Rugs made from synthetic material like acrylic, viscose, polyester, nylon, polypropylene, rayon, and other similar materials are very popular for a variety of reasons. Some are easier to maintain, some are more difficult. Some come at higher price points and are considered luxurious, while others are meant for your mud room floor in the dead of winter.
Rayon is actually considered a semi-synthetic material because it is made with cellulose from wood or cotton. Some rug and carpeting experts believe this material dates back to the late 1800’s, and is known for being breathable, cool, and easily dyed with a rainbow of color options. Popular market names for rayon rugs include Faux Silk, Art Silk, Bamboo Silk, and Viscose (among many others).
That all sounds pretty good, right? Well, the kicker is rayon rugs often require special care, and hiring the wrong company for the job can land you online looking to replace your beloved rug. They work well for soft, absorbent bath mats that will likely be replaced every few years, but when placed in a high traffic area, keeping the rayon soft and strong can be nearly impossible.
First of all, these fibers just aren’t that strong. While cotton gets stronger when wet, rayon can lose up to half of its strength. Therefore, it is vital to take extra special care of the rugs when they are being cleaned – whether it is a full clean or just spot cleaning.
Again, cotton and other materials are more resilient than rayon – which is at the bottom of the resiliency barrel. These types of rugs become easily matted down with heavy traffic, and trying to fluff it back up with a good vacuuming may do more harm than good.
As you might have guessed from the last two categories, rayon rugs are especially difficult to clean. We have heard horror stories from clients who have hired someone other than Chet’s to clean their rugs, and the rugs ended up ruined.
For example, a normal wet cleaning will likely just cause the fibers to get flattened and matted down. So instead of perky, fluffy, refreshed rugs, you’re left with rugs looking sometimes worse than before the cleaning. Dry cleaning is also not a good route to go.
You must be sure you hire someone who understands the manufacturing process of rayon rugs, and how to effectively clean and care for these rugs without ruining them.
Not sure what to look for in a carpet cleaning company? Here are some big things to look for:
Rest assured your rayon rugs can be maintained and cared for with the right carpet cleaning company on your side!