Is there really a “right way” to vacuum your rug? Isn’t it rug cleaning all about using a vacuum cleaner on a rug? Well, all we can say is “not quite!” It all depends on the type of vacuum you use, the quality of the rug, its usage, and the right techniques. Not all vacuum cleaners are meant to clean all surfaces, leave alone rugs. To let your wool carpet live long in the best condition, a few words of advice from experts may help.
Cleaning Different Wool Rugs
Wool has been used for weaving carpets for over five centuries. The natural fibres are durable and attractive. All a wool rug needs is love, care, and a good wash to last long.
• The frequency of use: Wool rugs need a good wash once in a while, depending on the frequency of use. Low traffic rugs such as the one in your guest room need lesser washing – perhaps once in three years. Rugs that are used more frequently fare better with an annual washing.
• Wool quality: The better the quality of your wool, the less it needs intensive cleaning. High-quality wool keeps off spills and dirt well. A bit of spot cleaning and regular vacuuming is enough to keep it in top shape till it’s time for a wash.
• Woolen Rug Varieties: There is no one vacuum that is effective to clean all carpets. Many offer suction and brush options for different surfaces. You need to first understand what type of wool rug you have before you determine the right cleaning technique. Wool rugs come in three varieties.
1. Woven carpets: These are high-quality rugs knots, made with a centuries-old weaving technique where the top and back of the surface is weaved simultaneously. Many Persian carpets are made this way.
2. Tufted carpets: Tufted rugs are made with yarn tufts inserted with a sewing machine, after which fabric is attached with latex to cover the back surface for a neat finish.
3. Shag carpets: These are long pile rugs that are more commonly visible in homes.
Wall-to-wall carpets have thick, compact fibres that can hold up to a pound of dust before it starts to look soiled. To clean your wall-to-wall carpet, first vacuum before steam cleaning it to remove dirt and debris from deep within.
If your air filtration system is effective, you need to clean your carpet at least once a week. A good vacuum can suck out two to five pounds of dry dust. If your carpet is not regularly vacuumed, the dust settles deep into the fibres to the base of the rug. Sharp bits can cut into the fibres, creating wear and tear. If the cotton fibres are visible through the front surface, you know your rug is in trouble!
Below are a few ways to make sure your rug doesn’t reach this stage.
1. An annual steam cleaning and weekly vacuuming with a high-end cleaner is the trick.
2. Avoid using a rough bristle brush or power rotation brushes. Use high suction to suck up the fine film of dust instead.
3. Use the upholstery tool to remove thinner woven rugs.
4. Run the vacuum action with the grain, if possible.
5. Softer wool fibres get ruined with force against the natural direction of the pile.
6. Use long vertical strokes from one end of the carpet to the other for a large carpet.
7. For a small rug, use short strokes in the direction of the pile from side to side.
8. Don’t forget to flip the rug over and run the vacuum across the back of the carpet too. Bugs can settle in there if it is not cleaned properly.
9. Carpet beetles and moth can settle into old rugs that are away from sunlight. Mould can gather in the humid fibres too. Regular washing will help drive them out.
Shenasi Carpet Limited – Cleaning, Repair, New and Antique Rugs
Shenasi Carpet Limited has been keeping rugs and carpets clean in the Greater Vancouver Area since 1979. We have a long history in carpet cleaning services, carpet repairs and restoration of handmade Persian and Oriental carpets. Visit our 6,000 square feet showroom with over 4,000 Persian and Oriental carpets if you’re looking for an exclusive new piece. Talk to our friendly staff for intensive carpet steam cleaning services.