Rug Cleaning, Repair, and Appraisals from the Experts
Handwoven rugs are not only costly, but they’re also often a precious possession intended to be passed down through the family. They’re incredibly valuable, personally, and financially, so it’s important to take amazing care of them. This means having them professionally cleaned as needed to make sure they remain in great shape. At Elite Rug Services, we understand how delicate yet valuable these rugs are, and we treat all rugs we work on with delicacy and care. We use only the safest cleaning methods to make sure the colors remain vibrant and provide a luxury treatment for all rugs we clean or repair to make sure they remain in amazing shape for you.
Why Choose Professional Services?
Handwoven rugs require specialized care to keep them in good shape. Vacuuming regularly can help keep a lot of the dirt and debris away, but it’s not going to thoroughly clean the rugs and keep them from being damaged over the years. It’s necessary to clean them but using the wrong chemicals can cause significant damage to the rugs and may not be repairable. Professionals know how to clean the rugs properly, how to make sure they are not damaged during the cleaning process, and how to dry the rugs so they’re ready to go back in your home as soon as possible. When it comes to repairing, professional services are needed to make sure the repair is done right, so you won’t be able to tell there was any damage done to the rug.
What to Look for in Professional Rug Cleaners
Finding the right professional to clean a carpet is a must. Look for professional cleaners who have been in the business many years, who know the different methods required for cleaning handwoven rugs, and who are going to take excellent care of the rug while they have it. Check out the cleaning techniques and equipment used as well as look into how the rug will be hung to dry to make sure it’s a safe, reliable method. If they’ll be repairing the rug, look into examples of repairs they have done in the past to see how well the repair is done.
What to Avoid When Having Carpets Cleaned
Some carpet cleaners will treat handwoven rugs the same as any other rug – they may state they can steam clean it like they would machine-made rugs. This is always a bad idea, as the heat from the steam cleaner can be dangerous. Avoid cleaners who are not going to take the time to use color-safe techniques or who will not properly dry the carpets after cleaning. For repairs, avoid professionals who do not have a good record of doing repairs on a variety of handwoven rugs. Always stick with a company you can tell does quality work and will treat your rug with the attention and care it needs.
Inspection and Estimate
Before any work is done, it’s a good idea to have an inspection and estimate done. The rug cleaner will look at the carpet carefully to determine if cleaning is all that’s needed or if there are other steps, like stain removal or repair, that will be required. They can then provide an estimate for the cleaning and any repairs that might be needed. It is a good idea to ask about any policies for inspections and repairs to understand what might change after the rug is cleaned or what might be included during the repair process.
Dust and Debris Removal
Once you’ve said okay to having the carpets cleaned, the next step is to remove any dust and debris trapped deep in the carpets. This is done before the carpets get wet, so as much is removed as possible, and the washing process can be faster. It may be amazing to see how much dust and debris is stuck in the carpet, especially if you regularly vacuum. Most vacuums aren’t going to pick up the dust and debris that’s pushed deep into the fibers, so this is a step that can’t be skipped, no matter how well you clean the carpets between the professional cleanings.
Washing With Color-Safe Cleaners
After as much dust and debris as possible is removed, the next step is to wash the carpet. This is done with fiber-safe and color-safe cleaners and will make a huge difference in how the carpet looks and smells. During this step, if needed, decontamination can be done. This may be necessary if a pet has had an accident on the carpet or something similar. Stain removal can be done at this step, as well, if there are any stains on the carpet. Different techniques may be used depending on the stain to make sure it is fully removed from the rug, so you won’t be able to tell it used to be there.
Rinsing of the Rug
After the rug is washed, it needs to be thoroughly rinsed. The rinsing process is done several times to make sure all shampoo, dirt, debris, and anything else is removed from the carpet. If any of the cleaners used are left behind in the carpet, it’s going to end up attracting dirt and will just look dirty again fast. With a thorough rinsing, all of the cleaners are removed, so the carpet can smell fresh and look great a lot longer.
Drying is another step that does need to be done properly. With how wet the rugs get during the cleaning process, it’s important to hang them to dry. This allows air to move on both sides of the rug, drying it faster and more thoroughly. Fans may be used to help speed the drying process and to move air around, so the rugs don’t remain wet any longer than they need to. The amount of time drying takes will vary based on the size and thickness of the carpet, but this is the last step before the carpet can be returned to you and replaced inside your home.
Off-Site Cleaning Services
On-site and off-site cleaning services may be available for handwoven rugs but opting for off-site services is often advised. The carpets are picked up, taken to the cleaners, washed thoroughly, and brought back to your home. This allows the cleaner to make sure every step is taken to care for the rug properly and make sure it’s thoroughly washed before it is returned to you. It also allows for proper washing and drying techniques to be used, so your carpet stays cleaner longer and looks amazing when it’s returned to your home.
Cleaning for Special Carpets
It’s easy to be nervous about sending a carpet away to have it cleaned, especially if you’ve spent a lot of money to purchase the one you loved, or it has been passed down in your family for years. However, with handwoven carpets, it’s important to have them washed properly so they last for many years. If it ever does need to be repaired, knowing a professional that will do a fantastic job on the repair is helpful, as you’ll know it’s in good hands and will be taken care of before it’s returned to you.
Pet Stain and Odor Removals
Pets, kids, entertaining, and more can lead to stains or odors on the carpet. This is just something that can happen, but when it does, taking care of it promptly and properly can help save the rug and ensure permanent damage isn’t done. Professional cleaners understand that things happen, and they know the right techniques to remove any smell or odor from the carpet without causing permanent damage. When they’re called, they can pick up the rug, thoroughly clean it and remove any stains, then return it looking like new again.
Fixing Damages to the Carpet
It’s unfortunate when damages happen, but they can. A pest can get into the home and chew part of the carpet, a new puppy or kitten can cause damage, or just pulling a chair across the carpet can accidentally damage it. No matter how the damage was done, chances are, a professional can repair it. Let a professional handle the repair quickly, and they’ll make sure you can’t tell the damage was ever there. They’ll make sure it’s fixed properly and that it blends in with the carpet so there’s no patch or other issues once the repair is done.
Checking the Full Value of the Carpet
Sometimes, it’s important to know the full value of a carpet. This may be needed if you’re planning on selling the rug, for valuation for insurance policies, or in other circumstances. A professional will be able to take a close look at the rug to determine where it was made, when it was made, whether it has any special value, and other details. If you have any information about the carpet, that could be helpful for the professional who is inspecting it. Then, all of this is taken into consideration before they provide a full valuation of the carpet.
How to Keep the Rugs in Good Shape
Keeping handwoven rugs in good shape doesn’t have to be hard. Vacuuming regularly will help them stay cleaner between professional cleanings. It’s a good idea to have them professionally cleaned once per year, as well as any time you notice a stain or odor that needs to be removed. If the rug is ever damaged, have it professionally repaired fast to make sure the damage doesn’t get any worse. Doing all of this will help keep the carpet in better shape longer, so you can continue to enjoy it in your home.
Why Choose Us?
When you’re ready to have a carpet cleaned or you need to have it repaired, trust the experts at Elite Rug Services. We’ve been in the rug cleaning and repair business for more than 30 years, and we know what it takes to help your handwoven rugs look amazing year after year. We treat all rugs we work on with the utmost care, making sure the cleaning and drying process is done properly. We can also handle any repair that might be needed or do an appraisal if you need to find out how much the rug will cost. We’ll help you take care of the rug properly, so you know it’s going to last for many years and be able to be handed down through your family.
Do you own a handwoven rug? If so, you’ll want to make sure it’s properly cared for and cleaned. We can help. At Elite Rug Services, we have years of experience working with a variety of types of handwoven rugs and we know the right techniques and equipment to use to clean your rug thoroughly. We also handle repairs and appraisals, so you can have everything done by a professional. We’ll take care of your rug as if it’s our own, providing the luxury treatment it needs to make it smell and look amazing. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule a rug cleaning, rug repair, or appraisal.