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Area Rug Cleaning FAQ

Why is it important to seek out area rug cleaning services regularly?

Homeowners can invest hundreds, even thousands of dollars into a one of a kind Oriental or Persian rug, but these valuable textiles are major dirt magnets. In fact, a study by the Eureka Company found that a 2 x 9 piece can harbor nearly 90 pounds of soil before discoloration takes hold. Most homeowners don’t realize this little known fact. And walking on the rug will help embed all kinds of dirt, mud, dander, food particles, microscopic pests and more.
Not only does this affect the air quality in a room, dry soil acts like a toothed saw every time pressure is applied to it. This causes tears to the fibers and weakens the integrity of the piece. If this soil remains on the rug for too long, it can cause irreversible damage.

How is area rug cleaning normally handled?

It takes a great deal of expertise and attention to detail to treat a valuable piece properly, so most firms have perfected their treatment process over many years. However, the general formula is similar from firm to firm.

First, the rug is closely inspected by technicians to determine what kinds of soil have penetrated the fibers. They look for any stains, worn areas, and if there are any particular concerns like pet odor or mold.

Once the technician learns everything they need to through inspection, the piece is run through a dry soil removal process. This typically consists of running it through a machine or one is run over the rug that gently vibrates the rug and shakes the dry soil loose.

The wet treatment process differs quite a bit between firms, but it is usually done with a full immersion bath or with a machine that goes across the surface. In either case, the flooring is agitated to dislodge embedded soils, and gentle detergents are used to pick up soil and wash it away.

Some firms use a centrifuge to wring the water from the rug once it is washed. Others use powerful extraction equipment. It will then be hung for several hours to dry completely, during which time the technician will perform secondary inspections to verify that the treatment process is complete.

Should homeowners look for certified professionals when considering area rug cleaning?

Certification through an organization like the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is extremely helpful for teaching professionals how to best approach the treatment process. Homeowners that select IICRC certified professionals report more positive experiences due to the firm’s greater degree of skill and focus on customer service. Certification also communicates a commitment to the field that is necessary to do the job right.

What other services can these professionals usually offer?

Firms that treat area rugs can often repair damaged carpet, remove offensive odors, and restore discoloration as well, making them the best choice for area rug cleaning and more!

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