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Area Rug Cleaning By The Rug Cleaning Experts!
Grossbusters Carpet Cleaning is trained to handle nearly all of your rug cleaning needs. We clean your cheapest rugs from the local discount store to your extremely valuable, handmade rugs. We can steam clean, shampoo, or dry clean them.
We clean both natural and synthetic fiber types. If your rug does not have an identification tag and you don't know how to tell what type of rug you have, here are a few details about the different types of rugs. One of the easiest ways to determine what type of rug you have is by cutting off a small thread off and burning it. The way it burns can give you an idea of what type of fiber you are dealing with.
Natural Rug Types:
Wool, as most people know, comes from animals such as sheep, goats, or alpaca. It is one of the most common natural rug fiber types and is a great choice for people who have sensitivities to synthetic rugs and carpet. Wool used for rugs typically measures between 32 and 45 microns. This is much thicker than the 15 to 25 microns used for blankets and clothing. Although wool is a somewhat delicate fiber, cleaning it is rather simple when the correct knowledge and tools are in place. A fast way to identify wool is to burn a small amount. It will be somewhat flame resistant, and will smell like burning hair.
Similar to wool, silk is a natural protein fiber. Silk most often comes from the cocoons of silkworm larvae or from moth caterpillars. As disgusting as that may sound, silk is a very luxurious and soft fiber, excellent for rugs. It has been used around the world for centuries for everything from rugs to bicycle tires. Real silk will feel "cool" to the touch. Silk has been shown to reduce itching in people who suffer from eczema. 100% REAL silk is very temperamental and must be treated with the utmost care. Dyes are usually very unstable and will bleed if the rug stays overly wet for too long. The fibers also can become weak and easily distorted if the rug is not dried quickly and on an even surface. A silk fiber will be quite flammable but will only burn for a few seconds. You will notice a "burning hair" smell.
Most people know how to tell if a shirt is cotton, but its more difficult to identify a cotton rug. Cotton, unlike wool and silk, comes from a plant and not an animal. In fact, cotton is almost 100% pure cellulose. It is a very versatile fiber and is used in everything from clothing to beauty products. It is such a popular fiber because it is comfortable on the skin. Cotton is very soft to the touch, and will smell like burning paper when lit on fire.
Jute is a rough fiber which comes from stems of tropical plants. It is commonly used for making outside rugs and doormats as well as twine, rope, etc. Jute rugs also give a very natural, calm look to any room. Typically, jute is not dyed and is left in its natural tan or brown color. When burned, jute puts off an odor similar to that of burning wood.
Sisal rugs and carpets come from the strongest fibers of the Sisal plant. Sisal rugs don't build up static or hold much dust so they can be great for people with allergies. They are very durable and can add a nice, natural feeling element to any room of the house. Sisal feels similar to jute and smells similar when burned, as well.
Synthetic Rug Types:
Polyester, one of the most common synthetic fiber types, is a synthetic resin in which polymer units are connected by ester groups. These fibers do not wear out quickly and feel very soft and luxurious. This feeling is elevated with longer pile polyester rugs. Polyester used in rugs are stain and wear resistant, and will not fade easily. Rugs of this type are very easy to clean. When burned, polyester smells like burning plastic, and melts down to a bead-like solid.
Nylon fibers are quite strong and are very popular for use in area rugs. Rugs made from nylon are simple to maintain, very strong, and resistant to mold and mildew growth. These reasons make nylon rugs ideal for areas with heavy traffic from kids and pets. Nylon is not stain resistant by "nature" but nearly every rug is treated with a stain protector. Nylon rugs make very useful "walk off" mats to save your carpet from heavy soil from feet. When burned, nylon smells like burning plastic, just like polyester.
Olefin has great benefits when used in area rugs. It is very strong and durable while also being stain and soil resistant. Olefin rugs are surprisingly lightweight and are easy to roll up and transport for cleaning. They also do not hold much static and are resistant to U.V. rays so they won't fade easily. Olefin rugs come in many colors and are great for commercial applications. When burned, olefin smells like burning plastic.
Acrylic rugs were designed to be synthetic alternatives to wool rugs. In fact, sometimes it is impossible to tell the difference between a wool and acrylic rug just by looking at them. Unlike wool, acrylic rugs resist static and mildew and don't fade easily. They also are not as fragile as wool and don't smell like wet dog when they get wet. An acrylic fiber smells like burning plastic when set on fire.
General Rug Cleaning Procedure
Step 1: Vacuum with our Dyson vacuum cleaner.