This video shows how to clean an area rug in Longmont, CO. A lot of people will tell you that you should never have your area rug steam cleaned. While this is certainly true of woven, Oriental type wool rugs, it is certainly not the case with tufted wool, or any style of nylon, olefin or polyester.
We actually have a great rug washing service for fine wool rugs and highly recommend washing wool rugs. However, if you cannot justify the price of rug washing because you did not pay much for your rug, then steam cleaning is the best way to go. Your wall to wall carpet is made of the same fibers. Just because there are intricate patterns on your synthetic area rug, does not mean that you cannot have it steam cleaned. Rest assured, those colors will not fade. The 3 main reasons that we wash woven wool rugs and don't steam clean them is because dirt gets embedded in the woven knots and needs to be washed away, wool shrinks with high heat, and wool may lose dye in hot water and alkaline cleaning agents. None of this is a factor with synthetic rugs.
Your only concern when having an area rug steam cleaned is the floor underneath it. If the floor underneath is carpet, you cannot have the carpet cleaned underneath, otherwise that carpet will not dry and you could have a moldy mess developing. If the surface underneath is hardwood, there must be a thick pad under your rug or have the carpet technician place a tarp under it. Water can seep through the rug onto the hardwood underneath. And if left there while the rug dries, there could be some resulting floor damage. NEVER leave a rug to dry on a hardwood floor without protection underneath the rug.
We usually place your area rugs on top of carpet, tile or concrete to clean them. If your rug is on hardwood and we are cleaning your wall to wall carpet, we would move it to another area. Sometimes this would be your front driveway, back patio or even your basement. If you have no exposed floor large enough to clean the rug, we would clean it on top of your carpet and then hang it from any available banister either inside or outside of your home.
If you have any question on how to clean an area rug in Longmont, CO, call us at Cleancare of Boulder: Ph. 303-530-0646