The following provides tips on the frequency of rug cleaning by rug type. Please keep in mind that the frequency varies with usage, type of rug, and environment. For instance, a rug in your family room needs to be washed more frequently than a rug in a guestroom or an attic.
Wall to Wall: The EPA recommends carpet in your home to be cleaned every six months using the hot water extraction method. Use a firm that is certified by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification) and is trained in cleaning not only for appearance but for health also.
- Shampoo Cleaning: A soap detergent is scrubbed into the carpet with a rotary machine. After it dries, the soap residue is vacuumed up and captures the dirt.
- Carbonated Water: This starts out with a pre-spraying of a solution onto the carpet, followed by a rotary machine with a bonnet attached to the bottom. It is passed over the carpet to transfer soil from the carpet to the pad.
- Dry Powder: Accomplished by sprinkling a cleaning compound on the carpet, brushing it in and then vacuuming it out.
- Steam Cleaning: Uses a soap solution that is sprayed onto the carpet and then is lifted out or extracted removing the soap, water and dirt.
Handmade Rugs and Area Carpets: Should be cleaned once a year. Never clean these items in your home. They should be removed and cleaned in a professional cleaning facility where rugs and carpets can be thoroughly cleaned than in the home. Dust and dirt can be removed before washing. The washing process uses hundreds of gallons of water to remove the most embedded soil and the rugs can be properly dried in a controlled environment.
- Luster Wash: The ultimate cleaning for most rugs and carpets.
- The carpet is completely immersed with water and our own exclusive cleaning formulas.
- Specially designed washing equipment allows solutions to penetrate freely to the deepest layer of the rug’s nap. This process removes ground-in dirt, gently, without crushing the wool, and in most cases restores the original look and texture.
Oriental Rugs: Should be cleaned every two to four years. Dan Hodges, President of the Oriental Rug Importers Association says over time, grit and dirt become embedded so deeply that professional cleaning is required. Oriental rugs and other area carpets should be taken out of the home for proper cleaning. Never allow a wall-to-wall carpet cleaning firm clean an Oriental or area rug in your home. Nothing can harm your rugs more than this.
- Soap Wash: A systematic cleaning process that we use on area rugs, broadloom carpeting and many types of Oriental rugs. The rugs are first lathered with our own soap formula and water then put through an automatic washing machine that again washes, rinses and rings out excess water.
Silk and Exotic Rugs: These rugs need to be cleaned more frequently because they are cleaned less aggressively than other types of rugs. Should be washed once every year or two.
- Hand or Dry Rug Cleaning: This process in which we clean the rug with a dry cleaning method. All work is done by hand. This process is recommend for silk rugs, extremely fragile textiles, or rugs that have “fugitive” dyes which may tend to run in a wet cleaning method.
- A quick tip for any type of rug you may own: Protect your installation from stains, soil and wear with Fiber-Guard. It provides a superior top-to-bottom protection on each and every fiber in handmade rugs and carpets, wall-to-wall carpet, fabric and leather furniture, wall fabrics and draperies. Fiber-Guard can also be applied to Wool, Cotton, Leather, Silk, Velvet, Suede and all other fabric blends.