Oriental, Persian, Wool & Silk Area Rug Cleaning
During trade shows, educational meetings with interior designers and occasionally by new clients, we’re often asked what the difference is in what we do and that of a carpet cleaning or machine based rug cleaning plant. Hopefully this blog post will shed some light on the differences and help the reader avoid a potentially costly mistake.
Color run and dye bleed:
Many Oriental and Persian carpets and rugs are naturally dyed and contain root vegetable dyes which, if not dealt with correctly and tested beforehand, will almost always run off into the other colors of the rug. It is incredibly important that each and every rug is tested for color fastness prior to the start of introducing moisture and cleaning agents. At Oriental Rug Salon, we perform a 24-hour dye test on every rug prior to cleaning.
A large percentage of our business is spent on correcting color run not only from floods and spillage etc. but from other carpet and rug cleaning companies who attempted to clean a client’s rug with machines or steam cleaning. These companies did not have the experience or knowledge to correctly deal with or clean a vegetable dyed, hand knotted Oriental carpet or rug and ended up with a hot mess on their hands. Color run and dye migration can be avoided by using a specialist like Oriental Rug Salon.
Prior to a thoroughly exhaustive rug cleaning it is imperative that all dirt, sand, grit and other contaminates to be removed. To perform this service, we utilize a specialty piece of equipment called the Rug Badger. The Rug Badger uses the power of over 40,000 harmonic vibrations per minute that completely separates sediments from the area rug. With all dry soils and harmful elements removed, our clients receive a deeper clean, and the life of the area rug is extended.
At Oriental Rug Salon, we hand wash each area rug, one at a time. No two rugs are identical in structure and composition, and therefore we do not have a standard approach – each piece is dealt with on its own merits. Our rug cleaning technicians are experienced and certified in the art of rug cleaning. They are not carpet, tile or upholstery cleaners. They are tradesmen to the craft of rug cleaning, restoration, and repair.
We do not use heat:
You wouldn’t use heat or hot water to wash a fine cashmere sweater – so you certainly shouldn’t use it to clean and Oriental rug. As a specialist cleaner of all oriental rugs and carpets, we never use heat.
Water can be used on wool and cotton if tested as per above, and we only use ice cold water in our Persian bath facility. This protects the wool from warping, shrinkage and dye loss or migration. Also, when we dry area rugs, they are dried lying flat, on an air table in a climate controlled setting.
Traditional hand cleaning with NO batch washing automated equipment is vital to maintaining the quality and durability of your oriental carpet or rug.
Repairing and restoring oriental and Persian rugs is a craft and skill which is learned over many years.
Sure, anyone can grab a needle and wool and have a go, some with temporarily good results, however traditional and authentic repairs to oriental rugs can only be adequately done by a skilled craftsman/woman. We only employ the very best weavers and restorers.
How to choose an Oriental rug cleaning company
Our advice is, use your gut feeling and if it doesn’t look, feel or sound right then it probably isn’t. Common sense prevails here and when it comes to hand repair and hand cleaning of rugs as harsh as it seems you tend to get what you pay for.
Hand washing of Persian and other Oriental area rugs is the best way to make certain your area rugs are treated with the quality and love they deserve. NEVER allow a carpet cleaning company to surface clean your cherished area rugs. Proper area rug cleaning must be done at a professional rug cleaning plant by experienced rug cleaning professionals.
On the same note, we do not recommend allowing your area rug to be cleaned by a batch cleaning rug plant. These companies use large automated pieces of equipment that will enable them to throw 8-12 rugs at a time into a large tub and “clean” them. This process is not as effective as hand washing, is impersonal, and I don’t know about you folks, but I wouldn’t want my heirloom Tabriz washed with other rugs that may contain pet urine, vomit or feces.
So, ask lots of questions and get some good advice from a professional, established organization before deciding whom to trust your Oriental rug cleaning needs to.
Oriental Rug Salon is a Certified Partner with the prestigious Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and the International Carpet & Rug Institute (CRI). In addition, we are A+ rated by the Better Business Bureau and a four-year-in-a-row-winner of the coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award.
For more information on our authentic hand-wash Oriental rug cleaning services, please visit us online at www.OrientalRugSalon.com or call us anytime at 239-424-8171 (Lee and Collier County) or 941-893-1655 (Sarasota, Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda FL).
If you would like some simple and no obligation advice or just to talk through what you have, please do give us a call. We love to chat, and we’re really friendly!
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