YOUR AREA RUGS NEED SPECIAL ATTENTION
Area rugs should not get the same treatment as your wall-to-wall carpet! Many area rugs such as fine oriental rugs are very costly and are made from fragile natural fibers, dyes, and foundation materials that cannot be cleaned in the way we usually clean synthetic carpets (such as nylon, olefin, and polyester).
A more gentle process must be used to safely clean area rugs. Because more time is involved in cleaning and more complex cleaning products must be utilized to avoid damaging the fibers and dyes, you would expect that area rug cleaning would be more costly than standard carpet cleaning. It is.
WHY AREA RUGS ARE MORE DIFFICULT TO CLEAN
Because of the dense pile construction of area rugs, dirt particles work their way down through the fibers - to the backing foundation of the rug where they cannot be removed by ordinary vacuuming. o This loose grit wreaks havoc on your rug’s delicate fibers, causing a cutting abrasive action as you walk on the rug. Abrasion accounts for fiber loss (wear) and embedded soil stains. Other types of soil including food particles and pet oils “hide” in the dense pile, making your rugs an ideal haven for germs, bacteria, and other nasty creatures such as dust mites!
Dust mites are too small to be seen but are the most common cause of year-round allergy and asthma. They live in mattresses, pillows, carpets, rugs, furniture, bedcovers, and clothes – anywhere they can feed on dead flakes of human skin.
All foreign pollutants in your rugs should be removed by professional cleaning on a regular basis to keep your rugs “healthy”.
Cleaning Food and Drink Spills on Oriental Rugs
Cleaning up spills as soon as they happen is the best way to prevent damage from food and drink spills that occur on your Oriental rugs. Most spills of this kind can be blotted up quickly, protecting the innermost fibers of your rug from damage. Some spills, however, especially those that are acidic liquids like juice, soda, coffee or tea, can penetrate and spread within your rug, sometimes causing discoloration or fading.
Further, if spills are not cleaned promptly or the Oriental rug is not allowed to dry thoroughly after cleaning, there is a greater risk of mildew or dry rot damaging your rug. Depending on the size of the spill and the level of damage possible, it may be best to have an Oriental rug cleaning professional at Victoria Carpet Care clean your rug as soon as possible.
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