Maintaining Natural Fiber Rugs

January 29, 2019

carpet cleaning hanover, carpet cleaning professionals hanoverMore people are choosing natural fiber carpeting for their homes for many reasons: warmth, neutral color palette, excellent durability, and the eco-friendly manufacturing process.  

However, unlike traditional carpets, the natural fiber equivalents are super sensitive to moisture; they absorb all liquids readily. Therefore, they cannot then be deep cleaned using traditional extraction methods. As an owner, be prepared to deal immediately with particular stains and also learn which professional services are needed.

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Several fibers can be used as flooring, offering a variety of textures and natural colors — imagine the tones of unfinished wood. Slight weaving and shade irregularity are common characteristics.  

    • Sisal  (or the botanical name Agave sisalana) is a species of Agave native to southern Mexico and yields a stiff fiber.
    • Coir, or coconut fiber, is a natural fiber extracted from the husk of coconut and used in products such as floor mats, doormats, brushes, and mattresses.
  • Seagrass resembles natural rush but is already twisted into a rope-like cord. There is some variation in the diameter since it is hand twisted. Seagrass is used in basketry as well as woven matting.  

Natural vegetable fibers do not attract dust, and bacteria cannot penetrate the fibers. Sand and fine dirt do not damage as they do conventional floor coverings; the soil filters through the weave, rather than sits on the surface.

Normal Maintenance

Regular maintenance is the first step to keeping your natural fiber at their best. Dirt doesn’t stick to natural fibers the way it does to most synthetic fibers, so weekly vacuuming with a suction-only vacuum will help keep control particles that could accelerate wear. Frequent and regular vacuuming will increase carpet life by preventing soil build-up and will help eliminate stains caused when spilled liquids dissolve soil accumulations.

Spot Cleaning

When a spill does occur, immediately dab it up with an absorbent cloth. The natural structure of plant material will quickly absorb any moisture in the cells. Even if it’s just water, the spill can begin to degrade the fibers so the substance should be removed as soon as possible. Try blotting up with clean, un-dyed paper towels or cloths, or scraping up with a dull knife. Make sure not to rub the stain, however, as rubbing can push the liquid deeper into the fibers or spread it to a wider area of the rug.

Complete Cleaning

Steam-cleaning, wet shampooing, or any other method that involves water saturation of the mattings is not recommended for these materials. When the above-recommended processes do not remove the soil, the services of a good professional cleaner. In this area, Upper Valley Cleaning is available with a wide range of materials and processes. For example, call for help with the following: beer, blood, butter, chocolate, coffee, cola, cream. general dirt, eggs, excreta, fruit, greasy food, ice cream, juice, lipstick, liquor, water-based paint, urine, vomit, asphalt, colored chalk, cosmetics, fresh oil, oil-based paint, shoe polish, soot.

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Whether traditional carpet, natural carpets, upholstery or tile, Upper Valley Cleaning chooses environmentally friendly cleaning products to clean your home, preserve your health, and protect the environment.  When your home needs some local love and care, call them at (603) 727-4595.

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