How to Determine the Quality of the Rug That You Are Buying?

The quality of a rug depends on a few factors. To truly determine the quality of a rug, you must feel it.

Discussed below are tips for rug buyers to learn before making a big purchase. Listen or read more to find out how to tell what rug quality you’re buying.

Speaker 1: Today our topic is how to tell what rug quality you’re buying. How can rug buyers spot good quality rugs?

Speaker 2: Well, that’s a good question. I always think a lot of people are very confused about how to identify quality rugs. A lot of people believe what they’ve heard or read, or maybe a salesperson has told them.

Basically, what makes a decent rug … and I couldn’t care less if its rug mats or even a few people would wear upholstery, it’s the way acceptable is the yarn that they’re beginning with, in the first place. If it’s wool, as I’ve said many times, not all wool is created equal. The same thing with synthetic fibers. Certain fibers are more grounded and clean better, and it’s more stain-safe. Some won’t perform and wear, and some will shed and strip, and things like that.

Basically, yarn is very, very important. What is good yarn? What is good wool? I always say a good way to find out if its good wool is by rubbing. Rub the heck out of it. Then in your hands, if you’re getting a lot of little fuzz balls or fiber or lint from it, or whatever you want to call that, that usually means the fiber’s breaking down, which means, probably, if your fingers could do that, can you imagine what your foot will do to it with a lot more pressure and a lot more persistence.

Basically, the less you get out of it, the shedding out of it, the better performance. If it’s very soft to touch and very mushy when you put your fingers into it, and your fingers sink into the back, it doesn’t have density. You’re not going to be able to get the performance out of that carpet.

Tips and Tricks to Spot a Low-Quality Rug

Speaker 1: Are there some tips or tricks on how to spot a lower quality rug?

Speaker 2: Again, I think the big trick today is that a lot of people are using synthetic fibers, especially viscose. They call it bamboo silk, they call it Tencel, and they call it rayon. They call it viscose. It’s basically the same fiber. It’s basically a pulp-made fiber that really shines like silk, feels so soft, and you just love it. It feels like a rabbit coat or whatever … you just love to touch it. It looks gorgeous and very silky. It’s just a great-feeling fiber, but it just doesn’t form. Stay away from that if you want to see a lower quality. Viscose, a little bit in there is fine but try to stay away from too much viscose. If it is, you need something very dense and very low profile and something that’s been washed several times in order to allow it so it won’t stain and things like that.

Those are good points to spot in lower quality. It’s just what’s in it and then the wool. Like I said, rubbing your hand on it. If it breaks down and sheds, at that point you pretty well be assured it’s not a high-quality yarn that’s going to perform in traffic.

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Getting Rid of the Pet Odor on Your Rugs

Even though our Pets bring a lot of happiness, fun, and excitement into our lives, we can’t avoid their Odor on our favorite rugs.

Pungent odors and unsightly stains certainly come with the territory of having four-legged family members, and while it can be frustrating to walk into a room and be greeted by that distinct aroma, all is not lost.

Of course, nothing beats the convenience of tossing your rugs into the wash right after a major pet accident. But if you don’t have a washable rug yet (it’s never too late to get one!), here are some tips on how to get rid of pet odor from your rugs and carpets.

Clean New Stains Before the Rug Dries

Your first instinct may be to run as far away from the stench as possible, but you’ll want to clean pet pee or vomit while the rug is still wet. Waiting for it to dry will cause stains on your rug and encourage the growth of bacteria. Your quick response is important if you want to keep foul odors at bay.

Use Water to Clean the Area Thoroughly

Sadie Cornelius of CanineJournal.Com says cleaning your pet’s crime scene with water is still the best way to get the job done, especially if you want to make sure your furry critters are safe from any harmful chemicals.

Here is how to deal with new or fresh stains:

Blot the affected area with a few layers of paper towels and place a newspaper over them and under the wet spot.

Stand on top of this padding to allow them to absorb as much of the urine as possible.

You can also mix a few drops of green dish detergent with water and spray on the area before placing the paper towels.

Rinse the soiled spot with water and blot until dry.

Use UV Light to Locate the Affected Area

Sometimes, it can be tricky to find your little buddy’s “oopsie” spot, especially when the pee has had time to dry, and the smell has settled into your rug.

“One handy trick for cleaning up odors on rugs is to use a blacklight to find stains. These can be purchased online and let you pinpoint where exactly the stains are, which are likely the source of the odor,” suggests Kyle Holgate of Woof Whiskers. “This is really helpful if a certain room or rug has a smell, but you’re not exactly sure where it’s coming from. It certainly beats getting down on your hands and knees and sniffing the rug yourself.

Use a Pet Odor Neutralizer

Accidents are not the only things that can cause pet odor to build up in your rugs and even in your house. Regardless of regular grooming and a good diet, your pet’s daily routine and activities—running around in the yard, playing in the mud or puddles—and natural smell can bring undesirable odors into your home that can cling to your furniture and rugs.

The solution? “Apply a pet odor neutralizer,” suggests Sadie. “Be sure to follow the instructions and test a hidden area of the carpet first to make sure the neutralizer doesn’t stain the carpet.”

Be Wary of Using Heavy Cleaning Chemicals

Ammonia and vinegar are popular DIY cleaning solutions when it comes to getting rid of pet stains and odor, but the Humane Society advises against this. “They actually don’t remove the odor, and the strong scent of the chemicals may entice your dog to mark their area again,” adds Sadie.

Use Baking Soda to Remove General Odor

The best technique for eliminating the rug’s overall odor is to sprinkle the area or entire rug, if necessary, with newly opened baking soda and leave the baking soda on the rug for at least two hours, if possible. You can even use a large scrub brush to gently rake the powder into the rug fibers further if there is a particularly smelly area.

However, it’s important to note that large amounts of baking soda can be harmful to animals, so make sure you keep your pets away from any area that you are treating. After letting the baking soda sit in the affected spot, vacuum the area thoroughly to get rid of any residue.

Easy and Proper Ways to Take Care of Your Area Rugs

Proper Care of Your Area Oriental Rug is hassle-free.

What else can I do to prevent my rug from getting stained?

Of course, there are a couple of simple things you can do to prevent your rug from getting dirty. One simple thing is that you should try not to eat or drink on your beautiful rug; this obviously will reduce spills and potential food stains. Another simple thing to do is to simply remove your shoes when you enter your home, so you don’t bring in dirt from outside or probably just put on some slippers or socks. Also, ensure you vacuum your rug occasionally. While proper care for your rug will be helpful, it can’t be compared to a professional rug cleaning.

Should I vacuum my area rugs occasionally?

In almost all cases, you should ensure your rugs are vacuumed on a regular basis; doing this will prevent dirt from hiding deep into the pile and causing further wear. While doing this, you should also be cautious with the brush in the vacuum head, as some can actually cause damage to specific specialty rugs if it’s vigorously used. During your weekly vacuuming regimen, use the nozzle instead of rolling the vacuum over it.

What should I do if I spill something, get pet urine, wine stains, or maybe food stains on it?

It’s always advisable to clean the spills as soon as possible using paper towels or a white cloth. The first thing to do is to blot the area and make sure you contain it as much as possible. To carry out this process, begin the blotting from the spill’s outer edges and move in towards the middle; this will prevent it from spreading.

Should I ever turn or rotate my rug?

Yes, it’s 100% recommended. If your rug is facing direct sunlight every day, it will surely fade with time, especially if it is an antique rug or has dyes that are natural. If possible, you should invest in drapes or possibly move the rug to another area of the room that has less direct sunlight. Even after the reduction of the sunlight, you should turn the rug 180 degrees once annually. This will prevent uneven sun damage and also uneven wear from walking.

Is there an easy way to tell if my rug has moth damage?

When you notice signs of moth damage on your rug, you’ll see signs of bare spots in the rug, where the larvae have already eaten the delicate wool fibers. If it is a bad infestation, there is a very fine, thin web covering in specific areas of the rug. Additionally, there might be waste particles that look like tiny sand granules in the rug’s pile.

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The Best Ways to Take Care of Your Antique and Area Rugs

A wall-to-wall carpet can easily be cleaned and maintained if you have the right vacuum. Area rugs can’t be cleaned the same way as wall-to-wall carpet. Some are antiques and no match for the rough brushes of modern vacuums. Other types of area rugs may not need vacuuming at all if they’re small enough to take outdoors and rinse.

Customers should always stick to the manufacturer’s recommendations and instructions as well.

Here are some tips from the Rugs house on how to maintain your antique and area rugs.

Flat-Woven Rugs

Vacuum these reversible, tightly woven, long-wearing rugs as regularly as you would carpets. If the rug is small enough, take it outdoors, rinse it, hang it over a clothesline, and brush it with a soft brush. Check the label for care instructions before washing, shampooing, or dry cleaning.

Some rugs can be hand washed or machine washed. Test a small rag rug for colorfastness; if it is, put it in a pillowcase and machine-wash it. Or hand-wash it in warm water with soap powder. After washing, gently pull the rug back into shape, and air-dry it flat.

Oriental Rugs

Because these area rugs are generally handmade, maybe old, and may not be colorfast, they need special care. The rotating brush of a newer upright vacuum cleaner is too harsh, so use a canister cleaner or an upright vacuum with a beater bar. To prevent the fringe along the edges from being sucked up, use the attachment nozzle covered with an old nylon stocking or a vacuum setting that turns off the rotary brush and provides suction only. Always vacuum in the direction that the pile is supposed to lie.

Pile Rugs

Wool pile rugs should generally be wet-cleaned; silk-pile rugs generally should be dry-cleaned, and rugs with rayon pile must be dry-cleaned exclusively. Rub a damp white cloth over dark portions to check colorfastness. If the color comes off on the cloth, the rug will bleed during cleaning.

Shag

For shag or other high-pile carpets, utilize a canister vacuum. An upright cleaner with a rotating brush can damage shag or become entangled in the loop or pile carpeting. Use it with suction only; most upright vacuums have a setting that turns off the rotating brush. You can also use a carpet rake on shag rugs to loosen tangles. To ensure all the piles are in the same direction, rake the carpet after vacuuming.

Jute

Vacuum according to the scheduled plans. Blot liquid spills instantly when used with a clean white cloth, working from the spill’s edges toward the middle. To remove stains, fill the area with a mild detergent solution or white vinegar, and then blot up immediately with a clean white cloth. Do not rub, because rubbing will damage the fibers fast.

Sisal, Coir, Rush, and Split-Cane Rugs

All of these area rugs are manufactured from plant fibers. Most are sold with a rubber backing. Vacuum regularly to remove dirt and debris caught between the fiber and the backing. For spills, first blot, then apply an absorbent dry powder. Read the manufacturer’s instructions for the best way to shampoo or dry-clean.

Deep-clean or shampoo about once annually. For sisal or coconut mats, shake to remove dirt and dust, vacuum both sides, and occasionally take them outside and sponge them with warm, soapy water. Rinse and air-dry thoroughly.

Your Guide for Carpet Spot Removal

TYPE OF TREATMENT

A Blot with cold water.

B Treat with detergent solution or Wool Clean Spot Remover #1.

C Treat with mineral spirits, turpentine, or Wool Clean Spot Remover #2.

D Chill with an aerosol freezing agent or ice cubes in a plastic bag. Pick or scrape off gum.

E Blot with warm water.

F Treat with clear nail polish remover.

G Treat with Isopropyl alcohol.

H Apply rust remover.

I Sprinkle absorbent powder.

J Treat with a dry compound cleaner.

CLEANING AGENTS FOR SPOT REMOVAL

DETERGENT SOLUTION

Mix one teaspoon of clear dish washing liquid or detergent powder (containing no bleaches or strong alkali) with a cup of lukewarm water or use Wool Clean Spot Remover #1 from the Wool Clean Spot Removal Kit. Once the stain has been treated with this solution, the spot must be well rinsed with fresh water.

WARNINGS

Some chemicals are hazardous (corrosive, flammable, toxic, etc.). They should be used with great care strictly in accordance with their use and safety instructions.

Do not apply cleaning products that contain solvents, or Spot Remover #2 (from the Wool Clean Spot Removal Kit) to bonded carpets – where the pile is bonded to the backing rather than tufted or woven.

When applying Spot Remover #2 or other solvent-based cleaners ensure the areas are well ventilated.

Do not apply stain-repellent treatments that contain silicone as these can accelerate carpet soiling.

Always pre-test a cleaning agent in an inconspicuous place to ensure it doesn’t affect the color of your carpet.

HOW TO KEEP YOUR WOOL CARPET LOOKING GREAT

Vacuum regularly.

Attend to spills immediately.

Professionally clean as required.

VACUUMING

The most important step to maintaining your carpet is proper vacuuming. We recommend a thorough vacuum, at least once a week to remove dust and soil and prevent particles from becoming embedded in the pile of the carpet. If required, you can vacuum more often. This is encouraged especially high traffic areas.

We recommend an upright or canister type vacuum with a rotating beater bar/brush as the best type for cut-pile carpets. For loop-pile carpets use a suction only vacuum to protect the fibers.

Also, to ensure your vacuum does not lose suction you should empty the vacuum cleaner dust bag once it is half full.

PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE

You can prevent damage to your carpet by placing air filters in your HVAC system. These should be changed or laundered when they become dirty. By regularly changing the filters in your heating and air conditioning systems you can also vastly reduce the amount of dust that is exposed to your home and your carpet.

SPOT AND SPILL REMOVAL

Removing spots and spills is essential to looking after your carpet. When faced with these types of incidents, speed is of the essence, and applying the right treatments promptly will help prevent stains and damage. The following tips will help you deal with spills and spots you may encounter:

  • In the case of spilled liquids, the recommended method is to blot the spill with an absorbent, white cloth, or absorb-It.
  • If solids are spilled, they should be scooped or picked up quickly. Any remaining residue should then be treated – as per the cleaning instruction guide (detailed inside).
  • When applying the cleaning agents, never apply them directly to the carpet and use a small quantity at a time.
  • By working your way inwards from the outer edge of a spot, you can prevent the stain from spreading.
  • When cleaning up spills and spots, avoid rubbing as this can cause the spot to spread or distort the pile.
  • Keep the carpet as dry as possible during cleaning. After applying the required treatment, blot the area as dry as possible with a clean cloth and then cover with Absorb-It or paper towels to dry.

Keep the Wool Clean Carpet Spot Removal Kit on hand for quick response to spills and accidents. A Wool Clean Kit can be purchased at The Rug Gallery.

Cleaning agents used on wool require an unbuffered pH of 8.0 or below.

To ensure a cleaning agent is safe for use on your wool carpets and rugs, look for the Wool Safe logo. This logo signifies that the product has been scientifically tested and is approved as being safe and effective for cleaning wool carpets.

Why Deep Cleaning Your Carpet Is Not A Time-Intensive Chore?

There is a common belief that deep cleaning your carpets has to be an all-day, clear your calendar, weekend-stealing process. We want to let you know that it’s totally false. Is simply not true. Deep cleaning your carpet doesn’t have to be a time-consuming task. When done the right way, you can deep clean a mini size room within 30 minutes or less. That means it is possible to complete a 3-bedroom home in just two hours! Follow these three steps to quickly deep clean your carpet and achieve the professional-level clean you have come to expect from the rugs house.

1. We cannot stress enough the importance of this simple step. Vacuuming before you start the cleaning evacuates loose soil and large particles from the top of the carpet. This prepares the surface for the deep cleaner and will reduce the number of passes you will have to make.

2. Pre-Treat. Most times this step is ignored in order to save time. However, if you properly pre-treat your heavily soiled areas, you can actually save time when deep cleaning. The Rugs house recommends an effective formula proven to penetrate and lift tough stains and odors from heavily soiled carpets to improve deep cleaning results by 45%.

3. Deep clean. We like to call this the grand finale! Deep cleaning with the Rugs house team is easier than you think. Our cleaning solution was designed with you in mind. It has forward and back pass cleaning and extraction, so you can clean with the natural vacuum-like movements that you are used to cleaning with. It also comes with an indicator light to notify you when the solution tank is empty and needs to be refilled-no more guesswork. We made the dirty water tank easier to remove and replace, so you don’t have to waste time messing with dirty tanks. Lastly, but most importantly, it has 20% more suction power compared to the normal rental machines!

Be sure to make dry pass after every two wet passes to decrease your drying time.

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Which Is the Best Option Hand-Knotted Area Rugs or Machine Made Area Rugs?

HAND KNOTTED AREA RUGS VS MACHINE MADE AREA RUGS

The majority of people don’t usually identify the quality of their rug when they select it for their home decor. The truth is that most people can’t tell the difference between rugs. The quality of a rug is dependent on a number of elements including whether it is hand or machine made and the quality and type of material used to produce it. Telling machine-made rugs from hand-knotted ones seems like such a complex and difficult task but it is actually a lot easier than most people believe.

Telling machine-made rugs from hand-knotted oriental rugs

Rugs produced by machines have a more defined and clearly perfected design in their weaving. Hand-knotted oriental rugs on the other hand are bound to have designs that are not properly aligned.

Most machines made rugs are made out of synthetic fiber and are usually tagged with information on the same. Hand-knotted rugs on the other hand are made out of natural fiber and in most cases don’t have a tag.

The foundation of machine-made rugs is more clearly visible as a layer of the white fiber under the rug. The machine usually weaves around this fiber which is why it is more clearly defined and characteristic. Hand-knotted rugs on the other hand are woven into the foundation material. For that reason, it appears as part of the rug and is not distinctly separate from it.

Machine rugs are usually super affordable when compared to hand-knotted rugs. This is usually because they take considerably less time to weave. The material used to make machine-made is also significantly stable in comparison to the natural fiber used in the making of hand-knotted rugs.

Machine rugs are more compact and rigid in comparison to hand-knotted rugs. This is because of their close-knit machine weaving.

Which is the best alternative?

When choosing a rug, a lot of things have to be put into consideration starting from the price down to the purpose of the rug. Hand-knotted rugs are the best alternative for places where they serve a more oriental purpose. This is because as compared to machine-made rugs, they do not have as much resistance to wear and tear. Machine rugs on the other hand can be used in places where heavily used is expected. Hand-knotted Oriental rugs are more expensive in comparison to machine-made rugs. If you do not meet the price requirements for a hand-knotted rug, then the machine-made rug can be a replacement.

What to Do About Rug Shedding?

Sometimes, shedding occurs within a short period with a new rug and will stop within a few months, after light vacuuming and normal wear. If your rug is still shedding, then there are two main contributing elements which are the material and the brand.

MATERIAL

Even wool materials are not the same quality. Sheep that are reared high in the mountains have long hair, naturally rich with lanolin wool to keep them warm and comfortable in high altitudes. Wool extracted from these high-altitude sheep is used to weave rugs of a very top durable quality. Wool from the sheep in lower altitudes tends to be coarser than the ones of high altitudes and of lesser quality. If these sheep are sheered too often and the wool is left short, in order to make the yarn usable, adhesives will be added to bring these short wool pieces together. The adhesive breaks down over time, and these little pieces start shedding.

BRAND

There are numerous methods of ways to produce a rug, and the difference in quality comes down to whether a rug is:

Handmade like hand-knotted and hand-woven

Manufactured with modern techniques, like machine-made and hand-tufted

Hand-made rugs are crafted from methods that provide structural integrity to pieces: hand-knotted rugs are made from hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of threads knotted to the rug’s cotton or wool basement. Hand-woven rugs are produced by repeatedly passing a warp through the carpet’s weft. These methods ensure that every part of the rug is integral to the rug’s structure, and therefore, less likely to spread apart.

Most modern techniques are more about assembling pieces than weaving strong, durable rugs. For instance, in hand-tufting, a tufting gun is used to shoot fabric “tufts” through a plastic grid. These rugs need to be attached with a polymer or glue to position the tufts well. Apart from the lesser quality of the wool, the backing material can degrade and both the backing and pile will begin to shed. Machine-made rugs are made at unbelievable speed on a machine just like a newspaper ream, and usually from polymer-based materials to survive this process. These synthetic materials breakdown as would other petroleum-based materials.

When you combine lower quality wool or synthetic materials with modern rug-making techniques, it’s not uncommon for your rug to shed.

SO WHAT DO YOU DO ABOUT IT?

The best decision is to buy a hand-knotted or hand-woven rug made of natural materials.

If that’s not an alternative or it’s too late for that, then you need to play good defense. There’s no perfect method for stopping shedding, but you can reduce it by preventing any further damage to your rug.

1. Lightly vacuum it regularly, going with the grain of the pile and not against it.

2. Make sure not to use a heavy beater bar or have the vacuum on the setting closest to the ground.

3. Use a high-quality rug pad under the rug to absorb shock and reduce further damage to the pile.

4. If possible, move it to a low-traffic area.

Keep in mind that a tufted rug is not built to last more than a few years, so when it’s time to upgrade, remember to buy a hand-knotted rug or a hand-woven one. If you’re looking for a bargain, even consider a hand-loomed rug. Always check out for organic materials.

Ready for a house with rugs that don’t shed? Shop our vast collection of handmade rugs at The Rugs House today.

The Typical Oriental Rug Cleaning Mistakes

An oriental floor covering is often a room’s statement piece. It can complement the furniture, give the space character, and even be used to shroud flaws in your flooring. It’s often an argument when guests notice and admire the hand-woven work of art. It’s a household item to be treasured and should be treated with care.

Caring for oriental rugs does not present difficulties. However, they’re enormous, awkward, and heavy to clean, and many aren’t aware of the correct cleaning practices. Oriental rug cleaning needs to be done appropriately. If it isn’t, the rug may keep on holding dirt and microbes. Poor cleaning practices can damage your rug and reduce its life expectancy.

To get the most out of your oriental rug, clean smart by learning to avoid these five rug cleaning mistakes.

NOT SUFFICIENT WATER

Water is an important element of the cleaning process. Since oriental rugs have high resistance to stain, they are designed to resist liquids. This means ample water is needed to soak through the fabrics and adequately rinse the fibers.

WRONG CLEANING SOLUTION

Just like there are recommended cleaning solutions and detergents for white clothes, dark clothes, wool, silk, and such, there are specific solutions for cleaning oriental rugs as well. Trying to clean these rugs using a solution from a local grocery store can damage the fibers and colors.

WAIT TOO LONG BETWEEN CLEANINGS

Once dirt and bacteria settle into an oriental rug’s fibers, the more difficult it is to evacuate them. Just like with other carpeting and fabrics. Don’t delay cleaning your rug. Oriental rugs left without cleanings long-term are more likely to become damaged and faded.

IGNORE THE PROFESSIONAL CLEANING

DIY cleaning jobs can’t be compared with professional rug cleaners. Professionals have the right tools, knowledge, and expertise in cleaning all types of oriental rugs, and they use high-powered equipment designed specifically for the job. In addition, professional rug cleaning services employ a thorough process and inspection to ensure your rug meets their high standards.

USE DEODORIZING POWDERS

Store-bought deodorizing powders do not have anti-bacterial properties, nor do they have the ability to remove stains. Their intent is mainly to remove bad odors. Using these powders to clean your rug is insufficient.

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Tips for the RugSpa Care

SPOT CLEANING TIPS

Rug care for your Oriental or Persian rug is the most important thing you can do to improve the lifespan of your rug. When spills or stains take place, it is very important to clean them as soon as possible from further damaging your rug. We have compiled a list of common household stains and how to treat them. Please read the following to help minimize or prevent permanent damage.

Coffee, Tea, Soft Drinks, Beer, Wine, Vomit, Urine, Excrement,

Pet, Kool-Aid, Mold, Dye-Stains, Discoloration

Mix 1 tablespoon mild detergent, 1/3 cup white vinegar, 2/3 cup water.

Remove excess material by absorbing liquids and scraping semi-solids.

Apply solution, blot the carpet, and gently brush pile.

Apply many layers of toweling over the affected area, weight down, leave until dry.

Egg, Milk, Blood, Candy, Ice Cream, Chocolate, Sugar, and Salad Dressing Mix

Mix 1 cup water, 2 tablespoons ammonia, 1 tablespoon mild detergent.

Remove excess material, absorbing liquids, and scraping semi-solids.

Apply solution, blot the carpet, and gently brush pile.

Apply many layers of toweling over the affected area, weight down, and leave until dry.

Apply a non-flammable dry-cleaning solvent, dry the carpet, and brush pile gently.

Oil, Tar, Butter, Grease

Remove excess material.

Apply a non-flammable dry-cleaning solvent.

Blot dry, and brush pile gently.

Chewing Gum

Press ice cubes against the spot.

Wait until it becomes brittle and breaks off.

Use a spot remover to get rid of the last traces.

Ballpoint Pen Ink

Saturate the spot with unscented hairspray.

Allow drying.

Brush lightly with a solution of water and vinegar. Blot dry.

THE FOLLOWING STAINS SHOULD ONLY BE DONE BY AN EXPERT. CALL US!

Lipstick – Rouge – Nail Polish – Rust – Dried Mustard – Candle Wax

Regular maintenance and stain prevention are key

If you can, vacuum your wool rugs lightly every day. Once a week, vacuum thoroughly, preferably with a brush-and-beater-bar type of vacuum cleaner. A light cleaning consists of three passes with a vacuum over a given area of your Oriental rug: forward, backward, and forward. Complete cleaning of a wool rug takes up to seven strokes. If you are using a vacuum that provides suction only, make sure you use it patiently for proper maintenance. Move the vacuum cleaner gently across your Oriental rug to allow the suction to remove embedded soil particles. For the best possible wool rug care: Try to vacuum across the rug extra gently — half at a time instead of up and down. You will be less likely to catch your Oriental rug’s fringe in the vacuum head — plus, vacuuming across is much simpler because it floats your vacuum down the rug.

Cleaning Wool Rugs

After five years of usage, all Oriental wool rugs are ready for professional, thorough deep rug washing. For special cleaning of a wool rug, send your rug to us. We will clean its interior and exterior as well as the fringe. We will moisturize, rejuvenate, and restore the wool. We also inspect your rug for needed repairs and let you know if any damage or problems has occurred.

Special Wool Rug Care Recommendations

• Fabric protector is a great stain guard, especially on light-colored rugs, wall-to-wall carpet, and furniture. We highly recommend it!

• Moth-proofing is a must if you want to safeguard against insect damage in your wool rugs while in storage or in use.

• Deodorizing is an extremely effective treatment against recurring animal odor to keep your rug in a safe, clean, hygienic condition.

Rug Padding

Use a high-quality, non-skid, pad if your rug rests on hardwood, tile, terrazzo, or hard-surfaced flooring. This would be used as a shock absorber for your rug. When using rugs over wall-to-wall carpeting, no underlay is needed since the wall-to-wall carpet acts as a cushion. If, however, your Oriental rug starts wrinkling or bunching up, a special rug stabilizer can be placed between your rug and the carpeting. This solves the problem.

Rug Placement Recommendations

Avoid direct exposure to hot sunlight (especially in summer) by closing your curtains or blinds; this will help protect the colors in your rug. If placing near a fireplace, be sure to use a hearth screen to keep sparks from damaging your rug.

Things You Need To Know About Carpets

Our objective is to provide you with quality carpet products that will beautify your home, meet your specific performance and spending needs, be easy to care for and stand the test time. We also strive to be good listeners, dedicated partners in your home improvement project, and strong advocates of great customer service. But more than that, what truly sets us apart can be discussed in just five simple words.

We want you to know.

We want you to know all about the carpet. Whether it’s at our store or here within our website, we want you to comprehend, learn, experience — know — as much about carpet as you need to. We count on our experience to provide you with valuable information, conveyed in a straightforward way, so you make the smartest carpet decisions for you, your family, and home. We believe that the more you know about carpet, the more disposed you’ll be to do business with people in the know. If a carpet is a possibility, you’ve come to the right place and the right people. You’re certainly in good company. Carpet has long been the choice of many homeowners. Truth be told, it remains the most popular floor covering choice.

Carpet is an ancient but beautiful idea.

The present-day carpet traces its roots to ancient times when cultures passed hand-tying and knotting skills from generation to generation. The Sixteenth Century brought merchant adventurers and explorers home to Europe, bringing with them the awareness and desire for rich textiles and rugs from the East. It wasn’t long before the appreciation of textile floor coverings took off, came to America, and became one of the most fundamental and beautiful parts of our modern home interior.

Carpet continues to be popular for many reasons.

The rug is as yet the essential ground surface decision for some. All things considered, it’s moderately cheap, agreeable, by and large, simpler to introduce and supplant than other floor covers, and it offers more style alternatives in hues and surfaces than some other floor covering choice available. The rug offers you more warmth, delicate quality and it is a lot calmer than some other floor covering. The present rug styles, hues, and surfaces likewise mix well with any home stylistic layout and with an assortment of other ground surface items. From customary to nation, from easygoing to formal, you can generally discover a floor covering that will commend any inside setting and give you long stretches of magnificence and execution.

For those who want to know, here’s a list of carpet advantages.

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  • Carpet adds warmth and is soft under feet and easier on children’s knees.
  • Carpet is much quieter than hard surfaces floors.
  • Carpet comes in a wide variety of colors, tones, and hues.
  • Carpet is easy to decorate with and offers many styles and colors, thus allowing it to be the focus of the room or the perfect foundation for your furniture and accessories.
  • Carpet can hide many sub-floor irregularities that would not be possible with hard surfaces floors.
  • Carpet can go over a variety of substrates and on all grade levels, even concrete slabs in basements.
  • Carpet is economical and the installation costs are generally less than some of the hard surface products.