Tuesday, 27 January 2015
How Do You Turn a Beautiful RUG Into a Worthless RAG?" Don't find out the hard way!
You're out shopping. Your well-meaning husband decides to help out around the house. He starts with the laundry, hoping to surprise you when you get home.
As you sort through the clean pile of clothes, you come across your favorite silk blouse. It's ruined! But, you remain calm. After all... he had good intentions. No one ever told him it requires special care. He just didn't know any better.
The same is true of uneducated, uninformed cleaners who would clean your fine oriental rugs with the same methods and chemicals they use for wall-to-wall carpeting. They don't understand your rugs... woven treasures that must be handled by an expert in the fine art of investment quality textile cleaning.
What they were never taught.
First off, hand-woven wool rugs should be gently washed, not cleaned on your floor with portable equipment. To safely and thoroughly clean such pieces, an expert must have a rug-washing plant where the rugs can be completely immersed, gently shampooed, and thoroughly rinsed.
The steps involved in this process include: pre-vacuuming to remove dry soils, rug badgering to remove even more dry soil, test dyes for bleeding, set unstable dyes, complete submersion in washing solution designed specifically for wool, gentle agitation, and a thorough rinse to completely flush away soils and residues, extract excess water, and finally, use air movers and dehumidifiers which dry the rug quickly and safely.
What's the worst that could happen?
Remember that blouse? Your Oriental rugs are also in danger of being ruined if not properly cleaned. Color loss, dye bleeding, shrinkage or warping, browning of fringes, break down of wool fiber, and permanent loss of luxurious feel.
And if it's not cleaned using the proper method, then it's not really clean. An expert rug cleaner should be the only one entrusted with the care and maintenance of your fine woven treasures. Otherwise your beautiful heirlooms could be irreversibly harmed.
Please... don't wait any longer.
What can YOU do?
Some people think cleaning wool rugs will harm them. So they allow dirt and stains to obscure the otherwise vibrant and intricate patterns. Yet the number one enemy to a wool rug is soil. Gritty dirt gets into the pile, and as people walk on the rug, damage is being done. The gritty soil acts like sandpaper, grinding away at the fibers.
Improper or delayed spot removal attempts, and moth or insect activity also cause expensive damage. Your rugs, if properly cared for will last a lifetime and many generations to come.
· Thoroughly washing a rug every 2 to 3 years will help prevent permanent damage caused by soils and stains, and prolong its life and usability.
· Rotate your rugs annually to even out wear and fading.
· Vacuum your rugs thoroughly at least once a week.
· Protect your rugs from wear and tear and ‘walking’ by adding a rug underlay under the rug like Foxi.
· Blot up spills immediately and call a professional to remove difficult stains.
If you are in the South London & Surrey area, you can get a free consultation and written quotation to find out how to clean your rug without causing damage and with a full guarantee.