RESIDENTIAL SERVICES: AREA RUG CLEANING
Area rugs trap dust, dirt, odours, and oils caused by foot traffic, pet accidents and various spills. Proper area rug cleaning is important to keep them looking their best, while extending their life.
Our technicians are certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC) and deliver results you can trust. They are trained to recognize different fibres, constructions and rug types, along with their potential problems and ideal solutions. Plus, we have the equipment, training and experience to restore the beauty of your rugs with our multi-step cleaning process.
Specialty textiles require different methods of professional care. Please request cleaning details specific to each of the following rugs:
- Leather Shag
Vacuum between Professional Cleanings
Vacuuming keeps rugs relatively clean between professional cleanings, but proper cleaning includes regularly vacuuming on both sides.
Minimize Sun Damage
Too much direct exposure to sunlight will cause fading. However, using blinds or drapes to block prolonged exposure will lessen the damaging effects of UV exposure.
Rotate for Even Wear
Reduce uneven wear and fading by rotating your rug annually.
Remove Heavy Furniture
Heavy furniture may crush fibres and create dents. However, using furniture coasters will prevent deep depressions.
Invest in Rug Pads
Rug Pads extend the life of your rugs. They will also prevent slipping, absorb sound, and provide cushioning. Interior Care can supply a high quality, custom-cut pad for any rug.
Do-it-yourself cleaning is risky. While you should immediately blot a spill with a clean, white cotton towel to contain possible stain damage, using harsh chemicals and cleaning solutions designed for synthetics should be avoided. Incorrect use of a detergents can cause persistent staining and may damage fibres.
Avoid Water for Stains
Whether you spilled some wine, or your pet had a mishap, applying water for stains may cause the dyes to run and bleed, discolouring the rug and damaging the floor. Instead, have your rugs professionally cleaned to properly protect and maintain them. One session with Interior Care today could have your rugs looking like new again.
Go with a Pro
No do-it-yourself treatment replaces an occasional cleaning from a professional to extend the life of your rug and bring out its natural beauty and bright colours. The average time recommended between professional cleanings is 12-18 months. However, if you have pets, suffer from airborne allergies, or your rug is in a heavy traffic area, you may need to clean more often.
Only a professional cleaner like Interior Care can remove pet urine odours and allergens, mould spores, and dust mites. And only a professional with a custom cleaning method can keep dyes from bleeding and damaging your rug.
All the stain removers we use have low hazard ratings. If you’d prefer us to use only green products, we are happy to accommodate your request. However, the products currently available have limitations in their ability to accomplish a thorough cleaning. Our general policy is to, “Clean Green, but keep stains from being seen.”
When Spills Happen
Today’s stain-resistant fabrics make treating spills much easier. Still, no carpet is 100% resistant. The key is to act QUICKLY:
Step 1 – Absorb the Spill
- Blot spot with a dry white absorbent cloth, or plain white paper towel. A coloured material may transfer ink or dye to your carpet). Continue blotting until the area is damp. Semi-solids like food may need to be scooped up with a spoon. Dry, solid bits can be vacuumed.
- Do not scrub or use a brush. Bristles and elbow grease can cause fraying and texture change.
Step 2 – Treat the Stain
- Use one of these cleaners approved by the Carpet and Rug Institute. Though any of these listed have been laboratory tested, you should still test them first on a scrap of carpet or in an out-of-sight place.
- Follow the product’s directions carefully, and remember more is not better. Apply a small amount of the cleaner to a white cloth, and work in gently from the edges to the center. Blot; don’t scrub! You may need to do this several times to remove the spot. Once gone, blot the area with clear water to remove any remaining product.