We’re often asked is there a difference between genuine hand-washing of an area rug versus cleaning it by using the automated batch washing method as found at many production rug cleaning plants.
To answer this question, call the auto manufacturers Bentley, Porche, Mercedes, Rolls Royce, and many other high-end producers and ask them why they recommend hand washing of their cars.
Contact any museum and ask them if they allow their janitorial staff to clean wool or silk area rugs or farm them out to mechanical batch-washing facilities.
The truth of the matter is, hand-washing of Oriental, Persian, Turkish, and all other wool and silk rugs and textiles is best left to professionals who are certified, experienced, and who clean rugs one at a time.
To emphasize our point, the following link shows how a cherished Mortlake tapestry is cleaned by the Historic Royal Palaces. If you’ll note, this textile is being cleaned by hand using a full submersion technique.
At Oriental Rug Salon, all rugs trusted to us are cleaned by hand, one at a time. Our hands-on approach allows us to deliver the best clean possible while observing the cleaning process live. Should something happen during the process such as dye migration, a faulty color repair by the weavers of the rug, etc., our experts can make adjustments and address the issue on the spot.
Industrial batch washing techniques are impersonal and designed to maximize the company’s profits. With batch and automated washing, many rugs are loaded into a tub at the same time, detergent is added, and an operator pushes a button and waits for the rugs to wash. No skill is necessary. Just push a button and wait.
And oh, by the way, automated and hand-on cleaning costs about the same. And in the case of hand-washing, rugs are not mixed together and each rug receives an individual bath and procedures designed just for it.
Oriental Rug Salon is SW Florida’s “cleaner of choice” to many rug collectors, interior designers, Oriental and Persian retailers, restoration and insurance companies, and rug owners who want a quality and safe cleaning for their area rugs.
From thoroughly exhaustive wool and silk area rug cleaning to Oriental rug appraisals, pet urine treatments, storage, and repairs, you can count on Oriental Rug Salon.
Oriental Rug Salon is an internationally certified WoolSafe Approved Service Provider, a Certified Partner with the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), and an approved service provider for the Carpet & Rug Institute (CRI).
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