Learn more about our museum quality rug washing process below
1.) We first start off with a full inspection of the rug and secure the ends or selvages, if needed.
2.) We then proceed with a vibration technique to relieve the rug of any deeply compacted soil, sand, or other matter. This protective technique is completed from the backside of the rug. After one pass, the piece is moved to the side. The stainless deck platform designed for this step is swept for compacted dirt residue including wool fibers. The vibration process is repeated until the deck platform is completely clean.
3.) The rug is then moved to a stainless steel wash platform. Here it is pre-washed pile side down. This wetting and brushing the back forces any microscopic dirt hiding deep down in the rugs foundation. As well, old detergent soaps (found in 98% of all rugs we have washed) will emerge as the pre-wash progresses.
4.) Based on the above of what we observe, we prepare an ideal sized individual soaking pool with an exact amount of a non detergent organic soap. The rug soaks overnight releasing all, if any, remaining dirt, soap, etc.
5.) The rug is hand brushed and rinsed to our satisfaction. Then the piece is hoisted up on a horizontal washing beam for a final rinse.
All performed by hand from our rug washing team with over 35+ years experience. We have noticed that the end result is a revived rug with colors that truly shine.
*Rugs over 8 x 10 may require special shipping (we can show you how to fold and roll)
If you are local, we offer pickup and delivery for a small fee
Get in touch
Use our short form to get started, you can let us know things like the size of the rug, areas of concerns (Include areas like worn sides, fringe, holes, tears, stains* and other details like fading, buckling, odor, moth damage, etc.), and/or anything else you'd like to add.
We're happy to answer any questions you may have.
* If you know what caused the stain, please share. Many minor stains and spots will come out in cleaning, but some of the more stubborn ones will require extra work. In those cases we will call you with a quote and get your approval before we proceed.
HOW IT WORKS
When we receive your inquiry, we will review the comments and follow up by email within one business day to confirm and request images to help finalize the quote.
Depending on your location, we will need to arrange shipping of your rug(s) to our washing center.
Upon receipt of your rug's arrival (usually within one week), we will confirm by email or phone and cover any areas of concern.
Cleaning takes about a *week and if your rug requires any additional repairs, we'll let you know the estimated timeframe when we discuss your areas of concern.
Our goal is to make this as easy as possible for you. We back our techniques with over 35+ years of experience cleaning and repairing rugs. Thank you for putting your trust in The Antique Knot's rug cleaning and restoration services.
*Depending on time of year, total processing and cleaning time varies -- up to 4 weeks.