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Your area rug needs some specialty cleaning

Posted Thursday, September 1st, 2016

Hey Birmingham: we can help you with your area rugs.

When most people think about carpet cleaning, they think of wall-to-wall services. Often times, area rugs get overlooked. You move them aside when you clean the rest of the floor, or maybe give them a good vacuum. Sometimes you even take them outside on occasion to beat dust out. And many owners haven’t given their rugs a thorough cleaning because they don’t know where to start. But it’s true: your area rug needs some specialty cleaning. Here’s why.

Can you clean your area rug like you clean your carpet?

Well, maybe. While steam cleaning is appropriate for wall-to-wall carpeting, the same approach won’t always work for your area rugs. In-home steam cleaning is sometimes appropriate for rugs made of synthetic fibers, and even then you may not remove all odors. And because area rugs are often made of specialty materials (animal hide, wool, or other natural fibers), even spot cleaning them can cause damage. While you might tentatively try a club soda and water solution, even that you must treat with extreme caution. Area rugs often use rich dyes, meaning they’re more likely to bleed or discolor.

Trust your area rug with a professional

Every rug is a custom job. Their treatment will depend on their fibers and weave. At Modernistic, we carefully inspect each carpet to determine pre-treatment. Then we dust them and clean them with eco-friendly agents to remove any damage from smoke, floods, pets, or anything else. We spin them to remove any excess cleaning agent, and then fully immerse them in our 1200-gallon tub. Then we rinse them, spin them, and then hang them to dry. We don’t use any heat in our drying process.

After all of this, we comb and groom the rug to be sure the fibers don’t tangle into clumps or knots and restore lift and softness.

So if you haven’t had your rugs cleaned in a while, be in touch. We will be sure it receives the best attention.

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