The Value of Cleaning Rugs

When you walk on something everyday, it’s easy to stop thinking about it and forget it’s there. An area rug is a prime example of this. Cleaning rugs and underfoot decor is something people often forget about doing, aside from running the vacuum over it now and then. While regularly vacuuming your rug is a critical step in area rug maintenance (just remember: never use a beater bar on the vacuum, use caution around the edges, and DO NOT vacuum the fringe!Consult our cleaning guide for more information), there are some very good reasons to go beyond that.

To Keep the Color

If you have an area rug that’s of particularly high value or one which you have a deep personal connection with, it behooves you to keep it clean and as close to the original condition as possible.

Not only does professionally cleaning rugs keep them cleaner, but it also keeps the body of the rug looking fresh and bright. If your rug is made of high quality materials and was purchased from a reputable dealer that stands behind its products, the once vibrant colors that made you fall in love with it in the first place can be just as beautiful as they where when the rug was purchased. When you get a professional cleaning, the rug takes on new life, showing many of the colors and pattern lines you may have forgotten were there.

Hand-knotted rugs especially will benefit from professional cleaning. It is very difficult to get the tightly knotted threads clean with a vacuum cleaner alone. Given the intrinsic value of a hand-knotted rug, it’s very important to have a professional cleaning done every three to five years on rugs that see regular foot traffic. Rugs that are walked on less won’t need to be cleaned as often. Keeping in mind how often a rug is used, use your eye to determine how often each rug in your house needs a professional cleaning.

In addition to keeping your rugs clean and bright, professional rug cleaning has other benefits, as well. Having rugs cleaned doesn’t just benefit the rugs. It can also be a benefit to your health.

For Your Own Health

Rugs, aside from looking beautiful, benefit their owners because they are much more sanitary than wall-to-wall carpeting. Unlike full carpeting, rugs can be completely cleaned all the way through with a professional cleaning. Vacuuming regularly will get some of the top layers off, but it cannot rid your rug of all the smaller particles. But there’s no cause for alarm — these only build up over time and can be removed through a professional washing.

A professional cleaning picks up and kills the vast majority of bacteria and gets rid of the dirt and other pollutants that have been tracked across rug’s the surface between cleanings, in addition to bringing out the color and shine. However, it’s very important to have the cleaning performed by a rug cleaning specialist. An incorrectly washed rug won’t get the in depth cleaning that it needs, and is likely to be damaged if the wrong cleaning process is used. Before trusting someone with your rugs for cleaning, be sure to check that they are using the correct procedures. One of the most commonly used incorrect methods of cleaning is washing hand made rugs in hot water. A real professional cleaning has to be done at an appropriate facility and with the right tools.

If you’re wondering about where you can get your rug professionally cleaned by people who care about your satisfaction and the condition of your rug, look no further than Alyshaan. Whether you bought your area rug from Alyshaan or not, we’ll use our expertise and extreme care in ensuring your rug gets the best cleaning service available.

By Allison Edrington

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