HISTORIC CARPET CARE
The care of historic carpets is an often overlooked necessity.
Textiles, by their very nature, are some of the most vulnerable historic artefacts found in houses throughout the UK and indeed the world, being susceptible to insect attack, mould, UV light degradation, inherent weaknesses and long-term dye effects.
In addition to this carpets and rugs are very good filters, trapping dirt from the environment they are placed in, including soils from foot traffic, dust, hair and other fibres, grit, airborne particles, oily soils like soot and other fine particles.
Soils of this nature accelerate the wear and degradation of fibres, so periodic cleaning is essential not only to maintain the visual appearance of carpets and rugs, but also to slow the rate of deterioration and help preserve the item for future generations.
One of the founding principles of conservation is that any process undertaken to help preserve an item should ideally be reversible. In the case of cleaning, this is simply not possible. Therefore, it is important any treatment undertaken is properly informed and implemented.
Your valuable asset in our safe and experienced hands
At Historic Carpet Care, we take every step possible to ensure that the item is preserved in the best possible condition, whilst removing as much damaging soil as possible.
To enable this, we have adapted commercial cleaning processes and equipment to suit a conservation environment, and we consult with experienced conservators where necessary.
Many cleaning processes can be safely undertaken in situ, either by ourselves, through us training house staff or volunteers, or using our nationwide network of experienced colleagues under our supervision.
For processes which require removal from the property we can assist in rolling and packing for transport and in locating facilities capable of performing the work.