What’s living in your rugs is downright GROSS.
And don’t be fooled into thinking your rugs don’t need attention just because you can’t SEE anything.
Allergens and dust mites are making a comfortable home for themselves and you’re none-the-wiser – other than the allergies that you can’t figure out how to control.
But that’s not all.
Keep reading to find out why it’s so important that you make cleaning your area rug a priority.
We love to share the story of what started out as the most disgusting rug in HammondKnoll history and turned into a heart-warming, happy, clean ending.
It was one of those typical dark, rainy days in February (the kind where you walk from the parking lot and by the time you get to the front door you get drenched). The front door swings open with a customer in her mid 40’s, dragging a big black trash bag.
In the bag was an odor so pungent it filled the room with it’s sour smell. The rug had dried rodent feces, cat urine, mold, dirt, oil and not car oil but a smelly fish type. The word gross doesn’t even cut it.
Come to find out this rug was the only thing salvageable out of her Mom’s home. Her mother was a hoarder in the worst way.
Our customer had lost her mother a month prior, after not seeing her in quite a while. She was heartbroken.
A challenge to clean the rug, yes it was. It took 2 weeks to remove the odor alone, and although some of the stain still remained on the back of the rug, it turned out spectacularly.
The customer shed tears of joy when she came to pick up the rug. She was so happy to have one little piece of memory from when she was a child, spending time on that very same rug with her Mom.
Now, we are sure your rug(s) aren’t quite that extreme; however, here are the 5 reasons you should have your rug cleaned.
1. Your health is at stake
Rugs act as a filter that collect dust, dirt particles and germs that can actually grow mold spores and allergens and – in some cases – can be reservoirs of bacteria or viruses.
Keeping your rugs clean will go a long way in keeping your home free of harmful germs that can make you and your family sick.
2. Bugs, bugs, bugs
Dust mites are insects that thrive on mattresses, furniture, rugs, carpets and other fabric.
They feed on skin flakes shed by people and pets every day and they thrive in warm, humid environments.
That would be bad enough, but there’s more.
Their presence is associated with reduced respiratory health, triggering asthma and other allergy-related attacks.
3. Cleaning your area rug keeps it beautiful
Removing dirt, spots, spills and stains will brighten the fiber and give life back to your beloved rug.
When dirt, dust and grime collect in your rug and the rug gets walked on, the fibers can become matted or otherwise change shape.
When this happens, the fibers don’t reflect light the way they’re supposed to and you end up with a flat, worn-out, sad rug that takes away from the aesthetic of your home, instead of enhancing it.
4. Extends the life of the rug
We just discussed how dirt, sand and grit act as sandpaper to rug fibers as you walk over it.
This “sandpaper” causes wearing and discoloration of the fibers, which not only makes your rug look bad but also dramatically reduces the years of potential use.
A clean rug, car, sheets and shoes are just a few things that make our hearts happy.
When your space is well-maintained, you’re better able to relax, de-stress and focus on the important things in life.
How often should your rugs be cleaned?
Cleaning your area rug should be on your calendar every 1-3 years, depending on how much traffic they get on a daily basis.
For example, a rug in a living room that’s only used for special occasions can probably be cleaned every three years to remove dust particles and light soiling.
On the other hand, a rug in a kitchen or family room will probably get dirty more quickly and require more frequent cleaning – closer to one time per year.
Trust the pros with your rugs
WHO you have cleaning your rugs is nearly as important as having them cleaned.
Don’t trust just anyone because the consequences could be unfortunate.
Work with a company that has a reputation for quality, good customer service and a stellar reputation and you’ll enjoy your beautiful rugs for years to come.
Do you place a high priority on cleaning your area rugs? If not, what keeps you from giving them the attention they need?