Area Rug Cleaning

Professional and Area Rug Cleaning

An area rug adds a touch of class and comfort to a room, from the moment of its purchase becoming a cherished part of your decor. Used and cared for properly, they can be enjoyed for many years. But if not cared for, they can quickly wear out and have to be replaced. The most important part of any carpet care is vacuuming and should be frequent and thorough.

Special fabrics, such as silk, cotton, chenille, jute, sisal, seagrass, bamboo, and leather will require special care and should be cleaned frequently by a certified area rug cleaning company to prevent damage.

What to Expect from Professional Area Rug Cleaning?

Fine Fabric Care’s technicians are trained to show the utmost professionalism and courtesy while in your home. Your satisfaction and comfort are our first priority. We understand it can be uncomfortable having strangers in your home and will do everything we can to make the experience comfortable.

Step 1:
Evaluate Area Rug Cleaning Methods

Our technicians take note of the types of area rug they will be facing, the level of soiling and wear they will have to address, and the potential trouble they will have. During this time they can determine the cleaning agents they will need, and the speed at which cleaning must be accomplished.

Step 2:
Beginning Area Rug Cleaning Process

One of our IICRC certified technicians will apply the best cleaning method based on your rug materials have for your rug and adjust to maximize soil and stain removal while ensuring that no damage is done.

Step 3:
Finishing Your Area Rug Cleaning

Our technicians may also apply a protector, and groom the area rug to give it a uniform appearance. Most area rugs take between 4 and 8 hours to dry, although this can vary depending on humidity, thickness, and the amount of solution needed for your area rug cleaning.

Step 4:
Completion & Continued Care

Your area rug will be fully dried and ready for you to take home. Avoid heavy use, and/or stepping from a dirty surface (like outside) onto your freshly cleaned area rugs.

area rug cleaning vacuum
showing dirt extracted from area rug cleaning
fine fabric care employee performing a color bleed test prior to area rug cleaning
rinsing and drying area rugs

Area Rug Cleaning Tips

Soiling or Spotting

Spotting is a normal part of area rug use. Whether its source is a spill, a seep, or just general tracking, all area rugs will build up soil over time. Cleanup can often be handled quickly.

Is it lighter than the area rug?
If so, what you have is bleaching. This does not mean that chlorine bleach was necessarily the source. The sun, pet spots, and many household cleaners can have a bleaching effect on certain area rugs, and bleaching must be color-repaired. Call us at (406) 782-5339, and we’ll send a certified technician to come and repair it.

Is the spot darker than the area rug?
it may clean relatively simply, using just a cleaning agent and a towel. We recommend our bottled spotters, which you can pick up for free at our shop. Whatever agent you use, ensure that you do not over-apply, preferably applying the agent to a rag, and then using the rag to apply to the spot. Be careful not to agitate the spot, but instead use a dabbing method to lift the soiling. Excessive agitation, especially agitation in a circular motion can cause fibers of your area rug to unravel, resulting in unsightly and often permanent damage.

Area Rug Wear Considerations

Like all things, area rugss wear out as they age, and, depending on your area rug type, this can take several forms.

For frieze/shag area rug
Fibers may pull loose, resulting in an uneven knap. These area rugs are also known to have issues in high traffic areas, including pooling – a distortion of the pile which can result in your area rugs looking dirty even when clean.

For textured plush/cut pile area rugs
These typically wear well. When they do have issues, it is often in the form of pile distortion in traffic areas.

Synthetic berber/loop pile area rugs
These wear like steel and clean well. However, when a fiber pulls, it can cause a run that may cross your entire area rug and is nearly impossible to repair.

Fine Fabric Care’s Area Rug Cleaning FAQs

Can the area rug cleaning be done at my house?

Fine Fabric Care uses a multiple-step process to inspect, identify, clean, and protect your area rugs. While certain rugs may be able to be cleaned at your house during a carpet cleaning or other maintenance project, most rugs are better treated at our shop. At our shop, we have all the equipment and space necessary to clean your rugs the best they can be. Call us at (406) 782-5339, or visit our contact page to send us an email, and we’ll give you an estimate, pick up, clean and deliver your rugs!

Why is the border of my rug uneven/tapered?

This could be for a variety of reasons. Age can play tricks with your rug, causing it to lose its normal structural integrity. Some hand woven rugs are uneven from the moment of creation, and this can be a sign of a valuable and unique rug. Other times, it is simply the result of wear. In all cases, an uneven edge is not an issue that is necessary to repair.

How often should I clean my area rugs?

The more often you vacuum and clean your area rugs, the longer they will last. This is because embedded dirt and debris cuts away at the fibers every time you walk across your rug.

Why didn’t a spot come out?

The certified technicians at Fine Fabric Care are trained and dedicated to clean your rug as well as they possibly can. However, they will not use methods that will damage your rug. In general, rugs made of special and/or natural materials must be cleaned more gently than synthetics. Then too, some spots are just permanent.

Other questions or concerns?

We would love to help! Call us: (406) 782-5339or visit our contact page for other ways to contact us.

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