Simply vacuuming your rugs won’t effectively remove all pollutants. Some area rugs are highly valuable and fragile, and composed of natural fibers, sensitive dyes, and other materials that require special care and attention. If your rugs aren’t professionally cleaned as necessary, they will more quickly show wear and tear. Dirt will dig into the rug as it sees more traffic, which can lead to soil staining and fiber loss. An area rug cleaning professional can remove harmful elements and ensure your rug stays strong.
Synthetic carpets can be safely cleaned using heat, high water pressure, and strong chemicals, while many area rugs cannot. Instead, they must go through a hand washing process using gentler cleaning products. Since more time and care is required, area rug cleaning typically costs more than regular carpet cleaning.
Rug Cleaning Method
Before We Clean
We’ll start by evaluating your rug’s condition and checking for any problems. Certain issues like color variations or white knots may exist because of your rug’s weave type. Staining, bleeding, and wear, on the other hand, can sometimes be mended or reversed. Our professionals will address any cause for concern and thoroughly discuss the options for your rug.
After our initial inspection, we’ll move on to the first stage of the cleaning process: dusting. Some rugs can hold up to a pound of dirt in a single square foot before they appear dirty, so this is an important step. We will place your rug face down on a grate that vibrates for a prolonged period of time to shake out any embedded dirt.
Before washing, we’ll test your rug for colorfastness to determine how susceptible it is to running or fading. If necessary, we will set the dyes in your rug by bathing it in a dye stabilizer. Next, we’ll give your rug a cool water bath using wool-safe detergent and soft brushes. The length of time your rug spends soaking will depend on how much soil and spotting needs to be removed. After soaking, we’ll safely rinse your rug with water in our state-of-the-art centrifuge.
During this phase, 95% of the water in your rug will be removed in our centrifuge. Then, the rug will be placed on a drying rack with air movers until all the water is gone.
We will carefully clean and dry fringe tassels a second time.
The cleaning process ends with our professionals giving your rug a final brush and preparing it to be delivered back to your home.
Springer provides complete care for your rugs. We can repair everything from fringe or side cords to holes to separation and other types of damage. Most repairs can be made at our shop in Des Moines, but some specialty repairs are completed with the help of area rug weavers across the United States. No matter what, we do everything necessary to make sure your rug is repaired correctly.