2-year Spot and Spill warranty adds a peace of mind element that our clients love!

I would be happy to chat through this or any other questions you may have.

Thanks for reading!

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Area Rug Cleaning

Why Choose Our Offsite Rug Spa Cleaning Services?

Many companies will state that area rugs can be cleaned equally effectively on-site. While there are extenuating circumstances that require us to clean an area rug at a client’s home or business, off-site cleaning is overwhelming the most effective method. Here is a quick look why.

Our Offsite Rug Cleaning Process:

        1.     Pre-Wash Inspection: Examined for wear and tear, insect damage, dye run and stains.

        2.     Full Dry Soil Removal: Mechanized removal of dust and loose particulate.

        3.     Initial Rinsing: Submerged in our specialized washing pit for optimal rinsing.

        4.     Washing: Selection of the most effective, fibre-based, cleaning solutions.

        5.     Agitation: Tailored agitation methods to ensure all sides of the fibres are fully cleaned.

        6.     Rinsing: Fresh water rinse of remaining contaminants and cleaning solutions.

        7.     Finish: Final acid rinse to correct the PH, prevent browning, and maintain a soft texture.

        8.     Drying: Completed rugs are hung and speed dried with the aid of commercial fans and dehumidifiers 

        9.     Post-Clean Inspection: Detailed final inspection before packaging for delivery.

      We always recommend applying our ZebraSeal Premium Protection after cleaning, that includes a unique 2-Year Spot & Spill Limited Warranty!  These penetrating sealers will greatly assist in the protection and maintenance of your rug, by combatting spills and regular soiling.

Choose The Cleaning Guy for a premium offsite rug cleaning experience that goes beyond the ordinary, ensuring the longevity and beauty of your cherished rugs. Fill out the form below for a free rug spa estimate.

Minimum service charge starts at $195 for pick up and delivery. 30% off if you drop off at our plant.