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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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4 Ways Owning a Persian Rug Makes You a Better Person

If you’re thinking of purchasing a fine, hand-made Persian or Oriental rug, consider this:

Doing so undoubtedly will make you a better person!

How so? Well, we’ve come up with four ways owning one – or more! – of these textile works of art makes you a better person. Take a look below.

  1. You’ll need to research the history of Persian and Oriental rugs so that you can identify a genuine hand-knotted rug.

Doing so will help you understand what makes these rugs so valuable. You’ll also have a greater understanding of the rugs’ designs and weaving techniques. You’ll also have a greater knowledge of the history of the Middle, Near, and Far East regions of the planet – certainly a good thing in and of itself.

  1. You’ll be more attuned to great art and craftsmanship everywhere.

Have you or a friend ever purchased a car, for example, that you’d never before really heard of and then, once the car is in your life in some way, you then see that same make and model everywhere?

The same goes for noticing fine works of art more, as well as appreciating the craftsmanship that goes into well-made, or well-designed furniture, cars, homes, landscapes, etc. Because you’ve had something of a short course in fine textile design, you’ll notice true artistry all around you when you see it.

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Buy a hand-knotted Persian or Oriental rug, and you’ll undoubtedly grow as an individual

  1. You may even start to buy “only the best,” because you’ve discovered the extra cost truly is worth it.

No more “fast fashion” for you. No more fast food. No more cutting corners to save a few pennies. Instead, you’ve come to appreciate and understand that quality and fine construction almost always trumps the fast and convenient because the quality is more beautiful, tastes better, and lasts longer.

  1. You just appreciate “the details” more and you find yourself slowing down to enjoy them.

These rugs are incredibly detailed in their designs, their colors, and the amount of artistry and time it takes to create them. As you learned about the history behind classic rug designs, you more than likely looked – really looked – at their details.

So now when a gorgeous sunset strikes you, you stop what you’re doing and look at it to notice its details. A starry night gob-smacks you with the incredible immensity of the sky’s vastness. Your child’s clear hazel eyes become fascinating (“I never knew his lashes were so long”), and so on.

Keep the details of your gorgeous rug as beautiful as they were the day you brought the rug home by having it regularly professionally cleaned. Contact Persian Rug Cleaner of Dallas at 972-447-9600.

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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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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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