The pros and cons of viscose rugs

While classic luxury floor coverings like Persian and Oriental rugs continue to remain popular, more contemporary options like viscose rugs are also gaining favour with discerning homeowners.

Unlike many other expensive rug types like those just touched upon, viscose rugs don’t use raw natural material like wool and silk, but instead feature a semi-synthetic fibre either by itself or mixed with other materials.

In this blog, we’ll delve into these modern luxury rugs, examining how they are made and their advantages and disadvantages. If you’ve been trying to choose whether a viscose rug is right for your room, read on to make an informed decision before you buy.

Viscose rugs and how they are created

A semi-synthetic fibre, viscose is also known by the name rayon. Today, it can be found in a wide array of rugs to a greater or lesser degree.

For instance, rug buyers can encounter products that are made up of 100 per cent viscose, but other examples will only contain a specific percentage of viscose fibres.

Viscose is a manufactured fibre that uses a range of natural products like bamboo, paper pulp or wood. It’s elegant silk-like texture and appearance has given rise to it being referred to as “art silk”. Today, many contemporary designer rugs are produced entirely from viscose. However, viscose may simply be used in specific sections of a pattern and combined with wool to help the design command attention.

Like other kinds of floor coverings, viscose rugs can be crafted by hand or machine made, and offer multiple benefits to their owners in a diverse variety of settings. However, the fabric also has some downsides, especially when it comes to its care.

Understanding the pros of viscose rugs

Viscose rugs are renowned for their versatility and silk-like qualities. Viscose can appear like crushed velvet and reflects natural and synthetic light, giving it a lustrous sheen that has increased its popularity.

In recent years, greater demand has seen manufactures ramp production levels of viscose rug and invest time and energy into creating rugs made with the man-made fibre in an extensive selection of sizes, shapes, patterns and colours.

As a result, diversity of options is another advantage of viscose rugs, making product options available for people with different tastes, style requirements and budgets. While rug owners must be aware of their care needs, viscose rugs can be employed to elevate a wide array of rooms, from guest bedrooms and home offices to living rooms and reading nooks.

With an endless variety of hues and tones available for viscose rugs, buyers won’t struggle to find a match for the décor of their rooms.

What are the cons of viscose rugs?

Two major downsides of viscose rugs are that they can easily shed and struggle with stains when a spillage occurs.

This doesn’t mean that they are not an attractive addition to any home, but that consideration must be taken about where they are deployed. For example, its unwise to place your new viscose rug in an area with heavy footfall, or a room where you eat or drink frequently and an accident could occur.

The delicate nature of a viscose rug means it is less hardy than those made from wool and, consequently, these rugs are not an ideal option for all homes.

For instance, households with pets and young children may wish to rethink their plans about acquiring a viscose rug. When budgets are tight, a viscose rug can cause problems, as they can quickly become worn and lose their shape and colour and require replacing. Rugs available made from other synthetic fibres like polyester and nylon are far more hard wearing and a better choice for these types of residences.

Viscose is a notoriously difficult fibre to maintain in good condition, as it has specific considerations regarding cleaning. When viscose rugs become wet, their fibres can very easily be damaged. Viscose can lose as much of half of its structural strength when a spillage occurs, which can lead to rugs falling apart. Viscose can also yellow as it ages if it is not dried properly, and is often pH sensitive, which means even simple tap water can lead to a stain.

Professional cleaning for viscose rugs

Experts in cleaning all kinds of luxury rugs, we have the experience, skills, equipment and solutions to provide a professional refresh for your viscose rug.

At our built-for purpose studio, we regularly clean viscose rugs and use considerate but effective methods designed to answer their needs. For example, when necessary, we use acidic rinses to ensure rugs can be cleaned safely without causing harm or further staining. We also have a specially engineered drying system that include a centrifuge and dehumidification room to ensure rugs are thoroughly dried before they are returned to you, revitalised.

For expert rug cleaning services in Essex, get in touch with our team at the Rug Cleaning Studio today.


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