Pristine Oriental Rug Cleaning Process

Pristine Oriental Rug Cleaning uses a seven-step process to get your Oriental rug absolutely clean.

1. Dust

Dusting is done after the rug is logged in, tagged and inspected. The rug's measurements are taken and recorded along with the results of its inspection and any special notes or customer concerns. The rug is then placed on a rubber grid and compressed air is used to eject dry soils and debris.

The rug is dusted several times, alternating between front and back sides, forcing air through the foundation and pile fiber. Dusting is complete when the clouds of dust subside and no more debris is ejected.

2. Wash

Washing is performed after the rug has been tested for potential dye bleed problems. Then the rug is immersed in 300 to 500 gallons of water in a wash pool where it is machine agitated (or hand brushed in the case of delicate antique rugs) using a gentle soap (Orvus).

Both sides of the rug are agitated, working soap into the rug's fibers.

3. Soak

During the soaking process, the water in the wash pool is constantly circulating with clean water running in and dirty water pumping out. The soaking process allows time for age-old dirt and contaminants to dissolve and separate from rug fibers.

In cases of urine contamination, vomit, or smoke damage, a deodorizer is used and rugs soak overnight.

4. Flush and Rinse

After soaking, the rug is flushed and rinsed out. This occurs with the rug still in the wash pool, immersed underwater, while clean water circulates into the pool and dirty water is pumped out. Using both compressed air and a jet stream of water, a flushing tool is then massaged over the rug to flush contaminants out of the fibers. In the same stroke, the tool replaces the contaminated water with fresh clean water.

After the rug is thoroughly flushed and rinsed, the nap is set by hand using a pile brush.

5. Dry

Rugs dry while hanging over a raised, moveable beam. At the end of the day, when all newly washed rugs are on their beams, the pool is pumped dry. Dehumidifiers, heat and air circulating fans are used to enhance drying.

Hanging the rug is important because it allows climate controlled air to circulate on both the front and back. Using this method, rugs generally dry overnight.

6. Fringe Cleaning

Fringe cleaning occurs after the rug is dry but still hanging over the beam.

Using a reducing agent or whitener, fringes are stripped of any discoloration left from the cleaning. The solution is applied, left to sit for a few minutes, and then rinsed away. Fringes are then vacuumed to a near dry condition and combed out.

7. Detail

During the detailing process, the rug is dusted again with a dry air tool. This insures that any stray lint or loose grit that may still be clinging to the rug is blown away. The rug is then reinspected and groomed.

We also offer mothproofing, rug wrapping, padding, stretching and storage, pickup and delivery, and shipping.

Pristine Orientals, Carpet & Rug Cleaners, Greenfield, MA