Washing a rug by hand is a process, which if done correctly, can return your rug or carpet close to its former glory. It’s an art form, not a mechanical process, which should only be done by experts who know how to avoid damaging your rug.
At the Rug Experts we have the experience to ensure your valuable rug is handled the way it should be. That it is cleaned professionally and with the utmost care.
Simply put, you should only leave your rug in the hands of a knowledgeable cleaner with a high skill set. Every style of rug or carpet has its own washing or caring technique, and things like colour, texture, wool blend and age need to kept in mind. If these things are ignored, then the wash can affect the colour and even damage the wool.
We’ve studied, researched and most importantly, cleaned thousands of rugs over the years. When you deal with us you can be assured that we keep all of the above in mind to ensure your valuable rug is hand washed correctly, that colours won’t run into each other or fade.
Before we get to the Art of the Hand Wash process, we respect the fibres of your rug by freeing them from all the ground up dirt, dust and sand stuck in the foundation of the rug and in the fibre twists.
The hand rug wash is a delicate process that should only be handled by experienced professionals. Our family business has been doing this for years, hand washing rugs and carpets on a daily basis.
We use a specially prepared natural shampoo that won’t damage the wool or alter the rug’s colours. Regular detergents should not be used under any circumstances. We also take into consideration the amount of water used during the wash. This can have a direct impact on the longevity of the rug or carpet.
Once the wash is complete, the drying process is one of great importance. If the excess water isn’t removed quickly, it can cause the colours to run. The most effective way of drying rugs quickly is Spin Drying them. This is done in a custom-built dryer that removes all excess water and checks the run-off at the same time to ensure it’s clean. If necessary additional water is added to rinse the carpet.
Alternatively, the rug or carpet can be taken to a warm room (not in direct sunlight) and dried by fan, forced ventilation or even dehumidifiers if needed.