Area Rugs

In-Plant Rug Cleaning is recommended for Area/Oriental Rugs and loose woven rugs. They should not be cleaned on location like wall-to-wall carpet. JNR cares for the finest to the most basic rugs from around the world. We will pick your rug up and bring it to our special cleaning plant. 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.

Area Rugs

Your area rug will receive our very thorough 9 Step Cleaning Process to get maximum soil and spot removal.

Oriental Rugs

Oriental Rugs need special care. JNR gently hand-washes oriental rugs using a 13 Step Cleaning Process.

9 Step Area Rug Cleaning process

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. Our company will come to your home to pick up your rug and outline the expected results and cleaning “prescription.”

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 pile lifter, special vacuum attachments and any many other methods are implemented. This is the most important step in cleaning any textile.

3. Pre-Condition

Depending on fiber content and soiling type, the rug will be pre-treated to emulsify the soils.

4. Pre-Spot and Fringe Preparation

Any potentially difficult spots will be pre-treated with special solutions to increase chances of removal. The fringe is also pre-treated for maximum soil removal.

5. Shampoo

Depending on fiber content and soiling type, the rug will be pre-treated to emulsify the soils. Most rugs are cleaned with a shampoo that is especially designed to get maximum cleaning while protecting sensitive natural fibers.

6. Rinse or Wash

Depending on the type of rug it will be rinsed with extraction equipment on both sides or washed in a wash pit.

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.

8. Finishing

When the rug is dry, it is combed and finished with soft groomers made for specialty rugs.

9. Post Inspection and Delivery

Our cleaning specialist will give the rug a final inspection and release it for delivery. Your rug will be wrapped in brown craft paper to protect it from dust and environmental soils until it is delivered. Upon delivery, we will lay the rug for you.

13 Step Oriental Rug Cleaning Process

1. Inspect rug for damage and areas that will need special attention

2. Identify rug fiber

3. Select best cleaning method for fiber type and condition

4. Pre-vacuum

5. Test for colorfastness of rug dyes

6. Spot stains and pre-treat rug for cleaning

7. Hand-clean using selected cleaning method

8. Hand-clean and brush rug fringes

9. Inspect cleaning results and re-clean if necessary

10. Apply carpet protector, if requested

11. Prep rug for drying and shrinkage protection

12. Speed dry rug

13. Inspect cleaning results. Re-clean problem areas as needed


What We Don’t Do…

JNR does not machine wash area rugs. Machine washing is a “quantity” cleaning method used to wash rugs quickly. Hand washing is a “quality” cleaning method used when rug safety and a thorough cleaning are more important than cleaning speed.

We do not over-wet rugs. Over-wetting will result in browning and shrinkage.

We do not leave cleaning residue in rugs, which can cause rapid re-soiling. A cleaned rug is rinsed free of all soil and residue. 

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