As of March 1st we moved into a new larger location at 1438 S 1st St, Suite 2. Part of that move was the construction of a brand new rug washing pit along with a brand new drying rack system! We are very excited about this! Our new wash pit can accommodate rugs up to 11′ x 15′. There really is no rug we can’t wash thoroughly now. Our new drying system from Rug Badger allows us to simultaneously dry multiple rugs as well as detail clean problematic fringe with ease. These are the types of things that make a rug washer’s heart happy! If you own a rug that needs cleaning, no matter how large or small, we’d love to help! Just give us a call at (402)486-4792.
Tufted wool rugs are very popular! They come in a virtually unlimited number of colors, styles and shapes. Tufted wool rugs are constructed differently than woven rugs. The fibers are “punched” through a primary backing, then latex is poured over the backing, then a fabric skrim is attached as the final backing for the rug. The construction of these rugs varies widely from fairly high quality to very poor.
They present some unique difficulties from a cleaning standpoint. The first consideration is the latex backing. Any contamination (think pet accidents) soaks down into the latex, sometimes all the way through to the skrim. Cleaning this out of the rug is extremely difficult and frequently requires more than one washing. The second consideration is assessing how durable the fabric skrim is. Sometimes the skrim is sewn on (which is best), sometimes it’s tacked on (second best), or unfortunately, sometimes the skrim is glued on. If the skrim is glued on, it will likely require re-glueing after washing.
Hand-processing of oriental rugs is what makes the difference between O.K. results and great results! This is a picture of my son Matthew, from about a year and half ago. When I took this picture he was shorter than me – now he’s four inches taller! I love the time he spends with me working on rugs! Fringe oftentimes needs individualized attention, both as part of the main wash process, and as a last step in the final preparation of the rug. Do not trust your rugs to someone who is going to “surface clean” with their regular carpet cleaning equipment – the results from that type of approach will always be disappointing. Fringes should be clean, but not bleached! The original color of the fringe should remain the same! If you have any questions about your particular rug, we are always happy to visit with you about them.
This somewhat modest, albeit expensive, piece of equipment is the newest “toy” I’ve added to my rug cleaning spa. Cleaning rugs is a very time intensive job when done correctly. Increasing production rates leads to shorter turn around times for the rugs we clean. That’s where this equipment comes in – it’s a 10 gallon per minute auto pump-out. That means the waste water generated during the cleaning process and the water generated while performing final extraction on your rug can be safely and quickly filtered and disposed of. No more slow and laborious dumping of waste water – yeahhhh!
You may be having one of two reactions right now:
1. This man has great passion for his work! or……..
2. This man has lost his mind, and leads a sad rug-centric life, devoid of the things that make “normal” people happy!
Either way, know that I’m as happy as a bug in a rug! Pun intended!
To the lower right is a picture of a rag area rug we cleaned last week. In the picture it is safely on the drying platform, colors intact, no dye migration, no worries. Directly above it is a picture of the cotton rag we used to test the dye stability of the area rug. As you can see, the rug failed the dye stability test in fantastic fashion! Every color in the rug bled – almost instantaneously!
What to do when faced with this predicament? It’s a rag area rug, so it desperately needs a full immersion bath in the “rug spa”, yet it bleeds when in the presence of moisture. The answer is to treat it with a special chemical which helps to keep migrant dyes from fixing themselves on the surrounding fibers. This process effectively adds a day to the processing of the rug, but it allows us to wet wash area rugs that we otherwise couldn’t. Careful testing for dye stability is crucial for successful cleaning of tricky area rugs!
Rag rugs are beautiful, durable, colorful and just plain fun! They are usually difficult if not impossible to vacuum well and very few us take our rugs out for paddling like Grandma and Great-Grandma used to do. What are you to do with a rug that is dirty, but can’t be vacuumed very well, and last time you looked you had mis-placed Grandma’s rug beating paddle? The answer is you give it a thorough bath! This rag rug had only one dye susceptible to bleeding and that was the color red. The rug was treated with a special chemical that kept the red dye from fixing itself on any of the adjacent fibers. Then it was submerged in the rug spa and completely cleaned. It cleaned up beautifully! Next visit I’m going to show you a rag rug with serious bleeding issues!
I’m so excited I feel like a kid on Christmas Day! I’ve been trying to get this “blog, independently hosted by a third-party but nested in my website” thing figured out for six months now. Truth be told, I still haven’t figured it out – I just threw my hands up and contacted an SBI coach to give me a hand. Three cheers for my coach, Richard Bialocur!
Later today, I’ll be making my first cleaning related post. If you have ideas for future postings, please let me know. I want this to be informative and interesting for you. I can’t wait to share with you some of the interesting things we come across in the course of a day, and how we attempt to solve those issues. Talk to you later!