• Area rug cleaning

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    Plaza Carpet Cleaning has over 20 years experience in rug cleaning. You can rest assured that our area rug cleaning service is the best. We know what we are doing. We stand behind our work and guarantee your satisfaction. If you are not fully satisfied with our area rug cleaning Plaza will either re-clean the rug again or refund your money. It's that simple.

     

    Call for Area Rug Cleaning today!

     

    Valuable rugs are damaged every day by improper care. People who have never cleaned a rug before try to clean their expensive rugs using methods that leave the dirt and ruin the rug. Sometimes (too often!) the damage is done by untrained cleaners who have no idea what they are doing.

    We use full-immersion wet wash, the safest and most thorough cleaning method for all fine rugs. This method is recommended by rug retailers and collectors. It is also the only method used by weavers for thousands of years!

     

    The Area Rug Cleaning Process

     

    Pre-Wash Inspection

    The first thing we do is to thoroughly inspect your rugs to examine problem areas. Our goal here is to identify pre-existing conditions and determine if there is a need to address them.  Pre-existing conditions can include stains and dirt. It isn't unusual to find soil or other contaminants covering up dye lot variations (abrash- see below), fiber staining, prior dye bleeding, worn areas or white knots that become "uncovered" after the wash. Some of these are weaving characteristics (abrash and white knots) so there is no need for concern. Others are damage that needs to be addressed. IF we can possibly repair or reverse damage, we'll take steps to do so.

    If you bring the rug to us personally, then this inspection takes place with you. We discuss your concerns regarding your rug(s) and your options in dealing with those concerns. If we transport your rug to our facility, our wash and repair team will thoroughly inspect your rug. They'll look at weaving characteristics and at dirt or stain areas. Once they have all of the details regarding the condition of your rug, they'll contact you. They will share their findings and inform you of your options in getting the rug cleaned.

     

    Abrash

    Abrash is dye-lot color variation. Wool that has been dyed before the rug making process contains tone changes. These changes range from off-white to yellow to grey. Once the piece of wool is dyed, the color ranges it previously contained affect the color outcome in the dye process.

    When this wool is dyed a particular color, this results in a variety of shading. For Example: When one "batch" of red wool is used up in the weaving process, and the weaver grabs the next "batch" from a slightly different color base wool, this difference is woven into the rug.

    The result is a dye lot variation that runs side to side (left to right) and appears as "striping" in the rug. This is a characteristic in all handmade rugs, and is considered a characteristic that in many cases adds depth and texture to the overall look of the rugs (especially in vegetable dyed wool).

     

    White Knots

    Most rugs have cotton foundations. Cotton warps run throughout the entire length of a rug. Cotton wefts threads run left to right. They are the means by which each row of wool knots are packed into a straight line and held in place. During the weaving and packing process, cotton warps and wefts will break. A broken warp or weft cannot be replaced, so the two broken pieces are tied in a knot and the weaving proceeds. This results in white "knots" in the field of the rug.

    Most times these cotton knots are trimmed down shorter than the wool face fibers. This makes it possible to hide them from view. Over time, wearing of the wool reveals these knots. (They often look like freckles throughout the rug.) Many times, these "freckles" can be blended away and made far less visible with the use of textile dye.

     

    Asymmetry

    Rarely will you find handmade area rugs that are perfectly symmetrical. Several factors are responsible for the differences. Variations in material batches and dyes is one of those factors. Expect to see slight design shifts in city rugs. Design and shape variations are likely to be more noticeable in tribal pieces.  Sometimes shape variations can be counteracted through blocking after the wash. Since wet cotton fibers can only give a little, there is a limit to how much the shape can be altered. 

     

    Dusting

    Once we've gone over your rugs and completed the pre-wash inspection, we can proceed with the wash.  The first step in cleaning an area rug is dusting. Rugs can hold a large amount of embedded dirt and dust.  (Some rugs can hold up to one pound of dirt per square foot before they start looking dirty.) If we flood a grit & dirt filled rug, we'll just make mud. So we start with dusting. It is important to remove as much of the dirt and grit as possible before going on to the next step.  We use an upright vacuum cleaner to "shake" dirt out of the foundation of your rug.

     

    Flooding

    The next step in  the area rug cleaning process is testing the dyes of your rug for colorfastness. If the dyes are not colorfast, then the rug is bathed first in vinegar to set the dyes during the wash process. The rug is then given a cold water, mild shampoo bath, using soft brushes for mild agitation. The rug is soaked for a certain length of time, depending on how much surface soil and spotting needs to be gently worked out and rinsed from the rug's fibers. The rug is then thoroughly rinsed with water, and placed through a rubber roller wringer to gently squeeze the water from the rug (the rollers adjust to the thickness of each rug).

     

    Drying

    During the area rug cleaning process all of our rugs are laid out flat to dry. Hanging textiles up when wet can lead to too much strain on the foundation of the rugs. Air movers are used to help facilitate drying - without the use of high heat (so there is no worry of shrinkage). Upon a first wash, it is typical for a rug to shrink slightly (less than an inch) - just as cotton and wool clothing does in even a cold water hand wash. And as with throwing wool or cotton in a high heat dryer, you know this shrinks natural fibers...this is why we dry our rugs the way we do.

     

    Fringe Work and Finishing

    The last step of the area rug cleaning process is the fringe tassels are washed an additional time after the bath. The tassels are then dried. The rug is given a final grooming with a horsehair brush, and then rolled and ready to go home.

    Don't trust your valuable area rugs to just anyone. Call the professionals at Plaza Carpet Cleaning.

    Susan {{telephone}}  Tara 913-244-6753

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