At Holland Rugs we custom built our wash pit to have not only a flat section but also a slanted section. This allows us to wash rugs that bleed without the risk of damaging the rug. The fresh clean water rushes over the rug and carries loose dyes or any contaminant to be removed down to the drain and away from the rug. This technique has been used for thousands of years in Asia and the middle east by placing rugs in the river for washing. The rugs were not damaged by washing because all the loose dye and soil was carried down the river away from the rug. Why are 99% of rug washing companies not using this method? The answer is that it is too challenging and expensive to build so they use a flat pit. Flat wash pits are much more difficult to manage bleeding because you just dont have the water on your side to flush away the unwanted dye or pet urine. Also the fresh water gets mixed with the drain water and it takes a long time to end up with a finished product free of soil and soap residue.
Our slanted wash pit was put to the test after two different wildfires because we had some extreme soiling from ash. The first was a fire in Thousand Oaks that almost burned our home and later the Thomas fire that got 1/4 mile from Holland Rugs in Ventura. We removed a lot of ash and smoke smell from those fires’ rugs. Because of the flowing river system we use, rugs we cleaned from the montecito mudslide were brought back to their original state because we flushed the mud down and away from the rug. If we had a flat wash pit it would have been a swampy nightmare.
In Santa Barbara, Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, and Calabasas we are seeing a lot of designer rugs made with or blended with a newer material called viscose. Other names for Viscose are art silk, rayon, bamboo silk, banana silk, eco silk.
As owners of these rugs are finding out, these rugs pose some cleaning and maintenance challenges. Anything that spills causes a secondary stain from the moisture brought by the spill or spot cleaning attempts. This viscose material is a plant material that through chemical deconstruction is changed into a gel which can be extruded to make a fiber for yarn. This plant fiber that is made and used for a rug still has a small amount of lignon and or starch that once moistened enough with start to oxidize making it look yellow or brown in worst cases. Its the same thing that happens when you cut a fresh apple and 20 min later it has browned. These rugs made from viscose will turn brown even if not speed dried after cleaning at a special rug washing plant like Holland Rugs. A carpet cleaner with truck mounted cleaning equipment should never clean a viscose rug at all let alone at a customer’s home. The rug will not get clean and will most of the time get worse with browning corners and a foul smell.