Most of the area rugs that we receive into our shop are constructed of natural fibers. Natural fibers can act as sponges for many different types of dry soils. Wool fiber area rugs can hold many, many pounds of dirt that you just cannot see or even vacuum out of the rug. Wool has little scales that dirt can hide in that makes it look like it is still clean. Wool can still reflect light really well even when it is dirty. The scales on the outer layers of wool fibers act like Velcro to certain dry soils and they require focused attention to these fibers to remove them.
The three pictures at the beginning of this post represent the amount of effort that one can invest into removing dry soils from an area rug. The dust at times, seems to come off in layers as the face fibers are manipulated with differing methods to remove it. Different rugs with differing densities will release these dry soils based on the aggression of the tools used to remove the soils. Each rug has its own characteristics that prevent or allow differing methods to properly and thoroughly 'dust' the rug. Clients are usually surprised when they receive their 'Pre-Wash Report' from us after their rugs have had this step performed with the pictures of the amount of dust that was removed from the rug.
Finally, just having your area rugs given the once over in your home from a carpet cleaning company can cause the residual dry soils in the rug fibers to harden over time with the addition of new moisture from the carpet cleaners wand once it dries. This speeds up the process of soils sticking to the fibers as the cleaning shampoos are not properly rinsed from the fibers of the rug. It may look great when it is wet and for the next week or so, but this new, sticky environment attracts more soils which make the vacuuming even more ineffective than before. At Revive-A-Rug Cleaning and Repair, we offer many dry soil removal options to fit the requirements of any rug that comes into the wash facility. We hope that this post was informative and educational. If you own area rugs in the greater Jackson Hole, Wyoming areas, please consider us as an option the next time you need area rug services.