Our area rug cleaning services can get rid of any stubborn stains and make your rugs look like new. With regular maintenance, you can enjoy your rugs for many years to come.
How Often Should You Have Your Area Rug Professionally Cleaned?
Area rugs set the stage for a focal point in any room. They are also frequently used in high traffic areas to protect the flooring below. Over time your nice rugs can look worn down or faded. Pets, outdoor shoes, dirt, grime, allergens and get trapped deep below the surface. Vacuuming alone isn’t enough to properly clean area rugs. At the 6 month mark, you should have a professional cleaning. If you have a lot of traffic, perhaps even every 3 months may be necessary.
Different Types of Rugs – Persian, Indian, Egyptian and Oriental Area Rugs
Just about every part of the world has its own style of area rug. Different colours, weaves and materials are used. Each material or blend will require a different cleaning method. This is why it is necessary to call a professional area rug cleaning company. Let’s look at a few common types of rugs.
- Persian rugs are generally made out of silk, wool, cotton, jute, and sisal
- Oriental rugs are mainly made of wool, silk and cotton
- Egyptian rugs are made mainly from wool
- Indian rugs are made from wool, cotton and silk.
Each area rug material requires a different cleaning method.
Acrylic Area Rugs – Fade-Resistant and Hides Dirt Well (Too Well)
Acrylic is a material that is especially resistant to fading in direct sunlight and has the ability to block moisture. It is mostly blended with natural fibres such as wool, giving it a more natural look and feel. Since its fibres can break down easily due to trapped dirt, our technicians treat it similarly to wool rug cleaning. In addition, acrylic also dries quickly so our non-toxic deep cleaning process is perfect for its revitalization.
Wool Area Rugs – Luxurious and Resilient
Wool is a luxurious natural fibre that can last a lifetime. It is soft, durable, offers generous bulk and comes in an endless variety of colours. Wool remains the premier fibre in carpet construction. It has excellent resilience and durability. Wool rugs can fall prey to moths and carpet beetles. A special protectant may be needed. Did you know that wool fibres are made of protein? For this type of fibre, we use an enzyme spotter, deodorizer and a neutralizer. This allows for a professional cleaning to be administered and returns the area rug to its natural pH of 4.5 – 7 – 7. 7 is neutral and is ok. If the Ph is higher, then damage and bleeding of the dyes can occur. This will burn wool, viscose and silk fibres. We will take care to use safe solutions for each type of area rug you may have. This is also true for upholstery. Caution is to be used if you try to clean area rugs or upholstery with these natural fibres yourself.
Cotton Area Rugs – Comfortable to Walk on but Tricky to Clean
Cotton is a very versatile material with many applications. It feels great to walk on. When used for area rugs it can withstand a lot of use. Clean with a mild solution and gentle suction. Trust the professionals at SaraCares. A special rinse and more suction are required afterward in order to remove any residue and moisture. Our machines are gentle and powerful. They will bring back the bounce in your area rug and make it a cherished piece for decades to come.
Jute Area Rugs – Pet-Friendly but Need Frequent Cleaning
Jute rugs (hessian) are pet-friendly and very durable. They require frequent vacuuming as they can hold onto a lot of dust and dirt. They look great in any room and compliment a large variety of design schemes. Eventually, like all things, they will need to be cleaned at some point. Give us a call when you notice a colour change, edges breaking down or any odors.
Sisal Area Rugs – A Great Solution for Low-Traffic Areas
Sisal is best cleaned with a small amount of gentle solution and semi-warm water and a neutral pH. It is important that these types of area rugs aren’t saturated. They should also be dried quickly to prevent any changes in shape and texture. For this reason sisal area rugs are best in low-traffic areas. It can be tricky cleaning this type of rug but we can be relied on to get the job done right.
Silk Area Rugs – Beautiful but Delicate
Silk is a delicate, beautiful fabric and has its own set of requirements for cleaning. Hot water can cause damage and so can most cleaning solutions. We use a specially formulated, pet-friendly cleaner and gentle methods for silk area rug cleaning.
Viscose / Rayon Area Rugs – Affordable and Easy to Damage
Viscose / Rayon can turn yellow if cleaned improperly. Placement is also important with viscose area rugs. Too much heat can make the fibres erode. Viscose area rugs are best kept in a cool, dry room. Viscose / rayon rugs are tough to clean and sometimes the damage is irreversible. We will still make a huge improvement in the event your rug has permanent damage.
Polyester Area Rugs – Long-Lasting and Easy to Clean
Polyester is soft, plush and long-lasting. It has a wonderful lustre and stain-resistance. This type of fibre also comes in many different colours and fades very slowly. It is easy to crush so be sure not to put super heavy objects on it. Polyester is generally easy to clean but professional cleaning is always necessary. We are very careful to clean and not crush the fragile fibres in these types of area rugs.
Nylon Area Rugs – Durable and Stain Resistant
Nylon is highly popular due to its long durability and resiliency to mildew and stains. It also hides dirt and grime fairly well, but make no mistake – you need a cleaning every 6 months! Cleaning with low pH is the way to go with this type of fibre as the possibility of damaging its stain-resistant properties can be affected. Trust SaraCares with your nylon area rugs.
Olefin / Polypropylene Area Rugs – Synthetic and Natural Looking
Olefin / Polypropylene is a newer type of synthetic carpet manufacturing technology. This fibre offers a natural look and feel. Olefin is easy to clean and is highly resistant to stains, moisture and mildew. crush Oil-based stains can be more difficult to get out. However, it has superior stain resistance to bleaches and fading due to sun exposure over time. Our technicians do not treat Olefin with a solvent-based protector, so as to maintain fibre integrity. We also take special care not to crush this delicate material.
Gentle, Pet-Friendly Cleaning Solution, Odor Neutralizer and Area Rug Edge Repair
Cleaning area rugs can also wear them out and break down fibres. It is important to hire a company like SaraCares that used gentle, non-toxic cleaning solutions and optimal water temperature extraction method. Stains are lifted to the tops of the fibres. Our industrial-grade machines then suck out deep-down dirt and allergens. In some cases, fibres may unravel. If you smell a stale odor, watch for any mold. In order to prevent this, keep your area rugs dry. Mold can be very dangerous, contact us right away if you suspect you have a mold problem at 604-722-0459..
Qualified Area Rug Cleaning & Repair Technicians Ready to Help You
Our qualified and experienced technicians also offer area rug repair services. We fix the damage done to edges and any area where threads may have unravelled or severed. We also apply a pet-friendly odor neutralizer. The end result is your rugs looking like new and smelling great. We work on a variety of rugs, from delicate natural fibres to synthetics.
Contact Us today for a Free Area Rug Cleaning Service Estimate: 604-722-0459
We are a trusted carpet cleaning company with over 35 years of excellence. We understand the mechanisms, care and maintenance needed for many household floors and seating materials. Our area rug cleaning service is backed by our trusted reputation. We have many happy customers who have left us hundreds of cleaning reviews over the years. Want to learn more about us or get a free estimate? Contact us today at 604-722-0459.