Traditional Hand Wash, All Natural Soap, and Pure Water Rinse
Although there are many available options to conduct oriental rug cleaning using machines, many rug owners prefer hand cleaning because of its efficiency and the special attention given to the rugs that make them cleaner. Fine rugs deserve high quality and gentle care-something that only hand washing experts can provide. You can rest assured of proper care for fine oriental rug cleaning with our approach. Rugs made from natural fibers, cotton, silk, or fine wool are expensive and worth all the care they can get.
Two major reasons compel owners to handwash over machine washing for oriental rug cleaning. Natural fibers have a unique ability to hide dirt. Hence, hand washing allows cleaning experts to provide the necessary attention required to make them really clean. Also, conventional cleaning using machines applies high pressure and special chemicals to the rags, leaving your carpet damaged from high PH or the associated pressures.
On the other hand, Persian and Oriental Rug Cleaning Hand Wash efficiently remove damaging gritty soil from oriental rugs, making them colorful, clean, and beautiful. The following steps are used when using the handwashing process for oriental rug cleaning. While handwashing is a great option, you’ll be surprised to learn how much dirt vacuums miss — and how simple the best cleaning methods really are. The pitch was simple. In the 1950s, a vacuum salesperson would come to the door, spill dirt on the carpet, and ask the lady of the house to clean it with her machine.
Then he would load a fresh bag into his model, run it over the “clean” carpet, and open the bag to reveal what it had picked up. Frequently that was all he needed to close the deal. Had the salesman reversed the order. However, the results might have been the same using his machine first. Often the problem wasn’t the old vacuum. It was the fact that once dirt goes into the carpet, it doesn’t easily come out. The old-fashioned method of removing dirt and cleaning by hand still works best. We have shallow, sudsy pools where the rugs can be washed by hand. This is a very labor-intensive procedure, but it’s the best way to clean the top fibers and underlayment thoroughly.
Most homeowners who use our service are probably washing Oriental, Persian, Moroccan rugs or other handwoven, hand-dyed rugs; their value is that a service like this is the best way to maintain them over decades. Hand cleaning won’t tear or damage the fibers or the weave, and a professional can adjust the cleaning method according to the age and condition of the rug.
Q. What are common mistakes?
A. Putting a plant on a rug. Years later, you take the rug up, and a perfect circle drops out. The pad doesn’t allow air to circulate. A wool rug may feel dry, but moisture has seeped to the bottom. First mildew, then dry rot, and you have to repair.
Q. It is said that rugs should be washed every two to three years. Why?
A. Even if a rug doesn’t look dirty, it slowly gets duller, and the fringe starts to look bad. If you wait, dust, especially silica, sinks. Whether the base is cotton or wool, those pieces saw away at the fiber when it’s walked on. That’s what makes a rug go bare, not foot traffic. It’s foot traffic on a rug that hasn’t been swept, beaten, and washed — even if it has a good rubber rug pad underneath, which cushions compression.
Q. Can you vacuum too much?
A. Today’s vacuums may be too aggressive, especially if there is a hard floor underneath. It would be best to sweep a wool rug with a carpet sweeper. When vacuuming once a week or two, use a canister vacuum and set the beater bar high for less abrasion. Vacuum from side to side, not end-to-end, so you don’t grab the fringe. Take the rug outside once a year and vacuum the back to get embedded dirt out that causes fiber wear. Then vacuum the top again. If you whack a corner and see a dust poof, it must be washed.
Taghavi’s Oriental Rugs
Restoration & Repair
New Rug Sales
Phone: (901) 327-5033