WHAT IS RUG PROTECTOR?
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Joanne’s Chem-Dry of NJ provides rug cleaning for homes and businesses in Toms River and nearby communities. Our service features certified technicians and expert care you won’t find from other rug cleaners in Ocean and Monmouth Counties. Continue reading to learn more about rug protector or find information on other services here:
DO YOU NEED RUG PROTECTOR?
What is protector, how does it work and when is it useful? Protector is a coating that is applied to clean rugs and textiles. This coating doesn’t interact with the rug. Instead, it interacts with the fibers that make up the rug at a molecular level and helps prevent permanent staining. It also makes it far easier to clean up spots, blows and general dirt.
Protector is completely invisible and doesn’t change the look or the feel of your rug at all. Experienced weavers that handle wool all day long can’t tell the difference between fibers that have been protected and those that haven’t.
If someone spills something on your rug and then steps on it, your rug will suddenly get dirty. Nothing can prevent that, but a protected rug will clean up easier and will be far less likely to have a permanent stain than an unprotected one.
When rugs get dirty or if there is a spill, it works its way in between the fibers of the rug, and that’s not a problem because that can be cleaned out. The problem occurs when the fibers of the rug becomes stained with something in the spill.
When everything is cleaned out from between the fibers, there are sometimes stains left behind that have re-dyed the fibers. Those stains are now a permanent part of the rug and the only expensive re-weaving or re-dying a rug can sometimes fix the damage. Many rugs are given up or sold because of issues with appearance, not because the rug is worn out.
Good rugs can last hundreds of years, but if they look terrible, people often don’t want them anymore. Spills should always be cleaned up immediately or as soon as possible and from a practical stand point, what protector does is buy you time.
If you have a spill, you have a little more time to clean it up before it penetrates the fibers and possibly becomes a permanent stain. This is especially true for situations involving pet urine.
Urine is extremely aggressive to fibers and can stain fibers even if protector has been applied. That’s why it’s important to clean up urine stains within 30 minutes, using a diluted vinegar solution. If you have any questions about how to do this, call (732) 244-8080 and we’ll be happy to talk you through it.
Protector also makes it harder for dirt to stain your rug. Spots clean up easier and study shows that regular vacuuming is more effective when protector has been applied. If your rug isn’t vacuumed regularly, you might not notice this.
If your rug is regularly maintained, you’ll likely notice a decreased need for cleaning. Protector really isn’t meant to keep your rug from getting dirty. What protector does is make it far more easier to clean up.
Protector does cost something extra but compared to the cost of a rug or even just the cost of cleaning; it’s inexpensive.
As rug cleaners, we hate to see beautiful pieces of textile art that took months to make by hand ruined because of permanent stains, which is why we not only recommend protector for all of our clients, but we use it on our own personal rugs as well, because we believe it works.
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