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Moths and Your Persian Rug

Moths love many Persian and Oriental rugs. That is because these rugs often are made from wool and vegetable dye. All of the materials are natural. Plus, moths like areas that are dark and warm, an environment the underside of these rugs provide. Their larvae love to eat on the wool as well.

Preventing Moth Infestation

The way to keep moths away is simple – keep your rug clean.

The best way to do this is to vacuum the rug often, at least every two to three weeks. And you should get it cleaned by a professional at least once every two to three years. Pay special attention to the parts of the rug that are in darker areas where, as mentioned, moths prefer to nest and breed.

It is also worth noting that mothballs really don’t do much to deter moths from attacking your rug. The lure of the wool and dye is simply too powerful.

The two kinds of moths that are attracted to a Persian/Oriental rug are the webbing moth and the casemaking moth. As far as moths go, they are not large, and they have wings. When they find a Persian or Oriental rug they like, they will begin to build a nest in it.

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Since moths like areas that are dark, you are more likely to find them in sections of the rug where the light is blocked, such as behind furniture. You are likely to find them in an area under the sofa that is seldom vacuumed, for example. They are also partial to certain types of dyes, and so you may find them concentrated on a certain color area of the rug.

After making a nest, the moths will lay their eggs. You probably won’t see them because the eggs mimic the color of the rug. The eggs then hatch into larvae, which are about one-half inch long, and the larvae begin eating the fibers.

If you’ve found signs of moth infestation in your Persian or Oriental rug, bring them to Persian Rug Cleaner of Dallas.  Contact us at 972-447-9600 for more information.

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One Cleaning Tool You Should NEVER Use on a Persian Rug

For the most part, vacuuming a Persian rug is a good thing. It prevents the dirt from working its way down into the rug, where it can add up and cause damage. However, you need to be careful with the type of vacuum you use.

You want to avoid a vacuum that has a rotating brush attachment, or beater bar. These powered brushes work well on common machine made rugs, but on an Oriental or Persian rug, the brush rakes across the pile and can do damage. You especially want to avoid using such brushes on the fringes of these rugs because the brush will shred the fringe. Often, the longer threads of the fringe get caught up in the brush and chewed up.

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A vacuum cleaner that uses suction only to pick up dirt is the best kind to use on a Persian or Oriental rug.

When you vacuum your Oriental/Persian rug, it is best to simply use the nozzle, or with some single-piece attachment. We also recommend vacuuming your Oriental/Persian rugs often. This is because these rugs are usually wool and are more loosely constructed, which means they can hold a lot of dirt – a pound per square yard before they even begin to look dirty. If you don’t vacuum often, these particles can make their way down to the base of the rug, rub against the fibers and cause wear on the rug.

For thinner woven rugs, those with a short pile or no pile, some rug experts simply use the upholstery attachment to their vacuum cleaner. Again, you want to avoid using the power brush.

Before you turn on the vacuum, you want to figure out which way the pile is running. To do this, simply run your hand over the rug to ascertain in which way the rug’s pile points. You can easily feel if your hand is going with the grain of the pile or against the grain. When you vacuum, you want to go with the grain, using short strokes.

On heavier pile Persian and Oriental rugs you can probably run the vacuum over the rug, but again, you should avoid using the beater brush. You especially need to avoid the beater brush if the rug has any areas where it is buckling.

No matter how well or how often you vacuum your Oriental or Persian rug, you also should have it cleaned professionally at least every couple of years. Contact Persian Rug Cleaner of Dallas at 972-447-9600 for more information.

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Why It’s Best Not to Clean Oriental Rugs at Home

The best way to clean an Oriental rug is by washing it. But to wash it right, you need to take it to a professional.

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Don’t do this at home.

There are several reasons for this. The first has to do with the material from which the rug is made. That material is usually wool. Because of the structure of a wool fiber, which under a microscope looks like overlapping flat plates, wool rugs can hold a lot of dirt. The reason for this is that there are many places for the dirt to go in a strand of wool. A wool rug can hold literally several pounds of dirt and other debris and not look especially dirty, because the dirt is ensconced in all the nooks and crannies in the fibers.

So, the first reason why the rug needs to be removed from the home is because of all the dirt in it. All of the dirt needs to be taken out even before you wash the rug. Moreover, you cannot wash a woven Oriental rug thoroughly in a home with the usual carpet cleaning machines, which only do surface cleaning. In fact, sometimes trying to clean a rug in a home can cause more damage.

Many people also try to hose down their rugs at home, not realizing how much water a wool rug can hold, again because of the structure of the fibers. It can cause the dye to run, or other problems such as buckling and shrinking of the rug. Plus, it takes a very long time for the rug to dry.

Because the fibers absorb so much water, the rugs become very heavy. The inside fibers swell with water, and so you need the proper equipment to get the water out to enable the rug to dry quickly.

To clean Oriental rugs properly, they need to be taken to a rug cleaning facility that specializes in Oriental rugs. It is only there that professional cleaners will be able to use the equipment needed to get the most dirt out of the rug before washing it. And then, through the use of a wash pit or wash floor, the cleaners will be able to completely saturate the rug to loosen up and flush out the remaining debris in the rug. What’s more, they will be able to dry the rug completely before it returns to your home.

When you need an Oriental or Persian rug cleaned, call upon the experts at Persian Rug Cleaner of Dallas.  Give us a call at 972-447-9600 for an appointment.

Stored Rug Have a Crease? Here’s What to Do

You just removed a Persian or Oriental rug from storage and noticed a big crease running through it.

Chances are it was folded while in storage. Whether you folded it yourself by mistake or it’s a rug handed down to you from a family member, we’re not going to judge the person who readied it for storage. (But we will ask you to make an important mental note: never fold a rug for storage!)

Lay the rug out on a flat surface. If the corners won’t lie flat, fold them under the rug. Many rugs will simply flatten out under their own weight in a day or two. Some, however, with more serious creasing problems may take several weeks to straighten out.

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Imagine if these creases never came out.

But, if you are impatient to get that crease out, and don’t want to wait for the passage of time, there a few things you can do to speed things up.

  1. Roll up the carpet.

You simply roll up the carpet in the reverse direction of the crease. Or you can fold the carpet in the opposite direction of the crease. Leave it this way for a few days.

  1. Place something heavy – but not too heavy – on the crease.

Put a piece of furniture or some other heavy object on the carpet’s crease or the entire carpet for a few days.

You can also put tape under the corners with carpet tape that has adhesive on both sides. Stretch the carpet out just enough to straighten out the crease. Tape the rug to a table or clean surface and let it lie there for a few days.

Put the carpet in the sun for a few hours.  (Just a few; place it in sun for days and you could end up fading the carpet’s fibers.) You should only do this, however, when the temperature is 70 to 85 degrees. This is also an effective way to loosen the creases in the rug.

If none of the above work for you, try using a little steam from an iron.

Put a folded towel over the crease. You want to make sure you have at least one-half inch of towel over the rug to protect it from the heat.

Put the setting on the iron to medium heat with steam. Run the iron over the towel. The steam should move through the towel into the rug and straighten out the creases. Then hold the iron on the towel for five seconds. You can do this for each area of the rug that is creased.

  1. Call upon the professionals.

Finally, if none of these techniques works, you should take the rug to a professional rug cleaner. It can use a professional steam cleaning system to take care of the creases.

If you’ve noticed that the crease as effectively worn away the fibers of the rug, you’ll definitely have to take it to a professional. If this has happened to your Persian or Oriental rug, call upon the experts at Persian Rug Cleaner of Dallas.  Contact us at 972-447-9600 for an appointment.

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Biggest Mistakes DIY Rug Cleaners Make

Persian rugs are well made and last a long time. And you want to take good care of them. You may decide to clean your Persian rugs yourself. If you do, be careful. There are certain things you don’t want to do because they could damage your rug, which is a valuable investment. Here are a few things to watch out for if you decide to do it yourself.

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  1. Not using the right cleaning product.

Professional cleaners use carpet cleaning tools with special detergents that are designed to take out dirt and stains but not damage the rug itself. But that may not be true of your everyday laundry detergent. Some laundry detergents are too powerful to use on a Persian rug and could do permanent damage to the rug. Any soap used on a Persian or Oriental rug should be as gentle possible.

  1. Using more water than necessary.

Using too much water may not remove the dirt, but just move it around more. Moreover, if you do not get all of the water out, you may have a problem with mold later on.

  1. Not taking care of a stain right away.

If you spill something on the rug, you need to take care of the problem as soon as possible to be sure you can remove all of the stain. The longer you wait, the more difficult it will become to remove the stain because it may seep into the material of the rug. This is true of liquids like grape juice.

  1. Cleaning the rug more than needed.

If you clean a rug too often, you also risk damaging the rug. The cleaning liquids used, as well as the scrubbing, could lead to a fading of the colors of the rug. You should only clean a rug when it becomes dirty or stained.

  1. Deodorizing instead of cleaning.

Don’t substitute deodorizing powders for real cleaners. These powders don’t clean rugs. Plus, the powder is hard to remove.

  1. Not taking it to a professional Persian or Oriental rug cleaner in the first place

Persian and Oriental rugs are so valuable, it’s truly risky to clean the rug yourself. You no doubt spent a good amount of money on your textile work of art, so be sure to protect it as much as possible by always having it professionally cleaned.

When you need your Persian/Oriental rug cleaned, make sure you contact the cleaning experts at , Persian Rug Cleaner of Dallas.  Contact us a call at 972-447-9600 for an appointment.

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The Pros and Cons of Silk Persian Rugs

Silk rugs are among most beautiful and collectible of rugs. They can be a good choice to make, provided they do not have to bear heavy foot traffic, and you have the budget to buy one of them. They can transform just about any room. Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of silk rugs.

Pros

  1. Appearance

Silk Persian rugs are among the most beautiful of all rugs. Much of the reason for this has to do with the fiber itself. Silk really is one of the strongest of fibers. And it is this strength that allows weavers to make such intricate designs using silk, with knot counts that can be three to four times as high as those of other rugs.

And, again, because of the strength of the fiber, these rugs are generally thinner than other rugs, more flexible, and more colorful. They are the most valued of all rugs.

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Tree of Life Persian Qum silk rug.

Another quality of silk is the way it reflects light, a property that gives it a real luster or sheen. Silk is a great reflector, so much so, in fact, that as you walk around a silk rug, it can look lighter or darker in spots, depending on how the fibers lie.

  1. Craftsmanship

Because there are many more knots per square inch, and the patterns and designs on silk rugs are much more intricate, they require more skilled weavers working together to make one.

  1. Durability

Because silk fiber is so strong, silk rugs do not usually lose their shape, as sometimes happens with wool rugs. They also do not disintegrate with age as a cotton rug may (cotton is used for the foundation of wool rugs), and so silk rugs last much longer than other types of rugs.

Cons

  1. Expense

Because of the time and work involved and the quality of the material, silk rugs can be three to four times the price of other Persian rugs. Some of the most expensive rugs sold at public auctions have been silk.

  1. Cleaning

As you can imagine, these valuable rugs need to be cleaned carefully – only by a professional who really knows what he or she is doing. They are not the easiest rugs to clean. In fact, rug experts recommend that you establish a maintenance schedule for the rug as soon as you buy it.

  1. Fraud

You have to be careful when buying silk rugs. Some unscrupulous dealers, mostly overseas, will pass off artificial silk rugs as the real thing. So, do your research, and make sure you are working with a reputable dealer when buying your silk rug. In fact, some rug experts discourage people from buying silk rugs outside the country.

These silk knockoffs are made with synthetic fibers, such as rayon. They have a feel that is similar to silk, but often when cleaning these rugs, their colors run profusely.

If you have silk Persian or Oriental rug and need it cleaned, contact the cleaning professionals at Persian Rug Cleaner of Dallas.  Give us a call at 972-447-9600 for an appointment.

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