We know just how important your area rugs are to you because they’re just as important to us… Dirty rugs can be a hotbed for germs, dirt, dust, allergens, bacteria, pet dander, rotting food particles, and even a variety of tiny bugs. These all post great health risks, especially to children and seniors. Let’s take a look at the importance of area rug cleaning. What Can Cause Area Rug Damage? Over time, stains, liquid spills, pet dander, pollen, dust, loose dirt, hair, tracked in waste, and other debris gets embedded in your rugs. Even direct sunlight can cause visible rug damage. What You Can Do About It Vacuum You probably know that you should vacuum your carpets every day, but make sure that you vacuum your area rugs too. It is the easiest way to keep out dirt and dry soil that can accumulate daily. Get Strict Implementing a “shoes off” policy is another way to keep your area rugs clean. All sorts of things stick to the bottoms of shoes every day; dirt and allergens from outside, waste from bathrooms, and other germs are just a few. Let the Professionals Do It Regular and meticulous cleaning is the key! Having your area rugs professionally cleaned will make your rugs cleaner, healthier, and long-lasting. Contact Woodard today to learn more! How Woodard Can Help Throughout January, have two area rugs cleaned for the price of one when you bring them into tour Rug Care Center at 9308 Manchester Road! We do more than clean! With Woodard’s full-service rug repairs and custom rug alterations, we offer a variety of custom rug repairs and alterations, including: Binding– Stitching a cloth strip, in your choice of color and size, to protect the sides of the rug, while adding a unique design element. Serging– Wrapping a cotton thread around the edging of the rug to create an elegant appearance and finished look, while safely securing raw edges. Fringe Replacement– The addition of fringe to the rug, using your choice of color, length, and texture. Fringe Removal– The process of removing damaged, outdated, or discolored fringe on the rug. If needed, replacement fringe or binding can be added. Rebuilding & Reweaving– When foundation is missing in one specific area of the rug, the entire rug becomes weak and fragile, and must be rebuilt to avoid further damage. After rebuilding is complete, we can re-knot or re-weave the pile to ensure a seamless look. Plugs– When holes are found in rugs, a plug must be stitched to prevent the hole from growing and weakening other areas of the rug. After stitching the plug, our rug alterations specialists secure the back with sturdy burlap and latex reinforcements. Padding– Rug pads offer many more benefits than keeping the rug in place; the proper rug pad also reduces stress on feet and legs, protects the floor underneath the rug, and greatly minimizes wear. Stop by our Rug Cleaning Operation at 9308 Manchester Road for a free sample! About Woodard Cleaning & Restoration Woodard Cleaning & Restoration was founded in 1946 by Earl and Nancy Woodard. Today, the company is run by 3rd generation, Justin Woodard. Located in St. Louis, Missouri, Woodard services the greater metro area (Illinois, St. Charles County, Jefferson County, St. Louis County, and many more). Woodard is proud to serve as the preferred provider for cleaning & restoration services. Our cleaning services include carpet, hard surface, furniture, and rug cleaning for both residential and commercial properties. We also provide water, fire, board-up, storm and smoke restoration services for residential and commercial clients. For information or questions submit a form online or call us at 314-227-3932. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.