Commercial Rug Cleaning San Antonio On-Site Process:
1: Area & Oriental Rug Cleaning inspection
Whether you have an Oriental rug or any other type of area rug, our very first step is discussing the cleaning process with you and addressing your concerns. We visually inspect your area rug to make sure there are no underlying problems. We also do this to use our trained eyes to make note of any spots or stains. Sometimes on intricate Oriental styles, small spots are hard to see.
2: Remove the dry soil from your Area Rug
TruSteam Cleaning uses a patented system to safely and effectively remove years of loose debris from your area rug that regular vacuuming can never remove. This is a crucial step before any rug cleaning products are introduced.
3: Use Safe Oriental and Area Rug Cleaning Products
Depending on the soil level and/or and special problems your area rug may have, we will use industry accepted professional rug cleaning agents to loosen greasy soils, address odor problems, and leave your area rug clean and fresh with a thorough rinsing afterward.
4: Do additional spotting work on your Area Rug
We then use professional spot removal products to work on any stains that were not removed during the initial area rug cleaning procedure. At this time, we also will do extra work on your fringes to make them nice and clean again.
5: Dry your area rug, vacuum again, groom it, wrap it
We will use high volume fans to dry your area rugs thoroughly after cleaning. Once done, we will give it a final vacuuming and then comb out the face yarns to make them all nice for you. When it’s all dry, we will safely roll the rug up.
Commercial Rug Cleaning San Antonio Warehouse Process:
1: Warehouse Cleaning Pre-Wash Inspection
Each rug is inspected for any pre-existing conditions. Many times, soil covers up dye lot variations (abrash), fiber staining, prior dye bleeding, worn areas or white knots that become “uncovered” after the wash.
2: Dust Process
Once the pre-wash inspection is complete and the wash proceeds, the first step is dusting. Wool fibers under the microscope look like fish scales, with lots of little pockets to hide dirt, grit, and soil.
A wool rug can hold POUNDS of soil in its fibers before it begins to look dirty. So when it begins looking bad, you know it’s well past the time to have it cleaned. This is not just simple “dirt” but germs, bacteria, and other contaminants brought in by feet, shoes, and paws.
Flooding a rug with pounds of fine grit and dirt in the foundation creates mud. This is why a rug needs to be dusted before it gets wet.
3: Full Emersion Wet Wash
The dyes of your rug are tested for colorfastness. If the dyes are not colorfast, then the rug is bathed first in vinegar to stbailize the dyes during the wash process. (This is similar to when your grandmother used to add white vinegar to her wash water when handling new fabrics, to help keep the dyes from migrating into the neighboring areas.)
The rug is washed using mild rug shampoo and cool water. Just like you would with your wool or cotton sweater, you avoid hot water, harsh detergents, and high heat.
4: Dry Flat
All of our rugs are laid out flat to dry. Hanging textiles up when wet can lead to too much strain on the foundation of the rugs. Air movers are used to help facilitate drying, and dehumidifiers help control the drying environment. By not using hot water during washing, or high heat in drying, you avoid the worry of shrinking. Again, these fibers are similar to your nicer wool and cotton fabrics, so a gentle wash and “dry out flat” is how they have been washed for ages. But, as with your brand new clothing items, there may be a very slight shrinking for its very first cleaning of perhaps an inch, but after the first wash that is no longer a concern (unless of course the rug is improperly cleaned with high heat carpet cleaning machines in your home, which can shrink, misshapen, bleed, and harm your rugs…this is why rugs are never cleaned in the home, but taken out for their wash in a rug cleaning facility).
5:Fringe Work and Finishing
Fringe tassels are usually cotton strands. These are the “warps” of a rug, and literally are the foundation threads that the fuzzy wool knots are tied around to weave your rug.
Cotton is an absorbent fiber, and has no place to “hide” soil like wool does, so when your tassels look dirty you know it’s time to wash your rug. And these tassels need some extra scrubbing and elbow grease to get clean. (Think of your kids shoelaces, and you can get a feel for how hard it can be to get them “clean” when they are heavily soiled.
Fringe tassels are scrubbed during the wash process, and additionally when needed.
6: Wrapped and Ready for Delivery
The rug after being thoroughly dried (we have moisture sensors that tell us when it is 100% dry) is then given a final grooming with a horsehair brush. Once the carpet is dry we carefully inspect it to make sure stains and odors are gone. We want to make sure it's to your complete satisfactory and passes our post-inspection before it is ready for delivery. Once it passes inspection by our in-plant manager it's then rolled up, wrapped and ready to go. We will schedule a proper date and time to set up delivery.