TCM Restoration & Cleaning Blog

When & how often to clean your Oriental Rugs

A common question we get from clients is,”How often should I clean my Oriental Rug?”

Honestly have your rug cleaned only when it really needs it.   For rugs in some areas of your house with high traffic or near an outside door this will mean a yearly cleaning.  Rugs in other areas can go several years and more without needing professional cleaning.

To judge how dirty a rug is, try one of these methods:

  1. Pick up a corner of the rug and while holding it, kick the back of the rug sharply. If a cloud of dirt flies out of the pile, the rug is dirty and needs cleaning.
  2. Kneel down on the rug and rub the pile vigorously with your hand in a short arc for 5 to 10 seconds. Look at your fingers and palm: if your hand is dirty, the rug needs cleaning.
  3. With the pile facing UP fold part of the rug back upon itself so that the pile opens along a line of knots. Look down into the base of the pile at the foundation of the rug. If the warp and weft look dirty, there is dirt deep in the pile where a home vacuum cleaner cannot reach it. The rug needs cleaning.

If you schedule us to clean your Area Rugs in the Anchorage & Mat Su Valley we will pick up and deliver them for you.

July 10, 2012 Posted by | oriental rug cleaning | , , , , , | 2 Comments

How Persian Rugs Are Made

Interesting video on how Persian Rugs are made.   We clean a variety of styles of rugs in our shop.   You can drop them off or we will pick up and deliver.

December 6, 2010 Posted by | oriental rug cleaning | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Clean Area Rug or Buy A New One?

This is a common question we hear some of our customers ask us.  It usually is regarding inexpensive rugs.   Sometimes the cleaning of one of those rugs is almost equal to what the rug originally cost.  Cleaning oriental rugs and other area rugs  is a much different cleaning process than regular carpet.   It takes more time and a gentler, hands on approach so it will cost more to have it professionally cleaned.   If you love your rug and it has sentimental memories to you…. and…. it also goes with the decor of the room…. it is in then well worth it to just have it cleaned.    The money,  time and effort into finding another rug to match the decor will most likely end up being more.

December 29, 2008 Posted by | Anchorage Carpet Cleaning, carpet cleaning, oriental rug cleaning, Uncategorized, Wasilla Carpet Cleaning | | 3 Comments

Area rugs should not get the same treatment as your wall-to-wall carpet!

For many of us area rugs are a special feature to our home.  They create that “homey” feel to our homes with their character and uniqueness.  Area Rugs have stories to tell from where they were made and where they traveled to.   They hold special memories from an old home to a new one. Rugs often are heirlooms past from one generations to the next.  There are so many reasons an area rug can be special to us and that is why it is so important to take extremely good care of them.

Many area rugs such as fine oriental rugs are very costly and are made from fragile natural fibers, dyes, and foundation materials that cannot be cleaned in the way we usually clean synthetic carpets (such as nylon, olefin, and polyester).

 

Most professional carpet cleaning systems involve the use of high heat, high water pressure and extreme agitation.  Most area rugs cannot be cleaned using these tactics.  A more gentle “hand washing” process must be used to safely clean area rugs.  

 

Because more time is involved in hand washing and more complex cleaning products must be utilized to avoid damaging the fibers and dyes, you would expect that area rug cleaning would be more costly than standard carpet cleaning.  It is.

Why Area Rugs Are More Difficult To Clean

1.  Because of the dense pile construction of ara rugs, dirt particles work their way down through the fibers-to the backing foundation of the rug where they cannot be removed by ordinary vacuuming.

2.  This loose grit wreaks havoc on your rug’s delicate fibers, causing a cutting abrasive action as you walk on the rug.  Abrasion accounts for fiber loss (wear) and embedded soil stains.

3.  Other types of soil including food particles and pet oils “hide” in the dense pile, making your rugs  an ideal haven for germs, bacteria and other nasty creatures such as dust mites!

4.  Dust mites are too small to be seen but are the common cause of year round allergies and asthma.  They live in mattresses, pillows, carpets, rugs, furniture, bedcovers, and clothes-anywhere they can feed on dead flakes of human skin.

5.  All foreign pollutants in your rugs should be removed by a professional cleaning on a regular basis to  keep your rugs “healthy”.

6.  We use a unique and thorough high-volume clear water rinse extraction process.  You see, the amount of water used to clean area rugs is directly proportional to the amount of soil removed in the rinsing process.

HOW TO GET YOUR RUGS PROFESSIONALLY CLEANED

If you are in our service area of Anchorage, Eagle River or the Mat Su Valley…We can arrange for a pickup and delivery of your rugs for a small fee.  If you are out of our service area or in another state I recommend finding a reputable company through Ethical Services.  Please call 562-7410 in Anchorage or 373-7410 in the Valley for an inspection appointment.  Your high traffic rugs should be lightly cleaned several times a year and thoroughly cleaned at least once a year professionally.  Low traffic area rugs should be cleaned every 2-3 years to rinse away accumulated dust and soil.  Even if the rug doesn’t LOOK dirty…it should be routinely washed.

October 13, 2008 Posted by | Anchorage Carpet Cleaning, carpet cleaning, oriental rug cleaning, Wasilla Carpet Cleaning | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment