Sixty-four percent of U.S. homeowners have rugs in their homes according to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC). However, only 40 percent clean them on a regular basis. Like carpets, rugs require proper maintenance to retain their appearance and durability.
Use only IICRC certified technicians to service your rugs. Area rugs tend to be made of more delicate fibers, questionable dyes and woven constructions that can easily be damaged by do-it-yourself procedures or even professionals without adequate training and experience.
IICRC Certified technicians are trained to recognize different fibers, constructions and types of carpet and rugs, along with their potential problems. They have the equipment, training and experience to restore the beauty of carpet and rugs – improving the look of your home or business and protecting the indoor environment, as well as your investment.
Area rugs are more popular than ever with consumers today, thanks to the increase in hard surface flooring. If you’ve purchased a high-quality area rug for your home, you may wonder how to protect your investment and maintain its beauty.
The IICRC offers several maintenance tips for keeping rugs looking like new:
- Fiber content and construction are the major factors that determine the appropriate rug cleaning method
- Vacuum rugs on a regular basis. Fringe should be hand-vacuumed only
- Ideally, rugs should be removed from the home or office to be professionally cleaned
- Rotate your rugs in normal traffic areas once a year to ensure even wear, every 6 months in heavy traffic areas, or every 18 months in light traffic areas
- Use a quality pad to protect your area rug from slippage, dirt, and wear
How often should your rug be professionally cleaned? The answer depends on its location in your home. Does it get heavy foot traffic? Are there any pets? Often, animals are drawn to rugs and can leave behind unpleasant surprises that require specialized treatment.
The following is a step-by-step explanation of the area rug cleaning method employed by the technicians of ClearPro Window & Carpet Cleaning:
Step 1: Inspection
The first step is to determine of what fiber the rug is made. Most area rugs are 100% wool, but other varieties of natural and man-made fibers are used as well. The type of fiber and construction of an individual rug will determine the cleaning protocol for that rug. Other factors to be considered include whether the rug is handmade or machine made; whether there is evidence of colorfastness and/or color variations.
Step 2: Dry Soil Removal
Oriental and specialty rugs are designed to hide dry soil. A variety of techniques are employed to remove as much dry soil as possible. This is a most important step in the cleaning process.
Step 3: Pre-Spotting
Spots on the rug are treated as required with compatible spotting agents. Potential problem areas at this step include permanent stains and urine damage causing color bleeding and /or loss of dye.
Step 4: Pre-Conditioning
All fibers and the fringe are pre-conditioned using a cleaning agent formulated specifically for the rug’s fiber type.
Step 5: Agitation
The rug is carefully agitated to avoid fiber distortion. This is a most important step in the cleaning process.
Step 6: Rinse / Extraction
The rug and fringes are rinsed and extracted to maximize soil removal. A second extraction is done to remove as much water as possible to expedite the drying time and prevent brown-out.
Step 7: Post-Treatment
The rug is next post-treated an anti- brown-out solution.
Step 8: Carpet Protector - (Recommended Option)
Carpet protector for natural or synthetic oriental and specialty rugs is a recommended option.
Step 9: Finishing
The rug is groomed for proper nap flow then combed and finished with soft groomers made for oriental and specialty rugs.
Step 10: Drying
The rug is then dried flat or hung to dry in a controlled environment. Proper drying is essential to avoid unnatural shrinkage.
Step 11: Post Inspection
The rug is given a final inspection before being released for pick-up or delivery. Delivery included laying the rug.