The aim of any professional rug cleaning specialist must always be to achieve the best possible results using the safest methods available. There are often trade-offs to be made, especially when a non-colourfast rug is soiled.
A good example would be a challenge which often presents itself; that being the modern tabriz rug tainted with animal urine. These popular rugs commonly contain red dyes that will freely bleed during washing (even with a low ph solution) however a thorough soak is required to achieve a full decontamination. Here we have a problem which requires not only skill, experience, and thinking outside the box to solve, but also a good measure of humility and compromise. It must sometimes be accepted that the urine cannot be fully removed in the first wash and must be repeated using multiple quick wash, quick dry repetitions to mitigate the risk of dye bleed. This is what sets a professional rug cleaning service apart from the ‘one method suits all’ service.
Professional Rug Cleaning
With professional rug cleaning, Afghan rugs can be even more troublesome to clean because of their tendency to not only bleed but also to shrink and buckle. Here the solution requires the utilisation of both specialist washing techniques and equipment used more commonly for repair procedures; the blocking and sizing platform. The inherent liability in washing these types of rugs cannot be ignored. If the correct equipment is not available to be able to counteract the buckling, a low moisture method would be required to clean the rug (although this is unlikely to decontaminate it effectively). In this situation a true professional would take one of two paths; admit their limitations to the client and suggest the rug is given to a company that can complete the task effectively, or perhaps work with another company to share the job (wash the rug and then have it blocked and resized elsewhere), as long as the client is aware.
Professionalism in any industry isn’t defined just by how many certifications or years of experience have been accrued. What’s important is an eagerness by the craftsmen involved to achieve the task at hand with not only pride, but also restraint.