Help and Advice

Why Clean a Rug

To make it look good and feel good of course but there’s more to it than that.

The correct cleaning of a rug should extend its life and improve or maintain its appearance. Even if the rug doesn’t get much foot traffic it will still act as a filter capturing airborne pollutants deep within its pile causing potential discolouration and malodour. Foot traffic brings in gritty and oily deposits which combine to wear down the pile. Add a sprinkling of dropped food and drink and perhaps some pet deposits and you’ve a veritable cocktail of soiling!

There is a regularly expressed view that cleaning rugs (or carpets) damages them but this is only likely to be the case if the rug is cleaned incorrectly. For example cleaning residues should be well rinsed out otherwise they will attract soiling and whilst the rug may look good initially it won’t be long before the grubby look re-ppears.

Urgent Stain Treatment

Firstly please don’t do what nearly everybody does having spilt something on to their prized possession namely throw everything that’s under the kitchen sink at it and then try to rub it clean – the combination of which is guaranteed to ruin the pile. You can absorb liquids by placing a white towel or similar onto the spill so as to absorb as much as possible. Don’t be tempted to spread the stain by applying lots of water.

You will find some excellent advice on the NCCA website (click below) under the Consumer section. This gives more details on first aid stain treatment. The important point at this stage is not to make the matter worse thus, if required, allowing us to carry out a more successful treatment of the stain. Otherwise give us a call as soon as convenient as the quicker we are able to attend to the matter the better the result is likely to be.