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 Post subject: Oriental Rug Cleaning
New postPosted: November 17th, 2009, 1:05 pm 
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I was looking for a place to get two 5 by 8 foot chineese rugs cleaned. The cheapest price I can get is $2/ Sq ft, which is 80 bucks ea. I only paid 60 for each rug, so I may try to clean them myself on the driveway with woolite and a hose. Anybody every try that at home? Or better yet, anybody know of a less expensive place to take the rugs? I'm going to try the WB, thinking it might be a better deal over there...

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 Post subject: Re: Oriental Rug Cleaning
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Why not rent a steam cleaner?

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 Post subject: Re: Oriental Rug Cleaning
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People tend to talk about steam cleaners when they mean either pressure washers or carpet shampoo machines. I have never used either one on a throw rug.

The Rug Doctor machines for rent at retail outlets have water injection and vacuuming, plus scrub brushes that do a good job of cleaning, but might harm the nap of a Chinese rug.

My brother has an old Bissell carpet cleaner that just does hot soapy water injection and then vacuums it out, but it doesn't do as good a job of cleaning wall-to-wall carpeting, especially in high traffic volume areas. I have never seen one of those for rent, though.

Not sure what kind of rug you have, but when I think of a Chinese rug, I think of something that has more art in the sculpting of the pile than in the weaving of the warp and weft. That would seem to be especially vulnerable to damage by mechanical scrubbing.

The only rug I have cleaned in the driveway is the one in the back of the pickup, under the shell. I can tell you that no matter how long I spend on it, the sucker never comes out quite clean.

When I was working in the Middle East, I had a carpet shop clean a (relatively) inexpensive little bokhara style wool rug. I don't know exactly what they did, but after fifteen years it still curls at the edges.

So I guess I don't have a solution for you, just points to ponder.

I will be watching this thread with interest.


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 Post subject: Re: Oriental Rug Cleaning
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I had a large, expensive rug that I bought in Afganastan cleaned downtown. It was around $80. They simply brought rugs to the sidewalk and soaped, scrubed and hosed them.

I noticed that another major rug seller on Magazine also did the same in their back cement yard. Woolite sounds better than a regular detergent.

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 Post subject: Re: Oriental Rug Cleaning
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We have throw rugs & doggies. When they get the rugs dirty we hang them over the gate to the back yard, spray with Woolite, or any cold water cleaner, & put the pressure washer to them. Comes out like a professional job every time. They are not Chinese (rugs or dogs), but the rugs come out clean & undamaged every time. ;)

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I vac my heavy ones and hang them over the clothes line. Spray with carpet cleaner then spray with hose, this way they drip dryer faster. And the fence would work too.
PS woolite is ok but the Bissel cleaners might do better.


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Wow guys, thanks for all of the ideas! I will let you know what I do, and how it came out. I would like it to warm up first, before I go squirting water all over!

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I have done the cleaning thing so much with dogs I was tired of renting so I bought a rug cleaner. Paws are dirt magnets that release when inside. When I empty it, I have black silt in the bottom. Each time I am stunned anew by what my crappy Bissel picks up.

A layer of Black SILT!

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