Professional rug washing is essential not just for the appearance and health of your cherished area rug but for its longevity too. Different rug types have different foundations; flat woven kelims differ significantly from hand-knotted rugs. Some rugs have shorter piles, while others have a thick shaggy pile like a flokati. The yarns used, wool, silk, Jute, Viscose, and cotton, have their own requirements, as do the dyes used to create the beautiful colors.
Just as rugs are unique, the company you choose to care for your rug should only be made after careful consideration of their processes, experience, and certifications.
How To Care For Your Area Rug
Vacuum, Vacuum, Vacuum. How often you vacuum contributes immensely to when your area rug needs a thorough professional cleaning. You know it is time to clean when you notice your cherished area rug looking dull or feeling dirty, and the face yarns are less soft to the touch. Of course, if stains appear due to spills or pet accidents, professional intervention is a must to prevent dye migration or dry rot.
Professional handwashing for most rugs should be done every two (2) to three (3) years as a basic maintenance cycle. When it’s time for a rug cleaning, Oriental Rug Salon will evaluate your area rug and select the most appropriate cleaning solutions and methods for your rug’s particular needs. We handle with care every type of textile, including hand-knotted, hand-tufted, machine-made, hand-woven, contemporary, antique, durries, braided, kelim, modern, and Oriental rugs.
Regardless of your rugs fiber type or blends of fiber, such as wool, silk, cotton, sisal, jute, leather, linens, and synthetic materials, or make such as Persian, Turkish, Indian, Chinese, Moroccan, Mexican, Tibetan, Afghani, Kashmiri, or New Zealand made we’ve got you covered. Oriental Rug Salon can handle and care for all your rugs. We can also look after your cushions, Sumacs, tapestries, bags, and other related items or carpet.
The Method You Choose To Clean Your Rug Matters
Even though there are various methods for rug cleaning offered by general cleaners, i.e., steam cleaning, commercial batch-washing, carpet shampooing, or chemical and dry cleaning, these methods merely deliver “surface-clean results.” They could be detrimental to your Oriental or Persian rug.
These cleaning methods are typically designed to quickly “clean” an area rug in a short amount of time at a more significant profit to the cleaner. These methods are not intended for hand-knotted rugs or natural-fiber textiles and may cause your precious rug to fade or shrink. These methods can also reduce the life span of your rug by reducing the natural oils in the fiber, cause dye migration, and damaging the fiber structure. Handknotted rugs are woven in time-consuming traditional ways, and they deserve to be cleaned in the same manner to preserve them for future generations.
The best way to clean a hand-knotted area rug is by hand, using century-old methods with modern, pH-adjusted cleaning solutions. Oriental, Persian, Turkish, wool, and silk area rugs should be washed in a cold bath by hand.
Handknotted rugs, antique rugs, Persian, Turkish, and other delicate rugs should be left to the professionals. These rugs deserve professional care and are too good to be mishandled, and often cannot be replaced.
At Oriental Rug Salon, our experienced, certified technicians can remove deep-set sand, debris, pet hair, and embedded soils from deep within the rug foundation. We select the appropriate cleaning solutions based on the dyes used in the rug (artificial or natural dyes, vegetable dyes, mineral dyes, synthetic dyes), the type of fiber used, and the construction method. We evaluate the area rug for staining, pet urine, moth, and insect issues and then determine the appropriate bath for your particular need.
Every rug that enters our shop is photographed and dusted over 40,000 times a minute to dislodge deep-set dirt, sand, dirt, mites, pollen, and other contaminants that are out of reach to vacuum cleaners.
We perform a 24-hour colorfastness test on each rug to determine the likelihood of dye migration and determine the best course of action if the dyes fail the bleed test. Once the appropriate bath is chosen, your area rug is washed in pH-controlled conditions and then carefully dried to ensure that it does not shrink and remains structurally strong. Your complete satisfaction is our standard.
Oriental Rug Salon is a full-service Oriental, Persian, Turkish, wool, and silk area rug cleaning company serving clients from across the United States. Our attention to detail is what makes us the “cleaner of choice” to man rug collectors, interior designers, insurance and restoration companies, area rug retailers, and rug owners who want the best care for their rugs.
For more information about Oriental Rug Salon, please visit us online at www.OrientalRugSalonl.com or “call us on the carpet” any time at 239-424-8171. We offer FREE pick-up and delivery for most area rugs, and our plant is open six days a week for your convenience.
Oriental Rug Salon is A+ rated by the Better Business Bureau. We are Certified by the prestigious Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), the International Carpet & Rug Institute (CRI), and are a WoolSafe Approved Service Provider.
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