Jute rugs. You gotta love em

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  1. ruff
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    Tom had a thread about viscose and what junk it is.
    How do you guys clean jute rugs? They seem to be the latest "gift" from the designers world.

    They brown (lignin) from spills and clients attempts at spotting, or exposure to water. The browning treatments are strong acids that eventually will damage them.
    They also tend to shrink and warp and lose their color easily.
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    I don't think I have ever cleaned one successfully. I did do a sisal rug with absorbent compound. Came up so so. People who own jute or sisal rugs probably like it because its natural. Designers need to be held accountable for the crap they come up with.
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    Jute rugs are just over-sized door mats. Limit customer expectations. Do not take on any responsibility. If customer wants them cleaned, just hose them off as you would your door mat. However it turns out is how it turns out.

    Their other option is to buy a new one.

    Anyone who pays thousands for a door mat has too much money.
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    And if they have a rubber back coating they will curl. They aren't constructed well enough to block back to flat.

    Most of the dry powder systems are ineffective, and the risks of wet cleaning aren't worth it. We developed a shampoo/dry solvent blend that was pretty effective, but ate the shampooer, so decline to clean them.
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    Depends how they are constructed. If made well, often we wash tub them. Scrub out the soil with Fringe Plus and our Cimex. Power wash - Rinse. Spin in the centrifuge and dry. Some come out amazingly. Others are just free of soil but the stains remain.
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    I should mortgage my soul and buy a centrifuge.
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    No need to mortgage.
    The devil is taking applications. Call Marty.

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    Don't need one if the business volume does not justify the expense. Alternatively, how about The Rug Suckers? Or, decline doing them altogether or farm them out to a trusted in-plant qualified cleaner?
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    I have a desire for a centrifuge also. I think it will dry challenging rugs such as jute or viscose more thoroughly and make them less problematic.
    but I don't have the volume or space to justify the purchase of one.

    so I'm going to try an electric leaf blower with a 250MPH wind rating.
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  10. Ron K
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    How Many rugs you do a week John?
    How many dry poles do you have?
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    I don't have the volume either but I clearly see the advantage.
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    Our volume has many pecks and valleys it would look like a motor cross track. :lol: maybe 10 a week would be average throughout the year. But we do a lot of rugs in the home.
    We have 5 dry poles.
    The big question IS-- would having a centrifuge decrease the turnaround time enough to encourage more volume?
    And would a centrifuge remove more water so that a tufted rug would weighs less and would less likely to develop a ripple from being on the dry pole?
    Currently tufted rugs are dried flat and we have limited space for this-- so production greatly decreases when we have a lot of tufted urine soaked rugs.
    Currently we are at 1 or 2 weeks. the 2 weeks are for rugs with extreme urine problems.
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    Maybe your poles are too skinny. I slide 4 inch white perforated drain pipe over my steel poles. I dry tufted rugs and only have a slight curl where it lays over the pipe. It always comes out as it's rolled up then rolled out in the customers home. I am thinking the centrifuge will leave the rugs drier, faster than manual extraction especially if you are doing a full immersion clean.
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    My poles are same as yours. Maybe we leave the rugs on the poles too long?
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    I usually leave them on for 2 days max. I use a combination of flood fans and large 30 inch round fans for drying. Typically, the rug is dry the next day. Tested with a moisture sensor. Although there might be a slight bulge when lying on the floor, by the time I get it to the customer, it lays flat. I haven't had any issues with a customer complaining about the bulge. In the rug that is.
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    Skinny Poles ha ha!
    John are you going to ARCS Seattle?
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    I haven't decided yet.
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    I will say that it made great sense for us when we purchased our Centrifuge even we sometimes only had 4 or 5 rugs come in a week. Granted we don't wash tufted as I prefer to surface clean those so when I hang them there are no issues.. unless they are contaminated with Pee. But the time saving on all of our woven rugs just could not be beat compared to alternative forms of affordable extraction. 3 mins spinning is a huge time saver compared to 45 min extraction on an 8x10 or bigger... and almost entirely eliminated our post fringe detailing for browning or dye migration. That could be upwards of another hour saved per rug. 2 hrs saved per rug at just 4 rugs per week is 8 hrs.. billed at an average 25.00 per hour and now your 200 a week saved or $800 a month.. like I said.. it made sense for us.
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    For immediate cleaning, use soft bristle brush and dab of water to undo any spill. Vacuum at least twice a week to avoid any type of dirt over it. You also can use dry cleaning powder to clean a jute carpet.
    Here some effective tips for longer life of your carpt, bit.ly/2DAROC6

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