Anyone who has had oriental rugs before knows the importance of working with reliable and efficient rug cleaners. Unfortunately, cleaning an oriental rug is unlike cleaning most things in your home. You can’t simply go over it once with a vacuum or apply a cleaning agent and call it good. And they certainly aren’t like cheap mass-produced rugs that you can just throw out if they get too dirty or damaged. When you buy an oriental rug, you’re going to want to make it last as long as possible. In this blog, we’re going to take a look at the process your professional rug cleaner will go through to make it last. Note that this process will vary slightly from rug cleaner to rug cleaner. However, the basic steps are usually the same.

Pre-Treatment Process

The very first step in any rug cleaning is the pre-treatment process that involves inspecting the rug and determining exactly what type of rug they’re working on, its condition, and any risks involved with certain cleaning methods. These are the things your professional rug cleaner will look for during the pre-treatment process:

Condition: Typically, if an oriental rug needs to be repaired, this is done before the rug is thoroughly cleaned.

Wear and tear: Rugs with significant wear and tear will need area support while they’re being treated.

Discoloration and color instability: If colors are faded or mixed, they will need to be restored before the rug is cleaned. Rugs with “bleeding” issues should also be fixed before continuing with the process.

Urine stains: If you have a pet, be sure to let your oriental rug cleaner know. They’ll check for any damage that pet urine could have caused and apply enzyme treatment if needed.

Dust Removal

Just like your carpet, oriental rugs are a huge dust magnet. Although you should be vacuuming your rug regularly, this is not enough to prevent dust from getting stuck deep within the fibers of your rug. And if your rug sees a lot of foot traffic, dust will just get pushed farther into the rug. Your professional rug cleaner will use advanced and innovative rug dusting machines to remove dust from deep within the rug without damaging it.

Soaking And Cleaning

Now that dust has been removed from your rug, your professional rug cleaner will move onto the soaking and cleaning process. Most rugs will be left overnight to soak giving time for the pet odors and stains to come out. When it’s time for the rug to be cleaned, it will be washed on both sides with shampoo and then with water to remove any soap that could damage the rug if it’s left on. With certain rugs, your rug cleaner may also use what’s called a luster wash that can help make the rug’s colors stand out more.

On the other hand, certain rugs should never be soaked or cleaned with shampoo, in which case, dry cleaning is usually used to provide a more delicate touch. This includes silk and skin leather rugs that require a higher attention to detail.   

Brushing And Drying

After the rug has been rinsed off brushing the rug will help bring it back to its natural form and allow it to dry more evenly. In order to preserve the rug, it will not be dried with a heater or blow dryer or anything of that kind. Instead, rugs are placed in a climate-controlled room in order to dry naturally. Typically, this takes around six hours to complete.

Inspection Process

After everything is said and done, your professional rug cleaner will thoroughly inspect the work to ensure that everything was done correctly. If it doesn’t meet our quality standards, any necessary repairs are done before being sent back to the owner. If your professional rug cleaners are not able to return the rug immediately to its owner, they will wrap it and store it in a temperature-controlled room until it can be transported.

Speak With A Professional Rug Cleaner

If you need professional oriental rug cleaning, you can’t afford to choose an inexperienced company or one that doesn’t have an eye for detail. Here at Fred Remmers Rug Cleaners & Oriental Rug Gallery, we have been in business since 1881 and ensure that every single rug we bring in is treated correctly and with attention to detail. We perform all types of rug repairs including deodorizing, scotchgarding, moth-proofing, color run removal, pet stain removal, and much more. We also do all types of detailing such as rug blocking, overcast fringe repair, binding, reweaving, patching, and touch-up dying. Once we’ve treated a rug, they are stored safely in our temperature-controlled rooms until you’re available to pick them up or have them delivered. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.