Identifying the Top 10 soils in rugs

Removing soils from rugs is one of the key jobs undertaken here at RugWash Queensland. There are many different types of soils and contaminants found in rugs, and knowing what type of soil is in the rug is one of the most important steps in effectively removing it.

So what are the ten most common types of soil found in rugs?

  1. Sand, clay and other gritty materials
  2. Natural fibres such as lint from clothing
  3. Gum
  4. Petroleum, oil and grease
  5. Human hair and skin
  6. Dust mites, fleas and other insects
  7. Organic soils and materials (minerals and soils from landscaping areas, for example)
  8. Airborne carbon and automotive exhaust
  9. Spilled food or beverages
  10. So-called ‘miscellaneous unknowns’

That is why here at RugWash we recommend for rugs in high traffic areas to be professionally cleaned every 12 to 24 months. Proper cleaning and dusting by a professional at this frequency will not shorten or damage the life of a quality rug (we also recommend vacuuming at least once a week).Here at RugWash we pride ourselves on having the proper equipment to achieve the best results.