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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.

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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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.

Displaying Your Persian Rug on a Wall

Not everyone wants to place a Persian or Oriental rug on the floor: some people prefer to showcase it as a work of art on a wall.

If you’d like to show off your rug on a wall, read below for tips on how to do so for the best effect as well as to protect your rug.

  • Before hanging, decide which wall you will use. It should be a wall that’s not in direct sunlight, as the sun’s rays can fade the vegetable dyes used in the rug’s yarns over time. If you must place it in direct sunlight, place UV filters on the windows
  • Make sure no metal brackets, nails, staples, wires, etc. (anything metal) will come in contact with the rug because moisture in the air that comes in contact with the metal eventually will cause the rug to corrode.

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Your Persian or Oriental rug is a true work of art. Why not showcase it by hanging it on a wall in your home?

  • The same goes for hanging the rug over a heater or vent – the rug’s fibers can become brittle and dry out. You also should keep the rug away from humidifiers; they eventually can cause mildew
  • Don’t hang your rug on a wall of uncovered wood because the wood’s acidity can stain the rug. If you must hang the rug on a wood wall, stitch unbleached and unstarched muslin on the part of the rug that will touch the wall. You also can seal the wood with urethane
  • If your rug is old/weak or is a silk rug, mount it on a full-frame. Hanging the rug from the top and letting it hang “freely” will eventually cause the weight of the rug to stretch the rug out.

If your rug isn’t too large (no longer than five feet long and four feet wide) you can hang it using a sleeve and rod mounting.

When it comes to actually hanging the rug, follow these steps:

  • You will need to measure the height of the wall and the length of the rug. If the rug is a lot shorter than the wall is high, find a spot that’s as close to the vertical middle of the wall as possible.
  • You will then need to find two studs in the wall in which to install your brackets. The studs are much stronger than most wall materials used today and so they will hold the rug safely and securely without damaging the wall.
  • You now drill screws into the wall and install the brackets. Use a level to make sure the brackets are level/even.
  • To test the brackets, hang the carpet rod on them without the rug. Use the level again to make sure the ends of the bracket are level. Adjust as necessary.
  • Purchase a rod sleeve (make sure it has fabric hanging it from it; this is what you will attach the carpet to).
  • Sew the carpet to the rod sleeve’s hanging portions. It’s best to use cotton or linen carpet thread. You may want a professional rug dealer or rug cleaner to do this for you.
  • Slide the rod into the sleeve that’s sewn to your rug and hang it on the wall.

If you wonder if your rug is in condition to be hung from a wall, contact the experts at Persian Rug Cleaner of Dallas.  Contact us at 972-447-9600.

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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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Famous Persian Rugs

Fine weavers and artists have been creating Persian rugs for centuries (for at least 2,500 years. These textile works of art can last decades – even centuries – so it’s not surprising that there are a few “famous” Persian rugs.

Read below for a handful of them.

Two carpets created in the 16th century (around 1539-40) make up the pair of carpets singly known as the Ardabil Carpet.

One carpet is in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London with the smaller of the two in the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

The carpet in London is 34 ½ x 17 ½ feet, which means it has about 26 million knots in total.

The rugs are highly regarded in part because of the deliberate use of graphical perspective in that the rugs depict (among other things) two lamps at either end. The lamps are of different sizes; however, if one looks at the rug from the end with the smaller lamp, the lamps appear to be the same size.

The larger carpet arrived in London in 1893 pretty much in shreds and so the smaller of the two (the one now in Los Angeles) was later “sacrificed” in order to restore the other (the “sacrificed” no longer has a border and has some of its field missing).

The Ardabil Carpet’s design is so popular that several other Persian rugs have the same design. Wikipedia.com reports that there’s an “Ardabil” at 10 Downing Street in London. Hitler also was said to have an “Ardabil” in his Berlin office.

Another famous rug, the Pazyryk Carpet is believed to be the oldest extant Persian rug (although a few experts dispute this.) Discovered during an archeological dig in the 1940s, the rug is believed to be at least 2,000 years old. It’s now housed in St. Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum.

One of the largest carpets in the world is the “Carpet of Wonder” located in the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat (in the Sultanate of Oman). This carpet – finished in 2001 – measures 4,343 square meters (almost 14,300 square feet). It took 600 workers four years to create (or 12 million man-hours).

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The “Carpet of Wonder”.

Sotheby’s auction house in New York City in 2013 sold an antique Persian rug for $34,000,000. The rug – which is predominately red and featured (according to Sotheby’s) a “sickle-leaf, vine scroll and palmette ‘vase’-technique” was created in the 17th century. At 8’9” x 6’5” the rug wasn’t large at all (about the size of rug to be placed under a four-person dining room table).

When you want your modern or antique Persian or Oriental rug cleaned properly – bring it to Persian Rug Cleaner of Dallas.  We hand wash all of our rugs, ensuring their safety and thorough cleaning. Contact us by calling 972-447-9600.

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