Locally Cleaning Savannah's fine wool rugs since 1995! Choice Care Carpet Cleaning Savannah There are times when the old-fashioned way of doing things outshines any new or modern convenience, and the best way to clean a woolen Oriental rug is to do it as it’s been done through the centuries – by hand. For hundreds of years, Persian, Turkish and Chinese rugs were scrubbed outside the home, rinsed with buckets of water, and placed in the sun to dry. Even modern-day rug cleaners revert to aspects of this method when revitalizing a hand-woven carpet. If your rug is small enough to lift, and you have a patio or driveway and a hose, pull on your wellies and get to work. Hand cleaning is the best way to clean and preserve your valuable Oriental carpet.
Check for Dust and Dirt
Turn your carpet over at one corner. Beat the backing with your hand and look for dust and dirt to splash out of the nap. If you can see it, it’s time to clean the rug. Rub your hand across the wool fibers repeatedly for several seconds. If your hand gets dirty, it’s time to clean the rug. Separate the pile and examine the base of each fiber. If you see dirt, it’s time to clean the rug.
Prepare for the Rug Bath
Vacuum the rug well. Raise the brush level of the machine, if possible, to prevent pulling on the fibers. Vacuum in the direction of the pile, not against it. Turn the rug over and vacuum the back as well. Do not vacuum the fringe, as it may pull away from the carpet base if it’s not part of the initial weave. Use warm water to clean any lingering stains.
Washing the Carpet
It’s best to plan to clean the carpet on a sunny day, taking advantage of the sun’s heat to dry the carpet. Bring the carpet outside. Hose it down on both sides until the rug is completely saturated. Using a detergent meant for delicate clothes, massage the soap into the wool. Don’t use an ammonia-based solution, and stay away from rough brushes. Kneeling down, let your hands wash the carpet, as you would when washing your hair. Turn the carpet over and wash the reverse side. As always, call Choice Care Carpet Cleaning for more great tips & to schedule appointments @ 912-354-3067. Estimate