As professional rug cleaners we come across this question a lot. And with so many DIY tips on the internet and How To videos and websites on rug cleaning, many people wonder why they need a professional at all. Join the team at Woods Rug Laundry today as we discuss why you need a professional rug cleaner.
DIY vs. Professional Rug Cleaning
DIY tips are limitless online, with advice on everything from sewing a button to creating food masterpieces for special occasions. Of course, among all these incredible DIY ideas are household cleaning tips. And while we’ve used a few of them ourselves now and then, all DIY tips should be taken with a grain of salt. What has worked for someone doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do. Or that it will work for you.
Far too often do we receive rugs ruined beyond repair because their owner has attempted to fix a spill or a stain using an online DIY technique. Sadly, almost all of these rugs are ruined beyond cleaning and repair. What online DIY tips don’t take into account is that no to rugs are the same – especially when it comes to antique rugs. Many are handwoven and/or feature delicate dyes that are made of unstable mixes. There is a wide variety of dyes, piles and materials that make up different rugs and are blended in a thousand different ways. As a result, what works on one rug won’t always work on another. This can lead to irreparable dye bleeds, bleaching and the destruction of the rug pile.
Professional rug cleaning technicians are trained to assess rugs and dyes so they can understand what cleaning treatment will work best for which rug. As a result, this prevents damage and elongates the life of the rug. DIY methods are unstable and might not always work the same way twice. Just because one person has gotten away with using lemon juice on a nylon rug doesn’t mean your rare Persian rug will respond the same way. Professional rug cleaning, on the other hand, ensures your rugs are treated with the care they deserve.
In-Home Rug Cleaning vs. Expert Rug Cleaning
There is also a difference between professional rug cleaning services. In-home rug cleaning is never advised. This is due to the fact that in-home cleaning is simply not equipped to deal with dry rugs effectively. A rug can hold a tremendous amount of water and that water needs to be properly drained away and pressed out in order for the rug to dry properly. In-home rug cleaners often clean the rug directly on the floor, as if it is simply carpet, leaving it there soaking in water. Not only does this cause damage to the floor and leave that tell-tale “wet dog” smell in your home, it also damages your rug.
Water builds up and holds in a rug that is not properly drained or pressed out, allowing it to become soggy. This in turn can mean the rug will begin to mould or rot, destroying the rug and possibly harming the health of your family.
Taking your rug to an expert rug cleaning facility, like Woods Rug Laundry, means using professional equipment. This allows for rugs to be properly cleaned, pressed and dried so that all water and soap residue is removed. Then the rug is safely packaged and returned to you. As a result, you don’t have to deal with any rotting issues or terrible smells in your home. And you can rest safe in the knowledge your rug is safe from damage.
Specialist Rug Cleaning
When it comes to rare, antique, and oriental rugs, often you require specialist rug cleaning. Rugs like these are an investment and a statement piece in a home. As a result, they need to be treated with impeccable care to ensure they are preserved for years to come. DIY cleaning and in-home cleaning can quickly and irreparably damage the delicate fibres. As a result this can cause unstable dyes to bleed and leak. Too often DIY cleaning does not take into account that not all dyes are made the same. This is also true of in-home cleaning. Specialist rug cleaning ensures rugs are properly treated, tested and cleaned in order to protect your valuable rug.