WHAT! You cleaned a wool area rug with an Orbot?

Discussion in 'Rugs and Textiles' started by Nomad74, Nov 29, 2017.

By Nomad74 on Nov 29, 2017 at 12:32 AM
  1. Nomad74
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    I sure did. It was my only option.

    I get to the job and the customer has a 150 sqft. area rug. She tells me it's silk and it needs to be cleaned. The rug was pretty dirty but I could tell it wasn't silk. I inspected the back for a tag and all I found was an ambiguous tag that was not very helpful. I did a burn test and the fiber ashed. I put a bit of water on the corner and after about 5 minutes it smelled like wet dog. Okay, so I was pretty sure it was wool.

    I told the customer I would need to take the rug back to my "shop" to clean it properly. This rug had a lot of reds, blues, and greens. I explained to her that to be safe I would need to use dyloc and a wool safe cleaner. Areas of the rug would also need to be treated for urine (With U-Turn by Centrum Force). Then there was also all the fringe work.

    When it was all said and done, my quote for this rug was about $450. I thought the lady was going to have a stroke. She replied, "The last guy cleaned it on the floor right there." Looking at her floor I told her that was a horrible idea. She had Pergo flooring and the joints were not the best. I then pulled back the rug and showed her that because the rug had been cleaned in place her Pergo had swollen. She said she didn't care because the landlord was going to rip out the floor anyway. "Yeah, sure he is" I thought to myself.

    After going over all the reasons I couldn't clean her rug in place I finally agreed to encap it for her. Yes, I'm going to hell. While cleaning it I was thinking to myself, "I'm sure glad @T Monahan isn't around to see this."

    Anyway, it came out pretty good. There was a noticeable difference in the brightness and odor of the rug. Once again the Orbot Vibe saved me.

    Below are some pics, swollen floor included.

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Discussion in 'Rugs and Textiles' started by Nomad74, Nov 29, 2017.

    1. Desk Jockey
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      Dude, you gotta stop bartering with the crackheads... Them projects most likely are what piss your wife off... Do you ever finish one? :stir:
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      It might be on the presentation thumb drive, which could be anywhere.

      I do have the Scotchgard sign photo, if anyone questions whether wool carpet producers think their product needs a stain-resist treatment.
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      I don't understand what a picture of "Chlorine Rinse" has to do with this post? Tom are you inferring people should "Bleach rugs?
      Or you should Steam Clean all rugs since most Wool is dyed in water hotter then most TM'S? Or should rugs be hacked out in home?
      Maybe I'm not getting it. I got rugs to extract rugs after my AC, see y'all.
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      I get a call regularly by Property Management Companies in Naples or Marco Island that have work for me. These homes will be occupied by someone the following day for lots of money if not Owner Occupied.

      Typical job is all the upholstery, all the wall to wall carpet...the bedrooms, maybe, and all the rugs. Usually all protected. I doubt there is any place on the US that has more rugs. I have never seen a Rug Cleaning Plant here.
      So that's the job and the business I'm in as a On Location Cleaner.
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      That's it Bob, I'm turning you into the Area Rug Cleaning POLICE. :winky:
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      Hi Bob. Captain Steemer had a small on site her years past but not enough work so the packed it up and sold it. There is a guy in Bonita or Naples that cleans& repairs wool and high end carpets pickup and deliveries .
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      The result came up pretty good. You have done a great job.
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      The point was merely wool rugs that are made go through a scouring process that usually includes what rug cleaners and their instructors in our industry consider caustic chemistry. When a rug washer has a piece in there possession to clean for a customer, they can be aware of that this was done. Even the best made machine rugs in America like Karastan.
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      Did I miss something?
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      Actually the same holding company owns Kirby, Scots, cutco knives and about 20 other small companies. The holding company is owned by Birkshire Hathaway. Warren Buffet really is into everything, even encap SHAMPOO.

      Damon, it is very hard to damage one of these types of rugs. The fact is probably 80% of rugs can be safely cleaned with satisfactory results in the home. We clean around $3,000,000 worth of rugs in a certain embassy every year ON LOCATION. They won't allow the rugs to be taken to a shop and brought back in 7-14 days. They won't them cleaned, to dry fast and are willing to pay well for it.

      The guys that have invested big into "cleaning plants" in their garage or a more elebrate shop with a high rent payment every month can piss their pants telling the cutomer what "should be done" till their Depends is overflowing. The fact is many customers aren't going to let you take their rugs off property and most aren't going to pay the $4.50 a square these "rug masters" demand. That market is a very small puddle of customers and is shrinking everyday. Here in the DC metro area we have 10 million people and I have seen tons of rug specialists go under and close up shop. Five of the top ten wealthest counties in the country are in the DC metro area and we are seeing huge change. Whether we like it or not millennials aren't buying high end furniture or rugs, they are buying cheap machine made rugs and Ikea disposable furniture. By 2020 there will be more millennials in the work force then all other generations above them combined. The upholstery and rug cleaning ends of the business will continue to decline sharply. You are on the right end of this as the rug cleaning shops are going to be disrupted by demographics most of them don't even understand. That Vibe can make you a millionaire is you avoid common industry beliefs and focus on marketing.
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