Shaggy Rugs

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  1. Chris Swanson

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    A client of my wife's has asked me for a price on a "shaggy rug".

    56% wool 23% polyester 21% viscous backing-100% cotton long pile

    Not been out to see it as my wife is with them at the moment and obviously talking about me and my new venture.

    Dry clean only as it's viscose. Early days in my Cleaning career so I'm a bit nervous about quoting and procedure, some advise would be great!
     
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    Find out if the viscose is used as a highlight fibre or blended with others. Should be fine to wet clean but inspect 1st
     
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    Does the label say dry clean only? If it does that can bite you sometimes with insurance, if something goes wrong.

    A tiny bit of viscose isn't nothing to worry about with a bit of testing. Just test it and use MPower or fusion8 with a hand tool, lots of dry passes as it's cotton, put a blower on it.

    If it had no label what would you do? You'd test it and wet clean as normal none the wiser, try not to let labels worry you :smile:
     
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    It's an old rug and they've said that it's basically the dogs bed, "not worth paying a lot to clean it". Might take it off them for some practice anyway.
     
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    How would you actually quote for something like this though? So difficult to know how long it's going to take you to clean!?
     
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    Chris,

    That comes with experience. In the early days you will under-quote on some and over-quote on others - it is part of the learning curve. What can help to some extent is to set a minimum job charge and estimate whether it will take longer that the time you allow for a minimum charge job.
     
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    Chris

    If it's a shag pile, don't use an upright vac. Brush the pile and use suction only. But you can use the upright for back dusting.

    Due to your lack of full stops and commas, your fibre composition sentence is confusing. I know it's a nightmare typing on a phone:doh:

    I presume then that: Long pile (shag?) 56% wool, 23% polyester, 21% viscose. Backing 100% cotton.

    For cleaning, follow the advice above but use a hand tool, not a wand.

    Lots of variations on pricing rugs. For myself, for contemporary rugs, I would not measure but break them down into size groups.

    Small hearth rug

    Large hearth rug

    Area rug

    Room size rug

    They all demand more time, skill and knowledge over broadloom/fitted carpet so would command a premium price. A basic price for the actual size of rug and then adjustment for the variables which would add time to the job.

    As JB says, don't forget to factor in your minimum charge.

    Safe and happy cleaning:smile:
    Ken
     
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    Not to throw her under a bus or anything but the sentence about the rug construction was a copy and paste from the wife's text message to me.

    I'll tell her she confused you....and me when I first read it.
     
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    Yeah. Alright:doh:
     
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    Got one of these next week, noting Kens advice not to use an upright and suction only, that rules the CRB out as well.

    Hand mit or hand brush for agitation?
     
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    hand brush is good on shaggy rugs, you get bits stuck down deep in the fibres. and that can cause problems, just don't "attack" it as you might damage the viscose which doesn't like agitation in the first place..(i cleaned a 2 month old Laura Ashley viscose mix this week.. that was fun!) Check for the grain and follow it, gentle brush against, gentle brush towards, move on....

    Every deep pile rug i've cleaned has been "stinky", normally due to stuff being stuck in it...
     
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    You're right, this one was stinky, not sure I would do a shaggy rug again without doubling my price first!
     
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    I can never be bothered with these types of rugs.... normally people won't pay what I want for cleaning them so I get to avoid them :lol:
     
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