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Why You Should Call Professionals to Clean Your Rug

4/15/2016 (Permalink)

Water damage can cause serious harm to your house’s foundation and compromise the structural integrity of the home. It can cause damage to your walls, roof, and to the floor. But water damage doesn’t just affect the structural parts of your home.


If you’ve suffered water damage in your home, you might’ve suffered some damage to personal belongings. One such belonging, carpet or upholstery, should be cleaned by the professionals at SERVPRO rather than attempting to do it yourself. Regardless of how well you think you might be able to restore the item, the results won’t be as good as if you hire professionals to do the job. No matter how large the item is or how much it costs, the professional technicians at SERVPRO can clean, repair, and restore the item to preserve its condition and prolong its lifespan.

One of the most popular types of carpeting to see in homes are area rugs. They come in all different sizes and designs and can be used for decorative and practical purposes. They’re often used to keep other furniture such as tables and chairs from damaging hardwood floors. But they also collect dirt, odors, allergens, and discolorations due to the fact that so many people step on them each and every day.

Routine vacuuming and spot treatment are helpful to keeping the rug looking nice but that type of maintenance can only go so far. At the end of the day, you’ll need skilled technicians that have the professional training necessary to complete comprehensive maintenance every so often. The more people continue to step on the rug, the more often it will be in need of a good, professional cleaning.

Our highly trained, professional, IICRC certified technicians will begin the process of restoring your rug by analyzing the material that’s been damaged and determining what kind of repairs and/or cleaning needs to be undertaken to restore the rug to its original state. They’ll start the cleaning process with a thorough vacuuming, spot removal, and other repairs before giving the rug a good rinse. Next a pre-tested product is applied that is specially used by professional cleaners. They’ll work in this product using a gentle agitating brush before rinsing and drying the rug.

The majority of the water that’s being held within the fibers of the fabric will be drawn out using a centrifuge or other means that the professionals on site deem necessary. Then it will be hung for final drying. If improper techniques are used for drying, it can do irreparable damage to the material so it’s important that a professional that knows the exact way to clean and dry the rug so that it’s restored to its original state. Attempting to clean and dry the rug yourself can damage the appearance of the rug and ruin the rug leaving you having to purchase a new, expensive rug.

You’ll want the rug clean and dry so it can continue to serve its purpose of protecting your floor but you likely also want the rug to look nice as area rugs often are also used as a decorative piece. Our professionals that are restoring the rug will give the rug an appearance touch up like final pile brushing and combing the fringe prior to returning the rug to its owner.

While it may seem like cleaning a rug is a simple process that you can do yourself, that’s a surefire way of ruining your beautiful, expensive product. Therefore, it’s important that you hire professionals that are trained in this type of work. Companies that are certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), like SERVPRO, are aware of the latest techniques and equipment, have the proper skills, and abide by IICRC’s strict standards for cleaning and restoration.

An area rug can be a great addition to your home serving the purpose of protecting your hardwood floor while also adding beautiful decoration to the house. But, as with your house, water can be the nemesis to the well being of your rug. You may think that you can clean and dry the rug yourself but to ensure that the rug is restored to its original state, an IICRC-certified firm needs to be brought in to handle the job. If you need a rug restored or need water, fire, or mold remediation, call SERVPRO to help.

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