Viscose Rug Cleaning in Salt Lake City – the fiber you should be aware of!

As design trends continue to change and new fibers are introduced into homes, us textile cleaners have the responsibility of keeping up on those trends and learning how to clean said new products. Unfortunately, there is a current boom in the home decor world and it is a fiber called "Viscose." Let's take a look at why this fiber is throwing cleaners for a loop... and why you should avoid purchasing it! Viscose, which is also known as; art silk, bamboo silk, faux silk, rayon, modal, and other names, is a cellulosic fiber that is cleaning nightmare. It is sold as an environmentally friendly fiber, but numerous lawsuits and a quick examination of the manufacturing process will prove it to be the opposite. The major issues are that the fiber is not meant to be wet cleaned, and it has a very short usable lifespan because of its very poor wear characteristics. So why would textile mills start injecting this fiber into every category of home decor? Price, and how it feels. It is a very inexpensive fiber that can be sold as silk by some shady manufacturers and it even has the almost same feel of a high end silk fiber. How has the cleaning industry responded? At first, most rug cleaners tried cleaning viscose rugs with conventional cleaning methods that work for wool or synthetic rugs. We quickly realized that those methods only created issues when cleaning rugs containing viscose fibers. The fiber does not respond well to cleaning with water, due to the fact it turns brown/yellow as it dries and gets very stiff... Not the result you want! Most cleaners decided to turn away viscose rugs all together, while others kept [...]

By |2020-08-28T18:47:40+00:00August 28th, 2020|Rug Cleaning|Comments Off on Viscose Rug Cleaning in Salt Lake City – the fiber you should be aware of!

7 Steps to a Clean Rug: Part 2

Welcome back to our two part series on cleaning and maintaining your rugs. If you have not read our first article in this series, 7 Steps to a Clean Rug: Part 1, make sure you check out that page first. Here are the last 3 steps you need to know to properly clean your area rug at home. 5. Remove Excess Water Before you lay your rug out to dry, you should get as much water out of the rug as possible. A rubber window squeegee is a great tool to use for this. Carefully squeeze the water out of your carpet, always pulling with the rug’s nap, never against it. Once you no longer see water being forced out, you are done.   6. Lay Flat to Dry Once all excess water is removed, lay the rug out to dry, rotating once to make sure the front and back both dry fully. Do not replace the carpet until it has dried completely.   7. Gently Brush Out Fibers Once after a rug dries the fibers are left stiff and feeling different than they were before. If the fibers of your rug feel stiff, you can brush them out with a soft brush or vacuum it to loosen them again. Over time, the fibers will loosen (and soften) right up.   Once you’ve completed all these steps, return your rug to the appropriate room and enjoy how clean and vibrant it looks and feels again! For more helpful home cleaning tips, check out our other articles. Need help cleaning your carpets? Don’t have the time or the space to clean your rugs properly? For full service carpet and stone cleaning, contact Cleanville in Salt Lake [...]

By |2016-11-29T17:05:44+00:00May 21st, 2016|Carpet Care, Rug Cleaning|Comments Off on 7 Steps to a Clean Rug: Part 2