lets clean rugs in the home

Mikey P

Oct 6, 2006
The High Chapperal

High value area rugs, including handmade “oriental rugs” made of wool or silk, are always best cleaned in plant. Cleaning in plant is more thorough, and far safer than cleaning these on location.
However, in recent years, consumers are choosing a variety of hard floors for their homes, and few of them are purchasing high quality and/or high value carpets for their floors. In most cases, these individuals have no previous experience with rugs, and are often purchase inexpensive rugs made from synthetic or cellulose materials.

People with low cost rugs may not be willing to pay to have them cleaned in plant, yet the placement of these rugs on potentially sensitive hard floor surfaces (such as hardwood and stone) means that cleaning with hot water extraction could be risky to the floor surface, even if safe on a synthetic fiber rug.
Of an even higher risk would be the cleaning of regenerated cellulose rugs (viscose/tencel/art silk, bamboo silk, etc). These fibers are very moisture sensitive and rugs made from them will often shrink, brown, and experience severe texture damage when cleaned with on location hot water extraction.
A Safer Method for On Location Rug Cleaning:
A CRB (Counter Rotating Brush) machine can help you with both types - synthetic and natural (regenerated cellulose) rugs:
#1. Synthetic Fiber Rugs (Polypropylene, Polyester, Nylon). If you clean synthetic fiber rugs on location, the use of a low moisture system (“encapsulation”) will allow you to get the rugs clean with far less risk to the surrounding hard surface. The encapsulation process works well in removing soil and leaves the rug bright and smelling fresh. Most importantly, sensitive flooring is not affected by overspray or water that might come through the backing.
#2. Regenerated Cellulose Rugs (Viscose, Tencel, Art Silk, Bamboo Silk, Etc) Extremely sensitive regenerated cellulose rugs can be cleaned with dry compound products which will not contribute to the above listed problems (browning, bleeding, shrinkage, texture distortion) related to hot water extraction. NOTE: Some regenerated fiber rugs are so poorly made that even soft brushes made for natural fibers may create damage or distortion! Inspect all rugs carefully, and discuss this with your customer prior to cleaning.
When possible, area rugs are always best cleaned in plant. Urine saturated rugs can be most thoroughly deodorized and decontaminated by immersion cleaning in plant as well. Surface cleaning of area rugs in the home is simply an alternative method for low cost rugs that might never be taken to a plant otherwise.
If you want to learn more about in plant rug cleaning, go to this site for excellent information that you can study on line: https://rugchick.com/rug-care-training/
Lisa Wagner has excellent information that will help you develop your rug cleaning skills and assist you in adding in plant rug cleaning as you grow in your rug cleaning service.

"Check out upcoming article with more details of how the "CRB" technology can help you profit from the changing floor care services world"

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Boy Sprout
Feb 4, 2016
I was reading this and I was thinking, "This looks a lot like something Lisa would put out"..... and Bam!

I agree though, wool and orientals should not be cleaned on a driveway.
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Sep 24, 2019
Phoenix AZ
My son borrowed one of my baseball caps and afterwards he set it back on the desk. It sat there for weeks, got moved around, dropped whatever.
I put the hat on and went out. I took the hat off to eat at a fast food place, and there was some kind of dried yogurt looking stuff on the underside of the bill.
The spots were somewhat thick. Could have been my one year old grand daughter picked it up with her baby food loaded fingers, could of been yogurt, who knows.
So I went and out to the truck and grabbed a cotton cloth. I wet the cloth and rubbed the spots off.
I didn't ask myself where did the soil go? I know it wasn't ground into the hats bill. Of course the spots weren't ground into the bill by people walking on it either.
I was happy that the hat was clean. I think that would be acceptable to most people in the same situation.

I like the idea of people posting different methods of cleaning on these pages. I did contracting when I was younger. Like carpet cleaning different people used different methods and tools. I would rather a guy do what he was good at then use a method he was not as good at. If someone doesn't like a method, but likes another, more power to him. Let the other guy do what works for him.

When we did the Scottsdale Ronald McDonald houses there were a lot of different methods used. I liked all of them.

Keep up the good work gentlemen. I enjoy the camaraderie.


Supportive Member
Aug 9, 2012
sam miller
If I Did it,I would make sure it was wool or synthetic.

And tarp all around the wood vacuum vacuum vacuum.

Then light mist and vac.

Drop fan and collect the money.

That way when a rug... gets ahold of it, bleeds it corrects it, and has to dye mistakes. He'll never now I was there.
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