Preparing the rug for washing
Before washing, we inspect the rug carefully.
Look for caked soil, paint, dry rot, and damaged areas.
Damaged areas that might tear or unravel during washing
are stopped off. That is, damaged ends or sides are temporarily
The rug is vacuum cleaned. First, we dust
the back of the rug. After dusting the back, you'll probably
find sand and dirt on the floor that was loosened from the
pile. If there's a lot of this material, it's a good idea
to vacuum the back again. Then, carefully, vacuum the front
of the rug.
Washing, rinsing and drying
We use a mild industrial detergent with
a pH of less than 7.5. If it's gentile enough for old Sheep,
it's gentile enough for your rug. Only cold or room temperature
water is used for washing and rinsing.
The rug is completely immersed and soaked
in the washing solution for about one-hour. By the time
the rug has soaked one-half hour, one can see a considerable
amount of soil released into the wash water.
After soaking, the rug is scrubbed vigorously
on both sides with a soft fiber brush. The rug is then rinsed
until rinse water runs clear. A large rug should be spread
out, back up, and rinsed by hosing it down. Rinsing must
be very thorough.
When rinsing is complete, the rug is spread
out, pile upwards, and water is forced from the rug with
If possible the rug is allowed to dry while
it lies flat. Drying time depends on the rug condition,
size and ambient temperature and humidity. typically, a
nine-by-twelve rug in full pile will require between two
and three days to dry completely.