How to Take Care of a Viscose Rug

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  • November 20, 2015
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Caring for and maintaining a viscose rug

Viscose, also known as Rayon, is a rather temperamental type of fibre. Because it’s a plant-based fibre, it can easily mimic the look of other carpets such as cotton or silk. However, being plant-based also means it’s rather weak, and therefore more susceptible to wear and tear.

That’s why it’s important to know how to maintain our viscose rugs.

Zen Carpet Cleaning has provided you with a list of tips to ensure you’re not throwing out your rug just months after purchasing it.

Check what kind of rug you have.

how to take care of viscose rug


Flip your rug over and look for the label. More often than not, it should tell you what your rug is made out of.


Never use warm water.

taking care of viscose rug


Because plant-based fibres are so absorbent, using warm water will cause the colours in the rug to run. This is why so many carpet cleaners have a difficult time cleaning viscose rugs-because they can’t handle warm water, something essential to most professional carpet cleanings. If you must use water, cool water is always better. Keep in mind that viscose is very fragile when wet, and if we are aggressive with our cleaning methods, it could tear the fibres. Make sure to be extremely gentle.


Use a cleaner.

taking care of viscose rug


Instead of using warm water to take out a stain or remove spillage, use a cleaner. We suggest anything with acetic acid or a citric acid rinse. This means you could use vinegar if you so choose. This will prevent discolouration.


Don’t scrub in the stains.

cleaning viscose rug


As mentioned before, viscose is extremely absorbent, so scrubbing in the stain will only make it worse. Scrubbing is also a little too aggressive for viscose’s sensitive fibres. We recommend using a soft hand brush and gently brushing against the grain.


Avoid high power vacuums.

cleaning a viscose rug


Again, the fibres are sensitive, and using a high power vacuum will just cause it to wear down faster. Use a carpet sweeper instead.


Use fabric softener.

cleaning your viscose rug


You may notice that your carpet is a tad bit stuff after you’ve cleaned it. That’s normal. You can fix this by taking fabric softener, mixing it with water, and misting a small amount of it on to the rug. You really don’t need very much- don’t soak the rug. Once you’re done use a soft hand brush and brush against the grain.