Wool and Silk Rugs
If you have a wool rug, you will have 1 of 3 general types. First is hand made & hand knotted, usually expensive – a fine inspection of the backside will reveal different knot sizes, uneven rows etc. Second is machine made, semi costly – recognizable by the single or paired white threads usually running the length of the rug, spaced apart by 3/8 – 5/8″ and third is machine tufted, found at several stores in Lethbridge, semi economical – recognized by usually having a white solid fabric on the back & no weaving knots can be seen, sometime yellowish glue is seen at edges & folds. The first one is considered a family heirloom and lasts more than a century depending on its care. The second may last 40 – 100 years. And the third 20 – 30, but sometimes less than 15.
Inexpensive, Standard & Shag Rugs
If you have an less expensive synthetic rug, many will have 3 potential types. First is ‘machine made’, recognizable by the single or pair of white lines usually running the length of the rug. Second type is ‘hand tufted’, usually having a colorful scene on the face yarn involving usually more than 6 color choices on the face yarns with solid white backing where you cannot see the knots of how the rug is made. Third choice is machine tufted, usually less than 3 color choices on the face yarn, still has the solid white backing. These rugs are made from synthetic fibres of Mod-acrylic. Acrylic, Polypropylene / Olefin, Polyester, Nylon or Rayon /Viscose fibres. Each one of these fibres has its own unique cleaning requirements and the construction style limits what processes above we can incorporate into the cleaning process.
If you have other kinds of rugs, then this is where the fun begins. Rugs are being made with all kinds of other unusual materials. Most of this category will be hand woven with fibres usually coming from plant life materials. Jute, Cotton, Bamboo, Hemp and on & on. There is plenty of other unusual rugs too, even leather straps! Many of these rugs have limited cleanability. For example, some have dyes that wash away with simple water. Others are not woven stable enough to handle cleaning. The best way we can help you with these rugs is to bring them into our office so we can examine & assess them, and we’ll talk about it from there.
If you have a very inexpensive rug, it often can be cleaned once or twice & then it becomes a handy dandy disposable rug. Often cleaning costs match the cost of replacement. We also recognize though that many of these rugs have the right color tones to match the home decor & therefore are worth cleaning and saving. Many of these rugs may have a jute foundation yarn which causes very slight shrinkage – most often visible before is first cleaning (ie can you see a slight wrinkle at the edge?) Cleaning will not eliminate the existing wrinkles.