Specialist Rug Cleaning
What will Doctor Carpet do with your rug?
Rugs are a beautiful feature for a room and Doctor Carpet appreciates how precious, or even priceless, they are to many people…
We have a wealth of experience in cleaning rugs made of various materials, most commonly wool and synthetic, but also more delicate materials such as silk and viscose. Our refined skill and state-of-the-art equipment enables us to provide your rug with a thorough clean, thus restoring its rightful illustrious state of being.
In certain cases, we can rejuvenate rugs ‘in situ’, yet more often than not it is necessary for us to take them away to be cleaned off-site. Due to the multi-faceted nature of the cleaning and drying process, depending on what type of rug you have it is often altogether more practical for us to carry out the work away from your premises. We will, of course, consult you about this before any decision is made.
An entire world’s worth of rug styles exists out there, with varying cleaning techniques suited to each. But to give you a little insight as to what our rug cleaning entails, here is a typical five-step process adopted by Doctor Carpet when returning rugs to their former glory…
PREPARE – TEST – CLEAN – PROTECT – DRY
Step 1 – Prepare
Firstly, we need to rid the rug of any loose dirt. In order to do so, we begin by thoroughly vacuuming both sides of it. We then beat the rug, forcibly removing any larger substances or items that may be lurking within the pile.
(We have witnessed a curious assortment of objects fall out at this point; money, jewellery and hair accessories to name a few. It’s amazing what you can unwittingly harbour in your rug!)
Lastly, compressed air is used to air dust the rug, relieving the material of smaller particles.
Step 2 – Test
Next, if needs be, we carry out a colour test. When dealing with rugs that contain intricate colours (predominantly of the traditional variety), dye bleed tests need to be undertaken to check for loose dyes so that any potential colour run can be avoided.
There are certain rug types – Afghan, for instance – which are particularly prone to ‘dye migration’ and therefore require the utmost precision when it comes to cleaning. Carelessness can cause the rug to be ruined yet meticulous testing, coupled with the correct cleaning approach, performed in a controlled manner, will result in all colours remaining intact.
Step 3 – Clean
Then it is time for the all-important cleaning stage. Initially, we check for any contamination within the fibres, namely of urine and odours most commonly found among households containing pets and children. We rigorously sanitise all affected areas and leave them to soak until we ascertain the rug is hygienic.
Following this is the important task of determining the appropriate cleaning method. When it comes to cleaning, varying rug styles each have their own different needs. Factors such as what stains the rug has suffered (if any), the extent of the soiling, whether it contains any loose dyes and the material it is made from are all taken into consideration when deciding which cleaning method to employ.
When dealing with delicate materials, such as viscose or silk, ‘low moisture’ techniques are applied due to the water-sensitive nature of the fabric. Conversely, for more hard-wearing rugs, such as those made of wool, cotton or synthetics, we use powerful deep cleaning methods involving hot water, or ‘full immersion’ techniques for heavily soiled rugs in need of intense sanitisation.
Depending on how great the build-up of dirt, sometimes it is necessary for us to carry out several cleans, or even a combination of different cleaning styles, to completely rid the rug of all its filth.
When it comes to cleaning, varying rug styles each have their own different needs.
Step 4 – Protect
It is vital to treat the rug with anti-stain protection to provide it with the best chance of maintaining its cleanliness and condition post-clean. Using the appropriate professional protective solution for your rug, we build a resilient barrier on its surface, guarding the material against dirt infiltration and stains.
A double coating is applied, both of which are brushed in to ensure all the fibres are wholly covered with the treatment.
Step 5 – Dry
To finish, we groom the rug to set the pile – especially important where hand-woven rugs are concerned – and begin the drying process.
Pile density is much higher amongst rugs in comparison to carpets, so rugs do usually take longer to dry. It is essential for us to dry the rug quickly to avoid any issues concerning bacteria growth, bad odour, dye migration and discolouration.
Air movers and dehumidifiers are put to action to ensure rapid drying, which also serves to cure the anti-stain.