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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.

DIY Rug Cleaning Mistakes | Persian Rug Cleaner Dallas

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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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Cleaning Tools No Persian Rug Owner Should Be Without

If you’ve taken the time to research why hand-knotted Persian and Oriental rugs are so valuable and true works of art, and if you’ve decided that their higher cost is worth it, considering their workmanship and overall beauty, then you’ll want to be sure that you have the right tools in your home so that you can care for your rug properly.

We’ve put together a list of these cleaning and maintenance tools below. Enjoy!

  1. A vacuum cleaner with a suction attachment.

You should never vacuum a handmade rug with the machine’s beater brush. Doing so can pull on the rug’s fibers, particularly its fringe. A suction attachment, however, will pick up dirt, dust, and grime from your carpet without “beating” it.

  1. A sturdy broom.

Sweeping your rug weekly actually is better than using a vacuum because doing so can help bring out the natural patina of its fibers. Use a sturdy broom and save that broom for use only on your Persian or Oriental rug; don’t use it to sweep your home’s floors, furniture, or other rugs. You want to make sure the broom’s straws don’t pick up dirt and germs from other rugs, floors, and furniture.

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These brooms look lovely but they should be sturdier to sweep your Persian/Oriental rug.

  1. Clean, white cotton cloths for blotting up spills.

Make sure your cloths are cotton and make sure they are white (the cloths will become wet as you blot a spilled drink and you wouldn’t want the cloth’s color to run onto the rug’s fibers). You’ll want to be sure you have several on hand at all times because when getting up any spill, you’ll want to swap a wet cloth for a dry one often.

  1. Gentle – very gentle, we can’t emphasize enough how gentle – liquid soap.

Look for one that has no perfume added and a neutral pH balance (a pH balance of 7). Distilled water is 7 and is neutral. Any soap with a pH lower than 7 is acidic and any with a pH greater than 7 is alkaline (or base).

Run a spot test on any rug before cleaning it; you want to make sure its colors won’t run.

  1. Only spot clean a stain on your Persian Rug; have a professional clean the entire rug.

The tool kit you’ll need to spot clean a rug:

  • To apply the soap, you’ll need the aforementioned clean, white absorbent cloth; a sponge; an eyedropper; a squirt (not spray) nozzle.
  • If you can’t find neutral liquid soap, mix one teaspoon of neutral soap powder in a ½ pint of water.
  • For grease stains, you’ll need non-flammable dry-cleaning fluid such as perchloroethylene. If you can’t find dry cleaning fluid, use a point/grease/oil remover.
  • To neutralize base (acidic) stains (such as fruit juice or wine), mix one tablespoon of ammonia to three-quarters of a cup of water.
  • For alkaline-type stains, you’ll need a mixture of white vinegar solution. Mix one-third cup of white vinegar with two-thirds of a cup of water.
  • A can of dry ice.
  • Oil-free nail polish remover.

HousecleaningCentral.org has more information on how to spot-clean your Persian or Oriental rug.

If you can’t get the stain out, stop working on the rug and get it to a professional rug cleaner. If you live in the Dallas area, that would be Persian Rug Cleaner of Dallas. Give us a call at 972-447-9600 for more information.

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Get Rid Of Moths in Your Carpet Once and For All

Have you noticed worn parts of your Oriental or Persian carpet – even though it’s rarely used and hardly anyone every walks upon it?

Your rug may have been a smorgasbord for moths.

Moths and other bugs love wool. Most Persian/Oriental rugs are made of wool fibers so your rug is a veritable feast for hungry insects.

To help you keep moths from your carpet, we’ve put together a short primer of steps you can take to keep bugs from bugging your hand-knotted work of art. Read below.

First, understand that it’s not flying moths that eat your wool; it’s their babies. Adult moths lay their eggs in places where their offspring will find easy pickings when it comes to food and so if they find your wool rug, they lay their eggs in or on your carpet.

Once the eggs hatch and become larvae, the young moths simply do what nature intended them to do: they eat… and they eat your carpet’s wool.get rid of moths in carpet

Moths and other insects also love to eat the protein found in food and drink spills (which is why some people find moths even in their synthetic carpets). If you have food and drink stains still in your wool carpet, all the better (for the bugs).

So your first defense is a good offense: keep the rug as clean possible. This also means cleaning all food and drink stains as quickly as possible and as thoroughly as possible. And you should vacuum (with suction attachment only; no beater brush) or sweep/brush your carpet at least once a week and you should have your fine Persian or Oriental rug cleaned professionally about every three to five years (sooner, if it sees a lot of traffic).

Moth larvae can stay larvae – and the eating machines that they are – for up to 2.5 years. What’s more, a female can lay between 100 to 150 eggs (which hatch into larvae in just five short days). So if 150 larvae are eating your rug’s wool for 2.5 years, you can see why they can cause so much damage to your valuable Persian or Oriental rug. In fact, these larvae can eat through a pile of wool about the size of a fist in just a matter of weeks.

To ensure that a soon-to-be-mama moth doesn’t choose your rug as the next generation’s breadbasket, do the following:

  • Vacuum/brush the rug weekly.
  • Have it professionally cleaned regularly.
  • Check it for signs of insects and eggs/larvae each week.
  • Inspect it for eggs and larvae regularly. Make sure you pick the rug up and look at its underside. Even if it’s underneath the couch, take it out from under the couch and take a look. If you see the tiny white eggs or the larvae, you’ll need to vacuum the rug immediately (this should get most of the larvae off your rug) and spray some made-to-kill-moth-larvae pesticide to kill the remaining larvae.

To ensure pests don’t take up residence when storing a rug:

  • Make sure it’s clean (never store a dirty rug).
  • Roll it up (never fold it).
  • Wrap it in a piece of clear polyethylene and secure the ends with ties, tucking the excess polyethylene into the rug. Plastic polyethylene is a good protector against moths. (You shouldn’t need to worry about mold mildew unless the polyethylene gets wet, so inspect the stored rug regularly.)
  • Store the rug by laying it on a table (never on the floor) in a climate-controlled room. Never store it standing up.

For more information on keeping your rug free from insects, contact the Persian Rug Cleaner of Dallas. Give us a call at 972-447-9600.

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6 Maintenance Tools No Persian Rug Owner Should be Without

Persian and Oriental rugs are gorgeous works of art. However, unlike sculptures, paintings, ceramics, etc., they are not delicate – these rugs are incredibly sturdy and can take just about anything you can throw – or spill – on them…for decades!

Still, the better you care for them the longer they’ll last, and the longer they’ll stay looking as fantastic as the day you bought them.

Read below for six maintenance tools anyone who owns a Persian or Oriental rug should have.

  1. Make sure you vacuum your rug regularly (as in monthly, at least). But don’t use your vacuum cleaner’s beater bar, just use the suction tool. This helps keep runs and tears at bay.

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When vacuuming a handmade rug, use a beater brush-free vacuum such as this EasyVac.

  1. While you should have your whole rug cleaned two or three years by a professional Persian rug cleaner, you also should have dry, absorbent cotton cloths on hand to clean up spills. As soon after the accident as possible, dab the stain to pick up excess moisture. Then moisten the cloth with water only and dab the stain to clean as much of the stain color as possible. Don’t use soap or any other chemicals or cleaning powders. If the stain remains, you probably will need to have a rug cleaner who specializes in Persian/Oriental rugs clean the rug.
  2. Place a good pad beneath the rug. This helps prevent the rug from wrinkling and keeps it stable. It also helps protect the rug’s shape. Make sure the pad is made specifically for a Persian or Oriental rug and that it’s designed so that dirt and dust fall to the floor, instead of clinging to the rug’s back.
  3. Consider purchasing rug protectors to cover the feet of the furniture that you place on top of all or part of your rug.
  4. To store your rug,  roll the rug in clean cotton fabric when storing it. Never place it in plastic – dampness can result, possibly leading to mold and mildew damage.
  5. Finally, if your rug is exposed to direct sunlight and if you can’t move it and/or rotate it, consider investing in drapes or blinds that block damaging UV rays (and make sure you close them at those time the rugs is exposed to the sun). This will help keep your rug’s colors vibrant.

Need your rug cleaned in the Dallas area? Then bring it to the cleaning experts at Persian Rug Cleaner of Dallas. Contact us by calling 972-447-9600.

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Cleaning a Silk Oriental Rug

While silk Oriental rugs are sturdier than they look, they are more delicate than an Oriental rug made of wool.

Therefore any discussion of how a professional will clean your silk rug needs to start with tips on how you should care for the rug.

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Even the gentlest of shampoos may be too abrasive for a silk rug. Read below for some more tips regarding keeping the rug clean.

  • Because silk rugs can get stained easily, it’s best not to place them in spots where they will endure a lot of foot traffic.
  • That being the case, many owners of silk rugs prefer to hang them on walls to showcase their gorgeous designs and protect the weave.
  • You should sweep a silk rug gently or vacuum it (lightly). If you vacuum the rug, use only the machine’s brush-less suction head because the vacuum’s roller brush could damage the fibers. A stationary brush is better, but it’s still best to use the suction head only.
  • Should you spill something on the rug, clean it up ASAP. This helps keep the stain from setting in to the rug’s fibers, thus making the stain almost impossible to remove.
  • Scoop up food spills with a spoon (be careful not to scrape the rug itself).
  • If you spill liquid, press a clean, white, absorbent cloth gently against the spill to absorb as much liquid as possible. Once you’ve removed most of the liquid, get another clean, white, absorbent cloth and gently blot up as much of the remaining liquid as possible.
  • It’s best to avoid heat of any kind on the rug. So let the rug air dry and make sure you keep it far from heat wall vents, and portable heaters during its day-to-day existence.
  • If the rug is still stained, avoid chemical cleaners. The silk fibers are just too delicate.
  • When you eventually decide it’s time that rug have an overall cleaning, don’t use shampoo on the rug. Even a gentle shampoo will have chemicals that are just too harsh for the rug.

This is why it’s imperative that a professional rug cleaner clean the rug. A professional silk rug cleaner will wash your rug thoroughly and safely, ensuring the rug comes back to you in better shape than when you brought it in.

If you need your Oriental silk rug cleaned, bring it to the silk rug cleaning experts at Persian Rug Cleaner of Dallas. Give us a call at 972-447-9600.

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When a Persian Rug is Too Far Gone

You take your Persian or Oriental rug out of storage and notice that, because you folded it for storage, it now has a deep fold in it, one that – no matter what you do – just stays there. (Tip: never fold a rug for storage; always roll it up.)

Or you see that your beautiful rug is so faded from the sun, its colors look almost completely washed out.

Or you’ve placed a large potted plant on the rug (another no-no) and you notice that water has leaked from the pot onto your rug, causing considerable water damage (as in, the rug is so sodden, pieces of it just pull away in your hands).

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 Or your beloved cat has taken her claws to your antique Persian rug, lifting up a good number of the wool strands and breaking them. In fact, there appears to be a pretty big bald spot where Fluffy has done her dirtiest.

How can you tell if your rug is beyond repair? Read below.

First, an important note: you should never attempt to repair a genuine Persian or Oriental rug yourself. You should only give a professional rug repair person – preferably someone who has experience in ancient rug-making skills – with this important task.

Some issues are much easier to fix than others. A rug that’s been damaged by moths, for example, shouldn’t be too hard to repair, while a rug with a large bald spot (the rug will need extensive reweaving) may be too expensive to repair for your budget.

Have your damaged rug inspected by a professional rug repair specialist to ascertain what the cost might be. If a full restoration is beyond your budget, ask about minor work that could be done. This may not restore your rug to its original glory, but if it’s affordable, you could at least see some use still from your rug.

Please understand that if the ends of your rug’s fringes are unraveling or if rows of knots are coming away, restoration definitely is possible, but can be very expensive. Unless you’ve had the rug appraised and you know that it’s very valuable, it may not be worth doing. The decision, of course, is up to you.

A cheaper repair – not restoration – for the above two issues (knots coming away and/or fringe unraveling) would be to excise the loose material and then secure what’s left. A shorter fringe also could help. (However, if the damage to the fringe extends to the rug’s pile area, the rug may need to be re-woven and your costs will go up accordingly.)

If you do decide that the cost of repairing/restoring your rug is too prohibitive, all is not lost. You could ask the professional repair specialist to shorten your rug (cutting away the damaged area) or even create decorative pillows out of the fabric.

If your fine handmade rug has experienced water, moth, sun, urine, wine/food, or some other damage, contact the rug restoration experts at Persian Rug Cleaner of Dallas. Give us a call at 972-447-9600 to learn more about our repair and restoration services.

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