Experience Of Rug Centrifuges?

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  1. Max Campbell

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    Anyone like to share their experience of rug spinners? We think we need one.

    Nick! - fancy quoting?
     
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    Makes a massive difference Max

     
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    So where'd you get that one, Mair? What's the maximum rug it can take? What's good about it, what could be better?
     
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    Thats a proper bit of Kit :lol:
     
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    Let me know what size you are looking for Max

    Not a problem

    Regards

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    We've just cleaned and spun a rug, and the centrifuging (Protima 3.3 m) has damaged the rug, which was old and delicate. We took massive care during the cleaning, working around some existing wear/damage, but we never expected spinning it to cause damage.

    Should we have known that this was possible?
     
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    Max,

    Bad Luck this time!

    When a rug is already weakened then the stresses created by a centrifuge can result in damage. That is something that I am sure you will be aware of in future. However, judging which rugs are too weak is not a straightforward matter but rolling the rug for 'best fit' with each layer touching closely and the outer layer fitting the drum diameter as best possible does help in reducing localised stress build-up as it is when the rug tries to conform to the drum that the damage mostly occurs.
     
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    Further to JBs post above, and especially with older rugs, it is wise during the pre-clean inspection to carefully roll up the dry rug. You may hear yarns make a "cracking" sound as it is rolled up, and this would suggest the potential for cleaning sourced damage.

    Safe and happy cleaning:smile:
    Ken
     
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    Thanks, Ken & John. We thought we'd done all the risky stuff with the rotary, and immersion (no dye bleed, etc). Can anyone point to an actual (previous) occasion when a rug was damaged in a centrifuge?

    My first thought was that we could have tacked a piece of support cloth across any weak area, but (taking on board the idea of the "cracking" sound) I don't think we could have identified the weak area sufficiently well. I'm reluctant to immerse a rug without being able to dry it fast - i.e. centrifuge it.

    What do other centrifuge-owners do with potentially fragile rugs?
     
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    We still don't know what we'll do next time, except we're drafting a "managing expectations / waiver" sort of statement (similar in concept to when we quote for hard floors and warn of problems).

    If you exclude centrifuging, I would say you exclude immersion, given our experience before and after getting the spinner. We'd load looser-rolled.

    The customer is being good as gold - "Well, we all knew it was a delicate old thing, had decades of sand in it from the desserts...No need to be embarrassed."

    First stage repair at the local specialist = "from" £500, on an hourly rate.

    You always have to pay for good education!

    And we're paying for a little pre-existing damage repair on another rug, as a thank-you. We think we'll just about break-even on the whole thing.
     
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    Max have you tried the Newmarket rug company. Willie Snaith road, they have repaired a couple for me. The guy there is very good.
     
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    Thanks, Andrew, we'll talk to him.
     
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    Andrew, is that part of P&B flooring? 'Cos that's what comes up when I google Newmarket Rug Co. Thanks again.
     
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    Hi max yes it is mate
     
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