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envy

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I picked up a bunch of rugs yesterday. They're all standard but this one. According to the owner, it came from Peru and is wool.

I haven't had time to look at it super close yet but haven't seen one and don't even remember seeing one passed around at the rug cleaning class I took.

I think it might be felted wool but can't find any posts on these.

If anyone has cleaning suggestions, I'm all for them. Other wise it's going to be lots of vacuuming and hand encapping.
 

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First things first: Identify the fiber content and inspect closely for any issues. Once we know that, then the method of cleaning and the execution of that method will need to be determined.

Also, try to check the thread that is holding it all together and identify the fiber with that as possible.

Hand cleaning is never a bad idea on these types of items, if needed.

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I agree with Steve. I think this is felted wool, but a fiber test should be done to determine for certain.

I would inspect carefully to see if threads sewing the pieces together is all intact or any other structural issues.

Beyond that, it should be fine to clean using the Birdgepoint wool products either in a submersion cleaning or HWE on both sides.
 

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Steve and Scott what about compound cleaning? Seems like a viable option.
 

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I had some time to check the rug more closely. It is wool with wool stitching. I don't think I'll submersion clean it. Possibly will extract it if encapping isn't cutting it. Thanks for taking a look.


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Aaron,

You can clean it very aggressively but also gently, by hand. If you would like to know more, just let me know. I do not want to get in the way of what you may feel will be best for you.

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Steve, I'd be a fool to not want to hear more. If you have suggestions, I'd love to hear them.


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I've never cleaned one and I know nothing about it but the first thought that came to my mind was beware of shrinkage. It just looks like one that may shrink or pucker up.

I may be totally wrong.
 

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I'm not sure. He couldn't get to it the first day so we put on a new fuel pump. That turned out to not be the problem.
Yesterday he replaced spark plugs and one of the old ones had a crack that you need a magnifying glass to see. I hope that was the deal and it started acting up shortly after they were put in.

But today a couple minutes into starting up, the machine died. It didn't choke to death like in the video, just a clean cut.

I started it back up and completed a five hour job and had no more issues.

It's been hit and miss and not acting up every single job so I can't say for sure that things are good.


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I'm not sure. He couldn't get to it the first day so we put on a new fuel pump. That turned out to not be the problem.
Yesterday he replaced spark plugs and one of the old ones had a crack that you need a magnifying glass to see. I hope that was the deal and it started acting up shortly after they were put in.

But today a couple minutes into starting up, the machine died. It didn't choke to death like in the video, just a clean cut.

I started it back up and completed a five hour job and had no more issues.

It's been hit and miss and not acting up every single job so I can't say for sure that things are good.


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I'm so sorry for you. Sounds like a electrical issue. There is a fuel control switch inside where the electrical components are. Maybe loose connection or bad unit.
 

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I'm so sorry for you. Sounds like a electrical issue. There is a fuel control switch inside where the electrical components are. Maybe loose connection or bad unit.
It just really stinks that it always seems to run great at the shop. One of the worst things in business is when you never know if you're equipment will perform.


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It just really stinks that it always seems to run great at the shop. One of the worst things in business is when you never know if you're equipment will perform.


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I haven't had issues yet. I hope you figure it out soon. Call hydramaster
 

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I spoke with hydramaster. It's under warranty and they'll cover costs but sucks because I keep pushing out and turning down work because it's embarrassing to have a piece of crap for equipment.

When he pulled the plugs, they were dirty so he said it also looks like I had bad fuel possibly.


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It does not look too dirty in the pics....probably a good thing with that rug.

With any oddball rugs like that that may be prone to problems, you always gotta be thinking lower-controlled moisture options before other wetter ones unless it really needs a deep submersion flush for some reason,

Big problem is the raised stitching.

Can you effectively run a wand over it and expect good recovery without a good flat seal becaused of the raised stitching, or are the pics deceiving?

I wouldn't run a lil' Oreck over those stitches?

I wouldn't run a Host-Dry machine over those stitches either.

Sh!t......I would't even run a vac beater bar across them.

I would either hand vac it, and give it a light shampoo with microfiber hand bonnets...

or hand vac it and hit it lightly with an low-flow upholstery tool.

I wouldn't wet it any more than that unless it was going immediately into a forced air, temperature controlled drying room.

Ever come across wet felt carpet padding?

Impossible to dry......It's gotta be pulled up because it locks the moisture in deep because it is TOO DENSE..
 

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Envy,

Let me know what you think.

SAA
Im thinking this looks like one that may be good to clean through a screen. I remember your video about cleaning sisal, I bet the same process would work good here.