Our cleaning process begins with a thorough dusting of the rug to remove all particulate matter in the rug before its soap and water wash. If need be, the rug is spot cleaned with dry cleaning fluid. Then the rug gets a thorough shampoo and rinse on both sides. The equipment used includes a high velocity spinning machine, a power hose and an extracting machine to completely remove the dirty wash water. A second rinse along with a second extraction of all excess water completes the initial cleaning. The rug is hung to dry on an elevated pole under ceiling fans running at full blast to get the rug as dry as possible as quickly as possible without “baking in” any remaining stains.
Once the rug is dry, the fringe is cleaned separately and later groomed and trimmed.
As the final step, the rug is again fed into the tumbler to shake loose any dry soil and short staple wool that may remain after the wet wash. It is then given a final vacuuming on the back and on the front.
A resounding NO. Steam cleaning a wool rug is somewhat akin to boiling a fine cashmere sweater. High temperatures melt lanolin, wool’s built-in protection against soiling, staining and dirt. In dyed wool, steam and hot water may cause colors to run. However, steam cleaning is an effective and recommended method for cleaning nylon and other synthetic fibers.