After working in the rug cleaning industry for nearly 50 years, I have certain opinions that will make your choice of rugs better for you. Please read about some of what I have learned before you shop and if you have any questions, call us before you make your purchase.
RAYON: Colors are almost always unstable, especially dark ones. The white areas tend to brown during cleaning. Viscose is Rayon. Beware of Art Silk. It is NOT silk. It is viscose.
SISEL: These rugs are usually made for porches and recreation areas. The rugs that we have seen come through our plant are usually water stained. They also tend to turn black from dampness as mildew or mold sets in and we know of no way to bleach the discoloration. Black mold is usually damaged fiber.
COTTON: This type of rug is fine if it is small enough to wash in a vat. If you are looking at cotton dhurries or flatwovens, buy wool instead.
JUTE: Call cleaners before purchasing. We have had good results with some and bad with others. Check price. If wool isn't too much more costly, go with it instead.
SILK: Colors are not always stable. Okay in a small area piece used as an accent but not good for high traffic. We usually clean silk by hand at a much higher cost.
MODACRYLIC: There is almost too much to say about these rugs but I'll name a few. If the rugs are from Korea and have fringe, we find that the glue begins to show through the fringe header. Stay away from white as it yellows. If it has a cloth back and smells bad, it is the latex. The smell will not go away. Call to discuss more.
One more thing about area rugs. You are walking from the hard floor to the rug. The rug will clean the soles of your shoes off. Think about buying rugs with dark borders rather than white. A light colored border will make your rug look soiled very quickly
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