Expert Care for Your Beautiful Area Rugs
From Persian to Oriental and from handmade antique and heirloom gems to newer hand- and machine-made styles, your area rugs require special care to maintain their appearance and prevent wear and tear.
The professional rug cleaning service we offer at Lewis Cleaners has been carefully developed for over 30+ years. You can count on our team to keep all your area rugs in top-notch condition, ensuring they continue to look great for years to come.
Most handmade wool rugs and other delicate rugs will be cleaned by hand in our rug washing facility.
We pre-test all rugs prior to cleaning and will pay special attention to spots and fringe to deliver the best results.
We have 30+ years of experience cleaning rugs and can expertly clean your most precious antique and heirloom rugs.
We offer convenient pickup and delivery services for area rugs that are cleaned in our rug washing facility.
Extend the Lifespan of Your Carpet and Enjoy it for Years to Come
Which products are safe to use on wool rugs and which ones will harm the fibers or cause dyes to bleed? Are the cleaning instructions different for wool or synthetic material? Can the rugs be cleaned in place, or do they need special handling?
Understanding the type of care necessary for your specific rug type isn’t always easy and making a mistake can be costly. Each rug has unique properties, and at Lewis Cleaners we will take additional steps to ensure your rug is not damaged during the cleaning process. We will pre-test and pre-treat your rug to preserve colors and dyes, remove spots, and ensure the right cleaning method is used on your rug. Extra care is taken to clean fringe and groom your rug fibers, achieving a high-quality result each and every time.
Depending on the amount of use, rugs should be cleaned at least every 1-3 years. Some rugs we can clean at your home, or we can pick them up to be cleaned at our rug washing facility.
Dye testing. We’ll pre-test the area for colorfastness to determine if it can be wet or dry cleaned.
Dry soil removal. We use a combination of professional techniques to remove dry soil from your rug while using the utmost care for fragile rugs.
Soil suspension. The rug will be sprayed in a neutral ph cleaning bath. Gentle shampoo machines are used to agitate the soil loose.
Extraction of soils. The rug will be gently extracted in the cleaning bath.
Fast drying. The rug is hung on a rack to dry with turbo air movers.
Some rugs can be cleaned at your location. The rug is cleaned with warm water from our truck mounted machine. On-site cleaning is less costly and should be performed for spot removal and minor soil removal.
Your Rugs Deserve the Best Care
Lewis Cleaners is a local, family-owned business that has been trusted by countless customers since 1985. We care about your rugs and have established our reputation as one of the top area rug cleaning companies in the area.
We have all the equipment, skills, eco-friendly products, and training you need for quality cleaning and maintenance that your rugs deserve.
Protect Your Investment
We are happy to provide our customers tips to help them maintain their rugs until it is time for the next professional cleaning. Life happens, and emergencies such as spills do not need to spell catastrophe!
Disclaimer: Use these techniques at your own risk. Be aware that rugs can easily be ruined. Pre-test each solution in an inconspicuous area before using. If you are uncomfortable about these techniques, call a professional.
Follow these 4 basic steps for spot removal on your rugs will help you until our team reaches your home:
Pre-test any spotting agent by applying the spot treatment to an inconspicuous area. Gently agitate the tested area with a white cloth. Allow the agent to dwell in the fiber until it is dry. If bleeding or shrinkage occurs, do not continue.
Spotter Tips For General Spill and Spot Removal
Use a neutral pH or mild detergent suitable for wool. You can mix a general use spotter by mixing 1 part white vinegar to 4 parts water. Apply to an absorbent white cloth and blot the stain. If you are a repeat client, use our spot remover that we left. You may also apply rubbing alcohol to a white cloth and blot out oily stains.
DO NOT USE Resolve or other high residue products on your area rugs. Use a neutral pH spotting agent that is made for wool. Call us for purchase information.
CAUTION: Some rugs can be permanently damaged by spotters. Pre-test each product!
Your wool rugs can indeed last a lifetime. We have cleaned many oriental rugs well over 100 years old. These rugs are passed down over generations. Wool is very durable and cleans well if cleaned often. This is much in part because it is a natural fiber.
CAUTIONS ABOUT WOOL
Spots and spills must be removed immediately. Since wool is a natural fiber, it may stain easily. If you cannot remove the stain, call a professional. As well, wool rugs should be cleaned on a regular basis BEFORE they appear soiled. The lesson here is with frequent, regular cleaning, wool carpets are easy to maintain but if allowed to accumulate soil, they are indeed difficult to clean. Avoid bleaches and strong chemicals. Bleach will actually dissolve wool.
Silk is a rare fiber that adds a unique texture and appearance to some rugs. The same rules apply to silk as wool. Extra caution should be taken with silk. Silk should not be allowed to get wet. Shrinkage and bleeding are very likely. Cotton rugs respond in a similar manner as wool. Sisal, grass and hemp rugs should not get wet. Avoid liquid spills as well as liquid spotting agents.
To see if your rug is a handmade rug, turn the corner over to look at the backing. If the back mimics the pattern of the front fibers and the fringe appears to be an extension of the yarns within the rug (not sewn on), it’s likely handmade.
Rugs need to be vacuumed a minimum of once per week. Dry soil will cause your fine rugs to deteriorate. Use a vacuum with a beater bar if possible. Delicate rugs may need to be vacuumed without a beater bar.
The proper padding can protect your rug from dirt and slippage. Contact us for locations to purchase this padding.
For a quick estimate, fill out the form on our contact page. We will email you a report for your specific situation and an estimated price based on what most homes your size cost.
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