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Knowing How And When To Clean Rugs

Knowing how and when to clean rugs is important to maintain proper integrity and appearance. While some people like to tackle this task themselves, many others prefer to hire a professional service. The latter can be beneficial as the professional will know the proper techniques to handle even the toughest job.

It is easy to test and see if it is time to consider hiring a professional. Most people will vacuum the surface regularly removing dust and dirt, but vacuuming does not remove everything, so over time there can be a considerable buildup below the surface, deep in the carpet pile. Because one area may have more traffic than another, there is no set amount of time that is consistent with every consumer. Here are a couple tests to see if it is time to clean the rugs.

1.    Pick up the corner of the rug, and kick the back of it sharply. If there is a noticeable cloud of dirt, dust, and debris, then yes, it is time.

2.    Now kneel down and vigorously rub the pile for about 10 seconds with your hand, and then take a look at the hand. If the hand is left dirty, then yes, it is time.

Why hire a professional?

A professional has experience and training in handling any type of material and any stain. Some of the flooring pieces may be rare, old, or expensive, and mishandling can cause irreparable damage. Consumers can care for the flooring in between professional visits to help maintain the product, but deep cleaning is best handled by an experienced professional.

What is the process used to clean rugs?

It is a process that eliminates dirt, stains, sand, and grit, but it can also be an effective way to remove allergens that can get stuck in the pile. In earlier times, the carpet would be taken outside then hung and beaten with a special broom to loosen the dirt and debris. Both sides of the surface were beaten repeatedly until there were minimal clouds of dust when struck. The flooring was then taken down, put back into place, used, and then the process repeated as necessary.

Today there have been considerable advancements in the methods used to properly clean rugs. Compressed air is extremely popular and has been proven effective at removing dust and dirt that can become deep-rooted. There are other techniques that professionals use to give new life to dingy flooring. Water and soot damage can be repaired, and experts know how to re-fringe, patch holes, and repair moth damage. It isn’t just about removing stains and dirt, but more about restoring the carpet’s quality and appearance.

Dusting is often the first step a restoration specialist will complete. The loose dust and debris particles are removed from the dry surface. Experts will generally use a high powered vacuum, beaters, or forced air to remove those particles so they do not turn to mud and stick to the pile during the next process.

Washing is the next step to clean the rugs, and there are several ways to accomplish this task. An appropriate cleaning agent is applied, and then one of several methods is used to agitate the pile and suspend the soil. The consumer must be cautious about the process used during this step because a too-harsh wash can ruin delicate fibers. This is one of the main reasons many choose to hire a professional.

Rinsing, extraction and drying are the final steps in the process to clean rugs. While professionals use a variety of techniques to accomplish these steps, the drying process should not be skipped. A wet carpet can be a haven for bacteria, mildew and mold.

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