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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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What Your Persian Rug Cleaner Needs to Know

Every 4 to 5 years when I want to clean my rugs, who should I call?  

A dry cleaner uses chemicals, while a carpet cleaner surface washes your rugs. Hand washing a fine Oriental or Persian rug involves organic solutions made specifically for hand-woven rugs and a deep washing all the way through each rug.

Call Behnam Rugs’ Persian Rug Cleaner for antique rug washing, large and small rug washing, and color-protecting wash, to name just a few of our services.

When you call us, there are some details you can provide us so we can best estimate what type of cleaning it will need. Take a look below.

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  1. The rug’s age and material.

Antiques require an even gentler wash that can only be accomplished with techniques learned from decades of knowledge and handwashing skills. Pieces made of wool, silk, and a combination of wool, cotton, silk, and natural fibers are not all washed in the same way!

  1. Have you cleaned up any pet or liquid stains between now and the rug’s last cleaning?

If so, our experts will be able to double-check to see if there are any remaining or hard-to-see stains and pay special attention to them. Our washing professionals will be able to remove remnants completely and safely from the rug. (The acid in pet urine stains can continue to eat away at your rug’s fibers long after you think you have cleaned it all up yourself.)

3. Have you tried to shampoo the rug yourself recently?

Even the most careful of home shampoo sessions can leave soap residue within your rug’s fibers. Knowing that you washed it recently will help the cleaner know to look for that residue and remove if finally and completely.

  1. If you washed it yourself, tell the professionals what type of shampoo you used, how long ago you washed it, and any stains you specifically were trying to clean.

If you ever do wash the rug yourself (not recommended), you need to use a very mild liquid soap. Detergents and ammonia can harm the fibers.

“Please do not use anything on your rugs you would not use on your own body, said Ben “Behnam” Tavakolian, owner of Behnam Rugs and Persian Rug Cleaner. “Detergents, cleaners and ammonia will dry out your rug and cause further harm to the fibers.”

  1. Have you seen any signs of moth larvae infestation?

The professional wants to know this so that he can be sure to look for a) the moth larvae in order to get rid of all of them and b) check for signs of rug damage from where the larvae ate the rug’s fibers.

The rug washer will inspect to check for wear, fiber damage, signs of soap residue, pet/liquid stains, etc., but it’s still a good idea that you make sure he knows the answers to the above questions since you can give him background information (“I’ve noticed moth larvae for three months, no matter what I do.”) that will help him clean the rug so that its colors shine.

When you need your rug cleaned professionally, call upon the experts at Persian Rug Cleaner of Dallas.  Contact us at 972-447-9600 for more information.

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Questions to Ask a Persian Rug Cleaner

When it’s time to get your Persian or Oriental rug professionally cleaned (we suggest every four to five years), you’re going to want to make sure the rug cleaner understands the special cleaning needs of these beautiful woven works of art.

We suggest again a Rug Company that specializes in rug cleaning, not the carpet cleaning company you hire for your wall-to-wall carpet cleaning to wash your Persian/Oriental rug. Again you need to make sure the cleaning company has experience cleaning these types of hand-knotted rugs.

Take a look below at some of the questions we feel you should ask every Persian/Oriental rug cleaning company before you hand over your valuable rug.

Questions to ask Persian rug cleaner

  • Does the company do the washing itself, or does it send the rug elsewhere? You should look for a company that does all cleaning on its own premises – it has better control of the quality of the cleaning that way.
  • If the cleaning company says it does clean rugs at their facility, ask if you can tour the cleaning area. This does two things, it proves that the company cleans the rugs on its premises and you’ll be able to see the hand-washing process for yourself.
  • Many Oriental/Persian rugs are quite large and therefore quite heavy. Does the cleaning company offer free pickup and delivery of your rug, or do you have to get it there yourself? Rugs can be so heavy and unwieldy that it could be well worth it to have the company pick it up/return it and, as we do, reinstall your rugs with proper padding, even if there’s a charge for the service.
  • If the company picks up and delivers, will it move your furniture for you, roll the rug up and then reverse the procedure when returning the rug?
  • What kind of quality control does the company have within its cleaning processes? Is it written down? May you read it? Do you receive a copy of the agreement?
  • Rinsing the rug of all cleaning residue is critical. Does the cleaning company rinse the rug thoroughly (this will take several rinsing sessions) until all cleaning residue is completely gone?
  • A very important question to ask is whether the company inspects the rug carefully before starting to clean it. This helps the company determine the best cleaning process to use depending on a rug’s particular issues and condition.
  • Does the company have experienced repair and restoration experts on staff to make repairs, etc.? Many pre-cleaning inspections discover damage and cosmetic issues, so having experts on staff to fix these problems as part of the cleaning process can mean your rug will return to you cleaner as well as in better condition than before its cleaning.
  • How does the rug cleaning company dry your rug?  We lay rugs flat to dry so as to maintain the shape of your rug, keep colors from running, and help remove any unwanted smells from your rugs.

If you need your rug cleaned, bring it to the rug cleaning experts at Persian Rug Cleaner of Dallas. Contact us by calling 972-447-9600.

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Why Your Persian Rug Needs a (Professional) Full Wash

More tips on how to keep your rug investment for years to come.

You undoubtedly want to keep your hand-knotted rug as beautiful as possible for as long as possible. Perhaps you even dream of handing the rug down to your children and grandchildren and their children and grandchildren. This is highly probable, because, if maintained correctly, as handmade rugs can last for decades, even centuries.

Over the years, you can care for it properly at home by vacuuming it regularly using the simple suction function, and never the beater brush.  Keep the rug out of direct sunlight, and rotate it regularly to keep traffic wear even, and waste no time dabbing up food and drink spills, and so on.

Then you read our blog telling you to have your rug cleaned every four to five years, and you figure that you’re taking care of it pretty well at home yourself, so you’ll clean it yourself.

 Please don’t.  Here are some of the reasons why.

Rugs can hold pounds of dirt (and still look clean) but this dirt will add to its weight and make it difficult to maneuver.  A wet rug will become even heavier to move and try to wash – flip- and dry.

Different rugs need to be washed in different ways. A full cleaning includes scrubbing on the front and backside with the correct organic rug solution and the ability to fully wash all the solutions out, then push all the water out without damaging the pile or allowing mold to grow or fibers to weaken and rip!

For a genuine, hand-knotted wool or silk rug, you’ll help it last for generations if you take it to a professional Persian/Oriental rug cleaner.

Here’s why:

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  • A professional Persian/Oriental rug cleaner has years of expertise cleaning these precious rugs. The cleaner has the proper tools and training to ensure your rug returns to you with its vibrant colors brighter than before it was cleaned and the softness of its wool or silk restored.
  • A professional can look at a rug and know how to treat it correctly. Each rug has different fading and wear patterns, different types of stains that have “graced” it, and a different condition than any other rug. A professional rug cleaner can take all aspects of the rug into consideration and clean accordingly.
  • A professional will inspect your rug for stains, weak spots, and – most importantly – to determine which dyes and fibers were used to create it.
  • A professional may use a brush-less vacuum to pick up dirt and dust from the rug’s fibers prior to cleaning, or he may beat the rug with a broom.
  • A professional knows how to clean these rugs to remove dirt and stains gently enough not to damage the rug.
  • The professional cleaner and his team will dry the rug carefully in order to keep mold and mildew at bay.
  • Many Persian/Oriental rugs have fringe and too many owners try to clean or disentangle the fringe themselves, which could lead to damage and/or breakage. A professional rug cleaner, however, knows how to clean the fringe and keep it intact.

When you need your Persian or Oriental rug cleaned – and cleaned well – contact the rug cleaning experts at Persian Rug Cleaner of Dallas. Contact us by calling 972-447-9600.

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Estimating the Value of an Antique Persian Rug

If you have an antique Persian or Oriental rug, you may wonder what its appraised value is for insurance purposes, or if you’ve decided to sell it.

Read below for tips on how to appraise the value of an antique Persian or Oriental rug.

  • Take a look at its design. How intricate is it? Does it have a sense of visual depth? Are the proportions of the design’s elements effective? The level and quality of the overall design/composition as well as how the rug’s colors work together are important when appraising a rug’s value.
  • Rugs created before 1900 or even earlier are the most sought after because these rugs tend to have more naturally dyed colors, original designs, and even hues not found in rugs of more recent vintage.

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A Sultanabad antique Persian rug.

  • The older the rug, the more wear that’s allowed. A rug that was woven 70 years ago, for example, but shows more wear than one created 200 years ago, will be of lesser value.
  • A rug’s value also is determined by how much restoration work has been performed upon it. The restoration’s execution also is important. Chemical washing and lessening the size of a rug during restoration can have a great affect – negatively – on a rug’s value.
  • The more natural the dyes, the better.
  • Does the rug’s overall design and craftsmanship make it a true work of art? If so, it will be far more valuable to collectors than even an older rug in better shape.
  • In addition, rugs with more traditional designs tend to be more coveted by collectors, making them more valuable than a rug with a design that less traditional.
  • Rugs woven in the 1800s and earlier, as well as those in the “city” styles of the Kashan, Haji, Tabriz, Jalili, Motasham, Kermanshah, and Ferahan Sarouks, can be very valuable, as can the tribal styles (Caucasian, Qashqai, and Afshar) and the “village’ styles of Bakshaish, Ziegler Sultanbad, and the better Serapis, tend to be sought after by collectors.
  • The higher quality of the wool, the more valuable the rug. A good wool is one that has a high lanolin content, which gives the rug a luster and even a radiance to the colors, thus helping clarify the rugs’ design.
  • Finally, you should have a professional appraiser take a look at the rug and give you an estimate. You may want to have it seen by more than one appraiser.

If you have an antique rug you need to be cleaned, bring it to the Dallas Persian rug cleaning experts at  Persian Rug Cleaner of Dallas. Give us a call at 972-447-9600.

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I Cleaned My Persian Rug Myself and Damaged It. What Now?

If you decided to clean your Persian or Oriental rug yourself (and we – naturally – don’t  recommend that anyone go the DIY route when it comes to these fine, hand-knotted works of art) and damaged it in the process, what should you do?

Read below for some suggestions.

We do not recommend washing rugs at home with water and cleaner. Washing rugs is a more technical procedure requiring a certain length of time for the rug to stay wet, proper drying methods and using natural cleaners made for natural rug fibers.  If not properly dried, many fine rugs after washing at home have musty odors or a wet wool smell. The odor can stay with the rug even after it has dried at home.

Persian and Oriental rugs tend to have cotton wefts and warp. The warp runs end to end on the rug (the fringe of a hand-knotted rug is created at the edge of the warp). The warp also is where the craftsmen tie the knots, creating the rug’s pile. This craftsman construction requires hand washing only

April2_NoCarpetCleaningMachine Your Persian rug was made by hand; it should be cleaned by hand,

not with a carpet cleaning machine.

If you did attempt to wash your rug and it experienced water damage, you’re going to have to have it repaired/restored by a professional schooled in repairing hand-knotted rugs.

The extent of the repair will depend on the extent of the damage to your rug. (Unfortunately, if its colors have run, there’s little that can be done to “fix” the colors).

A color run is where the rug color has bled over one color into the next color. The damage could be moderate to extreme depending on what cleaning shampoo has been used, the temperature of the water, any other solutions that were added during the wash, and the length of time the rug stays wet.

What can you do if the colors have run on the rug you – or someone else – washed? Contact the professionals at Persian Rug Cleaner of Dallas  to rewash and dry your rug properly. If you decide to wash your rug at home, contact us and we will give you tips to prevent damaging your rugs.

If the rug has rotted, the rotted section will have to be rewoven, possibly even replacing the warp and weft in order to complete the reweaving.

If the water damage is contained in a small area, the warp/weft may be saved, allowing the weaver to reweave a smaller section, saving considerable money.

If  you – or  another cleaner – has damaged your rug when cleaning, bring it to the cleaning and repair experts at Persian Rug Cleaner of Dallas. Or give us a call to pick up your rug at 972-447-9600.