What to expect from a rug clean
Rugs are a part of most people’s homes and they require a deep steam clean or dry clean just as your fitted carpets do, or else dirt and odours can become embedded deep into the fabric and cause problems.
I’ll explain as best I can on why you need to get your rugs cleaned and how often, this is something that many customers get wrong, why buy expensive rugs and then not look after them properly.
So I’ll break this blog down into 4 sections and run through some of the important things you need to know about keeping your rugs in great condition and help to make them last longer, and also what you as a customer should expect from a professional rug cleaning service.
Why clean your rugs?
Now this may seem a silly thing to say “why clean your rugs” but in fact many of you don’t seem to understand the importance of regular cleaning of your rugs.
Firstly by doing a regular steam or dry clean on your rugs you are helping to prevent a build-up of dirt and grime that collects deep down in the base where the fibres are stitch together.
If dirt gets imbedded into the bottom of the fibres it will cause bacteria and can even form mould spots on the backing of the rug, especially in very humid conditions.
A build-up of course dirt and grime will also reduce the longevity of the rug as the fibres will deteriorate faster.
How to clean a rug?
Now this is the easy and the hard part, I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve turned up to a job to clean someone’s rugs, to find the customer has tried to clean them themselves with shocking results.
When customers try to clean a rug themselves they generally drag it outside and hose it down with the garden hose and some washing up liquid from the kitchen, this is an absolute no no, don’t try it as it can and most likely will ruin your rug.
So the way a professional carpet cleaning Brisbane company cleans a rug is pretty much the same way we would clean your carpets.
A good thorough vacuum is done first; this will again help to remove a big proportion of the dirt held deep down in the base of the fibres.
Once the vacuuming is complete a pre-spray is applied, or for most customers a shampoo is what they know the term pre-spray as, a pre-spray is the term carpet cleaner’s use.
So the pre-spray will have an active cleaning solution and possibly some grease releasing agents in it to help break down any grease and stains that may be in the rug.
Now it’s time for the cleaning to begin, for me I prefer a steam clean over the dry clean, that’s just my opinion and that varies depending on the company you use, and the experiences that a particular customer has had with each method.
The steam clean will rinse through the fibres of the rug and remove the pre-spray and any dirt within the fibres along with any non-permanent stains.
The drying time for a steam clean is usually about 1-2 hours; this will depend on how dirty the rug was and how much steam was needed to clean it.
So that’s about it for the cleaning side of things.
What should you expect from your service?
After a professional rug cleaning service your rugs should feel and smell fresh again.
As far as stains go and this is a question we get asked all the time, “will the stains come out” if I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard that I’d be very rich by now.
Stains are something that needs to be looked at upon arrival, most of the time if I’m doing a steam clean I can tell the customer what will and won’t come out before I even start, this is just down to experience, but it needs to be explained first.
So stains that haven’t penetrated the fibres will most likely come out with a steam clean and shampoo, but marks or stains that have penetrated the fibres won’t come out, and this is simply because the dye has been removed or mixed.
Some other cleaning solutions can be tested to see if a more permanent mark will come out, but it’s not a 100% guarantee that they will, so it’s just a bit of trial and error.
But all in all the rugs after a good deep steam or dry clean should be looking very clean and have no sticky residue left on them.
How often should rugs be cleaned?
The Australian standard for rug cleaning is the same as for carpet cleaning about every 12 months they should be cleaned.
But they should also be vacuumed on a regular basis, now as I’ve explained in many of my blog’s, the amount of vacuuming required will depend greatly on the amount of foot traffic your home gets, the standard is for 3 times per week, but in many homes really the vacuum should be ran over at least once a day, we vacuum our own home every day, if you do this, as I’ve explain above it will help to prolong the life of your rugs, and the same goes for your carpets.
The things I’ve pointed out aren’t that hard to do really, so if you try to implement them you should be able to enjoy many years of clean rugs.