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5 Weird Rug Cleaning Trivia Answers

Your next rug cleaning does not need to be a walk through history.
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Are you looking for strange trivia or facts related to cleaning tips for rugs? For such an oddball topic, there are a large amount of unique facts concerning cleaning your rug. Whether you are looking for inspiration to motivate you to clean, or work in the carpet cleaning field as a professional, you will get a good chuckle out of these weird cleaning facts about rugs.

Spring-cleaning and Persian rugs trivia twist

For decades, Persian carpets have been the top choice for interior rugs in America. The main issue is that these rugs come from Iran; and America does not have a good trade relationship with that country. This means that, since the early 1980s, Americans have had to make sure their hard-to-get Persian rugs were well taken care of. This means keeping them in tip-top condition with regular maintenance by professionals. Interestingly, spring-cleaning has a special significance to Persians and Iranians because of their NoRooz or New Year traditions. Celebrated near March 21 each year, many Southwest Asian families spend part of this holiday beating the rug in preparation for guests.

DIY old-fashioned carpet beating

Throughout the world, rugs are a historic tradition. Of course, along the way, specific tips for cleaning them became part of each culture. In America, before machines like vacuums, rug owners throughout the past few centuries had to clean them manually. These pre-vacuum tools were called rug beaters. The rug beaters were typically fashioned from wood and steel. Similar to a baseball bat, the beaters were manually deployed by hitting a hanging rug with hopes to remove as much dust and dirt as possible. Before electric vacuums were invented, other nineteenth century tools for cleaning a carpet involved carpet brushes and sweeping boxes.

Put your rug in the river

In American pop culture, we are familiar with top-ranking schools in various fields of knowledge. For example, mathematicians typically graduate from a school like MIT. High-paid lawyers go to Harvard. For the rug-cleaning world, one of the top schools is the Auserehlian Oriental Cleaning School. In this school's methods, cleaning a rug means immersing it into a 400-gallon wash pit. At one end, water flows in and filters help the dirty water to drain away at the other end. The rug floats at the top of the water for about 24 hours. The process is similar to cleaning a rug by placing it in a clear water stream or river.

"Hi-tech" rug cleaning circa 1919

Over the years, all cultures seemed to agree that one of the best ways to clean a rug was with as much water as possible. However, in the early 1900's, new advances in technology for cleaning carpets were replacing the carpet beaters and river washes. For instance, new carpet cleaning shampoos were been tested by professionals and salesmen. In 1919, advice at a rug cleaner's presentation included avoiding concrete floors for drying rugs, because they were too uneven, and using a wood floor saturated with linseed oil instead. To get a carpet clean, the heaviest rugs would only take 24 hours to dry if vacuums were used. Altogether, a rug cleaner of those times could do a top-quality job for only 21 cents per square yard.

Treating a rug like a museum piece

Have you been looking for information about cleaning rugs for your cleaning routine that will put the Smithsonian to shame? In the book "The Care of Antiques and Historical Collections," by Per Ernst Guldbeck, several stern warnings are issued concerning rug cleaning. Mainly, if your rug is several decades old, you should not be cleaning it yourself. This is especially true if the carpet is wool. To test for wool, take a spare fiber and burn it. If it smells like human hair, your should only be cleaned by professionals. Finally, Guldbeck urges all owners of antique or wool rugs to seek out carpet cleaners that specialize in rug repair to get the best results.