Wool Rug Cleaning: Get Professional Help
Wool rug cleaning should not be done on location. The rugs deserve the finest care and should be cleaned in a professional facility with state-of-the-art equipment and techniques. If necessary, select treatments can be provided, both sides are cleaned, the drying is controlled, and specialty tools, not available on-site, are used.
Why Have Wool Rugs Cleaned?
Removing soil is crucial in the restoration of a rug’s appearance and the maintenance of the rug’s life. A study has shown that rugs can hold as much as 87 pounds of soil before appearing to be dirty. Deeply embedded dirt is abrasive and saws away at the fibers of the rug much like sandpaper. The abrasion occurs each time someone walks on the rug.
The Process of Cleaning Wool Rugs
The rug is carefully inspected for stains and spots, the soiling condition, wear patterns and needed repairs. Pet odors and other concerns are assessed. A vigorous massage will remove dry soils.
The dusting is the most significant rug cleaning procedure. An automatic dusting system allows vibrations and speed to be suited to each rug. All dry particles are shaken loose including those that have been embedded for years. Pounds of soil are removed without damage to the fringe, fiber, or rug.
The rug is then placed in a unique wash tub that uses the appropriate agitation velocity that mimics the old hand washing technique. Soil is removed without the use of brushes, power sprays, harsh agitation, or scrubbing that could damage the fibers of the rug. The cleaning process is aided by special cleaning agents that restore the color of the rug and ensure dye transfer is not a problem. Sensitive antique rugs and priceless heirlooms are safely cleaned.
A rug centrifuge quickly removes water after the rug is clean. The procedure is similar to the spin cycle of a washing machine. It speeds up the drying process. The rug is then hung on a rack for completion of the drying phase. Air gently circulates to speed the process of evaporation. A final inspection takes place before the rug is prepared for return delivery.
Rugs can also be dry-cleaned. Chemical cleaning solutions are utilized to extract dirt. The rug is then vacuumed, bringing dirt with it.
Anti-stain protection is also available. After the rug is dried, an extra layer of compounds is applied that makes the rug resistant to stains. Having the application done every four to five months is recommended.
Sanitizing a rug, especially one that had pet stains, is another option. Thorough cleaning does not guarantee bacteria and odor removal. The sanitizing procedure immerses the rug in special solutions and enzymes that kill bacteria. The rug is then treated with deodorizing agents to remove odor.
Wool rugs require expert attention. Excessive heat and agitation can be harmful. Neutral detergents and quick drying are required. “Oxy” cleaners that are environmentally safe and work well to clean synthetic fibers should never be used on wool. Let a professional technician with knowledge, training, and the proper equipment care for wool rugs.