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Why It’s Even More Important to Take a Persian Rug to a Professional Cleaner

If you own a hand-knotted Persian or Oriental rug, you may be tempted to clean it yourself in an effort to save a little money. Now, if the rug is not that dirty, and all you want to do is give it a dusting with the vacuum, doing it yourself is fine.

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A Western Anatolia 16th century knotted wool Lotto carpet.

However, if you want to give the rug a thorough cleaning, the best thing for you to do is to take it not just to a professional rug cleaner, but to a professional Persian/Oriental rug cleaner because, simply put, they know what to do and how to do it right. Here are a few reasons why using a professional is the best thing to do.

  1. They understand the importance of dusting.

Before they do any cleaning of a rug, a professional Persian rug cleaner will dust the rug thoroughly. This is extremely important. In fact, it is the most important part of cleaning. And it is something that many people – even professionals – neglect to do.

Dusting is important to remove the small particles of dirt on the rug, especially ones that have fallen into the pile. If these particles are not removed, they can damage the rug because of their abrasiveness. If you do not dust the rug thoroughly, you simply remove the dirt on top, leaving the deeply lodged particles underneath.

Moreover, because of the way they are made, Persian rugs can hold a lot of dirt without looking soiled, literally pounds of it.

Persian rug cleaners are painstaking in their efforts to dust out this dirt. It is a very time consuming process. And they do this before they do any washing of the rug.

  1. They use the right detergents.

Persian rug cleaners use detergents that are specially made for these types of rugs. Moreover, they test the rugs to make sure the cleansers will not hurt a rug’s colors. Then, they wash the rugs using a rug shampoo that is safe for use on wool. After that, they rinse the rug using an acidic solution that neutralizes the alkaline cleanser, which helps to stabilize the dyes in the rug so that they do not run. Finally, they groom and dry the rugs using air movers. Cleaning a Persian or Oriental rug properly takes a lot of time and effort, but the result is worth it.

When you need your Persian or Oriental rug cleaned in the Dallas region, take it to Persian Rug Cleaner of Dallas.  Give us a call at 972-447-9600 for more information.

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Ban Bugs from Your Rug

Have you ever picked up a wool rug, checked its backside and seen tiny larvae squirming happily? Aside from saying “Ewwwww!” you may have wondered what they were and how they got there.

You also more than likely swore you’d never allow such pests to make camp on your rugs again!

To help you do just that, we’ve put together a short primer that can help you ban bugs forever from your valuable Persian and Oriental rugs.

  1. Know your enemy.

Two types of insects tend to make their home in your rug: carpet moths (really just your typical household moth) and carpet beetles.

Moths that you may find flying around your home don’t damage your rug; it’s their offspring. The adult female will lay her eggs on the underside of your piece (it’s nice and dark and safe there with plenty of wool fibers for her offspring to eat) and when her eggs hatch and the larvae emerge they will start eating the wool fibers.

Carpet beetles’ larvae (known as wooly bears) also love wool and will eat your fibers as soon as they emerge from their eggs.

  1. A good defense is the best offense.

To keep bugs from nesting in your rug, you need to keep it clean, so vacuum it regularly without the beater brush (or use the vacuum’s suction accessory). Vacuum it at least every two weeks or so and be sure to pick it up and check for signs of moth or carpet beetle eggs: they will look like lint.

You may want to vacuum the backside of your rug once a month, as well.

  1. A clean rug is unattractive to bugs.

Having the rug washed by a professional Persian rug cleaner will clear away eggs and larvae. Wash them professionally at least every few years. If the piece gets a lot of use (it’s in a high-traffic area and it’s trod upon many times a day), get it cleaned once a year.

If you find many bugs before you can get it cleaned, don’t use pesticides on the rug. Instead, ask the cleaner to wash it and then give it a vinegar rinse to help remove all eggs/larvae.

  1. Wash it before storage.

Never store a rug that hasn’t been professionally cleaned before putting it away. You’re just giving the pests carte blanche to breed, eat, breed, eat over several generations.

Normally, you shouldn’t spray the rug with bug repellent if you’re going to store it for just a few months. But if you’re going to place it in storage for a year or more, you may want to talk to the rug cleaner about using a repellent prior to storage. If you’re going to place the rug in a cedar chest, you may not need to use the repellent. Talk to the rug expert for his thoughts.

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A cedar chest can be a great place to store a wool Persian/Oriental rug, but only if the rug will fit without bending.

  1. Store it properly.

When storing a rug, never fold it; roll it up and wrap it in a piece of cotton sheeting, making sure to secure the ends with ties and place the left-over material into the rug (helps keep bugs from crawling in).  Never store the rug by laying it on the floor and never store it standing on one end: lay it on a table or shelf instead. Make sure the room in which you store it has some form of climate control: you don’t want the room to become too dry or too moist.

If you’ve noticed eggs/larvae on your rugs, you have plans to store it, or it’s time it should be washed, contact the Persian and Oriental rug cleaning experts at Persian Rug Cleaner of Dallas.  Give us a call at 972-447-9600 for more information.

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Why Persian Rugs Last Longer When Cleaned Properly

If you’ve purchased a hand-knotted, quality Persian or Oriental rug, you very well may have visions of handing the rug down to your children and/or grandchildren, also hoping that they will pass it down to their grandchildren!

Fine rugs made of wool, wool, and silk are quite sturdy and should last for decades when cared for properly. But to truly ensure that your textile work of art provides beauty to the homes of your descendants for generations to come, you need to take proper care of it and proper care entails ensuring it’s cleaned properly.

First off you need to use your rug and have it out where it can be visually inspected periodically to gauge usage and maintenance needs for each of your rugs. Then a second ongoing step in maintaining your rugs is to properly clean it regularly. You can use a vacuum but don’t use the vacuum’s beater brush; use its suction tool only. (The beater brush can snag on errant threads and pull them. It also can make a true mess of a rug’s fringe by cutting them off and splitting the other border sides.

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Proper cleaning can ensure that your rug stays as vibrant as this antique Persian Sultanabad rug.

If you don’t want to vacuum the rug, take a clean broom to it and sweep only in the direction of the pile. Regardless of whether you vacuum or sweep, cleaning the rug like this regularly (at least monthly) helps keep dust, dirt, and grime from settling into the rug’s weft and warp. If allowed to sink into the rug, dirt/dust particles speed up wear to the carpet because dirt and dust are comprised of microscopic sharp edges that can literally tear at the rug’s fibers. Worn, dirty, and extra dry rugs also encourage pests like moths and mildew to make their home in your rug.

Additional proper care of your rug includes rotating it regularly to ensure that wear from walking upon it and/or furniture standing is as even as possible. You also should keep the rug out of direct sunlight as the sun’s rays also can wear down the rug’s fibers.

But perhaps the most critical component of properly caring for your rug is to have it cleaned professionally by a company that knows how to clean these valuable textiles on a maintained schedule every 4 to 5 years.

For example, when cleaning your rug, Persian Rug Cleaner of Dallas will:

  • Thoroughly inspect your rug for issues, as well as for its fiber content so that we can know exactly how to clean the rug.
  • Test the rug’s dyes to see if the colors will run. We have the know-how to take the right action before and during the wash to best stabilize colors.
  • We dust the rug to make sure as much dust, dirt, and grime is removed.
  • We wash your rug with flowing water, giving it a gentle bath with a gentle, non-chemical cleaner.
  • We push the water out of the rug without rollers or wringers. Once we’ve removed as much water as possible, we let it air dry outside in the sun laying it on a clean, flat surface or during rain still flat but inside with industrial fans.
  • Once the rug is dry, we dust it and groom it again, brush it and get it ready to return to you, with its colors clean, bright, and vibrant. We also offer color matching and repair if needed.

When you need your rug cleaned professionally and properly, call and get a quote by phone and have us pick up your rug in our service area or bring it to Persian Rug Cleaner of Dallas.

Contact us at 972-447-9600 for more information.

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Preparing Your Persian Rug for Your Holiday Party

As the holidays approach, you undoubtedly are thinking of hosting a party or two. Perhaps you’re hosting a neighborhood party at your home, or your teens are planning on having a New Year’s Eve blowout.

Regardless, if you have a handmade rug in your home, you’re going to want to make sure it’s protected. In fact, this post’s headline may be a tad misleading because it’s not so much the rug you will need to prepare for the party, as it will be putting plans in place and taking some steps to protect the rug from party guests.

Protect Persian rug during party

We’ve put together a few “protective steps” you can take in preparation for your gathering.

  1. Where is your rug located in regard to where most of your guests will be walking, mingling, drinking, and/or eating?

If for example, your rug is located in a spot where a lot of people will be walking on it – especially if they will be carrying drinks as they walk – you may want to move the rug to a location that will see less action, or even place it in a room where no one will walk upon it.

Hand-made rugs are incredibly durable, but wine or eggnog, or even just spilled au jus from the roast beef spilled upon it can be problematic. If you’re worried about spills, as much as you want your guests to enjoy this textile work of art, it may be best to move the rug to a less-active area of your home.

  1. Make sure you vacuum the rug and rotate it before guests arrive.

You want to showcase the rug’s beauty you can do so best by making sure the rug is clean. If you have time (a few days), take the rug to Persian Rug Cleaner of Dallas for a thorough and professional cleaning. At the very least, vacuum the rug – but use the machine’s suction tool; never use its beater brush.

You also should rotate the rug a few days before the party so that any indentions in the rug made by furniture legs have some time to flatten out.

  1. Remove any live potted plants from atop the rug.

In fact, it’s best if you never place any live potted plant on your hand-knotted rug. As careful as you will be, dirt and grime will make its way to the rug from the plant pot. In addition, we can practically guarantee that water will seep from the pot onto the rug, causing water damage. Have you ever seen worn rugs or rugs that appear to have a section “torn” from them? They more than likely were damaged by water.

  1. Many holiday parties are held at night, so you needn’t move the rug if the sun normally shines directly upon it.

However, as a rule of thumb, it’s best to make sure the rug never rests in direct sunlight – the sun can damage and fade the rug’s fibers. We know you want to showcase your beautiful rug, but it’s best if you keep the rug out of direct sunlight at all times. If that’s not possible, at the very least, rotate the rug regularly so that its fading is at least “even.” You also might consider investing in sunblock blinds, curtains, or drapes.

We hope your holiday parties create wonderful memories that you and your friends and family enjoy for years to come. Let’s make sure they also can enjoy your handmade rug for decades to come: call Persian Rug Cleaner of Dallas at 972-447-9600 for more information on our professional rug cleaning services.

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