Did you know that rugs have been around for thousands of years? In fact, the oldest rug known today was located in Siberia in a Scythian tomb. Otherwise known as the Pazyryk carpet, it was found in 1940 and is actually over 2,000 years old! Although your household rug isn't this ancient, it is still prone to the same rug wearing elements. If your rug has begun to lose its charm, it is due to dirt and grime that has accumulated and become trapped in rug fibers.
Professional rug cleaning is something that responsible rug owners should commit to. A professional rug cleaning service in Alexandria is gentle enough to clean deep down into the fibers of the rug but gentle enough not to cause any harm or damage to your unique investment. Feet Up Carpet Cleaning of Alexandria owns and operates our own cleaning facility dedicated to natural rugs that require hand washing, typically Oriental and Persian rugs.
The process of cleaning first starts with analyzing what cleaning solution your rug needs.
For synthetic, store-bought rugs, hot water is used to extract dirt and bacteria from the rug fibers. Next, special solutions and cleaning tools are used to remove even the most stubborn stains.
For more expensive heirlooms, a first step of pre-dusting is done by hand in order to gauge the real status of your rug without layers of debris. Next, hand washing and grooming are carried out by one of our expert craftsmen, followed by temperature-controlled drying.
Different types of rugs require specific cleaning methods to ensure effective and safe maintenance. Here are various rug types, their specific needs, and recommended cleaning methods:
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Rugs see a lot of foot traffic throughout the day, and this means that they absorb dirt, dust, mold spores and other allergens, bacteria, and even food and pet hair. When you consider how many people (or animals) walk on it throughout the day, it is no surprise that no rug can remain its best without being maintained every once in a while. We can clean synthetic and smaller rugs on your premises but larger and natural rugs will be taken to our facility and returned to you at no extra cost.
For more information on your particular rug and its cleaning requirements or to schedule a free price estimate, please contact Feet Up Carpet Cleaning of Alexandria today at 703-635-7342!
The timeline for having your rug professionally cleaned can vary based on several factors. These include the rug's exposure to foot traffic, whether you have pets or kids, and the type of material the rug is made of. On average, it's advisable to schedule professional rug cleaning every 12-18 months under regular conditions. However, if your rug lies in an area of high footfall, or you share your home with pets or children, you might need to opt for a more frequent cleaning schedule, possibly every 6-12 months.
Choosing to deep clean your rug without expert help can bring about multiple potential complications. The risks include color fading or bleeding, especially if the rug is vibrantly colored or is an antique piece. Another risk is that some cleaning solutions could be too harsh on the rug's fibers, causing damage or color alteration. Over-saturation is also a common problem, where the rug might take an excessive amount of time to dry and eventually foster the growth of mildew or mold. You may also unintentionally shrink the rug if it's not properly dried. By hiring professional rug cleaners, you can avoid these typical problems as they possess the right knowledge and tools.
Indeed, there are numerous plant-based options for cleaning your rug. We offer solutions that are eco-friendly, biodegradable, and non-toxic. Our green cleaning detergents ensure safety for both your household and the environment. An alternative eco-friendly method is steam cleaning, which employs hot water vapor to cleanse and sanitize the rug, eliminating the need for harsh chemicals.