>Small Rugs and Washing Machines- Not a match made in Heaven

>The hardest thing about being an area carpet rug cleaner is having to explain to our clients that their rugs can no longer look like new. The reason for this can be too many permanent stains, sever moth damage, flood damaged, but the biggest reason is improper cleaning.

Just because an area rug will fit into your washing machine doesn’t mean it should be cleaned in it. A lot can go wrong when using a washing machine to clean your little rugs. Not only can the damage be done to your rug, but also to your washing machine. When a rug gets wet it gets heavy, depending on how it is made some get very heavy and can break your washing machine. The pump can be ruined by the loose fibers and glues from your rug. The colours can bleed, your rug could shrink or wrinkle, or your rug could come apart.

Some area rugs are not made to get completely wet or submerged in water it will even say dry clean only on the cleaning tag. Your manual for your washing machine doesn’t have a section on how to clean area rug either.

You may be thinking that it is a little rug so what if it gets ruined I can always buy a new one for cheap and you are correct, but what about the washing machine? Can you afford the repair or replacement cost?

The easiest way of cleaning your small rugs is not always the best way. Luv-A-Rug recently had a client come in with her little hand tufted rug that she washed in her washing machine. She asked us why her washing machine stopped working after she washed her rug. The reason is because her rug was glued together and the glue jammed up her pump. That made the cost of cleaning her little a lot more than she wanted.

This little rug was washed in a home washing machine and the colours have bleed and the sides are rippling. We did a repair on the ends cause they had gotten tattered in the washing.

No matter the size of your area rugs they should always get a professional cleaning to keep them looking their best and lasting for years, plus it saves you costly repairs.

Thanks for reading, RugloverMary-protector of little rugs

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