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Washing and Cleaning of oriental silk rug in carpet service Markovic.
Carpet service Markovic advise you how to keeping your expensive silk carpets and how to save them as long as possible.
Cleaning silk carpet is a risky and best suited for professionals, but at times you may have to clean the carpet yourself or a spill could occur that must be handled quickly. If your silk carpet has any kind of manufacturers cleaning instructions, refer to these first.Carpet service Markovic give you advise that even when following the manufacturers instructions, you will need to test the least conspicuous area before cleaning your entire carpet. Taking preventative measure are necessary to reduce the cleaning needs, and will keep your silk carpet looking new for longer.
Only use a mild detergent that will not damage the color or fibers of the silk. A solution of warm water and white vinegar is good to spray on any affected or dirty areas of a silk carpet that need to be cleaned. Be careful not to use any cleaning solutions excessively because it will make it harder to rinse these out and residues will most likely be left behind that will turn your silk carpet into more of a sponge for soil.In carpet service Markovic we test a small, inconspicuous area with any cleaning detergent that we are going to use before applying it to any large area. If there are any negative results at all, do not use that cleaner.
Never saturate your silk carpet with water. This will cause permanent damage to the carpet, its lining and your floors. Colors on a silk carpet will run and fade when wet, so be careful with any fluid and blot, dont rub, when absorbing liquid off of the carpet with a rag or sponge. Make sure that your carpet is dry within 12 hours after cleaning it. You can do this by making sure it does not get wet during cleaning. You can also turn on the heating in your house and make sure that a number of fans are blowing to speed the drying process. If your silk carpet is removable, hanging it to dry is not a good idea because the edges may brown from the hang-dry process.
Vacuum your carpet regularly. Use a professional every couple of years to keep your silk carpet maintained and clean. Silk does not repel liquids, so it is extremely important to immediately clean any spills. Most silk should only be dry cleaned. Getting silk wet can reduce its strength significantly. Getting silk wet can also cause yellowing and markings in the carpet. Be sure to use a walk-off mat at each entrance area. This will help to reduce the amount of cleaning you need to do. This is a good preventative measure.
Handmade rugs can last for centuries in good condition, give remarkably long service, and age beautifully with proper care. Following recommendations of carpet service Markovic will help you in taking good care of your fine rugs & carpets.
Moths are best controlled by frequent moving, handling and regular exposure to light and air. If rugs must be stored, regular inspection at intervals is essential. A rug in use is rarely in danger from moths. Moth crystal and Cedar wood balls are good repellants of moths.
Water is a rugs best friend and worst enemy. The water is the best thing to use for carpets cleaning and general stain removal for most wool that are colorfast. But leaving a rug wet is dangerous for any rug. Even the most colorfast rug may bleed colors if left wet. This does not mean that you have to be scared of using rugs in an environment where they may get wet, like the kitchen or the bathroom. Just make sure that you dry them when they get wet. You can air dry them or even use a hair dryer, on cold setting. When drying a rug that is really wet, comb the wet part in the direction of the overall pile of the rug.
If any mechanical damage is sustained, such as a cut or burn, a competent expert should deal with the damage as soon as possible, because such damage can worsen over time. Any place in the rug that is locally worn or damaged can be re-woven; and even large holes can be restored to make the rug almost as good as new. Look for a local expert that has repair facilities available. The following are a few hints to help you take good care of your rugs.
Frequently rotate the rug to equalize the effect of the sun and normal wear. On bright sunny days, use window shades, shutters, or curtains to help reduce the effects of direct sunlight.
Good quality padding protects the rug, especially on hard surfaces like tile, stone, linoleum, and hardwood floors, and keeps it from moving or wrinkling. If the rug is going to be used on a hard surface, good quality pads can double the life of the rug. Pads for rugs placed on Wall to Wall carpeting are only necessary to keep the rug from moving or bunching up.
Do not use nails or staples at the top of a heavy rug to hang for long periods of time. Use a strong poster holder, or proper clamps, to distribute the weight of the rug evenly. The best way is to have a strong fabric sewn on the back with a metal rod running through the fabric and then hanging the metal rod on the wall. This makes the rug look beautiful on the wall without any hanging mechanism showing and also distributes the weight of the rug evenly. Join online chatting groups for rug hanging advice.
If a rug is to be stored for a long period of time, use a sheet or cloth to wrap it, but do not use an airtight plastic bag. Handmade rugs need to breathe and they will sometimes rot or mildew in a plastic bag. They could also be rolled up and kept in a chest with some moth crystals, which will have to be renewed every few months. Ideally, large rugs should be rolled around poles, the protruding ends of which should rest on blocks or trestles. It is advisable to let rugs lie flat on top of one another for any length of time. DO NOT store rugs in a humid, damp, hot, or poorly ventilated room. This causes mildew, which has a musty odor, discolors fabrics, and weakens them. Never leave a rug wet. Failure to remove all the moisture might result in mildew. DO NOT store a handmade rug in a hot closet. The base of a rug can dry out and become brittle, destroying the strength and durability of the rug.
(For pile rugs only). You can keep furniture on the rugs as long as you move it around periodically so that it is not crushing the same spot for a very long period of time. To fix the pile that is indented or crushed by the legs of heavy furniture, brush the depressed area with a soft brush and faintly mist the area with water and follow up by brushing.
(For woolen rugs) The beauty and life of handmade rugs depend largely on cleanliness and care. Handmade rugs should be washed regularly every three to five years depending on the use and the amount of traffic they bear. The best method is to get them cleaned when they look soiled.
Never clean rugs chemically or by steam. They remove the natural oils and cause the material to become brittle and wear more rapidly. Do not wash handmade rugs in a machine. Do not wring out or squeeze a handmade rug. Do not, unless absolutely necessary, submerge a handmade rug in water. Surface cleaning is usually all that is required. The best way to clean oriental rug is for it to be washed using cold water and a mild detergent. This should be done by a competent cleaning expert such as carpet service Markovic and should not be tried at home.
Never vacuum the rugs fringes. The continued catching of the fringe in the suction of a vacuum cleaner causes the fringes to break and tear. Always vacuum your rug without the beating brush, you can either turn the brush off, or just use the attachments. Keeping your rugs clean and vacuuming them when necessary is good for them.
The following method for removing stains is of a general nature and may not apply to all rugs because of the different materials and dyes used. SPILLS. Take care of any kind of spill immediately. Most spills may be removed without permanent stain if taken care of right away. First pick up as much of the spill as possible using a cloth or paper towel. Then dilute the spill with water and blot the wet area until all of the moisture is removed. Repeat this process if any of the spill remains. Once you get the spill out, dry the wet area either with air, letting air under the rug also in the wet area by draping the rug over something. You can even use a hair dryer on cold to dry the rug. While drying, comb the pile in the same direction as the rest of the rug so that it dries in the proper direction.
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