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How To Vacuum Your Rugs

How To Vacuum Your Rugs

Improper vacuuming can damage and devalue your rugs, vacuums with beater bars and brushes can break the face yarns and distort the pile. When it comes to vacuuming, it’s important to know what to do, as well as what you should never do.

So let’s talk about how to maintain three different types of rugs properly. Firstly, let’s talk about sturdy thick foundation rugs. Second, we’ll discuss thin foundation rugs. Third, we’ll talk about very delicate rugs. And finally, we’ll talk about dealing with fringe on all types of rugs.

Be sure to turn your vacuum’s beater bar off, or at the very least use it at the highest setting as the aggressive motorised brush can break the surface fibres of your rug. If you have a sturdy thick foundation rug and you’re using a standard vacuum attachment, whether the rug has a pile or not, vacuum sideways across the width of the rug and across the direction of the pile.

Regardless of the type of rug you have, don’t go near the fringe unless you can shut your beater bar off as rotating brushes will quickly tear the fringe tassels. Another option is to use an upholstery attachment, vacuuming with the direction of the pile and taking the attachment up after each stroke so you’re never pushing the attachment against the direction of the pile.

If your rug is a thin foundation rug with a pile, use an upholstery attachment and vacuum with the direction of the pile only. Again, you want to pick the attachment up and not push the attachment against the direction of the pile on the return strokes.

If your thin foundation rug doesn’t have a pile, use an upholstery attachment and vacuum across the width of the rug. Don’t be too aggressive or use too much pressure as even upholstery attachments can cause very delicate rug fibres to become frizzy or damage very old fibres. For this reason, if the face yarns of your rug are delicate, or very old, it might be best to not use a vacuum at all. Instead, just brush the surface fibres by hand using a soft horsehair brush.

With a thin foundation rug, you’ll want to go across the width of the rug when you’re brushing. This type of delicate rug will not always be on the floor, they will often be hanging on walls. And remember, the idea is to dust off the dirt and soil, while it’s still on the tips of the yarns before it has a chance to penetrate to the deeper layers of the rug. You don’t need to be too aggressive with this step, but be thorough and do it as often as you can.

Now, let’s talk about how to properly deal with fringe on any type of rug. You want to vacuum or brush fringe going with the direction of the fibres, to reduce the possibility of any damage us an upholstery attachment between the fringe. If the fringe fibres are delicate or very old, use a soft brush and again, brush with the direction of the fibres.

So how often should you dust your rugs? If it’s been two years or more since your last rug washing then you won’t be able to get ahead of the curve in keeping the dirt out of the foundation of your rugs, get your rugs washed and then begin this regular dusting routine. If your rug has recently been washed, then you shouldn’t have very much embedded soil in the foundation so the goal is to keep that build-up of dust and grit as low as possible until your next washing.

In general you want to dust the front of your rugs every week or two, depending on the traffic they’re getting, and on the location in your home. If they’re in a high traffic area, or if there’s a substantial amount of dirt, dust more frequently. If they’re getting light traffic or there’s very little dirt, dust less frequently.

Every other month dust the back of the rug, go across the width using the same attachment that you used on the front, remember to dust the back of hanging rugs as well. If a rug is extremely delicate, use a brush, but you should still dust the back periodically. This will disturb these areas, and will help to keep bug and moth activity down.

If your rug is woven, sturdy and has a fairly thick foundation, then every six months, you should flip the rug face down and thoroughly dust the backside of the rug going across the width, with the beater bar of your vacuum at a low setting and switched on. The idea here is to use the vibrations of the beater bar to shake the dirt out of the foundation and the base of the pile, it’s amazing how much dirt rugs can hold. You might be surprised and what you’re able to shake out of your rugs with this method.

If your rug is a tufted rug, meaning that it has a cloth backing on it, don’t use this method! Tufted rugs have a layer of glue holding them together and this process might do more harm than good. Because rugs can hold so much dirt without even looking dirty, it’s important to have your rugs washed every six months to a year. If you have any questions about the proper maintenance of your rugs, just give us a call on 01269 842497 and we’ll be happy to help!

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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.

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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:

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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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