Disposa-Rugs: What You Need to Know About Materials That are Difficult to Clean

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Thinking about rug types? There are plenty of things to consider. The problem is that many rug manufacturers are clearly hoping you won’t consider things too closely. In fact, there are plenty of rugs out there that are problematic from a maintenance point of view. They might look great at first — but not for long afterwards. Here at Russell Martin Carpet and Rugs, we think of them as disposa-rugs, or disposable rugs.

So, what stands out as a disposa-rug?

The Recipe for Disposa-Rug Mischief

One thing you’ll want to watch out for is the instruction to “dry clean only”. It probably doesn’t sound too bad at first, but just ask yourself how many items are likely to fall on your floor that will require water to clean up. Most food and drink will, and that already covers plenty.

Another potential source of woe? Wool rugs with either monk’s cloth or canvas packing. The majority of these are imported from Asia, and they tend to suffer from a unique but serious problem, one that’s only going to reveal itself when you lay them out in the sun or near a heat vent: when heat is applied, they often start to smell like burning rubber. This is not ideal.

Even worse, they are typically needle-punched instead of woven, and the stitches are often held in place using an inferior compound that only helps the rug expand on its poor odor as the years go by.

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What Do We Recommend?

Ultimately, the best advice we can give is to avoid buying carpets from catalogues all the time. It might seem like an okay option with economy and convenience on its side, but you should place your trust in a more reputable provider of quality rugs and carpets — it’ll pay off in the long run.

Russell Martin Carpets and Rugs Prides Itself on Offering Superior Products

Homeowners from across Naperville, Lisle, Wheaton, and beyond depend on Russell Martin Carpets and Rugs time after time because they know disposa-rugs are never something we’ll try to sell them. To find out more, simply contact us today. From rug selection to carpet cleaning, we’re always happy to help.


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