a division of Crystal Clean Ltd.

403-394-RUGS (7847)

223 - 12 St "B" North, Lethbridge, AB

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Flatweave and Woven Rugs

Flatweave Rug fronts can be

of many designs.

Inside they look like this

Back side mirrors front design. Often these rugs

are reversable, but not always. This one is not.

Flatweave or woven rugs come in several forms. These are most often made from wool or cotton. Other materials can be used from time to time. Often the dyes need to be checked during the rug assessment to confirm that it has stable dyes. Many are reversible rugs, some are not. These rugs are mostly lightweight and can be of low, moderate or high value depending on where they were made, material used, reputation of durability. Common names for these types of rugs include: Kilim, Dhurrie, Navajo, Sumack.

Our processes include: (depending on the specifics of "your" rug)

Pre-Inspect. Assess to determine methods for best results and dye stability.

This particular rug is woven slightly out of square, and a urine inspection revealed several urine concerns.

Dye Testing. While most rugs are colorfast, we have several "dye set" options when fibre dyes are not stable or bleeding.  

Rug Dusting! The way to get out very fine sands and soils that damage rug yarns hidden deep in the foundation weaving by safe air compression dusting. This tool vacuums dust removed immediately so technicians lungs are not damaged in the process.

Vacuum any remaining surface soils on both sides.  
Pre - Treat for Urine or other special concerns.  

Apply Cleaning Agents. Specific formulas are used with your rug type and soiling conditions as to start the remaining soil removal on the wet side.

Agitate Cleaning Agents. To assist the release of soils hidden deep in the weave with different types of equipment for different rugs.  
Loosen Soils by Hand Brushing. Depending on a rugs structural integrity, some delicate rugs must be cleaned by hand instead of machinery.  
Pre-Soak. A 'wash pit' soaking for specific types of soil removal as required, in this case, urine is being released from the rug.
Rinse Soil Away by River Wash. Copious amounts of water flushed through the rug on a slanted floor with large floor drains as to create a "River Wash" effect like washing rugs in rivers of old. Only new clean 'soft' waters are added to rugs during rinsing stages.
Water Extraction. Once soils are flushed with large centrifuge equipment adding more rinse waters until rinse turns up clean clear fresh - water!    
Rinse Soil Away by Extraction. When a delicate rug structure will not allow river washing, gentler methods must be used.  
Hang Dry. Most rugs are hung in our dry tower, either on end or "over the barrel" depending on their specific construction weave styles.
Flat Drying. Rugs with unstable dyes must be dried laying flat.  
Stretch Dry. When rugs are wrinkled and not laying flat due to uneven shrinkage or uneven tension in foundation yarns, some rugs will need to be stretched during or after washing processes to get them to lay flat when returned to your home.  
After Clean Spotting. If there are any remaining concerns.  

Fringe Detail Cleaning. If fringe needs any further attention following the washing with above steps. A rug isn't looking fantastic - until the fringe is fantastic!


Apply Protector and / or Moth Control. Most of these rug fibre types need protection!

Then we do a Final Inspection for results that count!

Roll / Package for client pick up from our cleaning plant or for us to deliver.

Yes, we are passionate about getting your rug amazingly clean! Call us now about your rug! 403 394 RUGS (7847) or email us your pictures of your rug


Challenges & Concerns - Flatweave & Woven Rugs

1. Dye stability - is determined by the weaver & their choices of the dyed yarns used. We often use dye setting agents, and we guarantee our efforts, but cannot guarantee your rug was well made.

2. Some rugs are not square. We can often stretch these back to square as noted above.

3. Rugs can frey or become unwoven on the ends. Their construction design sometimes has limited end knot ability and these loosen over time and rugs start to frey. This is a manufacture design issue and repairs may be needed. Far better to repair them when this starts and an easy repair as compared to a few years later that may be costly!

4. Most rugs will fade in the sun. Colors are most often brighter after cleaning but there can be permanent fading damage, especially when rugs are not rotated & flipped routinely. We recommend every 4 months.