ABOUT K. BLATCHFORD’S RUG CLEANING
Whether you have an investment textile, or a rug you fell in love with for your home, at K. Blatchford’s Rug Cleaning, we care for your rugs just like our own. Come see for yourself that we are the ones to trust with the care of your favorite rugs.
K. Blatchford’s San Diego Rug Cleaning Company is a San Diego based business specializing in the care of antique, semi-antique and contemporary hand-woven textiles. We offer services such as rug wash, rug repair, rug storage, rug pads, and even rug sales. Our experts can also provide rug care tips and tricks to help you maintain your beautiful rug investment.
Address: 7848-G Silverton Ave. San Diego, CA 92126
Why Rugs Leave the Home to Be Cleaned
Many things cause damage to rugs: floods, fires, pets, and moths. But nothing ruins more rugs annually than wall-to-wall carpet cleaning companies.
The chemistry, temperature, and techniques for steam cleaning installed synthetic wall-to-wall carpet are the polar opposite of how natural fiber rugs are supposed to be handled. Synthetic carpet is steam cleaned; natural fiber rugs are cold water washed.
Most rugs are made of wool and cotton fibers, and should be treated more as fabric than as carpeting. They are to be washed and soaked to gently and thoroughly remove the contaminants, and someone who is skilled with rug fibers, rug dyes, and weaving types from around the world must do this.
Here are the biggest reasons why rugs are never to be cleaned in the home.
1.) Dusting Can’t Be Done. Rugs can hold pounds of soil in them before they begin to look dirty. Most wool rugs release between two-and-ten pounds of embedded soil in the dusting process before the wash begins. This absolutely cannot be done in the home, so cleaners who steam clean rugs create an impacted layer of mud in the foundation of these rugs, which leads to a permanent graying of the wool and eventually dry rot in the foundation fibers.
2.) Heat Damages Natural Fibers and Dyes. High heat on natural fibers makes the dyes bleed and breaks wool fibers. You would never wash your wool clothing in hot water and dry it in high heat unless you wanted to ruin it.
3.) Tool Scarring. The metal tools that are safe to use on synthetic plastic fibers are not safe on wool, silk, and cotton rugs. Edges on vacuum tools, and rakes and brushes, can cause permanent pile damage and scarring on rugs.
4.) Heavy Chemical Residue. Fearful of getting the floor under the rug wet, those who clean rugs in the home are not able to rinse out all of the chemicals they put in, and the sticky residue left behind causes damage to the fibers and the dyes.
5.) Mildew and Odors. You cannot run dehumidifiers and high velocity fans in a home. Therefore, most rugs stay damp for too much time, which can lead to musty odors and mildew.
6.) Dirty Fringe. Fringe cannot be cleaned in the home, and usually it’s the fringe that looks the filthiest to begin with. These tassels need to be soaked to get the grime to release.
Woven rugs will last several lifetimes if properly cared for. Protect your textile investments by sending them out for a proper wash.
Lisa Wagner is a NIRC Certified Rug Specialist and international rug care trainer. Her family company, Blatchford’s Rug Cleaning & Repair, is located at 7848-G Silverton Ave., San Diego 92126. If you have rug questions, you can call 858-223-0222 or visit www.blatchfords.com.