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How to care for a 7' x 7' flokati rug?

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I have a thick flokati rug that is only a few months old and we're finding it is littered with fleas!

After doing some research I've found ours is way too large to machine was in cold water. It doesn't sound like a vacuum is ideal,  at least not any of I've been able to find. Is there a vacuum that I can use without destroying the rug? What is the best approach to cleaning this thing? Do you happen to clean them? Thanks~!

Seth

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Seth,

This is a really good question.  We are not a licensed pest control company, so we do not utilize products to kill or re-mediate moths, ants, fleas or any of the such.  This would be done prior to coming to us for cleaning.  As this is a Flokati, which is very thick, dense and typically a natural wool fiber; it is very difficult to remove dirt and grit from these, let alone tiny fleas.  Not impossible, but maybe not the best solution.

You mentioned that it is a 7 x 7 rug but you didn't say how much you paid for it.  You need to factor replacement vs cost for treatment and cleaning.  Have you already treated or worked on it with anything or product?  Does your dog still have fleas and are there any children in the house?

Treating the rug for fleas, then cleaning, including pick up & delivery back, unfortunately, may not be the most cost effective answer for this rug.

Mark

Mark Goodman is a second generation carpet, upholstery, area rug and leather cleaning, restorative, protection and restoration expert. Located in Santa Monica, CA. Mark and his company are contacted from designers, showrooms and manufacturers from around the world to help problem solve issues they may have. If you have questions or need help, Mark can be reached at his office at 310-399-2066 or by email Mark@fibermarkmtc.com

 

If you are going to work on something yourself, at least take our advice…

  1. Do not pour anything on the spot. The goal is to remove the substance or liquid, not add to it.
  2. Do not rub or scrub the spot. You may get the spot out but you may also ruin the nap or distort the texture.
  3. Store bought items frequently cause serious problems, because people automatically pour cleaners onto the spot without removing the substance first.
  4. We recommend a wet / dry vacuum that you should keep in the home for emergencies. This will help remove substances and liquids. We have these vacuums in stock for purchase at our plant. We also have a product we sell to spot your carpets.
  5. When you have the vacuum, you can use it first to vacuum up the liquids and substance. the vacuum will help you avoid the above mentioned difficulties.
  6. If you do not own a wet / dry vacuum, use a large soup spoon and a bowl. Carefully scrape at the carpet to remove any liquid, substance or residue that you can.
  7. Now you are ready to call us for immediate advice on what to do next.
  8. You may not have been able to get everything out, but at the very least our advice may help you avoid ruining your carpets and fabrics
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