There are many detailed steps in the entire process of a full immersion wash. From inspecting to washing to drying, each step is important and needs to be performed properly! That is why it is good to have a preferred professional company who knows how to clean an area rug properly. Even if you are a fan of doing things yourself, there is some equipment needed to complete the immersion washing procedure that is just not readily available for consumers to use in their home. One piece of equipment that is typically only found in a professional rug cleaner facility is a Rug Duster. A rug duster provides a technician with the ability to remove almost all loose pieces of dirt or dust from the rug prior to beginning the wash process. Dusting is much more effective than vacuuming and we will help to explain how.
As dust and soil builds up on your rug, it quickly begins the process of settling down into the base of the rug, through the pile fibers. Running a vacuum over the rug will remove much of the surface grime, but any of the heavier particles may be pushed farther down into the rug by the vibrating of the vacuum. Once the grime settled into the base of the rug, any foot traffic on the rug will cause it to rub against the base of the wool pile fibers, slowly breaking the fibers, and leading to advanced wear and tear. The wearing down can be slowed considerably by making sure all the dirt and grime in the base of the rug is removed. Ideally, this is done by a thorough wet wash by our professional area rug service facility, but there are steps you can take in the home to help keep you going in between cleanings.
If you flip your rug over so that the face is down on a hard surface, you can slowly vacuum the back of the rug. In this case, the vibrating of the upright vacuum cleaner will rattle the grime loose from the base, and it will end up on the floor. You can then flip the rug back over and vacuum up the grime that was shaken loose onto the floor, as well as any remaining dirt or grime on the front of the rug. This process dusting and it is a very important step in our wash process. We dust the rugs before and after washing. The rugs will need a thorough soaking and rinsing to loosen the soil, and the post wash dusting removes all the stray wool particles are completely. Removing the soil through dusting and regular cleaning can greatly increase the lifespan of your rug, making sure it remains looking good for years to come. You can see from the picture above, with the proper tools and techniques that you can extract extensive amounts of soil, sometimes upwards of a few pounds. This is why we take the time to get as much dirt and soil out of the rug before the actual cleaning process begins. Make sure to ask your rug cleaner what steps they take to ensure proper rug dusting is being performed.