"I’m a little bit nervous about having my rug cleaned"
It is surprising how often we hear these words. Although we also clean carpets and upholstery, there is rarely the same concern expressed. Perhaps the reason is that it takes so long to choose the rug in the first place. It may also be that some special circumstance is related to the rug; perhaps it was a purchase from a memorable trip abroad, or inherited from a loved one. Perhaps it has a sentimental value, or perhaps you just really really like it. In any case, we find that people are more concerned about the outcome of the rug cleaning experience than any other.
Main issue with rug cleaning
There is really no need to be concerned. Most rugs are made up of mostly natural fibres. The vast majority are wool, then silk, cotton etc. The only thing that can really go wrong in rug cleaning is that the colours may run. This problem is easily avoided by doing dye tests on all of the colours. If a dye test shows the colours to be stable, the rug is safe to clean. However, to be completely safe, a textile rinse should be used as the last process. This prevents any late bleed on rugs.
If the colours are unstable, there are usually two options. If the colour is light, it is usually fine to clean with a detergent which has a low PH (below 6). If the colour transfer is strong, the rug can still be cleaned, either with a dry-cleaning compound or fluid.
It is important that the colour tests be done in order to ascertain which cleaning method should be used.
Different methods used for different types
Full extraction cleaning is possible where there is no colour problem. This gives the best results possible.
So we understand people’s fears about rug cleaning. But, your rug in the proper hands is safe. Just make sure you get it into the right hands*.
*Our Rug Cleaning Dublin Centre has been purpose-built for cleaning rugs with a custom designed drying room. Combine this with over 30 years' experience and you know your rug will be in good hands.
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