Viscose Carpet Cleaning

Project Description

Viscose derives from plants such as wood, cotton, and bamboo. After being harvested and peeled, the plant material undergoes a chemical process that removes everything except cellulose.

The process of cellulose extraction often involves highly toxic chemicals such as Carbon Disulfide. Since Carbon Disulfide is not easy to dispose of, this method creates a toxic waste that is environmentally destructive.

The resulting fiber, a fine strand of cellulose, is then spun and woven or glued onto backing materials. Viscose is similar to silk in texture and appearance but far more like paper in terms of strength.

For making viscose carpets, this cellulose fiber is boiled, dyed, and spun into a filament with a fabric-dryer look. It can't be wet-cleaned—if it gets wet, the lignin will activate, which is a natural dye in cellulose. Hence, viscose carpets need special cleaning solution, high pressure steam and strategic cleaning method.

Challenges

Viscose rugs are trickier to clean than wool or silk ones. They need frequent cleaning because their pile becomes abrasive when agitated with a vacuum—so if you have a viscose rug, be careful. Moreover, they look flat and tired within weeks and require a great deal of care to keep them looking vibrant.

Following are the challenges we come across while performing viscose carpet cleaning:

  • Carpet discoloration
  • Frequent shedding

Solutions

At Steam Clean Your Carpet we offer all sorts of carpet cleaning services including viscose carpet cleaning.

1. Dry Cleaning

We started with a dry cleaning process. To clean a viscose carpet we used a dry compound powder, a tamping brush, a dry cleaning solvent and a very small amount of peroxide.

2. Stain Removing Process

Then we isolate a spot on the rug. After isolating the spot, we put the dry cleaning powder on it. Brush the area with the help of the sponges. The sponges are generally polymer or corn husks that are impregnated with a dry cleaning solvent. As we brush those dry compounds, the dry compounding powder penetrates into the rug.

The solvent activates the stain in the rug and the sponges then absorb it out into it it’s quite limited but it’s one of the only ways that you can clean viscose.

3. Brushing & Vacuuming The Rug 

Once again, spread the dry cleaning compound over the rug. This time we cleaned it in two halves. In the first half, we used soft brushes on a brush roller. After dry cleaning solvent has evaporated we used micro sponges. Finally, with the help of our powerful upright vacuum cleaner we vacuumed off the carpet. 

We also pre-vacuumed and pre-treated the carpet a little bit because a viscose carpet is really really difficult to clean. The best part is we haven’t worsened the condition of the carpet. 

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