Flokati area rugs were originally used by Greek shepherds as a means of staying warm in the winter. Their current soft, fluffy form is the result of an accidental discovery that has continued to be used since ancient times. Modern-day Flokati carpets are made of natural or synthetic wool and other materials that can imitate the original design of these rugs. If you are currently enjoying the beauty, charm and softness of at least one of these rugs inside your home, you may need help some cleaning and maintenance help or guidance. The On Time Steam Cleaning team specializes in a vast array of carpet cleaning services that are dedicated to all types of carpet fabrics, designs and manufacturing processes. With the help of carefully selected cleaning procedures customized for each carpet that reaches us, we can effectively restore all rugs and bring them their original charm that made you buy them in the first place.
Shaggy Flokati Carpets – Brief History
In order to know what is the best approach to cleaning these rugs, you should start by knowing one or two things about their antique origins. Their shaggy appearance and amazing thickness, these carpets are part of an old Greek tradition that involved cold river water up in the mountains. Shepherds in the Samarina area first started using their sheep’s wool to make warm clothing or carpets to keep them cozy in the cold months. Later on, a few of them accidentally left a wool blanket in a cold river for a few days. When they came back to retrieve their blanket, they noticed it had become a lot thicker and fluffier. They discovered cold water had amazing effects on these intricate carpets, making them flourish. From there on, the shepherds continues to use this secret technique that is still in use today in some parts of Greece.
The American people first came into contact with these area rugs in the seventies, during the cultural revolution. Their shagginess soon transformed them into the main design style of the times, as they enabled artists to express themselves in new and interesting ways. These area rugs have successfully stored their popularity even today, and they are still found in many American homes.
No matter if you own an original, natural wool rug or a modern day, synthetic shaggy rug, cleaning might be a little more demanding than usual. Given the more sensitive nature of these rugs, you are best advised to rely on expert cleaners and avoid any mishaps or damage. We only work with experienced, insured, IICRC-certified carpet cleaners who specialize in cleaning all types of carpets and area rugs, Flokati included. We have got the right tools, know-how and cleaning products to make your beloved Flokati area rugs look brand new again for a fraction of the price of buying a new carpet.
Flokati Carpet Cleaning Services We Offer
Your main goal should be to expand the life of your shaggy rugs for as long as possible. While having your carpets vacuumed at least two or three times a week will help with their maintenance, it is, unfortunately, not enough. More efforts are needed in order to prolong the life of your rugs, and the more professional the efforts, the better.
Our technicians use fully customized cleaning procedures to perfectly match the exact requirements of each and every rug that is sent to us. At the end of a thorough and attentive inspection of your Flokati area rugs, we will establish the best course of action. This could be any of the following:
- high air pressure to get rid of all traces of dirt, dust and debris that are usually visible to the naked eye. While this technique might be suitable for light dirt, crumbs and dust, it may not be efficient for pet waste stains or food spills. Keep in mind most Flokati area rugs have anti-stain features; however, this does not make them completely immune in front of certain types of stains and elements. A rigorous shake could effectively eliminate dirt and dust, while powerful air pressure procedures could get deep into the fibers and break and remove the embedded dirt and germs.
- Our technicians can also use the classic carpet brushing and vacuuming approach. Keep in mind our vacuum cleaners have industrial power and are much more efficient than regular home vacuum cleaners. In order to prevent any damage, our cleaners will only rely on the suction option, and avoid using the beater bar or any revolving brushes. With the help of mild, non-toxic, eco-friendly cleaners, they will wash off all remaining spots and dirt, while considerably limiting the amount of water used in the process.
For ideal results, get in touch with us as soon as you notice any heavy dirt stains on your Flokati carpets and let us handle them professionally and with the utmost care and consideration. To find out more about our expert carpet cleaning services, get in touch with us today.