How to remove gritty soil from area rugs
Gritty soil is an area rug’s worst enemy. Spots don’t really hurt the rug, but they make them look bad.
Gritty soil is like sandpaper. Wool is like hair. So what do you think would happen if you took sandpaper and rubbed across your hair? Eventually the hair is going to break, and the same thing happens when you walk on a heavily soiled rug. The fibers move back and forth across the gritty soil and cause fiber loss and eventually destroy the rug. This can result in expensive repairs and pre-mature replacement.
What can you do to prevent this from happening? Well, soiling conditions are different in every home, so the frequency is going to vary. On average, you should vacuum once a week. Those with heavily soiled homes should vacuum twice a week, and those with lightly soiled homes should vacuum twice a month.
This includes wall to wall carpeting. If soil begins to accumulate down into the nap, you should consider professional cleaning of your area rugs and wall to wall carpet. The average is a yearly cleaning, but soiling conditions vary from home to home.
When wear becomes excessive, then expensive repairs become necessary. Just like cleaning, if you wait too long to do your repairs, the repairs become more extensive and expensive. Cleaning by a reputable, professional rug cleaner will not only resolve damage by excessive soil but it can also point out damage in the early states to avoid extremely high repair costs.
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