Eugene has a fantastic number of ways to enjoy spending time outdoors, and in enjoying those things we track a lot of soil, sand, and other outdoor remnants onto our rugs. If your area rugs look a little dingy, they could benefit from a thorough cleaning. However, before you head out to rent a carpet cleaning machine, do your prized floor coverings a favor and consider dropping it off at our rug cleaning facility.

Basic Area Rug Care

A sure-fire way to keep your area rugs looking their best is to vacuum regularly. No matter how diligent you are about banishing dirt and grit from your home, there is no foolproof way to completely prevent it from entering your home and attaching itself to your favorite rug. So, don’t be shy; vacuum that rug consistently between professional cleanings.

Now, before you pull out the vacuum, remember that it’s essential that you treat your area rugs gently because they are typically more fragile than regular carpet. We suggest that you use the upholstery attachment to smoothly and safely remove the dirt from the carpet. The key is to wield just enough pressure to suck the soil up from the rug without damaging the fragile rug fiber.

If, despite your valiant vacuuming efforts, the rug still appears dingy and dirty, it’s time to invest in a thorough area rug cleaning. Make sure that you protect a fragile area rug by hiring an expert cleaning service like Brothers’ because we know how to bring out the best in your cherished floor covering.

Area Rug Cleaning Process

1. Dusting/Vacuuming

While vacuuming your area rug at home is essential to keep it clean, it’s just not going to be adequate to provide a thorough deep clean.That’s why the first thing we do when for your area rug in our facility is vacuum, dust, and get all that dust and grit out. The more of that we can get out, the better the clean will be.

2. Choose Method of Cleaning

There are several cleaning methods depending on the type of rug, and the type of soil and stains. These methods are:

  • Immersion
  • Hot Water Extraction
  • Encapsulation
  • Gentle Hand Cleaning

3. Drying

Prolonged exposure to moisture is one of the reasons that home cleaning can be damaging to an area rug. Following our selected method of cleaning, your area rug will be dried in a clean and humidity and temperature controlled environment.

4. Final Inspection

Following the drying process, there will be a final inspection to make sure that all stains have been removed, and re-clean as needed for those stubborn stains. Unfortunately there may be times where a stain proves to be permanent.

5. Final Brushing

And finally, we hand brush the rug, roll it, and wrap it in a protective paper so it remains as good as new and ready to come back home.

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Common Questions Regarding Area Rug Cleaning

Why Shouldn’t I Clean my Rug at My Home?

In your home, there may not be adequate space, and the space you do have might not be as controlled as it needs to be. Here are the advantages of bringing your rugs to us:

  • Clean and controlled environment
  • Extensive vacuuming and dusting (both sides!)
  • Immersion cleaning
  • Safe and effective drying
  • A second round of the cleaning process should we encounter difficult stains
  • Provide a final inspection to make sure all stains have been removed, and determine if it needs further cleaning
  • Effective pet stain and odor treatment
  • Hand brushing for a finishing touch

Can I Steam Clean My Area Rug?

We prefer to call it, “hot water extraction” and sometimes, yes, some occasions using a hot water extraction method for an area rug will work. However, it all depends on what type of rug it is, and what kind of soil and stains you want to get out. For example, the immersion method is typically effective in removing pet urine stains and odors. We want to caution you before you use hot water extraction – it’s important to make sure you get all the excess moisture out to keep the rug from becoming moldy, mildewy, or damaged even further.

Do You Treat Pet Stains and Odors on Area Rugs?

Yes. In fact, it’s often one of the most common reasons customers will drop off their rugs to us. We use an enzyme cleaner on rugs that have pet stains and odors. We also recommend keeping one of our enzyme cleaners on hand for emergencies. You can come into the office and pick a small bottle up, or go to your local pet store and get “Nature’s Miracle.”

Do You Pick Up the Area Rugs?

Yes, we sure do! However, if you want to drop the area rug off yourself, we offer a 15 percent discount.

Now, don’t forget – the area rugs that grace your home bring beauty and individuality to the floor spaces in your life. Give them the professional care that they need to continue to delight you with their presence. Contact us at Brothers Cleaning to bring life back to your area rugs.