When you call us at Rug Cleaning of Tulsa, one of the very first questions you’ll hear us ask is, “What type of rug is it?” There are so many different types of fibers that can make up your area rug, and just as many different ways to clean each one! When we know what kind of area rug you have, then we know how best to take care of your rug. The following is a brief description of the most common types of area rugs we see.
Wool Area Rug
Wool contains lanolin which helps to make it water and moisture repellent, which makes it a great natural material for area rugs. Being water and moisture repellent helps to make wool area rugs stain resistant and easy to clean and maintain. They are durable and naturally stain and fire resistant. Wool area rugs are perfect for most all areas inside your home but are not good for outdoor use.
There are many different types of wool that can be used for making area rugs. The different kinds of wool come from sheep that live in different regions. For example, sheep that are raised at a higher altitude have to withstand harsher weather conditions, making them grow a stronger, more resilient wool. New Zealand wool is typically the most widely used type of wool for area rugs.
Cotton fibers have great durability and strength. This fiber is a natural, plant-based fiber which is ideal for spinning into yarns. It is relatively inexpensive making for a more cost-efficient area rug. Cotton area rugs are typically very light weight and soft. However, they are very absorbent. This makes them appear dirty more quickly. Your cotton area rugs are perfect for low traffic areas and should not be used outdoor.
Sisal is a natural plant fiber used to make area rugs. This fiber is pretty inexpensive and environmentally friendly. Like cotton, it is very absorbent, making it an area rug that can appear dirty more quickly. In fact, even water can cause stains on sisal area rugs. New sisal area rugs can have a beautiful but rougher texture. However, the roughness typically softens with wear. Sisal area rugs are a perfect fit for low traffic areas with a low spill potential and should not be used outdoors.
Jute Area Rug
Jute is a natural grass fiber that looks similar to a rope. It is a fairly inexpensive material. The soft grass fiber makes a beautiful, natural looking texture. But it is very absorbent and can soil easily. Similar to sisal, even water can make stains on a jute area rug. Jute area rugs are perfect for areas with a low spill potential. They are not for outdoor use.
Silk Area Rug
Silk is a natural fiber that is made by certain insect larvae as they make their cocoons. It is one of the strongest natural fibers. Silk is extremely soft and lustrous, making it perfect for areas you use when walking barefoot. However, silk is absorbent and can soil easily. So put your silk area rugs in a spot in your home that has low spill potential.
Linen is a natural material made from flax, a type of plant. It is known to be the strongest natural material which is even stronger when it is wet. Linen is an absorbent material that can soil easily, even though it dries quickly. These area rugs are good for those with sensitive allergies. It is not for outdoor use.
Viscose Area Rug
Viscose is a synthetic fiber made from wood pulp, kind of like paper. The base material is processed into a paste which is then combined with other ingredients, pressed and then dried to produce fibers. Because it is made similar to paper, it has qualities similar to paper. It makes beautiful area rugs good for most places inside your home but are not for outdoor use. They can lose their shape if they stay wet for too long. Steam cleaning is not good for a viscose area rug.
Polypropylene area rugs are made from a synthetic fiber. They are some of the most “hardy” area rugs and are ideal for any area of your home. Most can even be used outdoors. They are fairly durable and inexpensive.