Monday, May 28, 2012

Rug Stain Caused by Pet Urine

As many owners of beloved pets know, even the most well trained puppy, kitten, or other pet can sometimes have accidents.  A common victim of these pet accidents are rugs, carpets, kilim rugs, and other flat weaves.  Pet urine, which is intrinsically acidic, can damage the fibers of rugs and kilims if left untreated.  Sometimes, a regular professional cleaning can remove the pet stain, but often a special treatment is required on the rug or flat weave.  In any case, it is best to have the rug treated as soon as possible.  The longer the acid is left to damage the fibers of the rug, the less likely it is that the stain (or the smell, for that matter) can be removed.  Upon discovering a pet stain on your rug, if a thorough professional cleaning can not be done immediately, blot up any excess liquid as soon as possible; note that one should blot, not rub.  Take a damp towel and natural soap and blot it clean - be careful to not put too much water on the rug as you will increase the likelihood that the colors will run and bleed into adjacent colors.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Damage to Rug Caused by a Potted Plant

Potted plants in our indoor living spaces are a wonderful way to bring the outdoors in.  Those beautiful plants, however, can cause a significant amount of damage to rugs, kilims, and other flat weaves.  Actually, it is not so much the plants or their pots that can cause damage, but owners who enthusiastically water their plants without due care of what rest beneath them.  In the case of the picture above, a potted plant was left on a rug for an extended period of time.  The owner did not move the pot and did not notice the damage that increased over time.  The yellow areas are rotted fibers and an entire section of the corner was lost.  Take care to make sure that no water or moisture is reaching a rug or kilim on which a potted plant rests.  Furthermore, be cautious and examine beneath pots to assess whether any damage has occurred.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Hungry Moths

Moths can do an extraordinary amount of damage to wool rugs.  One of the most remarkable things about moths is that they have strong preferences for certain wools.  Notice how the "carved" out areas (actually the areas eaten by moths) are all concentrated in what was once the light blue curvilinear motifs.  The dark blue background, also made of wool, was largely unaffected.  The white warp and weft (the white grid like structure), which are made of cotton, didn't entice the moths' appetites either.   Repairing this kind of moth damage is possible, after a thorough professional cleaning to ensure that the active moths and their larvae are eliminated.  However, prevention would go a long way to ensure that this moth damage doesn't occur again.  We've written about this before but we can't stress enough how just a few steps can help owners minimize the risk of moths damaging their valuable rugs:  (1) always professionally clean any rugs or kilims before storing them; (2) never store rugs in plastic or in dark humid areas such as closets; (3) periodically inspect rugs for active larvae; (4) expose your rug to sunlight and well ventilated areas; and (5) never place your rugs where there is a known moth infestation.  --