Oriental and Area Rug Cleaning

Proper, Safe Cleaning of Specialty and Antique Oriental Carpets & Area Rugs From Around the World

Sci-Tech’s Oriental Rug Cleaning Studio uses modern technology and chemistry along with time-tested methods to clean your most delicate rugs.

Oriental rug cleaning has come a long way over the centuries, and we have further perfected the practice. Sci-Tech 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 studio where it will receive our very thorough 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.

As a testament to our skill and ability, we have earned the Certified Rug Specialist designation from the The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certifications. This prestigious certification is only given to professionals who undergo intensive training, including studying every aspect of Oriental and specialty rugs such as their history, cleaning maintenance, restoration and identification.

The first principle of area rug cleaning is: It should not be done in the client’s home. There are many different types of rugs, each with inherent problems when cleaning or washing them.

It is the wealth of knowledge in the minds of the Sci-Tech team that keeps your rug safe through the cleaning process.

  • We make certain to ensure the proper care and custody of your family heirloom, Oriental or throw rug while it is in our facility.
  • Our facility is set up properly for the process of washing and drying rugs.
  • Our plant is secure with alarms and cameras to protect items in our custody.
  • More importantly we carry the proper care, custody and process insurance to clean this type of floor covering… Many Do Not.

How To Waste Money and Ruin Your Rugs by Having them Cleaned In Your Home

Wool area rugs have a natural propensity to hide soil… vast amounts of soil. Going once over the top with a steam cleaner will make it look better… but it isn’t even close to being clean.

In fact, 90% of the allergens, sand, dirt, dust, dander, dust mites and their droppings are still in the rug! Having a rug cleaned in-home may at first seem monetarily beneficial, however that would be the only benefit. The rug would not only be receiving improper care, but may even be harmed.

  • Mostly, it is the lack of knowledge on the part of many cleaners. Truck mounted units run very hot water, in excess of 240 degrees. If not turned down, the use of water this hot can bleed colors, felt the wool and cause excessive shrinkage.
  • The detergents used on synthetic wall to wall are too strong to be used on wool. It can bleed colors immediately or weaken the dyes so they run the next time the rug is cleaned, especially if not rinsed out properly.
  • The critical drying step is left to you. Orientals are not wall to wall, it is a dense mat of entwined natural fibers that needs controlled drying. Prolonged drying on this type of material promotes microbial growth which is associated with dry-rot.
  • Fringes on rugs cannot be cleaned in home.
  • The Most Important Step is Skipped…”Dusting” or dry soil removal, the step that removes all the dry contaminants like the allergens, dander and dust mites. If dusting was done in the home it would completely destroy the air quality in the home. Dusting is an extremely critical step before real cleaning takes place.
  • Damage to wood floors limits the use of proper rinsing and dusting techniques for the body of the rug.

It is understood that sometimes circumstances dictate cleaning a rug “on-location,” (under a billiard table), but it should be a rare exception rather than the rule.

This may seem like an inconvenience to a homeowner, however it is imperative for a proper cleaning to be done.