Rug Cleaning Service
Calini Steam Cleaning is pleased to provide you with a pre-conditioner/pre-spray specifically formulated to safely and effectively clean Oriental Rugs, Wool Rugs, and Fine Fabric; natural and cotton fiber rugs and fabric; and other investment textiles. We use specialized encapsulation surfactants, detergents, and conditioning agents to specifically target the soils that rugs and fabrics are commonly exposed to. Most “wool” and “fine fabric” cleaning agents are just pH reduced carpet pre-spray formulations or old shampoo formulas.
Calini Steam Cleaning brings state-of-the-art technology to cleaning investment textiles. We use a pre-conditioner specifically formulated for the purpose of effectively cleaning the most challenging rugs and fabrics, that meets and exceeds the safe standards for cleaning wool fibers and fabrics. It has a slightly alkaline formula with a pH of 8.0 -8.5.
Fully Guaranteed Service
We will clean your wall-to-wall carpeting, upholstery and draperies with the same care and perfection that comes with many years of experience. Being a family-owned business, we take pride in what we do and stand behind our workmanship 100%. If stains come back within 10 days of cleaning, Calini Steam Cleaning will re-clean your carpet or rug for free. We also offer Drapery Steam Cleaning Service. We are fully insured with 25 years of professional cleaning experience.
Questions About Rugs
For rugs under moderate usage, you should have them professionally cleaned every two years. Entry rugs that get high traffic, or rugs that are in areas with a lot of activity from small children or pets, should be cleaned annually. Wool has the ability to hide a great amount of soil and contaminants before it appear dirty so a consistent vacuuming routine is important to help you extend the length of time in between professional cleaning.
Yes you can, in fact, this is the most important thing that you can do for your rugs. Here are some tips you can follow...
- Ideally, if you are vacuuming weekly, you should use a non-beater bar vacuum or a handheld upholstery attachment to run over the top of the fibers. The intent is yo pick up the dust that has settled on the tips of the fibers before they work their way down to the foundation and become abrasive material that causes wool to wear and breakdown over time.
- If you do use a beater bar vacuum, then set it on the highest-level setting and run your vacuum strokes from side-to-side (so you will not accidentally suck up the fringe tassels.
- 1-2 times a year, if possible, turn your rug face down on a smooth surface and use an upright beater bar vacuum cleaner and slowly vacuum the back of the rug (again on the highest setting). The vibrations from the bar will shake out some of the deep down dirt. Pull the rug over, and vacuum the dirt from the front of the rug. Sweep up the dirt from the floor (if you vacuum the floor you will prematurely wear the bristles on the beater bar).
- If you have hard floors in your home, you know how much fine grit and dust settles on your floors … this also settles on your rugs daily, but you do not notice this because it works its way down to the base of the fibers. A regular dusting routine will help your rug last longer and will also let you extend the time between professional immersion cleaning.
Rugs should always be stored cleaned and mothproofed if going into long term storage (longer than 6 months). For storage, wool and cotton rugs should be rolled with fibers facing inward, and silk rugs with fibers facing outward. Blankets and flatweaves can be folded. Items should be wrapped in Tyvec™ or acid-free paper, not plastic. The items should be elevated off of the floor (in case of flooding or dampness), and nothing heavy should be stacked on top of them.
There are many interpretations of “value” regarding a rug. What it would cost to buy another one in a retail store and what would someone be willing to pay you for it could be two very different amounts. A rug that you grew up with may make it particularly valuable to you but an appraiser may say that same rug has a very low value.
If you like a rug – if it reminds you of your childhood or of a favorite trip overseas, or it fits your home décor perfectly – then you should keep it clean and in good condition.
If you have no sentimental attachment to the rug and it can be easily replaced for less than the cost of “fixing” it – then you should make a decision that you feel is the wisest. We will give you the information that you need to make the best decision for you.
Oriental rugs have been wet washed for as long as rugs have been woven. The preferred cleaning method for natural fiber rugs is an immersion wet wash, because it is gentle, and also thorough rinsing removes residue from the fibers. Dry cleaning methods leave chemical residue that can lead to discoloration and irritation to sensitive people or pets. Also, with no dusting step, the majority of the soil in the rug remains after the dry cleaning process is completed.
One of the benefits of doing work by hand is that the needle and thread can be wrapped around the warps and wefts, so that there is no structural alteration of the rug itself.
When machine work is done on a handmade rug, the industrial sewing machine does not feel around the warps and wefts – it pushes its way through them. Repetitive stitches from a sewing machine can cause damage to a rug’s foundation that cannot be reversed. It essentially “perforates” the rug so that over time, that part of the rug that is weakened will pull away from the body of the rug, leading to the loss of hundreds of wool knots which devalue the rug.
In most cases, the fringe has absolutely no effect on the value of a rug – it is just a by-product of the weaving process. So cutting it off (as long as it is not so short that knots begin slipping off), or putting on a new fringe by hand, will not affect the value positively or negatively.
The exception to this would be some weaving countries that incorporate elaborate embroidery kilim designs in the fringe base. In these cases, it is obvious that time to weave in designs has been invested and we would, of course, not recommend removing it.
When rugs become too fragile to walk on, hanging them becomes a way that you can still enjoy looking at your rug without worrying about causing foot traffic damage. However, some fragile rugs have foundation fibers that are so weak that even the weight of their own knots can cause tears while hanging.
Antique and semi-antique hooked and needlepoint rugs woven on jute foundations are an example of this. Over time, jute deteriorates so these rugs literally fall apart whether walked on, or hung on the wall. The foundation is the “skeleton” of a rug, and when the skeleton becomes so brittle that it deteriorates.
When hanging these pieces (also antique tapestries), we recommend attaching the entire weaving to a separate piece of firm cloth (usually linen or burlap, depending on the rug). Strategically placed stitching attached the pieces to this cloth to help distribute its weight at many different points, thereby avoiding too much weight from focusing on one particular area that could cause a resultant tear. The cloth is then the focus of Velcro, sleeve, or frame and it carries the majority of the weight of the rug or tapestry.