Special Treatment Needed
Rugs are not just small carpets and they need cleaning differently from carpets.
Many rugs such as fine oriental rugs are very costly and are made from fragile natural fibres, natural dyes and foundation materials so cannot be cleaned in the way we usually clean man made carpets.
Most carpet cleaning systems use high levels of heat, high water pressure, extreme agitation and powerful chemicals. Most rugs cannot be cleaned using these methods. A more gentle process must be used to safely clean fine rugs.
Because more time is involved and a more complex cleaning process must be used to avoid damaging the delicate fibres and dyes it is inevitable cleaning a delicate rug will be more costly than standard carpet cleaning.
Why Rugs are More Difficult to Clean
Because of the dense pile construction of many rugs, dirt particles work their way down through the fibres - to the backing of the rug where they cannot be removed by ordinary vacuuming.
This loose grit wreaks havoc on your rug’s delicate fibres, causing a cutting abrasive action as you walk on the rug. Abrasion accounts for fibre loss (wear) and embeds soil & stains.
Other types of soil such as food particles and pet oils “hide” in the dense pile, making your rugs the ideal place for germs, bacteria, allergens and other nasties such as dust mites..
Dust mites are too small to be seen but are the most common cause of 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 of these pollutants should be removed by professional cleaning on a regular basis to keep your rugs “healthy”.
Most rugs are taken away for cleaning and returned afterwards. We can usually clean acrylic and similar man-made rugs on site.
How We Clean Delicate Rugs
Here is a quick tour through our cleaning process, from pre-cleaning inspection to finishing work.
Every rug is inspected for pre-existing conditions. Often dirt and soils covers up variations in dye, fibre stains, prior dye bleeding, worn areas or white knots that become “uncovered” after cleaning. Some of these are weaving characteristics others are damage that can possibly be repaired or reversed. We will discuss any areas of concern that you have regarding your rugs and the options available.
Once the pre-cleaning inspection is complete and the cleaning proceeds, the first step is dusting. Some rugs can hold up to 1/2 a kilo of dirt per square foot before it starts looking dirty. Dusting is a very important first step in the cleaning process. This is performed with a special vacuum cleaner to loosen the dirt from the foundation of your rug.
We then test the dyes of your rug for colorfastness. If the dyes are not colorfast we need to use different techniques if we have spots or stains to deal with. Because we use a gentle dry cleaning process dyes that are not colour fast do not cause us a problem as they do for carpet cleaners that use water or steam. The rug is then pre-sprayed with a special encapsulator that surrounds the dirt molecules and allowed to rest. Then using special delicate fibre brushes on the dry cleaning machine work the dry cleaning materials through the rug. This may be repeated depending upon the amount of soiling in the rug. The rug is then vacuumed with a special dry cleaning extractor to bring out all the dirt and raise the pile making it look like new.
Like our carpet cleaning, when the process is finished the rug is dry and ready for immediate use.
FRINGE WORK AND FINISHING:
Fringe tassels are cleaned seperately by hand. The rug is given a final combing with a special brush, it is then rolled up ready to go home.
Call us Now on 01484 290249 to get your rugs professionally cleaned.