For those of you who own a rug, you know all too well just how important it is to get it professionally cleaned every now and then.
Many people with rugs in their living spaces simply don’t give them the extra care and attention they require, so they end up becoming neglected, unruly and generally unclean. Not only this, but many folks just don’t know where they can look for a professional rug cleaning service, or which method of cleaning in particular their rug needs.
Well, fear no more, because the RugKnots experts are here to tell you the two very best kinds of rug cleaning options, as well as the typical cost of each.
Dry Cleaning Area Rugs (Rug Absorbent Cleaners)
This popular rug cleaning method is known as ‘dry cleaning’, because practically no water is used during the process. A dry absorbent compound, which is essentially minuscule amounts of water, solvent and detergent, is sprinkled onto the rug, and worked into it with a special machine.
The theory of this cleaning method is that the liquids dissolve the soil and the mixture is then absorbed into the carrier and vacuumed up. Take note that vacuuming should be very thorough, to ensure that all of the carrier comes out of the rug. You’ll know you haven’t vacuumed properly when white powder starts appearing all over the place out of nowhere!
This is a great rug cleaning method for oriental rugs, because any over wetting or over heating can result in the colors in the rug bleeding, which doesn’t look good. Plus, wool rugs do not take to steam and water, which makes dry cleaning the ideal rug cleaning method for this material, too. An advantage of this no water is used in the process.
This can be done for as little as $50.
External Extraction (Steam Cleaning Area Rugs)
This professional rug cleaning service is a great rug cleaning method, and is often recommended by a wide variety of carpet manufacturers and cleaners. It is the only method that can be categorized as ‘deep cleaning’, whereas others tend to be categorized as ‘light surface cleaning’ or ‘interim cleaning.’
You, like many others, might call external extraction ‘steam cleaning’ because there is a fine spray of water that forces the dirt out of the rug, which is then sucked into the vacuum slot. Basically, a solution of water and detergent is sprayed onto the rug or carpet, and the water and soil is then recovered into a holding tank via the vacuum.
It's often said that this professional rug cleaning service is much better than doing it yourself. Depending on the size of the rug, external extraction actually isn’t pricey at all. It’s always best to get a quote from a variety of rug cleaning companies in your local area before you make any decisions.
Although this doesn’t apply to every rug cleaning company, many charge on a ‘per room’ basis, and if your room is larger than the maximum square footage, you are charged for two rooms. However, statistics show that the average price of this in 2013 was anything between $45 and $49. Not too bad, huh?
The other way that some companies charge you for steam cleaning is per square foot. The average price of one square foot is any rate between $0.30 and $0.50.
Although it's often said that carpet shampooing (which can also be used on area rugs) is not as effective as the other two rug cleaning methods, it’s still a popular alternative that many rug owners use.
The theory of this method is to generate a lot of foam in the rug, allow it to dry, and then vacuum up the residue and soil the next day. Shampoo products have extremely high foam levels to reduce wetting, a dry and non-sticky residue, and high lubricity to avoid damage to the rug fibers from the brushes.
For this process, two preliminary machines tend to be used: rotary shampoo, or cylindrical foam. Carpet shampooing is undoubtedly the cheapest method to choose, and is great if you don’t have a lot of time to spare.
Rugs should never go neglected or unnoticed. It’s important to get them cleaned professionally as much as possible, in order to keep them in their best state, and the colors just as bright as they were when you purchased it.