Area rugs should not get the same treatment as your wall-to-wall carpet! Many area rugs such as fine oriental rugs are very costly and are made from fragile natural fibers, dyes, and foundation materials that cannot be cleaned in the way we usually clean synthetic carpets (such as nylon, olefin, and polyester).
Most professional carpet cleaning systems involve the use of high heat, high water pressure, extreme agitation, and intense chemical activity. Most area rugs cannot be cleaned using these tactics. A more gentle “hand washing” process must be used to safely clean area rugs. Because more time is involved in hand washing and more complex cleaning products must be utilized to avoid damaging the fibers and dyes, you would expect that area rug cleaning would be more costly than standard carpet cleaning. It is.
Because of the dense pile construction of area rugs, dirt particles work their way down through the fibers - to the backing foundation of the rug where they cannot be removed by ordinary vacuuming. This loose grit wreaks havoc on your rug’s delicate fibers, causing a cutting abrasive action as you walk on the rug. Abrasion accounts for fiber loss (wear) and embedded soil stains.
Other types of soil including food particles and pet oils “hide” in the dense pile, making your rugs an ideal haven for germs, bacteria, and other nasty creatures such as dust mites! Dust mites are too small to be seen but are the most common cause of year-round allergy and asthma. They live in mattresses, pillows, carpets, rugs, furniture, bedcovers, and clothes – anywhere they can feed on dead flakes of human skin. All foreign pollutants in your rugs should be removed by professional cleaning on a regular basis to keep your rugs “healthy”.
We use a unique and thorough high-volume clear water rinse extraction process. You see, the amount of water used to clean area rugs is directly proportional to the amount of soil removed in the rinsing process.
We can arrange for a pick up and delivery of your rugs for a small fee. Please call 508-234-7500 for an inspection appointment. Your high traffic rugs should be lightly cleaned several times a year and thoroughly cleaned at least once a year professionally. Low traffic area rugs should be cleaned every 2-3 years to rinse away accumulated dust and soil. Even if the rug doesn’t look dirty…it should be routinely washed.
Our cleaning and repair team will inspect your rug after its arrival and will contact you with any work recommendations or pre-cleaning “discoveries”.
Once the pre-cleaning inspection is complete and the cleaning proceeds, the first step is dusting. Some rugs can hold up to one pound of dirt per square foot before it will “look” dirty. Your rug is first beaten with a beater bar – sometimes up to a dozen times. Your rug is then vacuumed with a powerful upright vacuum to “shake” the dirt out of the foundation of your rug.
The rug is then given a cold water, mild shampoo cleaning - brushed by hand. The rug is thoroughly rinsed with water and the water is vacuumed out with a powerful recovery machine.
Your rug is then dried. Air movers are used to help facilitate drying, without the use of high heat.
Fringe tassels are cleaned an additional time after the initial cleaning. The tassels are then dried. The rug is given a final grooming and then rolled and readied to go home.