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Oriental Rug Cleaning – Mega Resource

Oriental & Specialty Rug Cleaning “Mega-Resource” by Ellen Amirkhan & Aaron Groseclose – Now in its 14th printing!

This 19-chapter mega-resource is the first of its kind written for the rug cleaning professional.

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Many books have been written on oriental rugs with an emphasis on history, structure, culture, and identification with cleaning as an afterthought.  Many of these authors have limited firsthand experience with the challenges of day-to-day commercial rug cleaning and repair.

Of particular interest to the restoration industry, this book covers effective procedures for handling smoke damaged, sewage, mold, and fungal contaminated rugs. This information is new, has not appeared elsewhere, and was written specifically for this book.

Over 900 photographs, maps and drawings illustrate how to inspect and clean rugs most commonly encountered in a rug cleaning business. Drawing upon their years of cleaning, teaching, appraising, and visiting the most respected and successful companies in the country, the author’s combined research with firsthand knowledge in developing the most comprehensive guide in the rug cleaning industry.

The book has practical how-to steps for identifying problem rugs, inspection procedures, and cleaning methods and how to set up a rug cleaning facility. Your knowledge is the best marketing tool for building your business.

Items That are Covered in the Book

  • History of Oriental Rugs
  • Fibers and Dyes
  • Construction of Machine-Made Rugs
  • Specialty Rugs
  • Hand-Knotted Rugs; Construction and Design
  • Persian Rugs
  • Tribal Rugs
  • Other Countries Producing Hand-Knotted Rugs
  • Road Map to Rug Identification
  • Chemistry of Rug Cleaning
  • Rug Pre-Cleaning Inspection
  • Rug Cleaning
  • Plant Operations and Procedures
  • Rug Spotting
  • Problems and Solutions
  • Additional Services
  • Appraisals
  • Resources
  • Glossary

Now available:
the companion DVDs “Unraveling the Puzzle of Rug Identification.”

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Book Review

Book review by Dr. Steven Spivak, professor, researcher, consultant, author, technical expert, textile and carpet cleaning authority.

Excerpt of the book review

“This splendid, lavishly illustrated and comprehensive new book and cleaning guide will change the way many flooring retailers, professional cleaners, rug aficionados, and our greater RIA (Restoration Industry Association) community will think and learn about oriental, area and specialty rugs.

At 400 pages with over 900 hundred illustrations and photographs, most in full color, plus easy to understand diagrams, maps, and explanatory drawings, this is one special book. It took the authors, highly respected oriental rug and rug cleaning experts, teachers, lecturers and authors, about four years of painstaking effort to bring this new rug cleaning compendium to us. It’s worth the effort and demands serious attention.

There are many cleaning manuals, guides, smaller or insubstantial “books” and the like in our industry. But seldom does such a labor of love, an enormous expense in authors’ time, effort and cost to produce, appear for us to take notice. The Amirkhan and Groseclose oriental and specialty rug cleaning are one of these—”first among equals” in the rug cleaning business. You have my positive recommendation for the rug retailer or collector, rug professional, cleaner and restorer.” 

-Dr. Steven Spivak, Falls Church, VA

Dr. Spivak is a 30 + year technical advisor for standards, textiles, and furnishings with the Restoration Industry Association. He is the author of 80 scientific papers and journal articles, 250 + cleaning industry “technical topics” articles published in Cleaning & Restoration magazine and co-author of two seminal books on standards and standardization. His education includes BS and MS degrees in textile engineering and a Ph.D. in fiber and polymer science from the University of Manchester (UK). Dr. Spivak is also a retired Department Chair, University of Maryland.

You can be successful in rug cleaning when you know what the experts know. Get your competitive advantage!