Guilt free rug cleaning..

Hack Attack

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Is what I've got.
Don't think I'm taking any rugs offsite anymore.
Could it be more thoroughly cleaned? Yes.
But I don't have the population base to justify, or the manpower to manouver rugs offsite.
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just finished HWE on this commisioned hand made wool, apparently cost 15k back in the day
 

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I plan on only posting articles if they fit into the topic at hand, even though we are now talking about geography (I believe we are talking about Australia). This does directly relate to Guilt Free Rug Cleaning. This blog has long been in my mind and this forum has influenced some of my thinking. In fact while I was putting this blog together I wrote a few paragraphs on this topic. I liked what I wrote and some of it is inserted into this blog. I thank the forum for influencing my thinking, over the course of many years, as I try to relate my theoretical thoughts into your world of practical action. However, I have cleaned more oriental rugs over the years than the sum total of all surfaces together. https://blog.aramsco.com/let-the-rug-and-customer-select-the-rug-cleaning-process
 

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But I don't have the population base to justify, or the manpower to manouver rugs offsite.
Do the best you can with what you have, just like a lot of entry-level rug plants. You at least have the knowledge to clean rugs on-location without buying them.



Tom, I agree with some of your thoughts. On cleaning pricing particularly. Charging the same $4psf for pricey/scary rugs AND machine woven poly? (Pricing should reflect cost to do the work plus risk and depth of required knowledge) Poly woven rugs should be a cheap clean, as there's little difficulty, risk or knowledge required.

Throwing every kind of rug into the "sure you can do a good cleaning on site" is wrong though, in the opposite way.

Yesterday an older owner/operator brought in a hand-loomed rayon rug with a hand-tufted style backing. He "lightly steamed" it and it turned yellow. It had a Home Goods label, so I suggested he just go there and see if he could find another. The $279 replacement wasn't a bank-breaker, but the time involved, and the $50 he charged and can't collect, isn't a golden ticket either.

Most on-location cleaners don't have much knowledge about rug cleaning, so every rug is a risk. Unless their entire customer base has poly rugs from Target, the cost will be in buying some rugs.
 
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Do the best you can with what you have, just like a lot of entry-level rug plants. You at least have the knowledge to clean rugs on-location without buying them.



Tom, I agree with some of your thoughts. On cleaning pricing particularly. Charging the same $4psf for pricey/scary rugs AND machine woven poly? (Pricing should reflect cost to do the work plus risk and depth of required knowledge) Poly woven rugs should be a cheap clean, as there's little difficulty, risk or knowledge required.

Throwing every kind of rug into the "sure you can do a good cleaning on site" is wrong though, in the opposite way.

Yesterday an older owner/operator brought in a hand-loomed rayon rug with a hand-tufted style backing. He "lightly steamed" it and it turned yellow. It had a Home Goods label, so I suggested he just go there and see if he could find another. The $279 replacement wasn't a bank-breaker, but the time involved, and the $50 he charged and can't collect, isn't a golden ticket either.

Most on-location cleaners don't have much knowledge about rug cleaning, so every rug is a risk. Unless their entire customer base has poly rugs from Target, the cost will be in buying some rugs.

I'm shocked how much Urine even a poly rug can hold.. I've had some that needed 3 complete cleanings in the plant.
 

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Most on-location cleaners don't have much knowledge about rug cleaning, so every rug is a risk. Unless their entire customer base has poly rugs from Target, the cost will be in buying some rugs.
I whole heartedly agree with this statement. The fifth paragraph in the blog covers this in more detail. One reason that I like to link articles as it covers more eventualities than you can think of in the spur of the moment in a forum post.
 
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