Tuesday, Mar. 1st 2016

Cleaning Rugs Made from Special Fibers like Berber, Oriental, Persian

If you have a wool, Wool Berber, Oriental, Chinese, Persian, or other rug made with delicate fibers, you definitely want to tread carefully.

Because your rug is a treasured possession, you have it proudly on display in a prominent room, like a living room, dining room, or study. There’s a fair amount of traffic, so it endures its fair share of wear and tear. You want to make sure you take care of it so that it can occupy a special spot in your home for years to come.

Whether you’re interested in a do-it-yourself fix, or you’re planning on calling in a professional, the more you know about getting your carpets clean, the better decisions you can make. We use the Host dry carpet cleaning products. Host is the green, dry, chemical-free, plant-based alternative to traditional steam cleaning (which uses lots of water and harsh chemicals). Host is super effective and helps you get your carpets cleaner, keep them clean longer, and also extends the life of the carpet itself.

I’ve said it before,and I’m sure I’ll say it again. The Host Dry Carpet Cleaning system is awesome—it’s the highest quality carpet dry cleaning system in the world, which is why we use it. In fact, I insist on it! It’s top rated by Consumer Reports, has the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval, and even meats Green Seal’s super high standards. There’s no other carpet cleaning product like it out there.

There are in-home products you can use, as well as services administered by professional technicians. It’s up to you but, whatever you choose, you should be aware that different materials should be treated differently for best results.

As with most any do it yourself attempt, you should start small. Choose a small, inconspicuous area, and test with a smallamount of Host product. Brush it through the carpet. If you notice a color change or a distortion in texture, stop. Discontinue use of the product. Let’s discuss.

Wool and Wool Berber

Host Dry Carpet cleaners carry the WoolSafe seal of approval. Still, you should be sure you test for colorfastness first. Also, while you’re cleaning your wool rugs, make sure you don’t brush too aggressively. This can cause the wool to get fuzzy, which distorts the overall look of the rug.

Cleaning wool is pretty challenging. It tends to fuzz, which is unsightly and distorts the texture. Brush carefully, only in the direction of the loops, and never across the loops.

Delicate Fibers

Most Oriental, Chinese, and Persian rugs are made with wool or silk fibers. Be aware of the texture and color, so that, if any change occurs, you don’t do further damage. These fibers may require additional brushing, but if any texture distortion occurs, stop! Test for colorfastness on a small, inconspicuous spot. Never brush any fringe.

Natural Fibers

Rugs made from natural fibers, like sisal, coir, jute, and sea grass, are very absorbent. Permanent discoloration from any spills may occur, and can be permanently affected by any type of cleaning.

Many fibers react differently, especially depending on the dyes or other treatments that they have received. Some have polymer or other coatings, which can react unpredictably to cleaning products. It’s important to always test for color fastness on a small area, like the back, before committing to an overall clean. If you’re worried about causing damage, enlist the help of a professional. Want more information about Host products, or want to set up a free in-home consultation to discuss your professional rug and carpet cleaning options? We’re happy to come out to your house or chat with you over the phone for a free estimate. For more information, to talk to one of our trained representatives, or to schedule an appointment for a free estimate, give us a call at (816) 454-1010.

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