1. Dry Cleaning In Your Home
Some wool rugs can be dry cleaned in your home. However, this may be recommended only for maintainance cleaning of very lightly soiled rugs.
2. Shampoo and/or Extraction Cleaning
This is performed in our shop and is a deep, thorough cleaning. All rugs are carefully inspected to determine the best method of cleaning. Rugs are picked up at your home and delivered to our shop. The rugs are aggitated and thoroughly vacuumed on both sides with a commercial pile lifter to remove dry soils such as sand, dust, dander, dirt, etc. A dye setting spray to lower the PH is then used to set the dyes. Detergents are applied and brushed into the fibers and allowed time to dwell. Depending on the type of rug, it’s condition and nature of the soil, the detergents and suspended soils are either shampooed using a rotory tool, hand cleaned or extracted out of the rug. The rug is then thoroughly rinsed and immediately conditioned again to lower the PH and soften the pile. Any spots that were not removed during the normal process are treated with specific spotting agents, conditioned & thoroughly rinsed. The rugs are carefully hung on a rack and placed in a speed drying room. The rugs are then brushed to soften the pile & condition the nap. The rug is then neatly wrapped in a protective brown paper and delivered to your home.
3. Hand Washed
Simular process as #2, except dry cleaning or shampooing is performed by hand on more delicate rugs.
4. Pet Damage
Simular process as #2, but in addition, the rugs are treated with enzymes or other mild detergents and allowed to dwell to release urine deposits.The rug is then vacumn sqeezed, extracted and rinsed. This may need to be repeated more than once and can be time consuming. The rug is then deoderized and speed dried. (It is recommended that an encapsulant be used with this process – Scotchgard Protectorant)
5. Fringe Whitener
Fringes may be whitened by brushing and/or dipping fringes into brightener and under some circumstances, bleach. The fringe is then speed dried. Not all fringes are receptive to, and/or candidates for fringe brightning, and may be better left alone due to the characteristics, condition and/or value of the rug.
Teflon or ScothchGard are encapsulants that help protect yarns from staining, and some abbrasion, and may assist in odor control. Colonial Carpet Company is a certified applicator. ScotchGard Protector is available and recommended for most wool and synthetic rugs. Please ask us if your rug can benefit from one of these protectants.