A genuine hand-knotted area rug is a beautiful piece of art and a precious household object, striking a note in both traditional and modern surroundings.
Originating in the Middle East (Persian, Turkish, etc.) or Far East (Chinese), a genuine hand-knotted rug is woven in natural materials, like silk, cotton, and wool. Most rugs are priced according to their knot density or ratio; the higher the density, the more precious the rug. Good hand-knotted rugs gain in value over time, and antique rugs command even higher prices. As the rug ages, the colors become more mellow and beautiful. However, these qualities only emerge in an area rug that has received the best of care throughout its years, which implies professional rug cleaning and maintenance.
The Skill of the Professional Rug Cleaner
Made in distinctive patterns, the colors of the Persian rug are generally red, brown, and gold against a beige background, in keeping with the pigments available to ancient weavers. A professional rug cleaner can identify the rug’s dyes in advance of the cleaning process and select the appropriate cleaning agents that will not fade the colors or cause them to run.
In addition, proper cleaning will not shrink a valuable rug. The properly trained, certified, and experienced technicians at Oriental Rug Salon can detect the particular staining patterns that foreign substances leave on wool or silk. By identifying these, our personnel employs the most suitable cleaning methods and spotting agents. We are also able to deal with odor, pet urine, moth, and other issues.
Eliminating Dust, Sand, and Soil
The knot density of the most precious hand-knotted area rugs renders it vulnerable to the effects of deep-down dust, sand, and soil that collect in the rug’s foundation and threaten to destroy the pile. These sediments are difficult for clients to remove, even with the most powerful vacuum cleaners. Oriental Rug Salon can provide hands-on methodologies to remove these contaminants without damaging the pile.
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While sediment removal, as mentioned above, is essential, this process is only part of the cleaning program.
Once an area rug is thoroughly examined and a 24-Hour bleed test is performed, the clients of Oriental Rug Salon receive a detailed report and pictures of their rug via e-mail pointing out our findings and the best way to care for their area rug. Once the client receives the report, they can call us with any questions or concerns before the cleaning process begins.
Upon approval by the client, the area rug is then individually cleaned in a bath all its own by an experienced rug cleaning professional. From the time an area rug is dusted until the time it is wrapped and delivered to the client, a trained set of eyes follows the rug from start to finish.
Upon cleaning the area rug, it is laid on an air table to dry. Once the rug is 100% dry, the rug master will personally inspect the rug, and with his approval, we will then apply a finishing agent and set the nap of the rug to its original position. The rug is then wrapped, and arrangements are made with the client for delivery.
Our Complete Rug Cleaning & Repair Process
In addition to the above, our experienced rug cleaning technicians will perform services as needed, such as fringe whitening or dyeing, without endangering the remainder of the rug with whitening or dye substances. Our personnel are trained to spot damage by moths and other insects, to which silk and wool area rugs are particularly prone. For rugs that are already damaged, a professional repair or treatment can be performed with the client’s permission.
In summary, our professional rug cleaners are trained to:
- Identify rug types and dyes
- Remove specific stains
- Remove sand and soil residues through dusting techniques
- Hand-wash each rug trusted to us by hand
- Repair and partially reweave rugs
Hand-knotted area rugs were made by hand, with love and care by a skilled artesian, and they deserve proper cleaning to last many generations.
Oriental Rug Salon is a full-service Oriental rug cleaning company serving clients in Lee, Collier, and Charlotte County, Florida. In Fact, we service and clean area rugs from around the United States by clients demanding hand-washing by experienced and certified professionals. We are the “cleaner of choice” to many interior designers, Oriental retailers, insurance and restoration companies, rug collectors, and clients who simply cherish their rugs.
Services Provided: Area Rug Appraisals | Oriental Rug Cleaning | Pet Damage to Oriental Rugs | Odor Control for Oriental Rugs | Wool and Silk Area Rug Cleaning | Oriental Area Rug Repairs | Area Rug Storage