Rug Cleaning

Rug Cleaning can be very tricky as rugs can be made by hand or by machine.

Proper fibre identification for the correct rug cleaning process is extremely necessary in order to achieve a thorough as possible outcome without damaging the quality. Crawford’s will give them the proper care they deserve.

Oriental rugs are beautiful and expensive handmade pieces. These rugs are generally made with natural fibres and dyes; this requires the rug cleaning process to apply with special care and using rug cleaning agents with the correct PH balance to prevent browning, colour fading, discolorations, etc.

We also adjust cleaning temperatures and pressures to meet the special requirements of each type of rug. We use a whole line of rug cleaning agents and stain removers specially formulated to safely and effectively clean more delicate fibres.

After cleaning, all rugs are dried with proper dehumidification and air movement. Fringes are then cleaned and treated and in some cases bleached to ensure maximum beauty and brightness.

Spot and Stain Removal

Like everything else today, rugs need special care to ensure long life. Regular rug cleaning using adequate treatments will help extend the life of your rug. For spot removal it is highly recommended that all spills be cleaned immediately. Research shows that up to 90% of spots and stains from spills can be prevented if cleaned right away. If your carpet is already stained, here are some useful steps for spot removal.
Spotting

Basic cleaning steps for common food and beverage stains are as follows:

  • Immediately scoop up as much of the spill as possible. Then blot, do not rub, with clean, white absorbent cloth or paper towels to remove excess moisture. Use a wet/dry vacuum if spill is large.
  • Apply warm, not hot, water to stain and blot with clean, white cloth or paper towels. Press down firmly to remove as much moisture as possible. Repeat until no stain is evident on cloth or towels.
  • If stain remains on carpet, make a solution of warm water and mild non-bleach liquid laundry, not dishwashing, detergent (1 teaspoon to 1 quart water). Apply enough solution to cover stain and let soak for about 5 minutes.
  • Rinse with warm water and blot thoroughly to extract water. Repeat until all detergent is removed.
  • Absorb remaining moisture with layers of white paper towels, weighted down overnight with non-staining glass or ceramic object.
  • When completely dry, vacuum or brush the pile to restore texture.

Ghost Stain

After drying, if the stain reappears, it may be because some stain remained deep in the pile and wicked up to the surface. If so, reapply warm water detergent solution, vacuum or brush when completely dry and call us!

Rug Cleaning, Care and Maintenance

Vacuuming is the basic and primary step for caring for your rug. Rugs are exposed to endless mistreatment, such as treading feet, dirt, dust, oil and spills of all sorts. By frequently vacuuming, you can prevent soils from building up. Vacuum cleaners with good suction are recommended to lift surface dirt.

Frequently rotate your rugs to equalize the damaging effects of the sun. Because continual direct exposure to sunlight will damage a rug over time, use window shades, shutters, or heavy curtains to safeguard your investment.

Also, regular rug cleaning can protect your rugs from fumes and dampness. Fumes from furnaces, stoves, chimneys and auto exhaust can mix with humidity in the atmosphere to form an acid that fades and deteriorates the appearance of wool. Over time, dampness will rot the threads and destroy the fibres of a rug. Keep them in a dry environment.

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