Rugs can transform any room of the house. With their unique styles, they’re the perfect statement piece to tie living rooms and dining rooms together. Unlike other flooring, rugs can be transported across different homes throughout your lifetime and used for years to come – with the right amount of care that is.
With the proper care, you can extend the life of your rug and slow down the natural aging process. Deep cleaning is a crucial step and one of the best ways to help maintain your rug’s original beauty. Rugs, especially fine area rugs, should be deep cleaned about once a year. While wear and tear may not seem noticeable, everyday living inevitably takes a toll on your rug. This is why it’s important to establish a routine cleaning schedule and notice when your rug is due for a clean.
Learn about rug care and common problems that can arise without proper cleaning:
Each rug is as different and precious as the next, but the one thing they all have in common is that they require regular deep cleaning. Identifying your rug is key as it helps determine the proper cleaning method that should be applied.
Rugs can be made from wool, cotton, silk, jute, animal hides, or manufactured fibers. While most people may be familiar with oriental rugs, this term originally applied to hand-knotted pile rugs woven in east Asia. Today, the term encompasses all hand-knotted pile weaves regardless of the country of origin. Overall, an important component for identifying your rug is how the piece was constructed. In general, rugs can be categorized as machine-made or hand-made.
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While grabbing a rental rug cleaner may be tempting, this is not a true deep clean and can actually lead to problems like dye migration and fiber distortion. Delicate rugs call for specialized cleaning that can only be performed by highly trained professionals and not through DIY methods. Professional off-site rug cleaning also reaches the front and the backing of rugs where a lot of contaminants like to hide. Without a real deep clean that reaches embedded fibers, the foundation of the rug can become weak and brittle.
At Stanley Steemer, our trained technicians are well-versed in rug identification and can properly assess what type of rug you own. From there, we can clean your invaluable rug based on fabric type and areas of concern. We have our own rug cleaning facilities where we can gently and skillfully clean rugs. Since every rug is one-of-a-kind, our cleaning processes are not one-size-fits-all. We deliver a customized approach for every rug and finish off with grooming followed by hang-drying in a climate-controlled environment.
It’s critical to note that some problems may not be fixable with cleaning alone. In fact, deep cleaning can also be thought of as a preventative way to help slow down the natural aging process of rugs. Without it, your rug will face more severe, potentially irreversible problems that deep cleaning could’ve helped to avoid.
Living habits, household size, and rug type can all factor into the health and appearance of your rug. Problems found on rugs tend to involve structural damage, dye problems, insect damage, or repairs. Below are common problems that can appear on any given rug:
For specialized rug care and cleaning, Stanley Steemer is your trusted source. We offer inclusive pricing, free pick up & delivery, and more at our off-site rug cleaning facilities. Call to see if off-site rug services are available near you.