Monday, February 25, 2019

How Often Should I Have My Oriental Rug Professionally Cleaned?

There is no one perfect answer to the question about how often one should have their Persian or Oriental rug professionally washed.  However, the general recommendation is to have an Oriental rug professionally cleaned once every two years.  This is important because a professional cleaning can dislodge dirt embedded deep in the pile of the rug - dirt that is not removed through regular vacuuming alone.  If dirt particles are left deep in the pile for too long, the friction on the fibers can eventually wear them down weakening them and thereby shortening the life span of the rug.  Of course, there are also hygienic reasons for having a rug professionally cleaned on a regular schedule - a clean rug is less likely to trigger allergic reactions in people.  Lastly, a professionally cleaned rug will often look brighter than a soiled rug making so for aesthetic reasons, a regular professional cleaning schedule is recommended as well.  Two years is just a guideline - if a Persian rug or Oriental rug is in a high traffic area such as an entry way or hallway, professional cleaning should be done even more often.  Similarly, if a rug is in a less trafficked area, professional cleaning can be done every three years or so.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Kilim Fringe Repair

A beautiful high quality kilim can last for centuries.  But like traditional hand knotted rugs, kilims are most vulnerable at their edges, including the fringed ends.  This is because vacuums can suck up fringes thereby weakening fibers, or pets or young children can pull at the fringes causing similar damage.  Once the binding on a fringe is compromised, the fringe can come undone, and the field of the kilim can be damaged.  This is what happened to this Turkish kilim.  The first step in our kilim restoration was to professionally clean the kilim.  Next, we attached the clean kilim to a loom.  Then we slowly and steadily rebuilt the damaged warp (the white vertical strands in the photo above).  This is a slow process, but well worth the result as it ensures the kilim will be ready to withstand another century of enjoyment.  --


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Monday, February 18, 2019

Pet urine on my Oriental carpet

This beautiful Oriental rug was irreparably damaged by a large pet who consistently urinated on the same several spots over a long period of time.  Unfortunately, no professional cleaning procedure can remove the stains as the acid from the pet urine permanently discolored the yarns.  The only thing that can be done in this instance is to tear out all the affected sections and reweave them anew.  However, because there are many affected sections, it would be much more cost effective to replace the rug.  It is sad - as the rug other than the spots was in quite good condition.  --

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

When Vacuuming Is Not Enough To Prevent Moth Damage

How is it possible moths are eating my rug even though I regularly vacuum my rug?  While this is not a common problem, it is completely possible for a rug to be damaged by moths even when it is being used (i.e., not stored), and is vacuumed regularly.  How does this moth damage happen?  It most often occurs when a piece of heavy furniture is covering a part of the rug so that only the exposed part of the rug is regularly vacuumed.  Similarly, it can happen when a rug is under a bed or sofa and vacuuming does not reach to all parts under the bed or sofa.   This kind of moth damage can be prevented by ensuring that one vacuums the entire rug - even those sections under heavy furniture - on a regular basis.  Vacuuming those specific sections under furniture does not have to be done daily, weekly, or even monthly, but should be done at least once every few months.  Better yet, one should try to rotate the rug at least twice a year so that wear is more evenly distributed.  While moving furniture this way and this often may be inconvenient and cumbersome, it will go a long way in preventing the kind of moth damage than can ruin entire sections of a rug.  In addition, regular inspection of the entire rug (and the rug pad underneath!) is recommended so that any moth damage is detected at its earliest stages.


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Friday, February 15, 2019

Antique Rug Cleaning

Anyone who has ever lived with antique rugs knows how beautifully warm, muted, and breathtaking they can be.  Over a century or more of sunlight, use, and care can really bring out the true beauty of gorgeous textiles.  They add an incomparable texture and dimension to a space that few things can parallel.  
Caring for an antique rug is similar to caring for any handmade rug, with some notable exceptions.  Professional antique rug cleaning should be undertaken regularly depending on the use of the rug.  However, we recommend professionally cleaning antique rugs less frequently than new rugs; we recommend antique rugs be cleaned every three to five years.  However, if the antique rug is in a low traffic area, the time between professional antique rug cleanings can be longer.  Regular in home care is very important.  To extend the life of the rug, we recommend regular vacuuming (without a beater bar).  In addition, it is extremely important to rotate an antique rug on a regular basis, perhaps every six months or so.  This is important because regular rotation will allow the sun to mute the rug on a more even basis, as well as allow foot traffic to be more evenly distributed.   With minimal care, an antique rug can last for generations. 

Monday, February 11, 2019

Professional kilim rug cleaning

No matter how many kilims have passed through my hands, I have never tired of their great beauty, detail, and vibrancy.   They can rival any painting on a wall, or any exquisite hand knotted rug.  Kilims are timeless, lending themselves to any style or aesthetic.  
Kilims require minimal care - similar to Oriental rugs.  They require regular vacuuming (or shaking!),  periodic rotation and inspection, and periodic professional kilim cleaning.  We recommend kilims to be professionally cleaned every two years, though if a kilim is in a low traffic area and is not subjected to shoe traffic or pets, one can go longer between professional cleanings.  With minimal care, kilims can last for centuries.  --

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Flooded Rug Care

How do we care for rugs that have been damaged by flood waters?  The answer may seem counterintuitive, but the first thing we do with a flooded rug is to soak it in a shallow pool.  What purpose does the soaking serve?  A good soaking will help minimize the odor, help remove the dirty water, and any dirt that was embedded in the pile.  The next step after the soaking is to professionally clean the rug with rug shampoo.  Once the rug is thoroughly cleaned and rinsed, the next step is to allow for a thorough and complete drying.  This step is imperative as it will prevent the rug from rotting.  Rugs especially susceptible to rot because of a flood are those made with a combination of wool and cotton such as Sarouk, Heriz, Tabriz rugs.
Of course, the best thing to do is to take steps to avoid a flood in the first place, when possible.   This includes not watering a plant that is resting on a rug.  Small steps can go a long way in preventing damage to a beautiful treasured hand knotted rug.