The Rug Pre-Cleaning Inspection Process

Previously, we discussed the importance of attending a training course before launching into your rug cleaning business. Now let’s turn our attention to the pre-cleaning inspection process.

Rugs must always be inspected front and back, looking for problems you see or suspect are issues. Write them on your inspection form and explain what you have discovered to the homeowner, giving her a copy of the report. 
If a rug is rolled up, waiting for you at the home, give the client a call after you have inspected it in your shop and convey any concerns. 
There are dozens of items to look for during this process, but we will limit our discussion to a few of the key issues.

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The Greening of Rugs

We are all aware of the trend of companies going “green.” This has extended to the rug manufacturing industry as well. If a fiber is from a natural source, it is now used in rug production. 

We are seeing leather, hemp, ramie, jute, banana silk (abaca), coir, sisal, cotton, cactus, aloe, pina (fibers from leaves of the pineapple plant), sea grass, bamboo, soy-based fibers, linen, nettle (or aloo, a cotton-like fiber from nettles), and even paper made into floor coverings. 

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Rug Cleaning 101: Equipping Your Facility

In the past three articles of our series Rug Cleaning 101, we discussed the importance of receiving training before starting rug cleaning, why you should be cleaning these textiles in a shop or plant environment, and we reviewed the pre-cleaning inspection process. 

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Rug Cleaning 101

I have been writing The Rug Cleaning Specialist for 15 years, and every year another crop of new cleaners dip their toes into the industry waters, so if you long-time readers will bear with me, over the next year we will take a look at some rug cleaning basics. 

2011-02-02-1I have been writing The Rug Cleaning Specialist for 15 years, and have appreciated all of your comments and support. Every year another crop of new cleaners dip their toes into the industry waters, so if you long-time readers will bear with me, over the next year we will take a look at some rug cleaning basics. 

However, before heading off to clean a rug, let’s look at the industry and see what has changed over the last decade and a half. 

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Rug Cleaning 101: Products to Successfully Clean Area Rugs

This month we will look at the parameters of cleaning products to successfully clean area rugs – the fifth and last in the series Rug Cleaning 101. 

2011-12-12-1We have discussed why attending a rug-cleaning training course is important (education is inexpensive, while rugs are expensive); how our new industry standard states rugs should be cleaned off-site (the S100 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Cleaning of Textile Floor Coverings is out now); the importance of a rug pre-cleaning inspection; and state-of-the-art rug cleaning equipment that is now on the market.  

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