As a carpet cleaner I see a variety of carpet and rugs. Area Rugs have their own unique process.
1. Very thorough vacuum. Area rugs are dense … very dense and hold a lot of dry dirt and sand. The best way to get this out is to vacuum with a powerful upright tool. I spend about 20 minuets of vacuum time for average size area rug.
2. I use the correct solution for the job. Wool is a very common fiber for area rugs and this type of fiber likes to be treated with a PH balance of 8.5 or lower. After the solution is down I thoroughly agitate it to get the solution all the way deep into the area rug.
3. Now I extract. I use warm or hot pure water when cleaning area rugs. Steam is usually too powerful and unnecessary to do a great job. Cycling water and I mean a lot of water is the key to rinsing a area rug. I use a gentle and powerful extraction tool called the 360i. The rotation combined with gentle glides allows me to get maximum rinsing action without over wetting the rug mat.
4. Dry time. I use two air movers after I am finished to give the area rug maximum drying affect. This will leave the fiber feeling only slightly damp to completely dry. I recommend staying off the rug till it is completely dry before it is walked on.
5. Final groom. I groom the rugs fibers in one direction to make the pile stand tall. This helps the feel and look of the fiber as a nice final step.
If you are interested in having your carpets cleaned and area rugs give me a call for a quote.