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Area Rug Cleaning

Evaluation – When you come to us for your oriental rug cleaning, each rug is carefully examined upon arrival giving you a complete understanding of the condition of your carpet and the methods we will employ to clean it.

Dusting – Arguably the most important step in oriental rug cleaning. One of the greatest assaults to an oriental rug is the loose dirt it is naturally subjected to over the course of time. This causes premature wear as the grit comes to rest in the foundation of your carpet breaking the rug fibers as we walk on it. Our dusting oriental rug cleaning process uses the revolutionary new Rug Badger. Emulating the “rug beaters” of past generations, this updated method vibrates all that loose dirt out of your rug BEFORE it can turn into mud during the washing process. The colors in your rug have already brightened and we haven’t put the first drop of shampoo or water on it. (It is not unusual to remove 5-10 pounds of dirt in a room size carpet during this process.) Obviously, one of the benefits of this dusting process is extending the life of your carpet.

Washing – Each oriental rug cleaning process is hand washed using a shampoo specifically developed for Oriental rugs. Whenever possible “Green Products” are used in oriental rug cleaning. The shampoo is sprayed on to the pile and groomed into the rug using either a horse hair brush or a natural sea sponge. After an allotted dwelling time the shampoo is extracted.

Extracting – Shampoo is extracted from the rug using equipment which pulls 85% of the liquid from the rug while applying a vaporized fiber rinse to ensure that each fiber is free of any shampoo residue.

Grooming and Drying – After the carpet is cleaned, the pile is groomed so the wool fibers are uniform in direction maximizing light. The rug can now be dried quickly which will prevent browning and/or dry rotting of the foundation. For this we employ the use of high powered air movers which allow us to dry both the top and bottom of the rug simultaneously.

Of course the above guidelines are basic and each rug presents its own unique set of circumstances, such as wool or cotton foundation, stable or migratory dyes, hand or machine made. All of these considerations are taken into account as we return your rug to its original beauty.

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Silk Carpet Cleaning

Cleaning a silk carpet takes special care. If your silk carpet is new, we use one method, if it is old we use another. The distinction between cleaning old and new silks is mostly related to the dyes used. For example, many new silks are coming from the Holy City of Qum in Iran. While these carpets are beautiful and are very finely woven, you have to be very careful of the dyes migrating since many of them are not stable. On the other hand, many new finely woven silks from Kashmere are notorious for their pile distorting during the cleaning process.

Older pieces used vegetable dyes and as such dye migration is usually not an issue (except when urine is in the carpet), nor is pile distortion. However, many older pieces are fragile and need to be treated as such.

At Ward’s, we know a Qum from Kashmir and treat them accordingly and we know an older piece from a newer piece. Silk carpets are expensive to buy and need to be cleaned by someone who is knowledgeable in the field. You can trust your treasures to Ward’s.

Restoration

We are very fortunate to have several exceptional rug weavers on staff who seems able to do the impossible! When one customer’s dog decided to eat a corner of their silk rug they were sure the rug was a total loss. We were able to completely rebuild the foundation, fringe, and pile to the point where the customer was unable to tell which corner suffered the damage. Many of our customers inherit carpets that have been in their family for generations and are in need of some TLC. From overcasting to rebuilding a foundation, we are here to guide and advise you. We can offer options you may not have realized were even possible. Call us or stop in for a visit. Bring your treasure with you and we’ll be happy to discuss the possibilities and give you lots of options. Of course there is never a charge for this consultation.

Our hand repair/restoration services include (but are not limited to) – Overcasting, hand made fringing, side cord, hand sewn sleeves/tabs (to hang interesting textiles), blocking, reweave, stain removal, color migration remediation.

Pick up and delivery available throughout Easton, Bethlehem and the surrounding Lehigh Valley area!

Oriental Rug Cleaning

Evaluation – When you come to us for your oriental rug cleaning, each rug is carefully examined upon arrival giving you a complete understanding of the condition of your carpet and the methods we will employ to clean it.

Dusting – Arguably the most important step in oriental rug cleaning. One of the greatest assaults to an oriental rug is the loose dirt it is naturally subjected to over the course of time. This causes premature wear as the grit comes to rest in the foundation of your carpet breaking the rug fibers as we walk on it. Our dusting oriental rug cleaning process uses the revolutionary new Rug Badger. Emulating the “rug beaters” of past generations, this updated method vibrates all that loose dirt out of your rug BEFORE it can turn into mud during the washing process. The colors in your rug have already brightened and we haven’t put the first drop of shampoo or water on it. (It is not unusual to remove 5-10 pounds of dirt in a room size carpet during this process.) Obviously, one of the benefits of this dusting process is extending the life of your carpet.

Washing – Each oriental rug cleaning process is hand washed using a shampoo specifically developed for Oriental rugs. Whenever possible “Green Products” are used in oriental rug cleaning. The shampoo is sprayed on to the pile and groomed into the rug using either a horse hair brush or a natural sea sponge. After an allotted dwelling time the shampoo is extracted.

Extracting – Shampoo is extracted from the rug using equipment which pulls 85% of the liquid from the rug while applying a vaporized fiber rinse to ensure that each fiber is free of any shampoo residue.

Grooming and Drying – After the carpet is cleaned, the pile is groomed so the wool fibers are uniform in direction maximizing light. The rug can now be dried quickly which will prevent browning and/or dry rotting of the foundation. For this we employ the use of high powered air movers which allow us to dry both the top and bottom of the rug simultaneously.

Of course the above guidelines are basic and each rug presents its own unique set of circumstances, such as wool or cotton foundation, stable or migratory dyes, hand or machine made. All of these considerations are taken into account as we return your rug to its original beauty.

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Silk Carpet Cleaning

Cleaning a silk carpet takes special care. If your silk carpet is new, we use one method, if it is old we use another. The distinction between cleaning old and new silks is mostly related to the dyes used. For example, many new silks are coming from the Holy City of Qum in Iran. While these carpets are beautiful and are very finely woven, you have to be very careful of the dyes migrating since many of them are not stable. On the other hand, many new finely woven silks from Kashmere are notorious for their pile distorting during the cleaning process.

Older pieces used vegetable dyes and as such dye migration is usually not an issue (except when urine is in the carpet), nor is pile distortion. However, many older pieces are fragile and need to be treated as such.

At Ward’s, we know a Qum from Kashmir and treat them accordingly and we know an older piece from a newer piece. Silk carpets are expensive to buy and need to be cleaned by someone who is knowledgeable in the field. You can trust your treasures to Ward’s.

Restoration

We are very fortunate to have several exceptional rug weavers on staff who seems able to do the impossible! When one customer’s dog decided to eat a corner of their silk rug they were sure the rug was a total loss. We were able to completely rebuild the foundation, fringe, and pile to the point where the customer was unable to tell which corner suffered the damage. Many of our customers inherit carpets that have been in their family for generations and are in need of some TLC. From overcasting to rebuilding a foundation, we are here to guide and advise you. We can offer options you may not have realized were even possible. Call us or stop in for a visit. Bring your treasure with you and we’ll be happy to discuss the possibilities and give you lots of options. Of course there is never a charge for this consultation.

Our hand repair/restoration services include (but are not limited to) – Overcasting, hand made fringing, side cord, hand sewn sleeves/tabs (to hang interesting textiles), blocking, reweave, stain removal, color migration remediation.

Pick up and delivery available throughout Easton, Bethlehem and the surrounding Lehigh Valley area!

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See What Our Customers Are Saying...

"Wards is an amazing business that I would recommend to anyone. The staff is incredibly knowledgeable, very professional and above all, downright friendly. I had an old sarouk rug cleaned and repaired, and they did an wonderful job! The rug looks fantastic, I could not be more pleased with it!"

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Lisa Sensinger

"First, there are the antique carpets for sale. Oh, my, oh, my! At the very least, a feast for the eyes. And at best, a wide choice of beautiful carpets of every size and description for the discerning buyer. And priced reasonably!

Second, the cleaning services they offer: we have had our carpets cleaned by Ward's for many years now. They have worked miracles with a couple of them! From our Karastans to our runners to our Nichols, they know how to best handle the cleaning and repairs. They are honest, friendly, knowledgeable and quite willing to give their time to answer all questions. Recently I brought in a runner that was burned by an iron; they removed the damaged section and reassembled the runner so well, that the cut lines aren't even visible! And the cost was minimal. I would not consider taking my carpets anywhere else."

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Jean Mater

"I visited Ward’s Oriental Rug Service again today, ( not my first visit ) and was warmly greeted by the owner, Mr. Gary Ward.
I dropped off my hallway runner, a machined oriental, and was very expediently attended to by one of the knowledgeable staff who proceeded to measure my rug and take down my customer information.
A most efficient operation and a surprisingly large gallery of oriental carpets, both new and reconditioned, can be found here.
On my last visit I had my 5 x 9 oriental carpet that sits in my foyer cleaned.
I dropped it off for cleaning and paid a very reasonable fee to have them deliver the cleaned carpet to my home along with a new pad that I also purchased there.
The carpet was delivered on time as promised and it looked brand new!
This is a 30 year old rug that came out beautifully.
The two young men who delivered it also came in the house and laid the new carpet pad ( very soft and plush under foot ) and then rolled out and neatly straightened the placement of my clean like new oriental.
This was all handled very professionally by two clean cut young guys that you would not be cautious to welcome into your home.
This is very impressive in my experience in dealing with various vendors and installers as they sometimes send out some seedy looking characters who look like they just stepped out of a Steven King novel.
Anyway, I highly recommend Ward’s Oriental Rug Service and will be going there in the future for my carpet needs.
Oh and one more thing; good location and great signage to direct you to their free parking area!
Went there today to pick up my hallway runner which they did a wonderful job cleaning. I also purchased a new pad.
The price for the cleaning and new pad was most reasonable. Glad I found this place and suggest you try it out if you need a good Oriental carpet or any carpet cleaning. Thanks for a great job Ward’s!"

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Lawrence E. Harbinson

"My rug turned out absolutely beautiful. The colors are just as vibrant as they were when I bought the rug. Ward's Oriental Rug Service is the best!"

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Pamela Marcus

"Great job cleaning my Turkish rug that my senior dog had decided was her back yard.
Nice folks and they really know their rugs."

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Gail Domalakes

"I took my two Karastan wool oriental style rugs to be cleaned and have the fringe removed on a round rug and two sides of a 8 x 11. These rugs have quite a few years on them, they have stood up extremely well aside for a few places that rippled slightly. I was told they generally run about two weeks to process rugs, ours took about 3 1/2 because the weather has done nothing but rain for weeks, hence high humidity and drying time which slows operation. Having said that, it was well worth the wait. You cannot tell the difference from the original edging and the newly sewn edging where the fringe was removed, beautifully sewn and the color is spot on. The rugs came up bright and look new!! I couldn't be more pleased, they are a little pricey, but I guess you get what you pay for. Very knowledgeable, personable and customer service oriented, I highly recommend. They have a fabulous selection of both new and used, I will definitely go back when I'm ready to get new rugs."

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