Rug Damage- Protecting and Repairing your Investment

Rug Damage

A genuine hand-knotted Oriental rug is a worthwhile investment that will last a very long time if you take a few precautions. Protecting your rug from premature wear and rug damage is only to ensure your piece will be enjoyed by your children and grandchildren. Some common problems encountered by rug owners are discussed below.

Sun Damage

Most rug dyes are quite resistant to sun fading or bleaching. Still, ultraviolet rays are a powerful force of nature, and a rug will likely fade over time if used for years in a very sunny area. Consider sheer drapes to block some of the direct sunlight, and try to turn the rug end-for-end once a year to even out possible color changes. 

Moth Damage

It happens to even those who take the utmost care of their beautiful Persian or Oriental rug – moths get to the rug and cause rug damage.

 

Here are some tips on how to repair and/or take care of a rug beloved by moths.

 

* First, you will notice that moths have gotten to your rug because you will probably see bad spots or loose or broken pile.

 

* You also may see moths flying around the carpet. Moth cocoons, larvae in the rug’s pile, or tiny sand-like particles in the pile (these are moth eggs).

 

* Understand that moths do not eat your rug. They lay hundreds of eggs in wool and when the larvae hatch they are ones that eat the wool.

* You will not be able to repair moth damage yourself. You will need to take your rug to a professional with experience in the repair of Oriental rugs. If the rug damage is extensive, you may wish to have only the worst spots fixed.

 

To prevent moths in the future, regular cleaning should be a part of household routine. Be sure to vacuum the top of your rug at least weekly and also vacuum the rug’s backside several times a year. Do not forget to the pad and even the floor underneath the rug.

 

If you cannot reach certain areas of the rug (a part that is under a heavy sofa or the rug is hung on a wall) you can spray it with a non-staining household insecticide that is specifically for killing moths. The ingredients in many types of insects. The insecticide breaks down quickly after use, so they are considered safe to use in the home.

rug damage-moth damage

 

Moths will also attack a rug that is being stored. To prevent this, follow these steps:

 

* Make sure that the storage area is dry, cool (does not get damp or too hot) and has shades and/or blinds.

* Roll the rug up for storage.

* Do not place the rug standing up on a floor. It is best to lay it on a table, shelf or counter. If necessary, it is okay to place it on the floor (just make sure it is not a concrete floor).

* Roll the rug around a sturdy cardboard tube and then cover the rug with a sheet of muslin or an old bed sheet.

* The sheet should be long enough that it can be tucked into the “tube” the rug forms when rolled.

* Check the rug every six months for moth and/or mildew damage.

 

Carpet Beetles

Carpet beetles are another cause of rug damage. The Carpet beetle is the scourge of East Coast rug owners and the problem seems to grow each year. The adult is a small oval insect, dark with colored marks on the back, about a quarter of an inch long. Carpet beetles eat pollen and nectar, and often they are brought into the house on cut flowers. They lay eggs in dust and lint in dark and hard to access places. Both adults and larvae eat wool rugs (and sometimes silk rugs), but most rug damage is done by the larvae. While moths eat tracks through wool rugs, carpet beetles eat right through the rug, cotton foundation and all. They leave behind bristly “shells” of shed skin. The best control is prevention through fastidious housekeeping. Carpet beetles may be killed by freezing (-20 degrees F for three days), or through use of pyrethrin or other sprays.

rug damage-carpet beetles

Mildew and Dry Rot

Another cause of rug damage is mildew and dry rot. When rugs are wet for too long, they become mildewed and, eventually, suffer dry rot. The classic example is dry rot caused by a potted plant placed on a rug. The typical result is a horribly rotted circular area in a carpet that is otherwise in good condition. No matter if use a glazed pot and a glazed saucer or place a vapor barrier between the saucer and the rug- the rug will get wet and will stay wet eventually creating an unpleasant mess about one foot in diameter.

Another common situation arises when rugs are stored poorly, in a garage for instance, and they become wet without the owners realizing what has happened. Even though dry rot is not inevitable in such cases, a mildew smell is, and the smell of mildew often cannot be entirely eradicated.

Rugs also tend to absorb the brunt of the moisture when a leak occurs in the roof or a plumbing problem is present directly above the rug.

But do not worry needlessly… A little water on a rug, or even a lot of water, will not cause it to mildew unless the rug remains wet for a long period of time. For instance, rugs you step onto from a shower or bathtub rarely are hurt by water because they have time to dry out between uses. Don’t panic if you spill a glass of water on a rug. Just dry it as well as you can with towels, and if it dries over the course of several days the rug will suffer no lasting rug damage.

Unfortunately, besides causing mildew and dry rot, water sometimes causes dyes in rugs to bleed or run. All you can do in this situation is to get the rug dry as soon as possible, preferably with a water vacuum as outlined below.

A rug that is thoroughly wet is an entirely different monster. The goal is to dry it before it mildews in about four or five days. If you have a Shopvac or another vacuum that will take in water, vacuum out as much water as you can. Otherwise, lay the rug flat on its back outdoors and squeegee out as much water as you can. If all else fails and the rug has been wet for four or five days and you have no prospects of drying it soon, spray it with Lysol. If you must dry a wet rug indoors, keep air circulating around it with a fan or hairdryer. Many a rug has come through seemingly hopeless situations and come out in good shape. As always, the best solution to these issues is taking the rug to an Oriental rug cleaning specialist at Khazai.

 

 

Ends, Edges and Holes

Ends and edges are often the first parts of rugs that need attention as rugs age. It is vital to maintain them in good condition. Problems on the edge soon lead to more expensive problems with the body of a rug. Typically, a rug’s fringe begins to wear away noticeably within 10 or 15 years from the time the rug was new. It is nearly gone when the rug is 40-60 years old. Fringe can be replaced although new fringe on an old rug often looks inappropriate. Many people who are accustomed to old rugs simply get used to seeing eroded fringes and they do not fret over the appearance. Fringe is not fundamental to the structure, thus your rug will suffer no harm from its absence. Conversely, worn fringe is a sign that the end finish of the rug may be threatened by wear. Rugs are bound on their ends in a variety of ways. Each is designed to keep the foundation threads intact. When the foundation is frayed, a rug begins to lose its pile, and that requires work.

rug damage-worn fringe

 

Likewise, the edges of a rug, called selvages, need to be maintained. Selvages are wrapped with wool or cotton to protect the edges of the rug. Eventually this wrapping wears out and has to be replaced. This is routine work and not terribly expensive. To maintain a rug’s value it is important that a new selvage looks just like the old selvage: the same color, material and so on. Resist the temptation to replace the original selvage with a cheap, machine binding.

 

In summary

There are many causes of rug damage. A variety of other problems that need repair may beset a rug during its lifetime: holes, wrinkle lines, curling edges, visible wear, and moth damage. All of these rug damages can be fixed. 

If faced with any of these issues or something completely out of the ordinary, rest assured Khazai Oriental Rug Outlet has seen and dealt with your situation. Visit our website at https://www.khazairugcleaning.com, or call either our Louisville or Lexington locations to speak to an expert today. 

 

Check out our blog about emergency rug staings at https://www.khazairugcleaning.com/index.php/2017/09/13/emergency-rug-stain-tips/

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Example of Abrash Coloration

Abrash Coloration

Abrash Coloration

Oriental rugs, like any other unique product, come with their own terminology. Most words involved with Oriental rugs aren’t English. When the dealer speaks about these certain terms it is reasonable to assume the typical client will not understand what the dealer is saying. Abrash is a particular term that gets thrown around and is often misunderstood by the clients.  Abrash (pronounced ‘uh-brash’) coloration in rugs is the differing color patterns, colorations, and various shades or hues within a rug.

Some people consider Abrash to be a flaw in oriental rugs. But It is actually one of the most common and typical characteristics of a genuine oriental rug, and especially among older or ‘nomadic’ handmade rugs. It is widely known even the most perfect and seemingly rigid workshop rugs will have imperfections intentionally woven into the rugs to prove ‘no one is perfect but God.’  Abrash can be very consistent changes of color or can be inconsistent and even drastic.

Dyes

In most cases, The use of hand-spun wool and dyes is what causes Abrash in an oriental rug.  Dyes are a very important part of the rug industry. Before to the 1900’s, synthetic dyes did not exist. Vegetable dyes were the only dyes available.  Making the vegetable dyes is a very complex and labor-intensive process. The dye makers are very skilled and take a lot of time to make dyes, however, the results are still relatively inconsistent.

 The raw resources used, such as natural indigo, madder root, and yellow larkspur vary depending upon weather, location, and harvest season.  Also, the creation of the dye and application of the dye will vary. This depends on the temperature and humidity during the process. An example of Abrash: when fuchsine dye was introduced in the early 1900’s to make a deep cranberry red. At first, the color matched perfectly with the other colors in the weaving. Time and sun exposure caused fuchsine to change to a very dusty light pink. Another way Abrash is created is during the wool spinning process, some areas may be spun tighter than others.  This can affect the rate of absorption and intensity of color when the material is dyed, Which may cause Abrash.

 

Examples of Abrash

 Sun Fading

Sometimes, Abrash gets confused with color fading from the sun.  There are two different ways to determine whether a rug has a naturally occurring Abrash or whether it has been damaged by sun fading. The first way is to look at the back of the same area of the rug. If there are no color variations, then it is most likely to be sun fading. This because the effects of sun fading would not go through to the back of the rug. The second way to find whether it’s sun fading or Abrash is to look in the pile by spreading the weaves apart. If the color is stronger toward the middle or bottom part of the wool, it would most likely be due to sun fading.

 

 

Abrash (left) vs Sun fading (right)

 

 

 

 

In the grand scheme of things, Abrash is certainly not a bad thing in oriental rugs. Some of the most expensive rugs in the world feature Abrash. People enjoy the “old” and unique look of it. Khazai Oriental rugs take on Abrash is that it’s great. It adds beauty and “one of a kind” feel to the certain rug. Machine-made rugs and synthetic dye companies actually have begun to include Abrash in designs to give the rug a unique feel.

 

We are able to clean, repair, or restore most rugs! With 5 generations of experience, we are THE Rug Experts!

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We soak, scrub, and rinse your oriental rug time and time again until it's completely clean

Emergency Rug Stain Tips

A rug stain such as this is no problem for our rug cleaning expertise

Coffee Stains are some of the most difficult to remove

You’re sitting at home relaxing on a brisk Fall afternoon, admiring your beautiful oriental rug from Khazai Oriental Rug Outlet, when your dog enthusiastically knocks your freshly brewed cup of joe off the coffee table. Your prized rug is now soaked and stained with the dark liquid and appears to be ruined and has created a rug stain. Your first reaction may be to frantically run to your kitchen to grab the nearest dish towel and scrub the life out of your rug to remove the rug stain, but doing that could destroy your precious piece of art. Instead of giving in to your instincts, follow these simple emergency care steps to your rug as quickly as possible.

 

 

Soaked and Stained Rug

Blot Liquid With Paper or Dish Towel

Blot Out The Rug Stain

Whether it’s red wine, coffee, Kool-Aid® or pet urine (which we discussed on a previous blog post), the first step is to remove as much of the spill as quickly as possible from the rug. Dry paper towels or a dish towel work well. Continue blotting until you have gotten out as much of the spill as possible.

 

Dilute The Rug Stain

After blotting, spills may require diluting with water as necessary, but be careful not to get the rug sopping wet unless you need to. If you completely soak an area, you will need to dry the rug from both the front and back in order to prevent mildewing.
Please note that some rugs have unstable dyes that may run if you soak them. Proceed with caution.

 

Wet Rug From Dilution From Rug Stain

Blotting Part 2: The Return Of Blotting

In this installment of blotting your stained rug, be sure to sop up any excess water used to dilute the stain to, once again, prevent mildewing.

How Worried Should You be about Mildew?

Very! Why in the world would you go to the trouble of cleaning your oriental rug just to have it smelling like you left your laundry in the washing machine before going on vacation? Be sure every part of the rug that is wet to the touch has a fan blowing air under that section of the rug, or the rug is hung outside.

Blotting and Diluting didn’t work. Now what do I do?

If these steps were not effective at removing the rug stain, schedule your rug to be professionally cleaned by the experts here at Khazai Oriental Rug Outlet. We provide FREE pick-up and delivery for your dirty rugs to ensure all your rugs look brand new. We use 100% green-friendly cleaning solutions, so your oriental rug won’t be damaged, as it potentially would be with steam or dry cleaning. Also, save 25% off any oriental rug serviced by dropping them off directly at our cleaning facility and picking them up once they’re done.

 

When we are cleaning your oriental rug, we first have to soak it thoroughly

Khazai Rug Cleaning – We’re The Rug Stain Experts

Use these simple emergency care steps and continue to enjoy the afternoon admiring your beloved oriental rug.

For questions regarding oriental rug cleaning, repair/restoration, or your next purchase, give us a call or come by the store. Want to connect online? We’d love to chat with you! Visit our Facebook Page today!

 

We are able to clean, repair, or restore most rugs! With 5 generations of experience, we are THE Rug Experts!

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Some oriental rugs are super thick. This is no problem for us to repair.

Oriental Rugs 101

We’re setting aside our overall topic of oriental rug cleaning for a bit to bring you a collaboration of information from our team. Before spending some serious coin on an Oriental Rug for your home or business, knowing your options is crucial in order to protect your investment. You don’t want to overpay for a machine-made rug sold as a “hand-tufted” rug, and we certainly don’t recommend polypropylene rugs. There are very important details to consider regarding oriental rug purchases – as well as oriental rug cleaning.

Oriental rugs such as this require oriental rug cleaning specialists when dirty. Using these cleaning specialists, you'r rug will last you generations, and will retain its exceptional value to collectors

Hand-Made Rugs often have that traditional look, with intricately-drawn details and that familiar center medallion design

Machine-Made rugs still need to be cleaned properly. Steam-cleaning just pushes dirt further into the rug. We submerse rugs into a cold water bath and extract dust and dirt from the rug over time.

Machine-Made Rugs are often contemporary in design and color and follow trends closely, so over time they look outdated

Three Types of Rugs

Machine-Made Rugs

These rugs, even from quality brands, are still mass-produced. Although they can be stylishly contemporary or mimic traditional looks, they are not rightly comparable to a hand-made rug of any variety. Like most mass-produced home furnishings, machine-made rugs are not generally considered to be works of art. One quick way to spot a machine-made rug by examining the fringe – if it is sewn onto the rug, the piece is machine-made. This is done deliberately to make it look and appear hand-made when it isn’t, kind of like a knockoff watch or handbag.

Hand-Tufted Rugs

The term “hand-tufted” is somewhat misleadingly named. A tufted rug is in no way a hand-made rug. A mechanized “gun” is used, by hand, to shoot pieces of wool through a canvas backing which has a pattern sketched onto it. A petroleum-based rubber backing is then placed over the back of the rug to keep the unsecured strands of yarn from falling out. These rugs are easy to spot when you turn them over. No hand-made rug will have any sort of backing on it, rubber or otherwise.

Hand-Woven or Hand-Knotted Rugs

The designations “hand-woven” and “hand-knotted” are reserved for rugs that are made entirely by hand. In both types of rugs, a set of vertical strings, or “warp” is attached to a loom. Then wool is either
woven through the warp strings, or hand-knotted onto the warp strings, to form the “weft” of the rug. Machines are not used at any point in the process. One way to tell a handmade rug from machine-made pieces is to examine the fringes along the edge of the rug. For handmade rugs, the “fringe” is actually the warp strings, and is an integral part of the rug rather than an applied ornamentation.

This is why genuine oriental rugs cost so much

Weavers spend hundreds, or sometimes even  thousands of hours on each rug making it as close to perfect as possible

The Weaving Process

The best hand-made rugs are designed and woven by adult weavers who have been practicing for generations. These men and women are considered true artists, well paid for their craft, and publicly-acknowledged for their skill. Interestingly, their identities are rarely revealed outside their own circle of friends and other rug makers. Oriental rugs are typically the product of the work of three groups: the designers who fashion the patterns, the dyers who create the color palette, and the weavers, who bring that design to life.

Materials Used

Oriental rugs, like most works of art, are crafted from the highest quality materials. This means the highest grade wools & silks are required. Fine quality wool should have a certain luster or sheen, but not shine like polypropylene or plastic fibers. To complicate things more, it’s commonplace in today’s market to see poor quality wools blended with petroleum-based artificial materials. These is to be avoided if possible, as bad wools will become brittle and eventually crumble, and petroleum-based materials can sometimes take on an odd smell, especially when placed on heated floors. Another way to recognize substandard wool is to watch for shedding. A small amount of shedding is to be expected from a natural fiber, but profuse amounts of shedding on a short-pile rug indicates a problem. The most common culprit in excessive shedding is the use of “dead wool”; (e.g. not shorn from live animals, but rather soaked off the hide of deceased animals using chemicals). In addition, dead wool isn’t made up of the long strands most hand-made rugs use, so it bears none of the hallmark traits of beauty and longevity of the long-coat wools shorn from live sheep. In general, the best quality wools are also hand-spun. This is easily detected in flat-weave rugs due to a “knobby” texture to the weaving, but is harder to recognize in hand-knotted rugs. Machine-spun wools are also perfectly acceptable; they are just not as highly prized and therefore a rug made with machine-spun wools should be less expensive than one rendered in hand-spun materials and therefore not retain their value as such.

Oriental Rug Dyes use natural colors from vegetables, mollusks, snails, etc.

All of the dyed wool shown here comes from natural sources, such as plants, minerals, and even walnut husks. That’s why

Types of Dye

There are three main classifications of wools used in rug production: Chemically-dyed, Vegetal-dyed, and Natural (or no-dye) wools. Natural or vegetal-dyed wools are much more preferable than wools dyed with chemical substances. Less than 20% of the rugs made in the world today were constructed using vegetal dyes. Why, you may ask? Plant-based dyes require a skill level that takes many years to master. Thus, vegetal-dye pieces are far more costly than their chemically-dyed counterparts. Some dealers will state all their rugs are vegetal-dyed to justify inflated prices, but the reality is very few rugs are actually crafted using vegetal dyes. As we’ve stated before in another blog entry, when it comes to oriental rug cleaning, we absolutely insist rugs that are constructed with either natural or vegetal dyes not be cleaned using steam cleaners or with abrasive chemicals, as those colors will potentially bleed or fade over time.

Thousands or even millions of knots like these are used to create each hand-made oriental rug

Thousands, or sometimes millions of these knots are used when crafting rugs

Knot Count

The easiest to spot (yet most deceptive) of all rug quality indicators is the KPI, or “knots per square inch.” KPI is calculated by multiplying the horizontal knot count times the vertical knot count in a one-inch area of the carpet. Rugs are often classified according to knot-count as ranging from “coarse” to “super fine.” This is a helpful measurement in terms of evaluating the work that went into creating the pile on a rug. Please be aware, however, that this is but one of many criteria that are used to “grade” a rug, and therefore KPI must be used with due caution. It is easy to get so caught up in counting the quantity of knots on the back of the rug, or with terms like “super fine,” that one fails to properly take into account the front of the rug. Also, keep in mind a large number of knots is not a catch-all signifier of quality, similar to grading bedsheets by thread count only.

Symmetry

Hand-made Oriental Rugs require absolute precision and meticulous hours to create, and even then, unless the weavers are unusually gifted, it's never absolutely symmetric

Even some of the most skilled Oriental Rug makers in the world aren’t perfect with regard to symmetry; however, the closer they are to perfect, the more valuable the rug

Symmetry in size

Is the rug symmetrical? Or is one side markedly longer than the other? While slight deviations in symmetry are to be expected, large variations in size indicates the work of a novice weaver.

Symmetry in image

Compare the back of the rug to the front. Does it look the same or are the colors or the patterns difficult to discern from the back? A good weaver’s “picture” will remain the same, and in the work of a truly gifted weaver, there will be so little difference, you could even flip the rug over and hardly anybody would notice.

Symmetry in knot construction

Does the back of the rug feel smooth to the touch or can you feel small bumps when you rub your hand over it? Are the fringe ends of the rug smooth, or do they pucker? Is the surface visually smooth, or can you see numerous visible breaks in the base structure of the rug? A good weaver’s knots will be smooth with very few bumps or bulges. Does the edge of the rug generally lie flat when placed on the ground or do the edges roll under or up? Good quality weaving should lay flat, without rolling or curling along the edges.

Oriental Rug Cleaning & Maintenance

Our passion for premium quality Oriental Rugs is infectious. When we take the time to assist a customer with the purchase of an Orienatl Rug and during the appraisal of their rug(s) during our oriental rug cleaning or trade-in process, we see a remarkable engagement from people eager to learn more about the rug(s) they want or already own. That’s why when we clean rugs, we do so with the utmost care and concern. When we pick up your rug(s) for cleaning, we carefully move your furniture, vacuum over, around, and under your rug so we don’t spread surface dust all over your home, and then place the newly-cleaned rug exactly where we found it. That’s what care, commitment, and overall great service look like, and we hope you get to experience all three first-hand.

We’re here to help any way we can. With 5 generations of experience, we are THE Rug Experts!

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Stress = Pet Stains On Your Oriental Rug

The last thing on your mind here is having your oriental rug cleaned

Does this sound familiar? You had a long, stressful day at work putting out fires, only to hit brutal traffic during the commute home. Sitting on the freeway, you begin to recount stressful elements of your day. Maybe it was dealing with that annoying coworker who bombards you with questions 24/7, or a deadline that got pushed up leaving you to scramble to do the impossible. Regardless, your 9-5 has left you exhausted, stressed, and in dire need of some R&R.

But when you do finally make it home, much of the day’s frustrations melt away when you’re greeted enthusiastically by a loyal pet at the front door. You kick off your shoes and make a bee-line for the living room to wind down, and that’s when it happens—you hit the fresh wet spot. You lift your gaze to see Fido now sitting across the room, with a very apparent “whoops” on his guilty face. It looks like your furry friend had a little accident on your brand new, beautiful oriental rug.

Your pets are your children, but they make messes on your oriental rugs

Whether you’re potty training the newest addition to your family or you have an old dog that refuses to learn new tricks, your oriental rug is at risk! Urine can permanently stain a rug, and the smell can come back months later to haunt you. Check out these tips on how to remove pet urine stains. With some quick action you’ll prevent pet stains from setting and odors from recurring before they ruin your favorite rug (or your day).

Warm Water

When your four-legged friend picks your oriental rug as the spot to, well, make a spot, the safest method you can employ is to soak the area with a towel and warm water. Blot the area with a warm, wet towel. Ideally, you’ll want to do this immediately after it happens, as the longer that you wait to give attention to the urinated rug, the more likely the ammonia in the urine will damage your oriental rug’s fibers and dyes. For more information about that, check out our June Gloom post.

Vinegar

If you got to the stain a bit too late and water alone doesn’t resolve the issue, try adding a small amount of white vinegar to warm water and blot the stain. The diluted acidic nature acts like a chemical bonding agent that will help extract the urine. It should be noted that it’s never a good idea to add chemical-based cleaners to clean your oriental rug, as they could make the stain worse or permanently discolor your rug.

Professional Cleaning

pet stains picture before

BEFORE

pet stains picture before

AFTER

The most trusted method to remove pet stains and urine from your oriental rug is to have it professionally cleaned. Steaming, dry cleaning, and other industrial cleaning methods will only clean the surface of the rug and will do so in a way that the natural dyes can bleed or fade. To get out stains as well as years of dander, dirt, etc. from your rug, call us at Khazai Oriental Rug Cleaning.  We have been hand-washing rugs at our cleaning facilities for over 30 years, ensuring we provide expert service for every rug that we pamper.

We use special cleaning agents with water saturation that are guaranteed to remove 100% of the pet urine odors from your rug. If you act immediately and contact us right after your pet stains the rug and before it dries, it will be much easier to remedy the damage. However, we also have years of successful experience in removing even old and dry urine stains from rugs. Once you bring your rug in for inspection, our experts will diagnose the best next steps.

If Fido did a “no no,” give Khazai Rug Cleaning a call. We’ll make your oriental rug look brand new!

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Cleaning your oriental rugs removes what you smell, even if you can't see them

Cleaning Your Rugs Regularly – Play it Safe!

Your rug plays host to millions of allergens, bacteria, dust mites, and many other harmful entities that leave your rug a literal safety hazard when you aren’t cleaning it regularly. Even if you cannot smell these particulates, your family, pets, and guests can all fall victim to the contents of your rug.

Your rugs could be the home of an infestation! Let us clean that for you

YOUR RUG IS A FILTER

Have you ever seen a sunbeam pour through your window and noticed all of those particles flying around? Most of that is dust, dander, and bacteria that haven’t found their way to your rugs and carpets yet. Once they do, however, they either thrive as germs or become food for dust mites (which reproduce and multiply). Add in the outside particles from foot traffic and napping pets, and you have a recipe for disaster. All of these particles get snagged in the fine wool of your rug and act as millions of tiny filters sticking up from your floor. As stated in our June Gloom post, that’s why the summer months are the times of year you notice odors emanating from your rug; the humidity adds weight to these particles so they fall more rapidly, and your rug gets even more efficient at catching them as the humidity rises. That’s why we recommend cleaning rugs just before summer starts in order to prevent a problem before it has a chance to start. Of course, if you start noticing odors from your rug during any season, we recommend cleaning at that time.

DUST MITES

They may look like they’re straight out of a Tom Cruise alien invasion movie, but they’re actually too small to see with the naked eye. That doesn’t mean they’re not dangerous, though! Your bed is the most likely haven for dust mites (YUCK!) because they feed on dead skin/dander, but an area wool rug or wool carpet comes in second place for their preferred nesting ground due to just how much gets trapped in the fine fibers. If you find yourself sneezing or coughing in your home, it may due to these mites. Primarily, their fecal matter and decomposed corpses contain proteins that affect nearly 80% of people! Since the hot and humid months are their favorite season to flourish, they can cause what is known as perennial allergic rhinitis, where those allergic reactions tend to peak during this time of year…and here I’ve always blamed the infamous Ohio Valley allergies for that. Needless to say, it may be worth your while to clean house! Your beds, carpets, and rugs are the best places to start. And wouldn’t you know it – We do a dynamite job at cleaning one of the three!

RUGS ARE ALIVE!

Unfortunately, your rug is alive with exactly what you DON’T want it to be crawling with. Bacteria, viruses, mold, and mildew are just a few of the creepy microscopic crawlies that are skimping out on paying you rent. Not only are they freeloaders, they can cause some “ill” effects on you, your family, pets, guests, or even home invaders…although we’ll let it slide with the invaders, right? The really scary part about this primordial soup festering in your rug is how they affect people: skin bumps, digestive problems, the common cold, or even the flu can manifest from what takes refuge in your rug. These germs get kicked up in the air or transferred by touching whomever was napping/playing on the rug, someone didn’t wash their hands, and boom – that’s all it takes. Even if you have a couple of sick days at your disposal, who wants to get sick…I mean, really? It’s simpler just to schedule a cleaning once every year or two.

ODIOUSLY ODORIFEROUS OLFACTORY EMANATIONS

Wow, what a mouthful! But whether they’re under your arms or under your rugs, bad smells can really kill the vibe in a room. When you’re hosting guests or just trying to relax, you can’t exactly just tell yourself and everyone to ignore it. The key is to have your rug professionally cleaned thoroughly and safely. That’s where we come in. Not only will we thoroughly eliminate allergens/germs/smells from your rugs in our cleaning process, we do so safely with proven techniques and pH balanced solutions. We are passionate about oriental rugs, whether it’s in our stock or on your floor, and we want yours to look brand new for decades. That’s why we don’t use steam that fade out colors or harmful chemicals that can damage the rug fibers. When you let us clean your rugs, you really do get to have your rug and enjoy it too!

Need us to remove dust mites/germs and get rid of those pervasive smells? Give us a call!

Our team of experts will come and pick up your rug and have it back before you can say “odoiferous olflalactoral emancipations”

Louisville: 1 (502) 219-6959

 Lexington: 1 (859) 592-5949

Rug Pads secure your rug to the floor, ensuring safety

Benefits of Rug Pads

Rug padding serves a number of different purposes for your rug. Most importantly, it prevents your rug from sliding on your floor or buckling up when you have furniture on it. The sliding and buckling of your rug can cause injury to yourself or others, which is why it’s important to avoid this risk. As an added plus, rug pads can also protects both your floor and rug from damage.

SAFETY

A rug pad is designed with a surface that will stick to both your floor and your rug. It helps to hold the rug in place while also preventing shifting and slipping. Rug pads help to keep your rug flat. Without a rug pad it could bunch or knot up, which could cause accidents and falls.

CLEANLINESS rug padding

Most rug pads have ridges or bumps that allow for air to flow between your rug and the floor. This increased air circulation helps prevent the occurrence of mold, mildew, and odors by stopping buildup of bacteria under your rug. The ridges and bumps of the rug padding also helps trap dirt particles that can become embedded in your rug, and allows for easier vacuuming.

PROTECT YOUR FLOOR

Over time, dirt and debris naturally accumulates underneath rugs. This dirt can damage your floor by scratching your hardwood floors or wearing down your carpet. A pad helps to prevent dirt and grime from collecting under your rug. A pad also helps prevent dye transfer, marring, and staining to the floor or carpet beneath. Rug pads act as an extra layer of protection for preventing wet spills from reaching the floor or carpet beneath your rug and damaging it.

COMFORT

Cushioned rug pads offer a comfortable yet durable buffer that provides a plush and soft area underfoot. Pads also help block the transference of sound from your feet to the floor.

Rug pads are specific to the type of flooring underneath – if you have carpeting, make sure you purchase a rug pad made specifically for carpeting. The same goes for hard floorings. Don’t use a pad for carpet for a hardwood floor – they are not made the same and will not give the comfort and protection your floor needs.

 

Need a pad for your rug? Give us a call! Our team of experts can pick out the perfect rug pad for your needs.
Louisville: 1 (502) 219-6959

 Lexington: 1 (859) 592-5949

 

Regularly vacuuming your oriental rug helps it to last for years to come

Keeping Your Rug Looking New

Your rug is an investment that should last you over a hundred years if properly taken care of. Follow these four rug care tips to preserve your investment and keep your rug looking new!

1. Vacuum Rugs Regularly

Make sure you It’s obvious that vacuuming keeps your carpets clean, but this common chore is also the key to ensuring they stay looking like new. Dirt has abrasive qualities, and when it’s repeatedly ground into your rug by everyday foot traffic. You should vacuum rugs regularly to prevent dust from settling in the fibers eroding the backing of your rug. Vacuuming once a week (twice a week in busy areas) can remove up to 75 percent of the dirt and debris and prevent your rug from aging before its time. Also, watch the fringe! Fringe has the tendency to get caught in the vacuum and can pull and damage the rug. You can gently brush out the fringes by hand.

2. Spot Clean

Spills are inevitable, but how you clean them makes all the difference. If there is a spill, you should clean it immediately. There are different steps to follow depending on the type of spill you facing. Check out our rug care tips and stain removal guide for information on how to remove some of the most common spills.

There are a few things to keep in mind when cleaning up any spill. Make sure to work quickly and never rub. Dab cleaning solution onto the trouble spot immediately—the longer you wait, the harder it will be to remove the stain. Blot with paper towels or a clean cloth, as this gently puts a small amount of pressure on the liquid, helping to soak it up instead of letting it set in. Remember to blot from the outside in to prevent the spill from spreading.

3. Rotate Regularly

Rotating your rug is one of the most important rug care tips we could give you. People frequently forget that they should be doing this. Rug rotating is a good way to ensure that your rug always looks new is to make sure your rug wears out evenly. You should rotate your rug at least once a year. Rotating your rug regularly will ensure that wear from traffic and sun fading are distributed evenly throughout your rug.rug care tips

4. Get Your Rug Professionally Cleaned

If you have had your rug for a long time it might be time for a full professional cleaning. No matter how diligent you are with vacuuming and maintenance, your rug will still need some extra TLC from time to time. The EPA recommends you get your rug professionally cleaned every six months. Professional cleaning is the best way to keep your rug looking fresh and new. When you are looking for a company to clean your rug, you want to avoid carpet cleaners. They do not follow the proper steps for rug cleaning such as extracting the deeply embedded dirt and debris. Learn more about this topic in one of our previous blogs.

An Oriental Rug is a beautiful centerpiece in any room

The Benefits of a Rug

An area rug is a popular addition to a hard surface floor such as hardwood, laminate, or tile. It can even be laid over wall-to-wall carpet. Perhaps the most obvious reason to have an area rug is for the way they look. An Oriental Rug is a piece of artwork. It is like having a beautiful painting, but for your floor. The benefits of an area rug extend far beyond style. Here are some of the numerous benefits of a rug:

Safety

Maybe one of the most important benefits of a rug is that it helps make your rooms a safer place. The softness of the rug along with the proper carpet pad not only reduces the impact of a fall, but also the likelihood of it happening in the first place.

Noise Reduction

Do you notice that your room has a slight echo? That is because hard surface floors do not absorb sound. Area rugs help by absorbing the impact of foot traffic and room sounds or echoes. They also help block sound from carrying between floors. This is especially helpful if you live in a condo apartment or a multi-family home.

Warmth & Comfort

Area rugs are great for providing extra warmth to your rooms. They are excellent for chilly bedrooms, bare offices, or unwelcoming basements. The softness of an area rug is a great way to add comfort to any room. Area rugs are also a great insulator, especially if you use rug padding.

Improves Indoor Air Quality

Your rug acts as the biggest air filter in your home. It improves indoor air quality by trapping dust, pollen, and other particles from the air. In the past, people with allergies were advised to remove all rugs and carpet from their homes because they trapped allergens. Recent studies have shown that people with asthma and allergy problems have seen symptoms improve with the use of an area rug because it traps the allergens – keeping them out of the air. Area rugs are a better choice than carpet for asthma and allergy sufferers because they can be taken out of the home to be more thoroughly cleaned.

Rotating your Oriental Rug allows the stress of traffic, furniture, and sunlight to be more evenly spread, so one part of your rug doesn't fade out more quickly than the rest

Rotating Your Rug

Your oriental rug is an investment that can appreciate in value over time– but a damaged rug is a much less valuable rug. If you don’t take care of your rug properly, its value can diminish pretty quickly. One little-known fact is that rotating your rug frequently can actually help preserve the life of your rug and prevent rug damage. Here’s why:

1. Sun exposure.

The sun’s rays that come into your home can cause the dyes in your rug to become faded over time. This can lead to bright and faded patchy areas in your rug. When this happens it can not only look terrible, but also lose much of its value. By rotating your rug, it helps to spread out the fading and give it an even sun exposure.

2. Furniture weight.

Ever notice how when furniture sits on a rug for a prolonged period of time it can leave dents in your rug where the legs were? The weight from your furniture can permanently damage the pile of your rug, and leave behind holes and uneven lengths of the fibers in your rug. By rearranging your room and rotating your rug from time to time, you can help prevent this kind of damage.

3. Traffic patterns.damaged rug

If you leave your rug in the same position, you will notice more wear and tear on the areas you normally travel than in the paths you don’t walk across. Compare your oriental rugs to trails outside in the woods. When people take the same path, it wears down the vegetation in the woods. The grass and plants are pushed down in the same places and it leaves behind a dirt path where people have walked. The same concept happens with your oriental rug over time. It leaves a trail. You can prevent traffic patterns from ruining your rug by rotating it every so often.

If you have a damaged rug, bring it to us and we can restore it to its former glory.