The first rule of thumb when cleaning a handwoven rug is to understand that this is not a "Do It Yourself" project. Attempting to clean an expensive rug yourself without the proper equipment and knowledge can end up becoming a very costly mistake. It is best to hire the help of a rug cleaning professional in order to properly clean your rugs.
Always make sure that the rug cleaner you choose is trained and experienced in handling exotic rugs before you allow them to clean yours. Ask if they are fully insured against any accidents that may occur during the cleaning process.
Handwoven rugs can be constructed in many different ways. The most common rugs that you see inside of homes are constructed of wool fibers, which is a strong and durable fiber. The wool can be dyed in many different way as well and sometimes the dyes can be unstable and bleed during the cleaning process if the wrong solutions are used.
Silk rugs are another fiber that can commonly be seen in handwoven rugs. Silk Persian Rugs can be very very pricey and although silk is a very strong fiber, cleaning silk the wrong way can permanently damage the sheen of the fabric.
Our Oriental Rug Cleaning NYC technicians are fully trained and capable of cleaning all types of rugs, from Silk Rugs, Wool Rugs, Shag Rugs, Tufted Rugs, Hemp Rugs and so on...
We make sure to educate our customers on the cleaning methods we will use for your particular rug. If color runs will be an issue we will make sure to stabilize the dyes before we begin the cleaning process to ensure that no bleeding will occur.
Our method of cleaning typically involves fully submerging the rug in a wash pit. This will soak both sides of the rug and ensure a complete and thorough cleaning. After all the the soil, allergens, dust and sand is flushed away in the wash pit, we will scrub the rugs gently, making sure as not to damage the pile of your rug.
If there are any odor issues, we can include enzymes into the cleaning process to help neutralize and eliminate (not cover up) and bad odors.
When the rug is thoroughly washed, we rinse it out with a pH neutralizing bath which will remove any remaining dirt, soaps, and dust that may have been left behind. This important step will ensure that when the rugs dry, they will be left in a soft and clean state, the way it was when it was first made.
After this, we hang the rugs up for drying and before we bring the rug back to our customers we always give it a final inspection. If any stains remain we can provide additional stain removal treatment. The end result is a clean, fresh rug that has been thoroughly washed by trained professionals.