Oriental Rug Cleaning
Off-Site Oriental Rug Cleaning
I am a firm believer in cleaning most rugs as wet as they can be cleaned. The oldest way of cleaning these rugs is to wash them, and wash them I do!
First I inspect the rug with you to get as much history as possible. What are the specific reasons for cleaning at this time? What is expected from the cleaning? Have any pets urinated on the rug, and so on… I like to know the age of the rug and if it has ever been washed. If so, when and by whom?
As an I.I.C.R.C. Certified Master Textile Cleaner, I am one of the few qualified to clean Oriental Rugs on-site. However, for a more thorough dusting and cleaning, I recommend the off-site option. When done off-site, the rug is put through a dusting machine. This is a machine that has over a hundred leather straps that gently, but firmly, slap the back of the carpet as it is fed through.
Next, I take the rugs to a pit area (a slightly sloping floor that has a drain at one end) where the rugs are thoroughly saturated with plenty of fresh water.
After that, I scrub the rug with shampoos or soaps. The chemistry may vary depending on the type of rug and the dyes used. Think of wool for a moment. Take away the mystique that we often assign to Oriental rugs. It’s animal hair. Not much different than our hair. How do you clean your hair? 1. Thoroughly wet hair. 2. Lather. 3. Rinse. 4. Repeat. It’s not rocket science, but there are scientific principles employed. I, too, often lather, rinse, and repeat.
The next step, after I am satisfied that I have been able to remove all soils (most often both, front and back) from the rugs, a final rinse on the scrub pit floor is performed.
I then move the rugs to a machine for a final rinse and wring.
The last step includes hanging the rugs vertically from one end on special poles.
The rugs easily dry in about 6-10 hours and are then lowered to the floor where they are given a final inspection, and then rolled and tied and stored while I arrange for delivery to your home.
On-Site Oriental Rug Cleaning
While off-site cleaning is more thorough, on-site Oriental Rug Cleaning is available for certain types of rugs. Ask Glenn if your rug can be cleaned at home.