Most Common Types of Rug Fibers

The two types of rug fibers are natural and synthetic.  Let’s take a look at the most common types of rug fibers in those two categories.

Natural Fiber Rugs

Wool Rug Cleaning

Wool is one of nature’s most durable fibers and the most common type of natural fibers used in rugs.  It is also a highly resilient fiber with exceptional insulation value.  Wool rug fibers last longer and perform better when cleaned with a very-low-moisture process and maintained in a dry state.  To prevent damage, excessive moisture should never be used to clean wool rugs.  This can damage the fibers and degrade naturally occurring oils in wool fibers.  Angel Dry wool rug cleaning services use Wool Safe

Silk Rug Cleaning

Silk is a natural fiber that is derived from silkworms and spider larvae.  It is commonly known as the pound-for-pound strongest natural fiber.  Each silk filament used to create silk thread is around two-denier in diameter.  Due to their incredibly high tensile strength and resiliency, silk rugs can last hundreds of years and are considered the highest standard in quality.  Silk rugs are best cleaned with a dry method that will not expose the fibers to damaging chemicals.

Sisal, Jute, and Seagrass Rug Cleaning

Sisal, jute, seagrass, mountain grass, and other “grass family” fibers, also known as cellulose fibers, are known for their incredible durability and organic textures.  If your rugs are made of one of these types of yarns, you should avoid applying water to the rugs.  Even a teaspoon of water can permanently damage the appearance of the fiber.  Trust Angel Dry to clean these rugs properly with our ultra-low-moisture and dry compound methods of cleaning.

Viscose (Rayon) Rug Cleaning (Art Silk, Bamboo Silk)

If your rug is made of viscose, art silk, or bamboo silk, it is actually a synthetic fiber, processed from cotton, a cellulose fiber.  These rugs are known for their incredibly soft texture and silky sheen.  These rugs tend to be far less resilient than other natural or synthetic fibers and they can not be cleaned with wet methods.

Angel Dry uses a dry rug cleaning process that can bring your viscose rugs back to life and help maintain their longevity.

Cotton Rug Cleaning

Cotton is another type of cellulose fiber that is known for its soft and natural texture.  To avoid shrinkage and permanent damage to your cotton rugs, they should be cleaned with a very-low-moisture process.  Though less common than other types of natural fiber rugs, cotton rugs can last for decades if cleaned and maintained properly.

Angel Dry rug cleaning will expertly remove soils, stains, and residues from your cotton rugs, bringing them back to life with that soft, clean feeling that makes cotton rugs such a great addition to any living space.

Synthetic Fiber Rugs

Nylon Rug Cleaning

Nylon is one of the most common types of synthetic fibers used in modern area rugs.  This super-resilient fiber is known for its high resiliency and soft, natural-feeling texture. Nylon is also incredibly resistant against stains if regularly cleaned and maintained.

Like other synthetic fibers, you should avoid applying harsh chemicals or store-bought carpet spot removal products to nylon rugs.  Angel Dry will clean your nylon rugs without adding excess moisture, helping to protect the longevity of the nylon fibers.

Our very-low-moisture nylon rug cleaning process is residue-free, which ensures that you won’t have any sticky, crunchy residue in the rug fibers.  This means your rug will feel clean and soft and stay cleaner longer.

Polypropylene Rug Cleaning

Polypropylene rugs have gained popularity in recent years.  These rugs tend to be made with a wide range of colors and designs, giving consumers greater flexibility in design choices.  Polypropylene rugs tend to attract soils and residues more than other types of fibers, so it is important to vacuum these rugs regularly and clean up spots and stains as soon as possible.

When you’re ready to have your polypropylene rug cleaned, you can trust Angel Dry to get them looking and feeling as good as new.

Polyester Rug Cleaning

Polyester is a highly durable synthetic fiber found in many types of modern area rugs.  These rugs tend to have a lower level of resiliency than other types of rugs, so it is important to vacuum regularly.  When you notice your vacuum is not working well to lift up rug fibers, this is an indicator of excess soil and residue that has collected on rug fibers.  When you notice this, it’s time for a deep rug cleaning from Angel Dry.

We use a residue-free process that will ensure that rug fibers are not weighed down by chemical detergent deposits, which is important in maintaining the rug’s clean-ability and longevity.

Triexta Rug Cleaning

Triexta is a synthetic rug fiber that is derived from poly trimethylene terephthalate, similar to polyester fibers, but sharing the textural properties of nylon.

Triexta rugs have grown in popularity in the past decade due to their nylon-like texture and appearance and their beautiful, wide-ranging selection of designs.  These rugs are known for having greater resiliency and higher quality appearance compared to polyester, more similar to nylon.  To help maintain the quality of your triexta rug, it is highly recommended that you use a dry rug cleaning process that does not leave behind a sticky residue.  Angel Dry rug cleaning process will ensure that your triexta rug is clean, soft, revived, and residue-free.

Summary

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