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How Often Should I Clean My Rug?

One of the questions we are asked every day is “How often should I have my rug cleaned?”

Oriental Rug in Kitchen

Rugs in the kitchen should be cleaned every year to remove greasy soils and food stains.

In general, having your rug cleaned every year is fine. Even if it is not badly soiled, a proper, professional cleaning will not harm it. Here are some guidelines you can follow:

CLEAN EVERY YEAR WHEN

  • You have pets on the rug
  • You have small children playing on the rug
  • The rug is in the dining room
  • The rug sits in an entry way
  • The rug is in the kitchen
  • The rug is in a high traffic area

Annual cleaning in these situations protects against premature wear due to gritty soil, easier removal of pet stains & odors, attends to food spots and spills in a timely manner, and helps to find & repair small damaged places before they become large and costly.

CLEAN EVERY TWO to THREE YEARS WHEN

  • The rug is in a bedroom
  • The rug is in a guest room
  • The rug is in a little used, formal dining room

Because the foot traffic in these areas is not heavy, and because most of the dirt on the soles of your shoes has tracked off by the time you reach these areas, it is not usually necessary to have them cleaned every year.

Soils, stains, pet hair, pet accidents, and other airborne pollutants like dust and pollen collect in our rugs and the vacuum does not remove them all.  That is why we recommend not extending the length of time between professional cleanings beyond three years. When you extend beyond that, especially on a well-worn rug, it’s much harder to bring back a fresh, clean appearance, and spots and stains become more permanent issues. With regular maintenance, your rugs will newer longer.

Rug Repairs

Isaac Reiswig IV and Wade Shehady

Isaac Reiswig IV and Wade Shehady

Continually striving to be better than before is part of what makes our company such a good choice for your rug care. We’ve taken specialized classes all over the country! Our focus on caring for your rugs is second to none.

In April 2016, Isaac IV traveled to Pittsburgh to hone his Oriental rug repair skills at a class put on by Rug Restoration Seminars. While there, he learned not just how to do the work, but why it needs to be done. Having a deeper understanding of your rugs’ construction is vital to properly repairing it.

While in Pittsburgh, Isaac overcast the ends of several rugs, applied new side cords, patched holes in rugs, attached new fringes, and even got to unravel and take apart a rug!

The skills he perfected are being put to good use every day!

Next time you have your rugs cleaned, have us look them over for repair too. Minor repairs done early save big money on restorative repairs later!

Advanced Rug Washing & Rug ID

Isaac Reiswig III

Isaac Reiswig III

In October of 2015, Isaac III was invited to Des Moines, IA to take part in an Advanced Rug Washing and Rug ID class held by Rug Restoration Seminars. The class was made up of industry leaders who were invested in each other’s advancement and skill set.

Over the course of four days, he tackled specialty issues like dyes that bleed, severe pet urine stains and odor, large ink stain removal, hide cleaning, damaged wool revitalization, shrinkage, overdying of rugs, and much more! This was all in addition to an intensive Rug ID course and exam!

The hands-on event was designed to sharpen trouble-shooting skills, build a deeper rug ID knowledge base, and enable the attendees to provide the best possible care to their customers for those times when red flags may be raised during pre-inspection.

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