Cleaning Different Rug Materials

Different Rug Materials Require Specialized Cleaning

Rugs can be made of several types of materials. Each has its unique attributes and drawbacks as well as cleaning techniques. Figuring out what rug material is best for your space and your family is important. You should consider how your space will be used, what kind of traffic it will receive, and how much coziness you desire.

Wool is the most common material used for rugs and is prized for its durability and softness. It is stain resistant, water repellant and has excellent insulating properties. It should not be used in damp or sunny areas for is subject to fading. Used best in living rooms, dining rooms or any other high-traffic area.

Rugs made of silk are lustrous, luxurious and have a subtle sheen. Rugs that are made of silk have finer details than those made of wool. They require professional cleaning and can show footprints. They are best suited for bedrooms and low-traffic areas.

Cotton is used in most flatweave rugs. It is more affordable than wool or silk and easier to clean. Cotton rugs don’t always wear well over long periods of time. Best in kitchens, children’s rooms and casual spaces.

Sisal, jute and seagrass are very strong and often used as backing for rugs. Used in living rooms, high-traffic areas and sunny areas as they are resistant to fading. 
Many modern rugs are made of synthetic materials such as viscose, nylon, and polypropylene. Synthetics of today are made to match the characteristics of natural fibers. They are easy to clean and can be used in damp environments. They are suitable for hallways, outdoors, high traffic and sunny areas. The drawback is that they don’t always feel as soft as other natural fibers.

Animals skin rugs are available as complete hides, stitched panels or woven strips of tanned leather. Just like leather, they are durable. They must be professional cleaned. They work best in offices, dens and other low-traffic areas. For a free consultation on rug cleaning and what type of cleaning method is best, call ServiceMaster Clean® the rug cleaning experts.