Fine Textiles

Wool, Silk, Linen, Seagrass & Sisal Cleaning

R.L. Osborn  treats fine textiles with specialized handling. The proper care of silk is different from that of seagrass, or of wool. Below are some notes on some of the differences, and some of the steps we take to care for your textiles. We primarily serve clients in the Monterey Peninsula Area from Carmel-by-the-Sea and Pebble Beach, to Pacific Grove and Seaside.


Wool is used more than any other fiber as the primary face yarn of rugs, and is frequently used in carpets. Wool can be very sensitive to high pH cleaning solutions and high heat.

For most wool rugs, we fully immerse them in soft water before beginning any kind of agitation. This is the most thorough style of cleaning wool. The water barrier acts as a protective buffer so the fibers are not harmed or distorted.

Extreme care must be taken when immersing wool. We avoid high pH cleaning solutions when cleaning wool, and use cold water to prevent shrinkage and dye bleeding. We also use gentle cleaning tools, as wool is susceptible to scratching.
gentle wand cleaner with green glide attachment


Although cotton  does not perform well as the primary face yarn of rugs, it is the most popular fiber for rugs’ foundations and fringes. As a result, the fringes on rugs are usually cotton—while the face yarn is another fiber, requiring different cleaning methods. 

We use our own special cleaning process to clean the cotton fringes separately to bring back  the fringes' natural or tea wash appearance.


Linen is derived from the flax plant. Handling this temperamental material requires experience, pre-testing, and precautionary measures to avoid pitfalls and problems. Old linen and new linen may react differently to the same solution.

We use low-moisture cleaning methods, and make sure dry times are extremely fast.

Seagrass and Sisal

Seagrass comes from a plant that grows in the marshlands. Sisal comes from the leaves of the agave plant. Both can give a room a natural, earthy feeling.

Be sure to choose a cleaning technician experienced with cleaning seagrass and sisal rugs and carpets, as these fibers require special technical measures due to their sensitivity to cleaning solutions and moisture. If proper techniques and precautions are not used, sisal and seagrass rugs will shrink and buckle when cleaned.

We have a gentle, safe, and effective formula for cleaning seagrass and sisal. Our clients with these types of rugs have been very pleased with the results.


Our favorite: Silk is stronger than any other natural fiber—including steel wire of equal thickness. Treat silk pieces as works of art and put them in very low traffic areas or hang them on a wall. Heavy soil and traffic may cause permanent damage to silk.

Silk should be cleaned regularly, because if it becomes heavily soiled, cleaning may not be able to return it to its former glory. Dyes, especially, can transfer easily when wet, or dullness may occur as a result of improper cleaning.

We do many different tests on silk before we begin to determine the type of cleaning required. And we always set the dyes. For silk, we often use a special combination of cleaning styles.


R.L. Osborn provides special cleaning for fine textile carpets, rugs, and upholstery (wool, silk, linen, seagrass, sisal) in the Monterey Peninsula area, from Pebble Beach to Carmel-by-the-Sea to Marina, California. 

Call us for more information or to talk about your fine textile cleaning needs. We are happy to help.

R.L. Osborn 
Fine Textile Cleaning of Carpets, Rugs & Upholstery
1207 Sylvan Road, Monterey CA 93940