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How To Find A Real Oriental Rug Cleaner 

There's an issue in the rug cleaning world things aren't always as they seem some rug cleaners aren't rug cleaners at all. Here we will discuss the issues and how to find a competent qualified rug cleaning expert. 

 

Perhaps you have inherited a family heirloom Oriental rug or found an old rug at an auction or estate sale, and it needs to be cleaned. As you are trying to understand Persian rugs or what a hand-woven rug you reach out to the internet but things are not always clarified with a Google Search. 

Let's de-mystify oriental rug cleaning it's your rug and rug cleaning shouldn't be a big mystery hidden behind closed doors. As a rug cleaner with over 35 years of experience, I'll guide you through what I think are important details of selecting a quality oriental and Persian rug cleaner where ever you may be located. 

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Expert Persian Rug Rug Cleaning Service 

The Big Lie in Rug Cleaning 

This photo is from Dalworth Rug Cleaning in Fort Worth, Texas. Dalworth's is a beautiful well-run Oriental and area rug cleaning company. As you can see in this photo, a well-organized specialty rug cleaning operation, it's clean well lit, and very well organized. If they were closer and I didn't own a rug cleaning company I'd take my rugs here.  

 Oriental Rug Cleaning Workshop? 

I'm from the internet, I'm here to clean your rug!

This is also the most plagiarized rug photo in the rug cleaning world. Cleaners all across the country and internationally have lifted this photo and claimed it as their own websites and print ads. A quick search with Tin eye pulls up 84 pages and over 1,199 users of this photo on rug cleaning websites. Why? Many cleaners offering oriental rug and Persian rug cleaning don't have wash plants they are cleaning your rug at their home in a garage, carport or best case subbing cleaning out to a wash plant. 

Steam Cleaning & Shampooing Oriental Rugs 

Steam cleaning, hot water extraction, and shampooing of handwoven rugs are quick and much less labor-intensive, and it doesn't get rugs very clean. Most soils are hidden deep in the woven structures of rugs beyond the reach of Vacuumes, and steam cleaning machines. 

If you choose these methods to clean your rug willingly, I'm in favor of you making the right choice for you. My goal isn't to sell you on a service you don't want. I want you to make an informed decision and sometimes steam a rug is what the owner wants. 

However, what's more, common is that the consumer believes that "Joe's Carpet cleaning service" has a rug wash plant that specializes in Persian rug cleaning. After all, The consumer went to the carpet and rug cleaners website and saw photos of his modern state-of-the-art rug wash plant. But Joe has no such plant he's using stock photos or one's lifted from another website like Dalworth Rug Cleaning. Joe is pretending he has a wash plant so you will hopefully use joe's cleaning service.

Maybe you researched how to care for your family heirloom Persian oriental rugs and are dedicated to paying the higher cost of time, labor, and resources to have the rug properly washed. You choose Joe's cleaning based on his website and maybe a few google or yelp reviews. In reality, Joe takes your rug to his real wash plant home garage, carport, or back yard. maybe he will try to wash your rug at home or Joe steam cleans or shampoos the rug. You have paid for something you didn't get real rug washing. 

How to find a reputable rug cleaner 

Let's make sure this doesn't happen to you, let's make you into a street smart, savvy rug cleaning shopper. None of these on their own are satisfactorily combining the six tips you can weed out real rug wash plants from posers 

  1. Call around town. Call local rug retailers, ask neighbors,

  2. Google, Yelp, Angie's list, Next Door.  These are helpful but bear in mind there are some shenanigans. These are not immune from fake "purchased reviews" and Angie's list solicits us monthly to pay for placement. None of these sites verify how your rug will be cleaned, business licenses, and liability insurance or if the photos on a website are real.   

  3. Call the cleaner to ask lots of questions, how do you clean rugs, how long have you been cleaning Oriental rugs, the Price for cleaning, Turnaround time, how long have you been in business, do you work with local retailers, and who are they, Do you have cash and carry drop-off? 

  4. Ask to visit the rug cleaners' workshop, does it match the photos is it a legitimate rug cleaning workshop or a home garage.

  5. Care custody and control do they have storage racks for rugs? The big thing I look for in a rug shop rugs should never be stored on the floor in a wash plant. How do they inventory to control your property, rugs tagged, and photo document your rugs?  

  6. Involvement in professional organizations for rug cleaners  ARCS (Association of Rug Care Specialists).  ARCS sets standards of care, education, and professional development for rug cleaning companies.  

  7. Finally, do you feel comfortable working with this company/person? Does the facility look secure do they seem knowledgeable and trustworthy with Grandma's antique Persian rug? 

Rug Cleaing at Home 

Having thoroughly trashed rug cleaning at home there are a few small-scale rug washers working from residential properties that have built shops with small dedicated wash plants. These types of facilities are small-scale professional rug cleaning workshops not to be lumped into the carpet cleaner steam cleaning your rug in his garage. These  are professional rug cleaning workshops