As a third generation oriental rug cleaner, I am often asked about the advisability of tub cleaning (or vat cleaning) area rugs. Apart from the obvious risks of dye run and shrinkage, to me the biggest issue is that these cleaners fill the tub once in the morning, and everyone’s rugs get washed in the same, increasingly dirty, water. For me, the idea of my heirloom rug being washed in someone else’s dirty water is completely unacceptable.
Every rug we clean is done individually, and every wet step is done with clean water. We are definitely not a “one tub fits all” rug cleaning operation.