Only in the late 1800’s did we see the development of what we would refer to now as “in-plant” rug cleaning operations. While the focus of this blog is on-location professional carpet cleaning, we would be remiss if we did not pause a moment to look at these first in-plant rug cleaners. There is even a drawing of an in-plant rug cleaning operation dating back to 1894. Many of the companies that were started in the early 1900’s continue to operate today with third and fourth generations of the same family. Many of these early in-plant rug cleaning companies also now operate successful on-location carpet cleaning and restoration divisions. These early cleaning professionals were certainly pioneers in the subsequent development of our industry.
One association whose membership includes a lot of companies who have been around for an extended period of time, and who can serve as an excellent resource on the history of in plant rug cleaning companies is the Association of Rug Care Specialists. You can access their website here: http://www.rugcarespecialists.org/