You are likely on our carpet cleaning website either as a previous customer or someone who was referred to us. Having been in business almost 40 years and recognized for our high quality, expert carpet cleaning service, we bring the same expertise to our rug cleaning. In order to provide you with the best possible care for your rugs we established our rug cleaning division, Imperial Rug Cleaning.  Imperial has specially trained employees that follow a 8 step hand washing process to insure that your rugs are treated with the utmost care.  We use products specifically made for finer fabrics such as wool, cotton and silk. Our rug division is located at 1011 Main street, Longmont. For more complete information go to our website

The video you see here will explain why you don’t want just any carpet cleaner cleaning your hand made or fine rug.

Never let a carpet cleaner clean your area rugs at home.


Area rugs should NOT get the same treatment as your wall-to-wall carpet!LR_Image-01-25-13-089-300x214

Many area rugs such as fine oriental rugs are very costly and are made from fragile natural fibers, dyes, and foundation materials that cannot be cleaned in the way we usually clean synthetic carpets (such as nylon,olefin,and polyester).

Most professional carpet cleaning systems involve the use of high heat, high water pressure, extreme agitation, and intense chemical activity.
Most area rugs cannot be cleaned using these tactics. A gentle “hand washing” process must be used to safely clean area rugs.

Because more time is involved in hand washing and more complex cleaning products must be utilized to avoid damaging the fibers and dyes, area rug cleaning is more costly than standard carpet cleaning.


Because of the dense pile construction of area rugs, dirt particles work their way down through the fibers – to the backing foundation of the rug where they cannot be removed by ordinary vacuuming. This loose grit wreaks havoc on your rug’s delicate fibers, causing a cutting abrasive action as you walk on the rug. Abrasion accounts for fiber loss (wear) and embedded soil stains. All foreign pollutants in your rugs should be removed by professional cleaning on a regular basis to keep your rugs “healthy”.

We use a thorough high-volume clear water rinse extraction process. You see, the amount of water used to clean area rugs is directly proportional to the amount of soil removed in the rinsing process.


We can arrange for a pickup and delivery of your rugs for a small fee – please call 303-772-2199. Your high traffic rugs should be lightly cleaned several times a year and thoroughly, professionally cleaned at least once a year. Low traffic area rugs should be cleaned every 2-3 years to rinse away accumulated dust and soil. Even if the rug doesn’t LOOK dirty…it should be routinely washed.



PRE-CLEANING INSPECTION: Each rug is inspected for any pre-existing conditions. Many times, soil covers up dye lot variations (abrash), fiber staining, prior dye bleeding, worn areas or white knots that become “uncovered” after the cleaning. Some of these are weaving characteristics (abrash and white knots), and others are damage that can possibly be repaired or reversed. We will discuss any areas of concern that you have regarding your rugs, and your options.

DUSTING: Once the pre-cleaning inspection is complete and the cleaning proceeds, the first step is dusting. Some rugs can hold up to one pound of dirt per square foot before it will “look” dirty. Dusting is an important first step to the cleaning process. This process id done face down vibrating the dirt out in an extensive, time consuming, repetitive process.

RUG WASH: The dyes of your rug are tested for colorfastness. If the dyes are not colorfast, then the rug is bathed first in a dye stabilizer to set the dyes during the cleaning process. The rug is then given a cool water, mild shampoo bath, using soft brushes for mild agitation. The rug is soaked for a certain length of time, depending on how much surface soil and spotting needs to be gently worked out and rinsed from the rug’s fibers. The rug is thoroughly rinsed with water and then the water is vacuumed out with a professional, gentle extraction process.

DRYING: Air movers are used to help facilitate drying, without the use of high heat (so there is no worry of shrinkage). Upon a first cleaning, it is typical for a rug to shrink slightly (less than an inch) – just as cotton and wool clothing does in even a cold water hand cleaning. And as for throwing wool or cotton in a high heat dryer, you know this shrinks natural fibers …this is why we dry our rugs the way we do.

FRINGE WORK AND FINISHING Fringe tassels are cleaned an additional time after the bath. The tassels are then dried. The rug is given a final grooming with a horsehair brush, and then rolled and ready to go home.


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