Cleaning & Washing

We offer a number of rug cleaning options, including:

  • Hand-wash:

    Suitable for antique rugs, heavily-soiled, stained, damaged, delicate rugs.
  • Machine-wash:

    Suitable for heavy-duty rugs, machine-made rugs, and lightly soiled rugs.
  • Dry-cleaning:

    Suitable for silk rugs, needlepoints, tapestries, and any soft, fragile rug.
  • Restorative care:

    Suitable for rugs with color run, dry-rot, smoke damage, as well as moldy rugs, rugs with mildew, rugs with water damage.
Solomon's Cleaning & Washing Rug Care ServicesSolomon's Cleaning & Washing Rug Care ServicesSolomon's Cleaning & Washing Rug Care Services

We specialize in cleaning any type of rug:

  • antique
  • fine
  • silk
  • tapestries
  • needlepoints
  • gun-tufted
  • braided
  • duhrries
  • kilims
  • shag rugs
  • hooked rugs
  • machine-made

Contact us today to schedule your rug cleaning.

We offer free pick-up and delivery within 20 mile radius.

Over 20 mile radius there is a flat charge of $50.00 for pick-up and delivery of your rugs.

General Care

  1. Vacuum your rug or carpet once a week. If your rug has fringes, be careful when vacuuming the fringes.
  2. Remove spills quickly by blotting the affected area with a damp towel. Do not drag the towel along the affected area, but simply tap the area. Then tap the area with a dry towel. Do not leave the rug wet as it may mildew and cause the rug to rot.
  3. Avoid exposing the rug to direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time. Excessive exposure to sunlight may cause the colors to fade and may produce an unevenness in the colors of the rug. If the rug lies in the sun, rotate the rug every 4 months to enhance the life of the rug.
  4. Any potential elements that may stain the rug, such as wine or pet urine, should be professionally cleaned out. Pet urine also requires a deodorization process to neutralize any odors.
  5. Have your oriental rug professionally cleaned every 3 to 5 years. We recommend that you clean rugs used in any high traffic area every 1 to 2 years.

Care and Handling of Your Fine Rug

We know and love rugs, so we recommend a simple process to keep your oriental rugs healthy and beautiful! A professional cleaning for your handmade oriental rug revitalizes the look and feel to give it a longer and healthier life.

SOLOMON’S COLLECTION provides professional cleaning care for your carpet or handmade oriental rug. Just bring in or send your rug to our shop at 809 Hancock St. Quincy, MA 02170. Pickup and delivery services are available. Contact us for details: (617)-770-1900.

Please Note: We do not recommend that you only face-wash (run a wall-to-wall cleaning machine over) your oriental or area rug. This will cause the dirt to muddy up and push deeper into the rug. The dirt will then crack the rug as the mud dries into clay, causing the structure to break and dirt to resurface. We recommend only a professional full immersion wash when cleaning your oriental rug. Also, we do not carry rugs with silk bamboo since proper cleaning is not applicable to rugs made with bamboo silk. Cleaning of your oriental rug should be done at the proper specialized facilities.

Solomon's Rugs

Please feel free to download and print our “Rug Care Brochure” below and keep it handy for reference.

Oriental Rugs for a Lifetime & Generations

For over 2,500 YEARS, oriental rugs have been used for WARMTH and BEAUTY. More recently, they have graced homes with their ART and LUXURY, and go with any decor.

Solomon's Cleaning & Washing Rug Care Services

The Wonders of Wool

Oriental rugs are generally made of wool and are easily and economically maintained. Rugs of wool are extremely durable and consistently out-perform other materials. Unlike other fibers, wool is much more resilient, cleans better and stays clean longer.

Cleaning

Your trusted professional Oriental rug cleaners will bring out the richness of color and softness of wool. Depending on the amount of traffic, a professional washing is recommended every three to five years.

Rotation

To ensure even wear, your rug should be rotated at least once a year. Depending on traffic, the rotation may vary from six months to two years.

Vacuuming

Oriental rugs, like most carpeting, should be vacuumed on a regular basis to remove dirt and restore life to the fibers. Be careful when vacuuming the fringe.

Padding

A quality pad used under your rug helps protect it from dirt, wear and slippage. We will be happy to provide you with the correct padding.

Restoration

In case of damage, just about any problem has a solution with a professional restoration. Old and antique rugs sometimes need to be rewoven where worn and restored to life. Newer rugs are rarely in need of repair. An experienced professional must always be consulted in these matters.

Blotting and Stain Removal

When spills occur, dilute with plenty of water. Next, blot from the edge of the spill towards the center. Avoid rubbing the area. For solid spills, take a spoon and carefully scoop-up the material. It is always best to clean the spill immediately. The following information and chart index will help you eliminate most stains. For further advice, contact us at SOLOMON’S COLLECTION. We will be glad to help!

How to clean stains

  • Work quickly.
  • Blot up excess spills with paper towels. Do not rub.
  • Apply antidote(s) as shown on the list with a clean, dry cloth, working from edge to center.
  • Do not soak.
  • Pat with paper towels. Dry with fan or hair blower.
  • Restore pile with clothes brush.

Removing Wax

Put a blotter or brown paper bag over the spot. Put a hot iron over the blotter. Wait a few minutes until the wax is absorbed into the blotter. Repeat if necessary. Move the iron constantly; do not let it stay in one place.

Removing Ink

Saturate the spot with hairspray. Allow it to dry. Brush lightly with a solution of water and vinegar.

Removing Glue

Saturate the spot with a cloth soaked in vinegar or alcohol.

Removing Chewing Gum

Press ices cubes against the spot. Wait until it becomes brittle and breaks off. Use a safe spot remover to vanish last traces of the spot.

Stain Removal Index & Procedure

Acid 1 Lacquer 2
Alcoholic Beverage 1 Lard 1
Ammonia/Alkali 1 Lipstick 1
Beer 4 Machine Oil 2
Berries 4 Mayonnaise 2
Bleach 1 Mercurochrome 4
Blood 1 Merthiolate 4
Butter 2 Metal Polish 1
Candy (sugar) 1 Milk 1
Carbon Black 2 Mixed Drinks 4
Charcoal 1 Mud 1
Chocolate, Cocoa 1 Mustard 4
Coffee 1 Paint 2
Cooking Oil 2 Perfume 1
Cosmetic 2 Rust 1
Crayon 2 Salad Dressing 2
Creme de menthe 3 Sauce 1
Dye-blue, black 3 Shortening 2
Dye-red 4 Soft Drinks 4
Egg 2 Soy Sauce 2
Excrement 2 Starch 2
Fish Slime 2 Tar 2
Fruit Juice 4 Tea 4
Furniture Polish 4 Tooth Paste 1
Gravy 1 Urine 4
Hair Oil 2 Varnish 2
Hair Spray 2 Vaseline 2
Hand Lotion 2 Vomit 2
Ice Cream 2 Washable Ink 1
Ketchup 2 Wine 4

Procedure 1

Mild Shampoo - Blot
Vinegar - Blot
Mild Shampoo - Blot
Water - Blot

Procedure 2

Cleaning Fluid - Blot
Mild Shampoo - Blot
Water - Blot
Ammonia - Blot
Mild Shampoo - Blot
Water - Blot

Procedure 3

Mild Shampoo - Blot
Vinegar - Blot
Ammonia - Blot
Mild Shampoo - Blot
Water - Blot

Procedure 4

Mild Shampoo - Blot
Ammonia - Blot
Vinegar - Blot
Mild Shampoo - Blot
Water - Blot

Download our Cleaning Brochure PDF

* These cleaning hints are merely suggestions.