rug cleaning methods

Professional Rug Spa Cleaning vs Standard In-Situ Rug Cleaning

If you’re searching the web for a local rug cleaning company, you’ll be presented with many options.

Each business will promise great results, but do they all offer the same service?

The answer is no.

Rug Cleaning Methods

Many people assume that all rugs are cleaned the same way as a fitted carpet and that all companies will come to the home to clean rugs.

For the most part this is true – the vast majority of cleaning companies will merely clean your rugs using a portable carpet cleaning machine in your home.

But does the same method of cleaning a carpet attain the best results for rugs?

Well, we’d argue that it fails to even achieve an acceptable cleaning result.

Here’s why:

Standard rug cleaning is surface cleaning

If you’ve ever had your carpets cleaned (or indeed your rugs) you’ll have noticed that the carpet is merely cleaned across the surface of the fibres using an attachment called a ‘wand.’

While this can achieve superficial results and remove some surface stains, it cannot remove all the grit and soils from deep in your rugs and it won’t result in a truly hygienically clean rug. Indeed, it is very difficult for this cleaning method to remove stubborn urine odours and bacteria.

The standard carpet cleaning process is not suitable to clean the back of rugs and so it is only the fibres of the top surface that can be cleaned. In addition to this, if you’re having your carpet cleaned in your home, the company will likely be using the same harsh chemicals that are used to clean a standard fitted carpet. These chemicals can result in the colours bleeding from your rug and can sometimes cause irreparable damage.

Rug spa cleaning is a multi-step deep cleaning process

When you book a rug spa clean with The Rug Laundry, your rugs get treated to the most through rug cleaning process in the cleaning industry.

Once we have inspected your rug, all the embedded dust and loose soiling is removed using our mechanical dusting machine that removes all the debris and grit. Once thoroughly dusted, it will go through our advanced wash and cleaning machine that uses oscillating brushes and gentle rug shampoos to clean every square inch of your rug.

Then it enters our centrifuge machine to quickly remove excess moisture before being hung to dry in our temperature and humidity controlled drying room.

Our process provides unbeatable cleaning and results in rugs that are beautifully fresh, fluffy and hygienic.

We collect, clean and deliver rugs throughout South Wales, including Carmarthen, Swansea, Cardiff and Newport.

To get your free quotation, contact us today.


Rug Care

How Often Should I Clean My Rug?

How Often Should I Clean My Rug?

How often should I clean my rug? It’s a question we get a lot here at The Rug Laundry! To answer that, let’s look at what abrasive dirt really is and how it affects your rugs.

When you look at a magnified image of sandpaper, you can easily see the sharp edges that act as cutting tools. Similarly with common sand, you can see the sharp edges of each grain.

Sand is largely made of silica, and silica is what they make glass out of; you could think of sand as tiny little pieces of broken glass. When you walk across your rugs you put your full body weight on these sharp edges, and that results in damage and wear to your rugs. The sharp edges literally dig into and cut the fibres. Remember wool is just hair so it’s soft and easy to cut.

Rugs can last hundreds of years, but not if they’re exposed to this kind of wear, but there’s something that actually makes this problem even worse. One of the great things about wool is that it hides dirt so well, this is because of the way the fibres are made.

The surface of the fibre has little ridges, almost like scales on a fish. Each one of these scales provides a place for dirt to hide. Now in one way, that’s good, because even if your rug has some dirt in it, it won’t easily show it. It is excellent at hiding dirt and that’s one of the reasons it’s such a perfect material for rugs.

The problem occurs when people that own rugs wait until the rugs look dirty to the eye before they bring them in for a good cleaning. By the time a wool rug looks dirty it can have almost unbelievable amounts of abrasive dirt in it which leads to damage to the fibres of the rug.

Once this damage occurs, it can’t be undone. As more and more dirt penetrates the fibres it leads to a loss of colour and vibrancy, making the rug look dull and lifeless. This process happens gradually so many times people don’t notice.

Wool rugs can look flat and dull with very little colour prior to being washed. Once cleaned, the colours are more vibrant as a proper wash removes the abrasive dirt and restores the shine the natural wool has. That’s why most rugs should be washed every six months to three years, depending on how good the wool is, how much traffic the rug gets, and whether or not the rug is properly vacuumed.

If it’s been too long since your rugs last bath, give us a call on 01269 842497 and let us restore the beauty your rug was meant to have.


How To Choose The Right Company To Clean Your Rugs

Have you ever paid for a rug cleaning service and been underwhelmed with the results?

Maybe the result was an improvement but there was still a lingering odour?

Or perhaps your rug took a long time to dry and remained a little grubby in places?

This is usually because most rug cleaning companies merely clean rugs as they would a fitted carpet in your home.

Our rug cleaning service is different. Here’s why:

Professional rug spa cleaning

How To Choose A Rug Cleaning Company

While some rugs can be cleaned in your home using a portable carpet cleaning machine, you will not achieve the results you want by opting for this service.

This is because this type of method only cleans the surface of your rugs and doesn’t get deep into the pile. A surface clean with a portable machine cannot clean the back of your rugs effectively and risks causing damage. Also, if your rugs have fringes, then these are particularly troublesome to clean in the home and are prone to ‘browning’ and other issues.

While any cleaning is better than no cleaning, the difference in the results and cleanliness of a rug cleaned at a rug spa like ours, and a rug cleaned in your living room, is night and day!

Experience and knowledge

In the competitive online world, everyone states they’re the ‘best’ at what they do.

For this reason, it can make it a little tricky to differentiate between rug cleaning companies.

But assuming you’ve now decided you’d like a your rug cleaned at a rug spa and you’re looking for the right company to carry out the work…

How do you choose between multiple companies that offer this service?

Well, make sure that you actually are getting the real rug spa cleaning experience, rather than a company who will just collect your rug and clean it off-site using basic equipment.

When you book The Rug Laundry, you can be sure your rugs are being treated to the most thorough process in the industry.

With decades of experience between us, we have the knowledge, training and experience to tackle the most tricky of rugs.

Convenience & customer service

When you choose us to clean your rugs, we try to make things as easy as possible for you.

You are able to drop your rugs to our unit or we can also arrange a convenient collect and delivery service where we’ll pick up from the comfort of your home.

We’ll carry out a full pre-inspection report and once your rug is cleaned, it will be dried, wrapped and stored, ready for collection or drop-off to your home.

It is very different to the process of a carpet cleaner arriving at your home and whipping over the surface of your rugs and then having to wait hours for them to dry in your living room!

We collect, clean and deliver rugs throughout South Wales, including Cardiff, Swansea, Carmarthen and Newport.


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At The Rug Laundry we specialise in tailoring the best rug cleaning process to the specific fibre, texture, and area of the world your rug comes from.

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