Monday, February 11, 2019

Professional kilim rug cleaning

No matter how many kilims have passed through my hands, I have never tired of their great beauty, detail, and vibrancy.   They can rival any painting on a wall, or any exquisite hand knotted rug.  Kilims are timeless, lending themselves to any style or aesthetic.  
Kilims require minimal care - similar to Oriental rugs.  They require regular vacuuming (or shaking!),  periodic rotation and inspection, and periodic professional kilim cleaning.  We recommend kilims to be professionally cleaned every two years, though if a kilim is in a low traffic area and is not subjected to shoe traffic or pets, one can go longer between professional cleanings.  With minimal care, kilims can last for centuries.  --

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Flooded Rug Care

How do we care for rugs that have been damaged by flood waters?  The answer may seem counterintuitive, but the first thing we do with a flooded rug is to soak it in a shallow pool.  What purpose does the soaking serve?  A good soaking will help minimize the odor, help remove the dirty water, and any dirt that was embedded in the pile.  The next step after the soaking is to professionally clean the rug with rug shampoo.  Once the rug is thoroughly cleaned and rinsed, the next step is to allow for a thorough and complete drying.  This step is imperative as it will prevent the rug from rotting.  Rugs especially susceptible to rot because of a flood are those made with a combination of wool and cotton such as Sarouk, Heriz, Tabriz rugs.
Of course, the best thing to do is to take steps to avoid a flood in the first place, when possible.   This includes not watering a plant that is resting on a rug.  Small steps can go a long way in preventing damage to a beautiful treasured hand knotted rug.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Moroccan Rug Cleaning. Special considerations

Anyone who has opened up a home decor magazine in the last decade undoubtedly has seen many beautiful examples of gorgeous Moroccan rugs - from stunning, monochromatic Beni Ourain rugs such as those pictured above, to fantastically vibrant Moroccan kilims.  Moroccan rugs have been adorning and beautifying homes for centuries and they are among the most beautiful rugs in the world.  Caring for them is similar to caring for Persian, Turkish and other Oriental rugs.  However, they do pose several unique challenges.  Moroccan rugs tend to have a longer pile than other Oriental rugs, leaving room at the base of the pile for dirt to become embedded, and in some instances, for moths to inflict damage.  Moroccan wool is coarser, generally, than Persian and Turkish wool.  Also, Moroccan dyes, as indeed all dyes, can be fugitive leading to possible color run during the cleaning process.  Of course there are many fine examples of Moroccan rugs with stable dyes, but many Moroccan rugs in the US and European markets unfortunately have less stable dyes.  For this reason, professional cleaners must take special care not to let colors run during a cleaning process.  When searching for a Moroccan rug cleaner, take special care to ask about the cleaning process and what steps are taken to minimize the risk of color run.  A good Moroccan carpet cleaner will have experience with different types of Moroccan rugs and kilims to ensure that they can be enjoyed for many years to come.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

What Do I Do If I think Moths are Eating My Rug?

I think I have moths - what do I do?  We hear this numerous times a week from worried clients who either suspect or know definitively that their beloved wool rugs are slowly being devoured by silent moths they didn't even know they had.  If you think you may have moths, there are a number of important steps that you should take, in order of importance:

1.  Isolate the item you suspect has moths from all other wool items.  You want to minimize the possibility the moth infestation will spread to your other wool rugs, furniture, or clothing.

2.  If the rug is smaller, put it in a bag or airtight wrapping until the rug can be thoroughly cleaned.

3.   Sweep then mop the floor with a combination of vinegar and water to ensure that all moth larvae are removed.  We encourage clients to air out the room for a few days as well.   If the infestation is severe, you may have to contact an exterminator.

4.  Arrange to have your rug professionally cleaned.  If you have experience cleaning handmade rugs, you can do this at home yourself.  You just need to take care that the cleaning process is thorough and that you remove all larvae.  Take special care that the rug is completely dry before returning the rug to its place.

Moth damage can be avoided by not putting your rugs in storage, regularly examining rugs that have heavy furniture on top of them, and regular vacuuming.  It is impossible to eliminate the risk of moth infestation entirely, but a few preventative steps can greatly reduce the risk of heartache when a beloved rug is damaged beyond repair.