Professional Area Rug Cleaning
Area rugs are a beautiful addition to any home, however, just like conventional carpet, it should be properly cleaned in order to look its best. Your handmade or machine-made area rug likely suffers from serious wear and tear caused by foot traffic, spills, dirt, sand, and/or pet stains. While wall-to-wall carpet can often be steam cleaned “on-site,” area rugs require a much different, and more delicate method. In fact, if not professionally, and properly cleaned, a rug can be damaged during the washing process.
We, here at Orange County Rug Cleaners have been caring for Southern California’s area rugs for more than a decade. With a staff of knowledgeable experts, and a state-of-the-art rug washing facility, Refined Carpet | Rugs is Southern California’s rug specialist.
We utilize our extensive industry knowledge to combine old-world techniques with modern-day equipment, in order to achieve the best results and highest customer satisfaction. Every rug is washed, and restored by hand, in the same manner as the rug was made, so as to preserve each rug’s unique fibers and accentuate its beautiful features. While this method takes longer than others, we feel it is the only way to care for your rugs, as they are delicate, valuable and meaningful timepieces, and should be treated as such.
We treat each rug in our professional wash facility, which is fully equipped with everything from a centrifuge to a temperature-controlled drying room. Our skilled artisans know the proper cleaning techniques for even the most delicate of rugs, and utilize a custom method for each rug depending upon the construction of the rug and its fibers.
We utilize a seven-stage washing process in order to make sure each area rug is properly cared for and gets as clean as possible.
Whether you have a new age area rug from Nepal, or an antique Persian Kerman, we have the skills, expertise, and facility to properly clean, and revitalize, your most elegant floor piece.
1. Pre-wash Inspection – Before any cleaning takes place, our experts lead a cautious inspection in order to determine the best cleaning technique(s) to use on the rug, depending upon the material that the rug is made of. Next, we analyze the state of your rug by assessing worn areas, profoundly inserted dirt, and/or other extraordinary needs. For example, if your rug may need repair.
2. Pre-washing/Dusting – Using a commercial vacuum, we are able to remove any and all large particles. Then, by using highly compressed air, we thoroughly remove all the dust particles and any debris. If these micro-particles are not removed, they can eventually wear away at the fibers in your area rug, so this is definitely an important step in the process.
Our method of rug cleaning ensures that each area rug is completely safe from dye transfers, and will remove all dirt from the rug. We apply a color stabilizing agent to the area rug to make sure all dyes are stable before the rug washing begins.
3. First Stage Wash – Next, we begin to remove any dirt, soil, or spotting by washing the rug down with water. We make sure to pay attention to the backing and fringe of each area rug, so as to ensure that every fiber receives a deep cleaning.
4. Second Stage Wash – In this stage, we apply a gentle organic, pH neutral shampoo (which is made for treating natural fibers) in order to break down all the grease and dirt in the rug. At this time we will also take care of any spots and stains. If the area rug has pet stains or pet urine, we will treat these as well. We then rinse away all shampoos and cleaning agents. The rug is then placed into a centrifuge that is able to remove any extra liquid or substance that could not be removed by hand.
(Our competitors tend to use a rug cleaning method that involves steam-cleaning extraction. This method leaves your area rug with high amounts of soap residue that will, unfortunately, attract dirt ten times quicker. This method may also shrink and damage rug fibers.)
5. Grooming and Drying – We groom every area rug by combing the pile, and the fringe, in its proper direction. Once combed, the rug is hung to dry in our on-site, climate-controlled facility. Paying attention to every rug’s construction, we evaluate the level of heat, airflow, and temperature specifically needed for each area rug. The rug will then hang dry over night.
6. Fragrance Scenting – A light fragrance is applied to the rug in order to further sanitize and freshen it. This is particularly noticeable, and delightful, to those whose rugs needed to be treated for pet urine.
7. Final Inspection – When conducting the final inspection, we make sure that the area rug is fully dried, and as clean as possible, or we will work through the entire seven-step process all over again.