oriental and specialty rugs

Beacon Carpet Cleaning, Inc. is one of the most educated and experienced companies when it comes to rug cleaning in Orange County. We are Certified Master Rug Cleaners™, Texile Pro Certified™, and we are a Woolsafe Approved Service Provider™. We train on the regional and national level with some of the most knowledgeable people in the industry to ensure that we can identify your rug properly and treat it in the safest and most effective way possible. We pay a premium to use products that have been tested and are certified to be safe for both the natural and synthetic fibers in your rugs, and we have the proper training to minimize the likelihood of costly damage during the rug cleaning process. 

Most of the oriental and specialty rugs that we clean are 100% wool. Wools of New Zealand is one of the largest manufacturers of wool goods. The staff of Beacon Carpet Cleaning, Inc. has achieved the certificate of Wool Care Specialist through the Wools of New Zealand Wool Care Program. We are also Certified Master Rug Cleaners™ (one of the highest certifications available) and train with the national Textile Pro network.

In Plant Rug Cleaning is recommended for your Oriental and Specialty Rugs.  They should not be cleaned on location like wall to wall carpet.  You can bring your Oriental or Specialty Rug to our rug cleaning facility or we can pick them up, for a nominal fee, 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.

The following is a step-by-step explanation of the oriental and specialty rug cleaning method employed by the technicians of Beacon Carpet Cleaning, Inc. 

Step 1: Inspection
While most of the area rugs are 100% wool, there are other varieties of natural or man-made fibers available. The type of fiber and construction determines the cleaning protocol for each individual rug. We will also inspect to determine whether the rug is handmade or machine-made. We will also be looking and testing for evidence of colorfastness and color variations. 

Step 2: Dry Soil Removal
Oriental and specialty rugs are designed to hide dry soil. A few years ago, the Eureka Company did a study and found that a 9 x 12 rug 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 many other methods are implemented. It is essential to remove as much dry soil as possible. 

Step 3: Pre-Spotting
We will treat spots, as necessary, with the appropriate spotting agents prior to the normal cleaning process. Some spots may be permanent stains. Urine damage may cause color bleeding or some dye removal. 

Step 4: Pre-Conditioning
We will pre-condition all fibers and the fringe using a cleaning agent that is appropriate for the carpet fiber type. 

Step 5: Agitation
Agitation is an important step in the cleaning process. We are careful not to over agitate and cause fiber distortion. 

Step 6: Rinse / Extraction or Fully Immerse
We rinse and extract the area rug and fringes to maximize soil removal. We also do an extra extraction to remove as much water as possible in order to expedite the drying time and to prevent brown-out. Our rug cleaning plant is also equipped with a wash pit designed especially for some oriental and specialty rugs. 

Step 7: Post-Treatment
We post-treat the area rugs with an anti brown-out solution. 

Step 8: Carpet Protector - Optional
Carpet protector for both natural and synthetic oriental and specialty rugs is available upon your request. 

Step 9: Finishing
We will groom your oriental or specialty rug for proper nap flow. Your rug will be combed and finished with soft groomers - made for oriental and specialty rugs. 

Step 10: Drying
Once the soil is rinsed away, the area rug is dried flat or hung to dry in a controlled environment. Proper drying is essential to avoid unnatural shrinkage. 

Step 11: Post Inspection
Our cleaning specialist will give your area rug a final inspection and release it for pick-up or delivery. Upon delivery, we will lay the rug for you. 


How to Care for your Oriental and Specialty Rugs

  • Rotation - To ensure even wear, your rug should be rotated once a year. Depending on the traffic, the rotation may vary from six months to two years. 
  • Vacuuming - Oriental rugs, like most carpeting, should be vacuumed on a regular basis to remove dirt and restore life to the fibers. Be sure not to vacuum the fringe with your beater bar. Use the end of a vacuum hose from a canister vacuum. 
  • Padding - A quality pad used under your rug helps protect it from dirt, wear and slippage. 

Spot and Spill Procedures

Make sure that you safely and immediately clean up spots and spills before they set. 

  • First, soak up the excess liquid by blotting with a clean absorbent material. Do not brush or rub the stain.
  • Then spot clean with a mild detergent-white vinegar-water solution. Do not over wet. 
  • Rinse area thoroughly with a mixture of 6 parts water to one part white distilled vinegar. Avoid wetting the rug's backing.
  • Blot dry until most of the moisture has been absorbed.
  • Allow to air dry. A fan or cool hair dryer can be used to hasten the drying process. 
  • For stains that do not come out using these methods, ask our cleaning specialists
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Below are several educational videos of persian, oriental, and designer/decorator rugs.  
These videos will increase your knowledge of area rugs and the proper maintenance of them.
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Most people wait too long.

When your rug starts to look dirty, you have waited too long to clean it.

The experts recommend cleaning your area rugs every 1 to 3 years.  


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How can you identify moth and bug damage on your rugs?


Moth larvae can eat holes in your area rugs very quickly.

Check the pile and also the underside of your area rug on a regular basis for any evidence of moth larvae.

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Ask us about Repel to discourage  moth damage.  

For storage of your area rugs, we can also wrap your rugs in tyvek paper to discourage insect and rodent damage.

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Frequent vacuuming is necessary to prolong the live of your area rug.

We recommend Miele, the only vacuum that is recommended by Wools of New Zealand.

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Be sure to turn your beater bar off.  The agressive motorized brush can break the surface fibers of your area rug.

We recommend Miele, the only vacuum that is recommended by Wools of New Zealand.

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Vacuuming alone won't remove the soil.  The soil must be removed with special dusting equipment and that can't be done in the home.

 We use the RugBadger and itseparates heavy sediments and dirt from any area rug and is used prior to the cleaning of your area rug.

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In order to eliminate the urine odor, all the urine salts and bacteria must be washed out of the foundation of the rug.  The source of the odor is in the base of the rug - in the foundation.

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Tufted rugs are different in construction and quality then woven rugs.  Each knot on a woven rug is hand tied, but on a tufted rug, each loop is created with a tool called a tufting gun.  The back of the rug is then coated with a latex glue which holds the tufts in place and usually there is a cloth material sewn onto the back to cover the glue.

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Even if a rug is 100% wool, the foundation of the rug is usually made of cotton.  If a yarn breaks during the weaving process, the two ends are tied together and the weaving continues.  These knots, called foundation fiber knots or white knots (for short) are found in every hand woven rug.  These knots are not damage.  They are a normal part of the weaving process.

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Abrash is a word that describes the natural variations in color and texture caused by differences in the texture and dyes.  This causes a striped appearance in areas of the same color on a rug.  These strips are not considered a flaw in the rug but are a natural result in the way the rug is woven.

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Tea washed rugs are
very common in today's marketplace.

A tea washed rug gives rugs an antique sepia tone effect. A tea washed rug has been over-dyed with a brown or golden dye or treated with a chemical to darken the rug and make it look older.

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Rugs made of viscose are technically viscose rayon. Advantages of a viscose rug is that it is incredibly soft.  However, this softness is achieved through chemical processing that makes the fibers very weak.  It is one of the most fragile fibers on the market today.

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