Knowing How And When To Clean Rugs
What are the steps typically taken by a professional to clean rugs? What is the difference in today’s techniques and those of yesteryear? Is there a way to stay environmentally friendly or green?
Dusting is the important first step to achieving a fresh looking and smelling carpet. The dust and dirt particles must be removed prior to adding any water or chemicals. Dusting is typically done with a vacuum used on both sides, some sort of beater, or forced air. All of these techniques are environmentally friendly, and forced air is less likely to damage the surface or delicate fibers.
Washing is the next step, and unfortunately, not everyone understands what it takes to do this step safely. A normal steam cleaner used by many homeowners will be at best marginally effective and at worst could cause irreparable damage to the rug. It is also important to avoid harsh chemicals in this process.
Rinsing and extraction is important because it guarantees that the fibers don’t have lingering chemicals that will attract dirt. However, just because the water runs clear does not mean it’s good to go. A professional trained to properly clean rugs knows that loose particles, undusted dirt, and soap residue can still remain and that they must be diligent in this process.
Drying is the final step to guaranteeing the best results. Proper drying is necessary to prevent the growth of mold and harmful bacteria that thrives in moist conditions. Each company will have a preferred method for this step.