9 Steps to Hand-washing Oriental Rugs
To document preexisting conditions & give realistic expectations.
State country of origin and test for fiber content, (some stains will not come out).
Test for dye migration, moth damage, previous repairs, rotting of foundation, etc…
2. AIR-DUST/DEODORIZE (ozone)
To remove impacted soils, sand, and other particulate matter prior to washing. This is accomplished by a high volume of air passing across and through the rug to force out debris which cannot be vacuumed out. We also charge our air with ozone to freshen rugs and deodorize.
Test for dye migration/bleeding. This requires placing an absorbent cloth on top of small area after it has been treated with neutral detergent solution. If dye transfers to cloth, rugs need to be set aside and processed more carefully.
4. WASH CYCLE
Rugs are first totally immersed in cold, soft water, one rug at a time. After fibers have taken as much water as possible, rugs are mildly agitated with neutral detergent. Rugs are then rinsed with fresh water together with air creating a “Jacuzzi” affect. Both sides of rugs are washed in this way.
Rugs are raised from wash pit and finally rinsed to remove excess residues.
6. HAND BRUSHED & GROOMED
This is done to restore the natural pile lay prior to drying the rug. After the rug has quit dripping topical treatments such as scotchgard & moth proofing can be applied.
Drying is accomplished as the rugs are hanging with heat, air-movement, and dehumidification. Drying takes place in @ 24 hrs.
8. FRINGLE DETAILING
Once rugs are completely dried, the fringe is specially cleaned and fluffed to restore their brightness and beauty.
9. DON'T FORGET!
We also provide padding for your rugs.
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