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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.

Open 9:00 to 5:30 Monday – Saturday repair quotes call for an appointment.

Proper Care of Your Persian Rug

Now that you’ve purchased your first – or 10th – Persian or Oriental rug, you need to make sure you care for it properly. Doing so will mean you can pass the rug to your children and grandchildren, and they can pass it down to their descendants, as well.

These gorgeous works of art are surprisingly durable; it will be tough for you to harm them.

Still, the better you care for your rug, the better chance it has at lasting so that your great-great-great-grandchildren can enjoy it, also.

July1_Antique_oushak_carpet_with_a_pale_red_and_green_tone Take proper care of your rug and there’s a good chance your rug could last for centuries, just as this Turkish Oushak carpet has.

This post will discuss day-to-day care of your Persian or Oriental rug. It will not discuss washing, stain removal, or storage.

  • These works of art are made to be used. So place your rug on the floor and enjoy it! It’s best to keep it out of direct sunlight but, if that’s not possible, make sure you rotate the rug at least once a month so that each end or side eventually is exposed to the light, as well.
  • Sunlight can fade your rug’s colors and also make the rug’s fibers weaker, so if you can’t keep it out of direct sunlight, consider closing the room’s blinds during the sunniest part of the day and also consider investing in blinds or curtains that fully block the sun’s UV rays.
  • If you place furniture on the rug, rotate the rug every six months or so to prevent the weight of the furniture from creating permanent indentations in the rug.
  • You also should move furniture around your rug regularly as the placement of furniture can create traffic pathways. Moving the furniture will change the pathway, helping to keep wear to a minimum.
  • If your rug has fringe and the ends become twisted and tangled, rather than comb them free – which can cause them to fray – pick one end of the rug up and walk to the rug’s opposite end. This will flip the rug over and straighten out the fringe. You also may shake the rug gently.
  • We recommend removing dirt and fine, sharp micro-dust from your rug using the suck function only of your vacuum.  This not only gets dirt and grit out of the rug, but it also helps keep its wool fibers from packing down. Consider turning off the beater bar of the vacuum or use a brushless vacuum.
  • Pick up any food droppings or liquid spills as soon as possible. Absorb any spills with a clean cloth or paper towels (daub gently) and daub from the rim of the spill, moving to the center. You’ll also want to place a towel (paper towels are fine) under the rug to prevent damage to the rug’s underside. Dampen the towels with water only; do not use any cleaners or chemicals.
  • Have the rug cleaned professionally every four to five years if it gets a lot of use/traffic and make sure to rotate it regularly.

If you live in the Dallas region and need a Persian or Oriental rug cleaned, call upon the experts at Persian Rug Cleaner of Dallas. We’re also experts at cleaning antique rugs. 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.

Taking Care of Moth Damage

It happens to even those who take the utmost care of their beautiful Persian or Oriental rug – moths get to the rug and cause damage.

Read below for tips on how to repair and/or take care of a rug beloved by moths.

  • First, you’ll notice that the pests have gotten to your rug because you’ll probably see bald spots or loose or broken pile.
  • You also may see moths flying around the carpet, cocoons, larvae in the rug’s pile, or tiny sand-like particles in the pile (these are eggs).
  • Understand that moths don’t eat your rug; they lay hundreds of eggs in wool and when the larvae hatch, they are the ones that eat the wool.
  • You won’t be able to repair the damage yourself; you’ll need to take your rug to a professional with experience repairing Persian and Oriental rugs. Be prepared: skilled craftsmen aren’t inexpensive and it may cost you a bundle to have the rug’s weave/knots repaired. If the harm is extensive, you may wish to have only the worst spots fixed.

To prevent moths in the future, be sure to vacuum the top of your rug at least weekly and also vacuum the rug’s backside several times a year. Don’t forget the pad and even the floor underneath the rug.

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It’s not the winged moths that eat the wool in your Persian rug, it’s the larvae that have just hatched from their eggs.

Mothballs, crystals, and flakes don’t work against moths in rugs. They do act as a minor repellent but they don’t kill the larvae. Plus, the odor of mothballs can be hard to remove from the rug.

Cedar scent also doesn’t prevent moth damage.

If you can’t reach certain areas of the rug (a part that’s under a heavy sofa or the rug is hung on a wall) you can spray it with a non-staining household insecticide that’s made specifically for killing moths. The ingredients in many of these repellents are pyrethrins, which will kill many types of insects. The insecticide breaks down quickly after use, so they are considered safe to use in the home.

Moths also can attack a rug when it’s being stored. To prevent this, follow these steps:

  • Make sure the storage area is dry, cool (doesn’t get damp or too hot), and has shades and/or blinds.
  • It’s best to roll the rug up for storage.
  • Don’t place the rug standing up on a floor. It’s best to lay it on a table, shelf, or counter. If necessary, it’s ok to place it on the floor (just make sure it’s not a concrete floor).
  • Roll the rug around a sturdy cardboard tube (your Dallas Persian rug cleaner probably has one you can purchase) and then cover the rug with a sheet of muslin or an old bedsheet.
  • The sheet should be long enough that it can be tucked into the “tube” the rug forms when rolled.
  • Check the rug every six months for moth and or mildew damage.

Persian Rug Cleaner of Dallas can help you learn how to properly care for your rug. When you want it cleaned, we will wash it by hand (the best way to wash a Persian rug).  Contact us at 972-447-9600.

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Pets and Your Persian Rug: Keep One or the Other?

You love your pets. You love Persian rugs. Can’t they all just get along?

Of course they can!

As you mull over whether to purchase a fine handmade rug, you may be considering that your dog or cat could ruin it. After all, accidents do happen and you’re worried your dog or cat could pee on the rug, that your dog or cat could scratch or chew the rug.

You needn’t worry too much.

After all, a fine handmade rug is crafted to stand the test of time…and furry friends. These handmade objects of beauty are sturdy and can pretty much withstand anything you ask of them.

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There’s no need to ban pets from your home once you purchase a Persian rug. Take a look below for some things you can do to help them “get along.”

There are a few things you can do help your animals coexist peacefully with your fine handmade rug. Read below for some of our tips.

  • Perhaps the first thing you may want to do is place the rug in a location not frequented by your pet. This helps keep even the chance of an accident from occurring.
  • Consider hanging your rug on a wall – far above Fluffy’s claws – to display it instead of placing it on a floor.
  • If your rug has tassels, consider removing them (save them as they can be replaced later). This way your dog is less likely to chew on them and your cat is less likely to play with them, certainly entangling them as time goes on.
  • If headed out for a trip and you’ll have a pet sitter come in to feed/walk your pets, seriously consider removing the rug and placing it somewhere safe. That way, your pets can’t pee/poop on it. Cleaning pet stains from a rug needs to happen ASAP after the accident and if the pet sitter comes in a few hours later…..
  • Speaking of accidents, if your dog or cat does relieve himself on your rug, follow these steps immediately:
    • If your pet has pooped or vomited, scoop it up quickly. Then blot up what you can’t scoop with a clean cotton towel.
    • Grab some club soda (you should keep it handy at home for just such an emergency) and pour it into a container. (If you don’t have club soda at home, create a 50/50 mix of white vinegar and cool water.)
    • Using a sponge and wringing out any excess, dampen (don’t wet; dampen) the area that’s affected. Blot with a cotton towel to pull out the urine/vomit/poop.
    • Keep blotting until you see nothing coming up on the towel (best to use a light-colored towel).
    • Now take a portable hair dryer, place it on warm – not hot – and dry the fibers of the rug. It’s best if you can raise the affected area so that you can place the dryer so that air flows on both the top and underside of the rug.
    • If you see that dyes in the rug are coming off on the towel, stop dampening the rug and blot/dry it as quickly as you can. A too-wet rug risks growing mildew and mold. That’s why you shouldn’t wet the rug, but dampen it.
    • Also, don’t scrub; you risk breaking the wool’s fiber.
    • If your pet continues to defecate or pee on the rug (or get sick), you need to remove the rug to where your pet has no access to it. Repeated accidents of this sort can eventually lead to mold/mildew, permanent stains and bad odors.

If you’re looking for a reliable and professional rug cleaner, contact Persian Rug Cleaner of Dallas. Get a hold of us by calling 972-447-9600.

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Pet Urine and Your Persian Rug

April2Photo It’s bound to happen.  Your pet will have an accident on you gorgeous Persian rug.

Here’s how to handle it, clean it and make sure the rug stays as beautiful as it was before the accident.

The trouble with pet urine is that it’s pretty acidic, making it a great breeding ground for bacteria which will start making their appearance almost instantly.  What’s more, once the liquid dries, bacteria will feed on it, and also excrete their own waste on it, which has a much higher alkaline pH – between 10-12 on the pH scale – making it even harder to clean.  And so the cycle of growing bacteria leaving waste and making the stain ever harder to remove continues..

Therefore, it’s best if you clean it up as soon as possible after your pet makes a mess.

The good news is that when your dog or cat first pees on the rug, their urine has a pH scale of 5 or 6, which makes it easier to clean up when fresh.

What’s more, your pet’s urine soon starts to oxidize, reacting with the rugs dyes to change the threads’ colors. In fact, if you leave the mess on the Persian Rug for days, it can start to change the structure of the dye, making your rug discolored permanently but we can fix it or correct it cosmetically after Persian Rug Cleaner hand washes it.  If you see the standard yellow-ish stain of the urine on the Oriental rug, it probably means the dyes have already started changing color. In other words, it’s not the urine that’s yellow, it’s the dyes turning color.

Material you will need  before starting: [1. white paper towels or regular bath towels, 2.  white vinegar with 5% acidity (available at any grocery store or already at your home) 3. two spray bottles 4. old clean toothbrush, plastic spoon, or regular tea spoon 6. regular house hold fan.

STEP 1: Absorb

First you need to absorb as much of the accident as you can.

– Place a paper towel or regular bath towel (folded bath towel to the size of spot of pet urine) over the spot.

Then step on it for 10 seconds..

-Change the paper towel or flip the folded towel to the other side to absorb as much liquid as you can at this stage.

STEP 2: Delude

Dilute the pet urine by spraying or apply regular cold tap water on the urine spot area than ABSORB the now diluted urine up like in step one.

STEP 3. Apply Solution

A. In one spray bottle mix 50% water and 50% of the 5% acidity white vinegar. Then spray or apply this solution over the spot. Only let this solution sit on the rug for 3-4 minutes.

B. Agitate the rug fibers with the old clean toothbrush or regular tea spoon or plastic spoon going with the direction of the nap.

STEP 4. Continue to dilute the stain with the mixture, spraying or applying the solution over the spot 1 more times.

ABSORB the now diluted urine up like in STEP 1

STEP 5: Continue to dilute the pet stain with plain water spraying or applying water over the spot 2 more times.

ABSORB the now diluted accident up like in STEP 1

This will remove the last bit of vinegar, water and urine.

STEP 6: Drying

Dry the area. Please remember, do not keep the rug completely saturated with solution or water for more than 5 to 10 minutes. Dry the rug using a regular house hold fan. First elevate the area by putting a box or chair under the rug to allow air flow to dry the back and front of the rug and spot.

Inspect your existing rug padding. If the accident has gotten onto the padding you need to discard the pad and replace it to eliminate bacteria and odors that may attract your pet to have another accident.

If you don’t discover the accident until after 24 hours have passed, you’re probably going to need to call in PersianRugCleaner.com as professionals we would tell you the sooner you do the better!

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