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Area Rug Cleaning & Oriental Rugs

Area rug cleaning and Oriental rug cleaning is different than whole room carpet cleaning. At Healthy Home Cleaning Solutions we use the same philosophy and modern technology to ensure your satisfaction. Some jobs can be done in your home and others need to be done in our facility. Depending on the method necessary to clean your area rug, you can drop off your area rugs or we can arrange for pickup and delivery.

Pre-Wash Inspection

pre wash inspection Each Oriental or area rug is inspected to note any preexisting conditions. Many times, soil will cover up dye lot variations, fiber stains, prior dye bleeding, worn areas or white knots that may become uncovered following the washing process. Some of these are weaving characteristics and others are damage that can possibly be repaired.

Rug Cleaning Methods

Healthy Home Cleaning Solutions offers several different Oriental and area rug cleaning methods all of which are recommended and endorsed by rug manufacturers as being the safest method for their particular type of rug.

The team at Healthy Home Cleaning Solutions have all successfully completed thorough training in cleaning different types of area rugs from wool rugs to antique Oriental rugs.

Oriental rug cleaning requires precision and skilled training. The cleaning process involves a delicate balance of pH solutions and should only be done by an experienced, highly trained professional.


area rug dusting services A wool rug can hold literally pounds of soil in its fibers before it begins to look dirty. When your area rug begins to look bad, it is well past due to have it cleaned. What you are noticing is not just dirt but germs, bacteria and other contaminants brought in by feet, shoes and paws.

Adding water to a rug that is filled with pounds of fine grit and dirt in the foundation will create mud. The dusting process is necessary prior to the washing process to avoid this situation. Dusting is performed with an upright vacuum cleaner or other dusting machine to shake the dirt out of the foundation from the back side of the rug.

Full-Immersion Wet Wash

full immersion wet wash For thousands of years rugs have been woven and washed. Overseas, both rugs and fabrics are often washed in rivers. Today, Healthy Home Cleaning Solutions adds a modern, technical approach to the Old World cleaning methods. The recommended method for cleaning natural fiber rugs is a full-immersion wet wash. Essentially natural fiber rugs require a really good bath to remove the dirt, grit, bacteria and other contaminants from not only the surface, but within the base fibers of the rug. The dyes of your rug are tested for colorfastness. If the dyes are not colorfast, then the rug is first bathed in vinegar to stabilize the dyes during the wash process. This process will help keep the dyes from migrating into the neighboring areas. The rug is washed using mild rug shampoo and cold water. Similarly to the way you would wash your own wool or cotton sweaters, we avoid hot water, harsh detergents and high heat.

Dry Flat

Following the full-immersion wet wash, we dry all rugs by laying them out flat. Hanging rugs up when they are wet can lead to too much strain on the foundation of the rug. Industrial air movers are used to help facilitate the drying process. Dehumidifiers help control the drying environment. By not utilizing hot water during washing or high heat in drying, you avoid shrinking. Again, these fibers closely resemble your nicer wool and cotton fabrics so a gentle wash and drying flat is how they have been washed for ages. As with brand new clothing items, there may be some very slight shrinking for its first cleaning or perhaps an inch. After the first wash, this is no longer a concern unless the rug is improperly cleaned with a high heat carpet cleaning machine in your home which can shrink, distort, bleed and generally harm your rug. This is why, most all of the time, area rugs are never cleaned in your home but taken to our rug cleaning facility.

Oriental and Area Rug Hot Water Extraction Cleaning

oriental and area rug hot water extraction cleaning For the majority of synthetic carpet and rugs we offer steam cleaning, which is among one of the most effective cleaning methods to date. With our powerful, truck-mounted cleaning machines, hot water is injected deep into the fibers of your area rug, agitating the dirt, soil and dust mites loose, then all of this is extracted up through powerful vacuums. The result is an extremely clean carpet and you don't have to worry about any cleaning solution left behind.

Fringe Work and Finishing

fringe work and finishing Fringe tassels are usually cotton strands. These are called the warps of a rug and are the foundation threads that the fuzzy wool knots are tied around to weave your rug. Cotton is an absorbent fiber and has no place to hide soil like wool does so when your tassels look dirty, you know it is time to get your rug washed. Fringe tassels are scrubbed during the wash process and additionally when needed. After the rug is thoroughly dried, it is given a final grooming with a horsehair brush and rolled to get ready to go home.

The cleaning technique for Oriental and area rugs will vary depending on the age of the rug, fiber type and dye strength. Oriental and area rugs that are properly cared for will last for decades.

Oriental Rug Baths

oriental rug baths The recommended method for cleaning natural fiber rugs is a full-immersion wet wash. Essentially, they need a really good “bath” to remove the dirt, grit, bacteria, and other contaminants from the surface and within the base of the rug’s fibers. Rugs have been woven for thousands of years, and have been washed for thousands as well. Overseas you see both rugs and fabrics washed in rivers. Today we simply take the Old World washing ways and bring them up to date for both antique and contemporary rugs and textiles. There are concerns that vary depending on fiber type, dye strength, and rug construction. Rugs, properly cared for, will outlive us many times over. We are a part of its life more than it being a part of ours. So our steps always take that into account – the welfare of the rug, and the cleanliness of it when returned to an owner's home. These are our steps taken with every rug that comes through our doors to ensure the right care for each textile to give you the most thorough cleaning process possible, while also providing the safest process for the rug itself.

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Healthy Home Cleaning Solutions is a local family-owned and operated business serving residential and commercial customers. Much more than a run-of-the-mill carpet cleaning business, we offer area carpet cleaning, Oriental and area rug cleaning, ceramic tile, natural stone floor and grout cleaning services. With our 'quality first' approach, our job is not complete until you are completely satisfied. Call us at 508-321-7012.

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