The Olde World Rug Washing Company offers high-quality rug cleaning and rug repair services. Our highly trained and independently certified rug cleaning specialists have decades of experience caring for rugs of all fabric types and sizes. We pay attention to detail and offer authentic hand washing of your rugs front and back. We are fully insured to guarantee your protection.
In-plant rug cleaning in surrounding areas in Long Island NY is recommended for Oriental Rugs and loose woven rugs. They should not be cleaned on location like wall-to-wall carpet. We will pick your rug up and bring it to our special cleaning plant where it will receive our very thorough Nine Step Cleaning System to get maximum soil and spot removal. Having your rug cleaned in our plant allows us to give it several treatments for a more thorough cleaning, controlled drying, and the use of various tools that are not available on location.
Step 1: Pre-Inspection and Pick Up
We will determine as much as we possibly can about the type of rug and inherent qualities that may affect cleaning. We will outline the expected results and cleaning “prescription”. Our company will come to your home to pick up your rug, or you may drop it off at our shop.
Step 2: Dry Soil Removal
Woven rugs, especially hand-knotted rugs, are designed to hide dry soil. A few years ago, the Eureka company did a study and found that a 9 x 12 could hide 87 pounds of dirt! WOW! We use a variety of techniques to “dust” the rugs from the front and back. A machine called a rug duster, special vacuum attachments, and any many other methods are implemented. This is the most important step in cleaning any textile.
Step 3: Pre-Condition
Depending on fiber content and soiling type, the rug will be pre-treated to emulsify the soils.
Step 4: Pre-Spot and Fringe Preparation
Any potentially difficult spots will be pre-treated with special solutions to increase the chances of removal. The fringe is also pre-treated for maximum soil removal.
Step 5: Shampoo
Most rugs are cleaned with an Oriental Rug Shampoo that is specially designed to get maximum cleaning while protecting sensitive natural fibers.
Step 6: Rinse or Wash
Depending on the type of rug, it will be rinsed with extraction equipment or washed in a wash pit designed especially for Oriental Rugs.
Step 7: Speed Dry
Once the soil is rinsed away, the rug is dried flat or hung to dry in a controlled environment. Proper drying is essential to avoid unnatural shrinkage.
Step 8: Finishing
When the rug is dry, it is combed and finished with soft groomers made for specialty rugs.
Step 9: Post Inspection and Delivery Inspection and Delivery
Our cleaning specialist will give the rug a final inspection and release it for pick-up or delivery. Your rug will be wrapped in brown craft paper to protect it from dust and environmental soils until it is picked up or delivered. Upon delivery, we will lay the rug for you.
Professional rug cleaning is essential in extending the life of your rugs and can bring out the natural beauty of your rugs by adding a more vibrant, fresh look and feel. The Olde World Rug Washing Company uses a proven and patented Aqua03 Final Rinse System that is guaranteed to satisfy rug owners.
The average time recommended between professional cleanings is 12-18 months. If your rug is in a heavy traffic area, or if you have pets or suffer from airborne allergies, you may need to clean more often.
Rug & Fabric Protection
Optional Rug and fabric protection can be applied to prevent staining, discourage insect activity, and increase vacuum efficiency, giving your rugs a healthier, longer lifespan.
If your rugs will be stored after our proven cleaning process, we will safely wrap and store the rugs to keep them safe, secure, and clean.
With direction and supervision from our master craftsman, our carpeting experts perform almost any type of rug repair on antique, fine, handmade, or machine-made rugs. We provide services to repair moth damage, repair seams, rewrap and repair rug sides, reweave fringe, patch or reweave holes, etc. We can even repair rugs affected by water damage.
Color Restoration & Spot Dyeing
Whether from a flood causing color run, faded sunspots, staining, or high traffic use, our craftsman can restore your rug to like new condition. Through precise and delicate work, our technicians will uniquely determine the best way to not only clean but lift stains and spots to restore the color of your antique, fine, handmade, or machine-made rugs. If you have spots on your rugs, due to high traffic or chemical use, such as bleach, we can use our in-house cleaning methods to lift and counteract the spots in the rug. We’ll then dye and blend the fibers for a cohesive, clean, and uniform color, restoring the rug to its original condition.
Moths, carpet beetles and other insects like to settle in dark, undisturbed locations. When it comes to areas of your home, rugs are an easy target for an insect dinner. Rugs stored away before proper cleaning and wrapping, rugs under furniture that are rarely cleaned and homes with pets are susceptible to these unwanted pests. These insects will not only help themselves to a convenient meal, but will eventually lay eggs, and the hatched larvae will continue to eat and chew threw the rug fibers. Insects can cause major damage to rugs and carpeting in a matter of a month.
In order to protect your rugs, it’s important to have your rugs regularly cleaned every 12-18 months. Pet owners will want to have their rugs cleaned more frequently as moths and other insects are attracted to animal urine. It’s important to act quickly to clean and remove any accidents are spills that occur on your rugs. After a professional cleaning, ask one of our cleaning technicians to insect-proof your rug, as this treatment can prevent future infestations for close to a year.
Rugs lose their shape over time or become wrinkled and distorted. In order to return the rug to its original state, we offer rug blocking services. This process requires delicate work to clean the rug, then while the rug is wet, stretch the rug to its intended, original shape. Once square and flat, the edges of the rug are secured while the rug is thoroughly dried in a temperature and moisture-controlled facility.
Pet Odor & Stain Removal
Rugs capture unpleasant odors and tend to hold on to those odors. With some professional help, stubborn odors can be completely removed. Our certified rug experts can gently and safely eliminate most unpleasant odors caused by pets, smoke, mildew, and other contaminants.
We offer several types of rug pad and cushion that can help prevent your rugs from bunching or slipping. Our rug padding provides a nice cushion that will ensure your rugs last longer and feel nicer to walk on.
In addition to our cleaning and restoration services, we also pride ourselves on rug appraisals. With years of experience, we’re able to determine the market value of your rug based on the make, fibers, and condition of your rug. Having your rug appraised is as valuable as the rug itself. If your rug is ever damaged by a flood or fire, stolen, or even if you are looking to sell, it is essential to have your rug appraised by a specialist who has the right expertise and certifications.
At Olde World Rug Washing Company we have a dedicated Professional Specialist on-site who is capable of appraising any type of textile from antique tribal kilims to modern rugs. When you contact our professional for a rug appraisal, our analysis will lead to an accurate market value.