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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 folds 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. Leave it this way for a few days.

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

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 imperfection. 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 folds 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 imperfections.

If you’ve noticed that the fold has 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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DIY Rug Cleaning Mistakes

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 piece, 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 product(s).

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. Treating 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 treat a rug when it becomes dirty or stained.

  1. Deodorizing instead of cleaning.

Don’t substitute deodorizing powders for real cleansers. 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 treat 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 washed.

When you need your Persian/Oriental rug cleaned, make sure you contact the 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 pieces.

Pros

  1. Appearance

Silk Persian rugs are among the most beautiful works of art. 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, 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 carpets.

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Tree of Life Persian Qum silk rug.

Another quality of this fiber is the way it reflects light, a property that gives it a real luster or sheen. It is a great reflector, so much so, in fact, that as you walk around a rug made of this material, 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 pieces are much more intricate, they require more skilled weavers working together to make one.

  1. Durability

Because silk fiber is so strong, these works of art 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 these rugs last much longer than other types.

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 pieces. Some of the most expensive rugs sold at public auctions have been made of this fiber.

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

These 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 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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Why Should I Rush to Have My Rug Washed After a Pet Accident?

Pet accidents can cause damage in a number of ways.

  • Weakening the foundation
  • Destabilizing the color die by oxidizing the color make up.
  • The original accident smell will attract your animal to continue to have more accidents.

Can my rug be saved after a pet marks it?

If you have your rug properly washed and in a timely matter, yes.

The other factors include what type of rug you have and if you have tried to clean the rug with anything other than organic methods.

For urine or solids you want to pick up what you can and then blot up the rest and call Persian Rug Cleaner at 972-447-9600 to finish cleaning your rug. If your rug has been eaten away you will need to have a free verbal appraisal to determine if patching the area or re-weaving the area is more appropriate.

We offer free verbal quotes for most rugs needing washing over the phone. Call with the size of your rug and description and tell us where you live and we can set up a rug uninstall from your home or office and reinstall time/ date around your convenience.

If your cat or dog has done his or her duty on your Persian, Oriental or area rug, you owe it to the rug to take it to Persian Rug Cleaner for a professional and through cleaning.

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Tips for Restoring an Antique Persian Rug

Over time, rugs will show signs of use and wear. Foot traffic, moisture, moths, spills, and other assaults on the rug eventually take their toll, especially if the rug is an antique.

Fortunately, if there is damage to the rug, you can take steps to repair or restore it. Which you decide to do will depend on the damage to the rug and the cost and whether the rug’s value outweighs this cost. Here are a few things to know about restoring or repairing your older Persian rug.

  1. Repairing vs restoring.

These are not the same. Restoring is the more expensive procedure, one that attempts to most closely reproduce the original material, weave, and color of the rug. A repair does not attempt to mimic the original as closely. It is simply designed to maintain the general integrity of the rug so that it can continue to be used, as, for example, applying a patch to the rug.

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A 13th century Seljuk carpet fragment.

If you have a very high quality, high-value piece, you may want to seriously consider a restoration. At the very least, if you get a patch, you need to make sure that the glue used will not diminish the value of the rug or preclude the possibility of restoration at some later time.

  1. When a repair is needed.

You can tell your rug needs a repair if you notice knots falling from the fringe ends or if you notice bald areas.  You also want to check your rug regularly for deterioration caused by moths, noticeable by little pits in the rug and also the presence of moth larvae, which look like fuzz or sandy lint.

You also want to keep an eye on how the rug is wearing due to foot traffic. Some areas may be showing wear more than others.

  1. Is a restoration worth the cost?

This depends on several factors. If the value of your piece is a lot greater than the cost of the restoration, it would generally be a good idea to have restoration work done. However, if the value of the rug is only marginally higher than the cost of the restoration, or even less, you may want to forego restoration (and perhaps just have some repair work performed).

  1. How is restoration done?

Restoration is performed by a skilled weaver who starts by splicing new threads into the rug’s pattern. He or she carefully chooses the yarns to match the original threads as closely as possible. The artist then weaves the pile with the kind of knot originally used, repeating the same pattern as the original.

Restoration is usually costly because of the time and effort involved and because few people have the skill to perform the delicate and time-consuming work.

Persian Rug Cleaner of Dallas has the expertise to restore antique and newer Persian and Oriental rugs. Give us a call at 972-447-9600 for more information.

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Signs Your Persian Rug Has Been Attacked by Moths

You notice that your beautiful rug seems a bit worn or even bare in some places, but not in others. Could this be a sign that moths have started eating your rug?

Quite possibly.

But what if you notice moths flying around and underneath your carpet? Does that mean your rug is a goner?

Possibly, but there’s still hope.

Knowing that your rug is being “loved” by moths can be hard to ascertain with any certainty. So we’ve put together a few signs that your rug truly has become a buffet for these pests.

  1. Moths flying around your rug could be a sign of moth infestation, but not always.

This is because adult moths don’t eat wool fibers; their offspring do (when they are in larval form). A female lays her eggs where she feels her children will have easy access to food (wool), so she often chooses wool clothing and wool rugs/carpets. Once the eggs hatch as larvae, they immediately begin to eat the wool fibers.

So those moths flying near your rug aren’t the ones eating its fibers, but their very presence could be a sign it’s time to turn a rug over and check for eggs or larvae.

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Moth larvae love to eat wool fibers.

  1. You turn the rug over and see small white larvae.

Larvae on your rug are a sure sign your rug has been – or soon will be – attacked by moths. You also may see small round eggs nestled in your rug’s fibers (they are very small; the wriggling larvae will be easier to see). You may see no adult moths at all: the females have laid their eggs in a spot with plenty of food; their job is done and they have left.

You can suck the eggs/larvae up with your vacuum cleaner’s suction attachment to rid the rug of the larvae/eggs. We do recommend that you get the rug to a professional Oriental/Persian rug cleaner as soon as possible to make sure that all eggs/larvae are removed.

  1. The eggs/larvae rarely sit on top of the rug; females prefer to lay their eggs in dark, moist places.

That’s why it’s important that you check the rug’s backside for signs of eggs/larvae. This also is why it’s also important to move the rug from under furniture regularly, or at least rotate the rug so that every side spends some time – but not too much time – under the couch/table (rotate a rug about every two to three months).

  1. You don’t have to check the rug’s back: you notice bald spots on the top side of your rug.

This is a sign that larvae have been eating your rug’s fibers for a good long while and have been able to eat their way from the rug’s back to its front.

If this is the case, you’ll definitely need to get the rug to a professional rug cleaner to rid it of all larvae and to repair/restore the rug’s fibers (re-weaving it, if possible). Many Oriental and Persian rug cleaning services offer rug restoration services.

Persian Rug Cleaner of Dallas  can rid your rug of larvae as well as repair/restore it when the larvae have had a chance to eat away some of its area. Contact us at 972-447-9600 for more information.

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