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Chappy12

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Took on this wool long pile (shaggy style) rug to clean.

Cleaned it last night with pre-spray and extraction with acid rinse and hung up to dry with air mover on it.

This morning I come in and is brown around edgers and spots of brown through out.
Very residue like.

I flush this rug non stop with water and a lot comes out.

Acid rinsed a few times with the extractor and then final flush with just water and the extractor.

It still has brown tinge on the tips of the white wool..

And help ??

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Chappy12

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So rug is completely gone..

Backing has de-laminated from the rest of the rug.

I didn't wash it hard, no agitation, no scrubbing. I want to learn from this but dont know what went wrong..

The tips around the edgers are all brown and gross, doesn't feel soft.

I was told it was wool, the label was worn so couldn't see what it said.

My process was:

Vacuum front and back.

Pre-spray with general carpet pre-spray chemicals,

Used a pressure washer to wash from and back.

Flushed with water (open hose for about 30mins)

Pushed the water off it with a broom.

Then extracted the water from and back.

Then used a acid rinse and HWE extracted (temp about 178f)

Then hung up to dry with air-movers.


Next morning I came out to check on it and it was half brown, all the white pile strand tips where gross and stick brown.

So i took it off the rack and flushed and flushed for about 2-3 hours (open hose).

Then i acid rinsed again and HWE.

put air movers on again this morning the backing is peeling away and still brown tips around the edges.

I told the client and she would like me to bring it to her, i told her i don't think it would survive the transport.

What have I done wrong? This has really rocked my confidence. I want to learn what i did wrong.



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So rug is completely gone..

Backing has de-laminated from the rest of the rug.

I didn't wash it hard, no agitation, no scrubbing. I want to learn from this but dont know what went wrong..

The tips around the edgers are all brown and gross, doesn't feel soft.

I was told it was wool, the label was worn so couldn't see what it said.

My process was:

Vacuum front and back.

Pre-spray with general carpet pre-spray chemicals,

Used a pressure washer to wash from and back.

Flushed with water (open hose for about 30mins)

Pushed the water off it with a broom.

Then extracted the water from and back.

Then used a acid rinse and HWE extracted (temp about 178f)

Then hung up to dry with air-movers.


Next morning I came out to check on it and it was half brown, all the white pile strand tips where gross and stick brown.

So i took it off the rack and flushed and flushed for about 2-3 hours (open hose).

Then i acid rinsed again and HWE.

put air movers on again this morning the backing is peeling away and still brown tips around the edges.

I told the client and she would like me to bring it to her, i told her i don't think it would survive the transport.

What have I done wrong? This has really rocked my confidence. I want to learn what i did wrong.



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You can pull the backing off and re-glue it on to fix that.

As far as the browning on the edges I would have let the rug dry 100%, vacuumed again, then misted a 1:10 mixture of acid rinse on it followed by a bonnet and fans.
 

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In the future, correcting a browning issue requires less moisture, not more. You're trying to rebalance the pH with a browning issue.
 
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So rug is completely gone..

Backing has de-laminated from the rest of the rug.

I didn't wash it hard, no agitation, no scrubbing. I want to learn from this but dont know what went wrong..

The tips around the edgers are all brown and gross, doesn't feel soft.

I was told it was wool, the label was worn so couldn't see what it said.

My process was:

Vacuum front and back.

Pre-spray with general carpet pre-spray chemicals,

Used a pressure washer to wash from and back.

Flushed with water (open hose for about 30mins)

Pushed the water off it with a broom.

Then extracted the water from and back.

Then used a acid rinse and HWE extracted (temp about 178f)

Then hung up to dry with air-movers.


Next morning I came out to check on it and it was half brown, all the white pile strand tips where gross and stick brown.

So i took it off the rack and flushed and flushed for about 2-3 hours (open hose).

Then i acid rinsed again and HWE.

put air movers on again this morning the backing is peeling away and still brown tips around the edges.

I told the client and she would like me to bring it to her, i told her i don't think it would survive the transport.

What have I done wrong? This has really rocked my confidence. I want to learn what i did wrong.



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That type of rug with that backing is always top down cleaning for me. If they are loaded with urine I walk. Trying to wash it will cause the backing to delaminate Or at the very least bubble. when the latex releases when wet. Also hanging it without getting it totally clean and dry enough is only gonna migrate water and dirt to the bottom edge browning it out. You hanging it probably damaged the backing some. The only rugs I’d Higher pressure power wash are woven backed indoor outdoor synthetic rugs.
 

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My policy always has been to never go near a shaggy rug
 

Chappy12

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Thanks guys..

Should mention with the pressure washer wasn't very high pressure and from quite high up.

Lesson learnt i will offer to buy a replacement.

In future i will walk away from shaggy rugs.

Thanks all so much for the advice!