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 [...]
You have probably heard the terms Scotch Guard, Stain Guard, Protector, or MicroSeal before... but what exactly do these products do? First of all; not all carpets and rugs are created equal! There are several different fiber types that rugs and carpets are constructed with, and they all behave differently when it comes to stain resistance and cleaning. To put it simply, most synthetic carpet (especially nylon) comes with a form of stain guard from the mill it is produced in. That protector is applied to the fibers and baked on. However, after 2-4 years of traffic wear and cleaning, etc, the stain guard coating wears off and does not offer the same protection as when it was new. Wool and other natural fibers, on the other hand, generally do not come with any sort of added protection! That means you have a textile, whether it is carpet, upholstery, or a rug that has no protection against spills, spots, food, or pets! This is where Cleanville comes in to protect your investments! We offer fiber stain guard application on just about any type of textile you have - wall to wall carpet, oriental & area rugs, upholstery, and more. We have several different stain guard products available to use, depending on the fiber it is going on. One MAJOR benefit of the product we use is that it contains what is called acid-dye blockers. Why do you need acid-dye blockers? Well, almost every substance that is going to permanently stain your textiles is acidic! Drinks, pet urine, vomit, and many other harmful substances are acids that easily and permanently dye your vulnerable fibers. The acid-dye blockers in the protector we use fill empty dye sites [...]
Your rugs are some of your most prized possessions! In order to keep them looking and feeling the best they can be, here are a few rug care tips from the Utah rug cleaning experts at Cleanville! We will cover: Dry soil removal Spot removal Wearing evenly Preventing moth and beetle damage Avoiding UV fading Rugs and pets How to remove dry soils and everyday contaminants: The most important part of rug care (and carpet care) is dry soil removal on a consistent basis. This can be done many ways! The most popular method is vacuuming, which helps remove sand, soil, pet hair, and air pollutants. We recommend a vacuum that has a gentle brush and is adjusted to the proper height. Aggressive brushes will prematurely wear your rug fiber and cause damage. For shaggy rugs, use a vacuum that you can turn the beater bar off, or a suction only canister type vacuum. Vacuum as often as needed according to your foot traffic and environment. Smaller rugs should be shaken out monthly if possible. Removing spots: Spots can be an eyesore on an otherwise perfect rug! Depending on what the source is, here are a few simple techniques you can try for removing a spot. First, remove excess of whatever caused the spot. This can be done with a spatula, or a vacuum if it is dry. If it is a liquid, it is best to start removing it as soon as it happens! Use a towel or spot extraction machine if you have one. Absorb everything you can with the clean towel and then assess the spot. If there is color left behind from the contaminant, you can try wetting another clean towel [...]
Now that summer is over and the holidays are here... it is time to get those area rugs cleaned! The process of getting your valuable rugs cleaned can be scary at first, but have no fear! According to our 60+ 5 star Google reviews, Cleanville is the preferred choice for oriental and area rug cleaning in Salt Lake City and the surrounding areas. We are focused on making the process as easy and quick as possible for getting our clients' rugs cleaned and back to them! So, how exactly does the process go? Just make a call to us at 801-488-0088 or bring your rugs in to our facility at 411 W. Ironwood Drive in Salt Lake! We can also pick up large rugs if needed (for a small fee). Once we see and inspect your rugs, we will give you an estimate on cleaning costs and get started on them right away. What kind of rugs can we clean? Just about any and all of them! Wool rugs, synthetic rugs, silk rugs, rayon rugs, viscose rugs, animal fur rugs, carpet rugs, old rugs, new rugs, and everything in between! For most rugs, the cleaning turnaround is about 4-7 business days. When your rug is cleaned to our satisfaction, you will receive a phone call from our office and you can let us know if you want to pick up your rugs or need them delivered. Payment is due at the time of pickup. We accept all major credit cards, checks, and cash. Please give us a call or email with any other questions! We hope you will find your experience at Cleanville to be not as scary as you imagined!
Hello friends! Today I want to talk about the rug cleaning market in SLC. A quick Google search will yield a list of results that shows a number of different carpet cleaning companies that say they can "clean" your area and oriental rugs. There are also a couple of rug retail stores that offer rug cleaning as a service as well. And, of course, you will see Cleanville Rug Care on the list! So what should you look for when choosing a company to professionally clean your expensive textiles? 1. *** Make sure they are not going to clean your hand knotted/wool/silk/viscose/etc... rugs with their HOT WATER truck mounted carpet cleaning system!!! 2. Do they know the differences between rug types, fiber types, and how to clean them respectively? 3. Do they have a submersion wash setup for doing a thorough cleaning on your heavily soiled rugs? 4. Do they have the proper and adequate insurance? 5. Can they pickup and deliver your rugs? 6. Do they offer a fiber protector application after cleaning? 7. Will they let you watch the rug cleaning process or see the cleaning area? 8. Do they stay current on all the latest cleaning methods and tools in the industry? 9. Do they have reviews and testimonials to back up their claims?? Those are just some of the concerns you should have when you are shopping for a rug cleaning professional in your area. We get asked a lot of these questions every day and want to make sure the public is informed on the rug cleaning process and why you shouldn't have an average carpet cleaning company clean your valuable investments. Rug cleaning is not an easy task and [...]
Do you have an oriental rug or area rug in Park City or the surrounding areas that needs cleaning? Look no further! Cleanville Rug Care is the local expert on area & oriental rug washing and have a pickup and delivery service for Park City residents! Even though our office is located in Salt Lake City, UT... we can still take care of your rug cleaning needs. Our technicians are in Park City at least once a week and we will gladly pick up rugs or other delicate textiles from clients in the Park City area. We can handle oversize rugs with our large box-style trucks and we can also fold rugs instead of rolling them to make them ready for transportation. Of course, our clients can also drop off their valuable rugs at our office Monday-Friday between 8 am and 5 pm. Special appointments can be made for clients that need to drop off rugs before or after those hours. The drop off process is quick and easy! We unload the client's rug for them and do an initial inspection with them there. A quick information sheet needs to be filled out by the client and they can be on their way! The types of rugs we can clean include many different fibers, such as: wool, silk, synthetics, vicose, rayon, linen, cotton, jute, sisal, and others. The rug construction types we can can clean include: hand knotted, hand woven, tribal blankets, tapestries, needle points, machine woven, machine tufted, hand tufted, prayer rugs, animal skins, leather, and many others! Our cleaning methods are proven with many years of experience and are recommended by experts across the world! Call or stop by Cleanville today and experience The Cleanville [...]
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 [...]
It’s time for some spring cleaning, and there’s no better place to start than with your carpet. If you’ve got an area rug somewhere in your home, we’d like to show you how you can clean it yourself, and get a little bit of that nice feeling that comes from freshly shampooed carpets. While regular vacuuming is recommended to keep your rug clean and allergen free, you should only have to deep clean your rug every 12 to 18 months. Here are the first 4 steps to a clean rug and a cleaner home. 1. Vacuum and Prepare the Rug Start by removing all of the loose dirt and dust from your carpet. Vacuum it on both sides to prepare it for washing. Move the rug outside or to another area where you’ll be able to wash and rinse it without damaging nearby flooring. 2. Mix Your Cleaning Agent and Test It Whether you choose a professional carpet shampoo from the store or a simple mixture made with a mild household cleaning agent and cold water, always test it on a small piece of carpet before proceeding. Check for color fading and bleeding on your spot test. If it comes out without any negative side effects, it’s time to clean the carpet. 3. Scrub Using a soft brush or a firm sponge, scrub the cleaning agent deep into your carpet until you work it into a lather. Allow the rug to soak like this for a few minutes before rinsing. 4. Rinse Rinse the carpet thoroughly with a hose until the water runs clear.You’re not done yet! Make sure to check out 7 Steps to a Clean Rug: Part 2 of [...]