Sunday, April 22, 2018

Spring Cleaning - What You Do In Between Your Rug's Professional Cleaning

We certainly had to wait a very long time for it, but it seems that spring has finally (finally!) arrived.  I am so glad to be able to open the windows wide and let the fresh air in.  As we freshen up the house in anticipation of summer parties and lazy nights, we want to make sure that the house is clean and ready for us and our guests to enjoy.  Spring cleaning is a fantastic opportunity to deep clean all the areas that go neglected or unnoticed during the cold winter months.  If you have a no shoes household, you generally can go longer between professional cleanings of handmade rugs and kilims.  If you wear outside shoes on your rugs, then generally it is recommended you professionally clean your rugs and kilims every two years.   
In between professionally cleaning, however, you can still take some steps to ensure your rugs are fresh and ready for summer.   We recommend you remove your rug from its regular location and mop the area beneath it.  Ensure that the area is dry before putting the rug back in its place.  Vacuum the underside of your rug while you await the mopped area to dry.  When you return the rug to its original location, ensure that it is rotated (this is important so that any sun exposure is distributed throughout).  If you use a rug pad underneath your rug, be sure to shake it out to it is dust free before returning it to its original location.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Examples of Moth Damage in a Hand Knotted Wool Rug

It is hard to believe with snow still on the ground, but spring is just around the corner.  It is the perfect time to refresh our houses, do a deep cleaning, and inspect all of our woolen treasures.   A springtime inspection is a perfect opportunity to spot any current or past moth infestation that may have damaged your rugs during the cold winter months.   
We get asked quite often how to spot moth damage.  Sometimes moths are easy to recognize because they're still living and devouring your wool.  However, other times, moths have died away for one reason or another, but the damage they caused is left behind.  All of these photographed rugs are examples of moth damage.  In the photo above, you can see how the moths have eaten away the woolen pile at the edge of the rug but have left the cotton warp and weft untouched.  Moths clearly have no interest in devouring cotton when so much wool is available.  Below, the moth damage is more subtle - the hole was caused by something else, but the white sticky areas are evidence of a past moth infestation.

Below, the white glue-like areas are examples of a live moth infestation in this Persian rug.