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Rugs and Tapestries

The Textiles

Rugs are made crafted using various methods and materials all over the world. We specialize in cleaning  rugs and tapestries made locally or internationally.

The Textile Materials/Methods

  • American Indian weavings. 
  • Oriental Rugs
  • Middle Eastern Rugs
  • Flatwoven textiles and tapestries (ie. Karastan)
  • Handwoven or Machine-made

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We offer several washes and services for your rug, depending on the type material and fabrication as well as the type of soiling its endured.

Services for Restoring Your Rug

Peroxide Treatment for Whitening of Yellow Rugs

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 Over time, some wool exhibits a yellowing that is especially noticeable in off-white or Ivory rugs. This can sometimes be lessened through a "whitening" process used in low concentrations. The process is applied in phases to avoid damaging the fiber structure. Not every rug will respond to this treatment, but we can let you know if your rug is a candidate. 

Full-Immersion Wet Wash

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  This is the recommended method for cleaning natural fiber rugs.  

Pet Odor Removal

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  This is the recommended method for cleaning natural fiber rugs.  

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Sanitizing Soak (for Mold, Mildew, & Bacteria)

 All rugs that are exposed to water unintentionally need to be sanitized to alleviate any mold or mildew growth that could lead to dry rot in the rug's foundation. Whether by a flood, or a nearby planter that has leaked, the rug needs to be immersed in a sanitizing solution to remove anything that might cause problems in the future. We can only handle rugs that have been involved in "clean" water floods. Any rugs involved in a "black" water flood (sewage) MUST be disposed of.
 

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Pet Urine Stripping: Removing Stains & Discoloration

 Rug and Carpet cleaning can be difficult when it comes to pets. Pet urine stains, because they are fluids that go on hot and acidic, essentially re-dying the fibers and setting the stain at the same time. This can lead to color loss in some chemically treated rugs (such as Chinese rugs) which is irreversible...But in other rugs the urine stains the fibers without losing the original rug dye; this makes stripping an option. With certain rug cleaning, pet urine stains can be chemically stripped to improve (and in some cases completely remove) the affected areas as well as removing pet odor. 

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Moth/Carpet Beetle Repellant Rinse (odorless)

We use the product recommended by the San Diego Textile Museum.
Color Run Removal: We are one of the few companies in the nation that offers Color Run Correction - where a rug that has been bled due to water exposure can have the damage lessened or removed. Not every rug is a candidate for this work, and some pieces improve more than others do. 

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The Wash Tour

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Pre-Wash Inspection

 Each rug is inspected for any pre-existing conditions. Many times, soil covers up dye lot variations, fiber staining, prior dye bleeding, worn areas or white knots that become "uncovered" after the wash. Some of these are weaving characteristics, while others are damage that can possibly be repaired or reversed.

If you bring the rug to us personally, then this inspection takes place with you, and we will discuss any areas of concern that you have regarding your rugs, and your options.

If we transport your rug to our facility, our wash and repair team will inspect your rug after its arrival and will contact you with any work recommendations or pre-wash "discoveries."

Abrash

 Abrash is dye-lot color variation. All pre-dyed wool has tone changes that range from off-white to yellow to grey. When this wool is dyed a particular color, this results in a variety of shading. When one "batch" of red wool (for example) is used up in the weaving process, and the weaver grabs the next "batch" from a slightly different color base wool, this difference is woven into the rug. The result is a dye lot variation that runs side to side (left to right) and appears as "striping" in the rug. This is a characteristic in all handmade rugs, and is considered a characteristic that in many cases adds depth and texture to the overall look of the rugs (especially in vegetable dyed wool).  

White-Knots

 Most rugs have cotton foundations. Cotton warps run throughout the entire length of a rug, and cotton wefts threads run left to right - and are the means by which each row of wool knots are packed into a straight line and held in place. During the weaving and packing process, cotton warps and wefts will break. A broken warp or weft cannot be replaced, so the two broken pieces are tied in a knot and the weaving proceeds. This results in white "knots" in the field of the rug. Most times these cotton knots are trimmed down shorter than the wool face fibers, and they are effectively "hidden" from view. Over time, wearing of the wool reveals these knots and they look like freckles throughout the rug. These can many times be blended away with textile dye.
 

Asymmetry

 Handmade textiles are rarely perfectly symmetrical. Slight design shifts in city rugs, and more noticeable design and shape variations in tribal pieces, are expected. Sometimes these can be counteracted through blocking after the wash (wet cotton foundation fibers can "give" a little - but not too much).
 

After Inspection is Complete The washing Can proceed

Dusting

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 The first step is dusting. Some rugs can hold up to one pound of dirt per square foot before it will "look" dirty. Flooding a rug with pounds of fine grit and dirt in the foundation creates mud...so dusting is an important first step to the wash process. This is performed with an upright vacuum cleaner to "shake" the dirt out of the foundation of your rug.
 

Flooding

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 The dyes of your rug are tested for colorfastness. If the dyes are not colorfast, then the rug is bathed in a solution to set the dyes during the wash process. Then its given a cold water, mild shampoo bath, using soft brushes for mild agitation. Then soaked for a length of time, depending on how much surface soil and spotting needs to be gently worked out and rinsed from the rug's fibers.
 

Rinsing

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 The rug is thoroughly rinsed with water, and then placed through a rubber roller wringer to gently squeeze the water from the rug (the rollers adjust to the thickness of each rug).  

Drying

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 All of our rugs are laid out flat to dry. Hanging textiles up when wet can lead to too much strain on the foundation of the rugs. Air movers are used to help facilitate drying, without the use of high heat (so there is no worry of shrinkage). .
 

Keep In Mind

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 Upon a first wash, it is typical for a rug to shrink slightly (less than an inch) - just as cotton and wool clothing does in even a cold water hand wash. And as with throwing wool or cotton in a high heat dryer, you know this shrinks natural fibers...this is why we dry our rugs the way we do.  

Fringework & Finishing

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 Fringe tassels are washed an additional time after the bath. The tassels are then dried. The rug is given a final grooming with a horsehair brush, and then rolled and ready to go home.
 

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QMI Carpet Cleaning

4615 McLeod Road Northeast, Albuquerque, NM, USA

(505) 884-4552

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