Sunday, July 29, 2018
Occasionally, we find that people are surprised that handmade rugs are as durable as they are. They can withstand generations of use and enjoyment while needing just a minimal amount of care, including regular vacuuming, inspection, and periodic rotation and professional cleaning. There are times, however, when an Oriental rug can benefit from more than just a regular professional cleaning (which we recommend as once every two years in most circumstances). Among these times are when a rug is infested by moths, when it has been soiled by pet urine, when it has been damaged by a flood or sitting water, or when it has not had a professional cleaning for an extended period of time. In these instances, we recommend a professional cleaning with an additional treatment, such as overnight soaking. An extended soaking, for example, can help eliminate the foul odor that results from the wool being urinated upon. Generally, a professional cleaning would not suffice to achieve this results.
With just a minimal amount of care, one can extend the life of an Oriental rug by decades, even centuries in some instances. -www.traditionalrugrepair.com
Thursday, July 19, 2018
A fine Oriental rug can withstand an amazing amount of wear, tear, and everyday household life. But, like houses themselves, there is one thing that poses a great risk to the life of an Oriental rug: water. A rug that has been flooded (or, in some instances, even just wet) by a burst pipe, a flooded basement, or a watered plant can experience color run, a strong foul odor, mildew, mold, and even rot.
When a water damaged hand knotted rug is entrusted to our care, we immediately soak it for some time. It may seem counterintuitive to soak a rug that has been damaged by water, but the soaking allows for the best chance to eliminate the foul odor of wet or damp wool. It is also the first step of any color run repair process. After the soaking, we do a thorough professional cleaning and allow for a thorough drying. It is only after the drying that we can assess how much color run damage there is. Unfortunately, there is no way to guarantee complete elimination of color run. However, if the color run is limited, we are able to reknot the affected area when other methods fail.--www.traditionalrugrepair.com
Friday, July 13, 2018
Moths can inflict significant damage to a wool rug if they are left undisturbed in optimal eating conditions - namely, dark, warm, enclosed spaces with little or no cross ventilation. Such was the case with the semi-antique Moroccan rug pictured above. Moths managed to eat not only the pile of this vibrant Moroccan rug, but also the warp and weft thereby destroying the rug's foundation. We first had to ensure that the moths were completely eliminated by a thorough professional cleaning and separate special wash. Following the cleaning, we eliminated all damaged yarns. Next, we rebuilt the rug's foundation before undertaking the intensive task of reknotting the missing and damaged pile. --www.traditionalrugrepair.com