Sometimes, what you hear about completing a task contains inaccurate information. It’s important to ignore common myths that could actually affect the health of your precious area or Oriental rug. Understanding these myths will allow you to keep your rug in the family for generations.
Myth: My rugs don’t look dirty, so I don’t need a professional cleaning.
It is advised to not wait until your rug looks obviously dirty before beginning any cleaning efforts. That can actually damage the rug fibers because the longer the dirt and dust remains in the rug pile, the more likely it is to literally cut away at the fibers like sandpaper. Waiting to clean the carpeting also can affect the health of your family members and visitors to your home. One square foot on an average rug can hold more than a pound of dirt, dust, and allergens per square foot before your rug will even appear dirty.
Myth: I can clean my own rugs at home.
There are several steps to professionally clean a rug, many of which can not be done in the home. The fringe also can not be adequately cleaning at home. Rugs and excessive moisture do not get along. If not dried properly, that moisture can lead to mold and dry rot, ultimately ruining your rug. A professional rug cleaning plant has a centrifuge to extract all the excess moisture from a rug after it is cleaned. Then hung in a climate controlled room where the rug can be cleaned completely and efficiently.
Myth: I have a protectant on my rug, I don’t need to worry about or address spills and stains.
A scotch guard or other protective coating put down on your rug is only meant to add a level of protection. Stains can still damage the fibers with this protection present, although they won’t soak in as quickly, and should be addressed immediately. It’s still crucial to address stains as soon as they occur because the protective coating will generally only delay the absorption of the stains. First use white paper towels to soak up as much of the stain as possible. Then, combine a mixture of white vinegar and water and lightly dab the area, once again using the paper towels to blot the moisture from the rug. If the spill does not disappear, it may be time to call a professional rug cleaner.
Whether your rug is a family heirloom or a new addition to your decor, here are some tips to keep it in the very best shape possible for generations to come.
Rotation – To insure even wear, your rug should be rotated once a year. Depending on the traffic, the rotation may vary from six months to two years.
Varying the Pathways – When furniture is placed on the rug, it creates a natural pathway that is used frequently. Move the furniture on the rug so walkways are changed. This will stop the damage of a wear pattern in just one place.
Vacuuming – Oriental and Area rugs, like most carpeting, should be vacuumed on a regular basis to remove dirt and restore life to the fibers. Be sure not to vacuum the fringe with your beater bar! Use the end of a vacuum hose from a canister vacuum.
Shags and other longer-pile rugs – These types of rugs can get caught in the rotating beater bar of your vacuum cleaner. It’s best to use an attachment without one or flip the rug over and vacuum the bottom.
Padding – A quality pad used under your rug helps protect it from dirt, wear and slippage.
Washing – Having your Heirloom Oriental and Area rugs professionally cleaned by Heirloom Oriental Rug Cleaning will ensure it is done properly and with care to protect your investment.