Understanding Viscose Rugs

What you need to know about Viscose, Bamboo Silk, Banana Silk and Art Silk.

Viscose is rayon. It is a fiber made of wood pulp and cellulose waste by-products. These fibers go through an extremely aggressive chemical process to make those fibers soft and shiny. In fact, the rayon making process is so toxic, they stopped all rayon making in the US many years ago. Instead, rug makers have gone to India to do their pollution making.

The professional cleaning world  call viscose the “sausage of the fiber world.” This is because you don’t want to see how it’s made… and you are not sure what’s really in it when you buy it.

Viscose is being given many names: art silk (i.e. artificial), bamboo silk, banana silk, manmade silk, lyocel, tencel, and faux silk.

To the uneducated eye, the fibers are very soft, and look silk-like. But where silk is strong and can last decades under use, viscose is one of today’s “disposable fibers” due to how weak it is.

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The only chance of helping to save these rugs from any spill is to have fiber protector applied on day one.

Our fiber protectors  provide great repellency to soil and spills/stains. It cannot bullet-proof the fibers, especially viscose, but it does help give you more time to clean up the disaster and hopefully have less signs of it afterwards.

Remember viscose is pricey paper, so anything that can help create some repellency will help the fibers last. I don’t know why every viscose manufacturer does not apply our protectors before each sale. Well here at Premium Surface Protection we want to help you to get a better ownership experience from your viscose rug. A lot of manufacturers do recommend their rugs are protected by our Premium Surface protection products, if they do they really do care about your business and you as a client.

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