With years of experience of cleaning household textiles, Keltex dry cleaners are able to offer a rug cleaning service which combines the very best in market leading technology and processes to clean even the most stubborn rugs, leaving them bright, fresh and clean. Here we explain the methods of cleaning.
Various studies have shown that between 60 & 75% of all the soil that is contained in your rug will be DRY soil. That’s up to a pound of dirt and grit per square foot of your rug. It’s this dry soil that is making your rug flat and matted, but more worryingly, this abrasive dry dirt is wearing away at the base of the fibres as people walk on your rug. As much of this soiling as possible must be removed before it is wet cleaned, otherwise it turns to a ‘sludge’ which will slowly wick back with use. We’ll treat both the face and the back of the rug to remove as much dry soil as possible.
Pre Treatment & Brushing
Having pre tested stains we’ll apply the appropriate product in an attempt to remove it. By applying the correct solution and allowing a dwell time this greatly increases the chances of totally removing the in ground stain. As many rugs are a natural fibre or organic fibre and often unprocessed nobody can guarantee to remove every stain. Although most stains are not a problem we will pre warn our customers, if appropriate, which may not be removed completely when we pre inspect your rug. We’ll then apply our orange x boosting pre spray and gently agitate this into the fibres. This attaches itself to the oily soils and ensures a more thorough cleaning by improving the ‘carbonation lift’ when we do our full cleaning step.
Hand Finish Fringes & Groom the Pile
Once the face-topside has been thoroughly cleaned we hand finish the fringes. This involves using a specially designed table and mesh screen to protect your delicate fringe. We don’t use any harsh chlorine bleaches or brighteners. We use the same carbonating, orange x cleaning process to clean, and then apply a solution to reducing potential browning of cotton fringes. After cleaning the pile it needs ‘grooming’ in four directions before it dries. This ensures it is all ‘stood up’ and laying in the same direction, giving a more even look to the finish. So, it’s all clean, what else do we do?
Further Apply Stain & Soil Resistant Treatment
Our co-application method of applying the carpet protector, during the cleaning process, has lots of benefits. It protects much deeper into the pile than normal protectors that are simply sprayed on after cleaning, ensuring deep down protection right to the base. It’s applied at the correct temperature and not hot, which means that it bonds better, lasts longer and resists hot spills better than cold, post applied protectors. It doesn’t affect the feel or appearance of the fibres, unlike the cheaper protectors which can have a tacky finish if over applied and hardened.
Hang to Dry
We hang all our rugs to dry in our custom space drying room in our warehouse. Leaving rugs wet for days is what causes most of the problems associated with cleaning. Unwanted colour fast bleeding, the dreaded two weeks later cellulosic browning, or soap burn are just some of the potential problems that can occur. By hanging the rugs correctly we can then circulate temperature and humidity controlled warm, not hot, air around them to prevent drying and shrinking issues. Hanging ensures a reduced chance of shape change. Rugs which are just left to lay out on a floor to dry are not taught and have no tension in them. and can dry uneven and buckled, but rugs hung from the ends and rotated correctly ensure that the rug remains under tension while drying, reducing the risk of changing shape. Rugs we clean on the day will be dry with 2 -3 days and ready for a final inspection under huge inspection lamps before we roll and bag them for returning.
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