Commercial carpet cleaners can destroy a rug’s beauty and dramatically diminish its value.
by David Khazai
You wouldn’t take your fur coat to be cleaned at a car wash. And you wouldn’t take your diamond ring to a welder to get resized either. Instead, you would take these expensive items to experts that know exactly what to do, right? Oriental rugs are no different, and they require expert processes that commercial carpet cleaners do not specialize in.
Sadly, there are a lot of people out there that do make this kind of mistake, I’ve seen it many many times. They think, “These commercial companies are professionals. They will know what to do.” Unfortunately, commercial carpet cleaning often causes irreversible damage due to a lack of product knowledge. You see, every oriental rug is completely different. They have different countries of origin, they have different weaves, they have different dyes. Without the proper knowledge of each of these factors, commercial carpet cleaners can destroy a rug’s value and cause permanent damage to your investment.
“Commercial carpet cleaning companies know carpets. Not artwork.”
Your oriental rug is artwork and should not be treated like your normal carpets. You have to take each rug and assess exactly what to do based on several factors. You can have two rugs that look very similar, and yet each one has a completely different process for cleaning to ensure it maintains its condition. Commercial carpet cleaners are not trained on what to look for to properly take care of your rugs. They often use chemicals that are just too harsh for fine Oriental rugs, and these can ruin a rug’s appearance.
“Your grandmother was right when she beat the back of her rugs.”
Furthermore, dry cleaners and commercial carpet cleaners leave dirt in your rugs that can cause excess damage. In order to properly clean an oriental rug, you have to beat the dirt out of it. Most carpet cleaners and dry cleaners don’t do this, and they can leave up to 15 pounds of dirt in your rug AFTER their services are complete! This causes major problems, because when all of this dirt mixes with the chemicals they use to clean your rug, it forms into a clay-like material. This stiffens the base and shortens the rug’s lifespan.
“Commercial cleaners don’t do any research before cleaning.”
Nine out of ten people admit that they spill food and drink around their rugs. These spills can be a bed for bacteria and other elements. Most cleaners don’t test for this at all. To properly clean a rug, you have to know the PH balance that is in your rug and test for these elements before cleaning. If you don’t, it can cause major problems later.
At Khazai Oriental Rugs, we are fifth generation rug experts. We know how to properly treat your investment. Don’t take a chance on your artwork. One mistake could cause irreversible damage. To learn more about our cleaning process, click here. Or for a free consultation on your rug, give us a call today.
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