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Protecting your area rugs starts with proper area rug care in your home. If you want your area rugs to last a long time there are procedures that you should keep in mind. Starting with regular vacuuming. Every 3-6 months your area rug(s) should be turned over and vacuumed using a beater bar attachment to loosen the dirt/grit and remove it from the pile. Turn the rug back over and vacuum as normal. There are many household products you should avoid using on, or even near, your area rugs as they WILL cause permanent damage. The damage might only show up days later, weeks later or during a professional cleaning. Among the worst products is Benzol Peroxide. Which is most commonly found in acne medications. It is capable of destroying most dye’s. Its damaging effect may seem to appear spontaneously for several reasons; a rise in humidity & the time between contact. Insecticides that are sprayed along baseboards can create a colour change as well but only after cleaning. Avoid the following dye damaging products near your valuable rugs: pool chemicals, dry bleaches, disinfectants, fade creams, pesticides, plant food, dandruff shampoo, tile cleaners, chlorine bleach, mildew fighters, glass cleaners and floor strippers. Many of these products when spilled don’t show the effects until heat and moisture are applied. In many cases the colour loss is permanent and expensive spot dyeing or repair is the only remedy that may be considered.
At AAA we have been Area Rug washing in our plant for over 30 years. We take the time and care to properly treat your carpet and maximize our end results. We clean 99% of loose area rugs in our shop, because it allows us the time to:
Some rugs due to sheer size, to large or permanent furnishings (wall units on them) or at the request of the home owner (who simply may not want to part with their rug) we do offer in home rug cleaning; although some what less expensive then in plant cleaning it is far less controlled and the results are not usually as impressive as in plant cleaning. There are also risks that must be considered when cleaning these rugs in your home. One of them is if the rug is sitting directly on a hardwood floor there is a chance that the flooring may be damaged, due to the moisture wicking thru to the back of the rug.
Staining on most natural fibres is the largest complaint when it comes to area rugs. It is very important that spills be cleaned up as soon as possible due to the nature of natural fibres they absorb and hold stains much more then man made materials. Plus they are unable to withstand the high pH’s of some of the strongest stain removers, therefore we are limited to what can be used. The quicker you get us in to clean the better chance we have to remove or reduce the appearance of the stain or spill. Having your area rugs protected after our cleaning is strongly recommended, although no protectant can stop or prevent all stains, it does add a large measure of protection and can greatly minimize the damage from spills. Protectant also allows you to vacuum up to 35% more soil out of your rugs, as the soil has a much harder time attaching it self to sealed fibres.
Dye bleeding or crocking is another complaint with some types of area rugs. Kelims, some Persians and even some Oriental Rugs. Dye bleeding can usually be prevented but not always corrected. So if your carpet has been improperly cleaned, spot treated or even has gotten wet or suffered in excessive humidity, dyes can run during the cleaning or drying process. So please let us know if you believe that your rug has been subjected to those or any other conditions that might affect its dye stability.
We clean most area rugs- including braided, hand tufted, hand hooked, silk, wool, Flokati, Navajo, Carousel, and Dhurries – to name just a few. We offer free pick up and delivery in most of Niagara. In fact we really only charge when we roll the rug for you.
Pricing starts from only $1.25 per sq. ft., for most synthetic area rugs and ranges up to $6 per. sq. ft. for certain silks and specialty rugs. Most Wool/Orientals are $2- $3 per sq. ft. depending on thickness and soiling. Extreme pet odours may require pit washing. Which involves complete immersion of the rug in our wash pit. Pit washing method is excellent at removing the odours however, immersion washing can add 50% more to the price of the cleaning.
There is no charge to come out and evaluate your rug for clean-ability. A more thorough exam can be provided in our plant, prior to any cleaning, under our lights for any other conditions that might not have been spotted in the home. If any other concerns are found you will be contacted before we proceed, and if you choose not to clean there is no charge to return the rug back to your home.