Oriental Rug Cleaning
Oriental Rug Cleaning is an important step in maintaining this sizable investment to your home or business. The key to maintenance is regular maintenance, spot cleaning and professional oriental rug cleaning. In some situations, the rugs can be cleaned at your location, but many require pickup, cleaning and drying in our facility, and delivery back to your location.
To check to see if oriental rug cleaning is needed, here are a couple of methods you can use:
Pick up a corner of the rug and while holding it, kick the back of the rug with your foot or a blunt object that won’t do damage to the backing. If a cloud of dirt flies out of the pile, the rug is dirty and needs cleaning. Some dust and fibers are normal, but you will know when it is too much.
You can also rub the pile back and forth with your hand or towel 10 to 15 seconds. Look at your hands or the towel. If you see dirt the rug needs cleaning.
With the pile of the rug facing up fold part of the rug back upon itself so that the pile opens along a line where you can see close to the backing. Look down into the base of the pile at the foundation of the rug. It’s not unusual to see an accumulation of dirt deep in the pile where a vacuum cleaner cannot reach it. Again, the rug needs cleaning. Regular oriental rug cleaning will significantly increase the life of your area rugs. Click here for additional information about the care and maintenance recommendations for oriental rug cleaning.
Professional Cleaning for Oriental Rugs
When it’s time to have your rug professionally cleaned, give the experts at United Carpet Cleaning Systems a call. The ideal way to clean the rug is to remove it from your home, and bring it to our location. This enables us to take some extra steps that we would NOT be able to do during a typical visit to your home. The first thing we do is test to see if the dyes in the carpet will bleed when wet. If they do, we have a special treatment we can use that allows us to clean the rug without damaging the look of the carpet.
Once we move to the cleaning process, the real difference comes in our ability to clean both the front AND the back of the carpet. This makes a tremendous difference in the final look of the clean carpet, and extends the life of the product. In a situation where an animal has urinated on it, we can submerge it the cleaning solution for an extended period. (You can see why this would be challenging to do in your home!) We typically have to soak and repeat a few times until the water runs clear, and the offending liquid has been completely removed. Oriental rugs seem to be a favorite target for homeowners’ pets, so we’ve become quite experienced at removing these stains! Once a carpet has been this wet, we push out as much excess water as we can, then extract as much water as possible, and then use fans and dehumidifiers to remove any remaining moisture.
As we clean your oriental rug, we have a variety of products and equipment on hand at our shop that we can use depending on the type of stains, soil, etc. that’s present on it. Our turnaround time for returning it back to your home can be from 3 to 6 weeks from the time we pick it up. Since there are many factors involved in getting it cleaned, we do like to offer realistic time frames to allow us an opportunity to do the best possible job in returning a clean carpet to you. Depending on our current backlog, we are sometimes able to return a carpet in a week or two, so if you have a special need or event you’re planning for, just discuss that with your technician and we’ll be as accommodating as possible.
Oriental Rug Vacuuming Tips
While a professional clean is recommended annually, be sure to vacuum the carpet yourself at least monthly. Consider these tips when vacuuming:
Oriental Run Vacuuming TIP #1
Vacuum the back of the rug once a month to preserve its quality.
Oriental Run Vacuuming TIP #2
Do not run a vacuum with a power or beater brush over fringes. The power brush shreds the fringes, as they can be damaged by the rotating brush.