Showing posts with label persian rug cleaning. Show all posts
Showing posts with label persian rug cleaning. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Persian Rug Restoration - Before and After


In our last post, we shared the photo above of a worn area we were restoring in a beautiful Persian rug.  After professionally cleaning the rug, we extracted all the compromised knotted pile (though most of it had been worn off a long time ago) and removed the damaged warp and weft.  We rebuilt the foundation and started to reknot the missing pile.  Below is a photo of our Persian rug restoration in process.  



Finally, after several days of reknotting, below is the final result of our Persian rug restoration.  The worn area is once again beautiful and blends into the rest of the rug without calling attention to itself - always the goal of a good restoration. --www.traditionalrugrepair.com




Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Should I Steam Clean My HandMade Oriental Rug?


Can you steam clean a Persian rug (a term which colloquially encompasses all hand knotted rugs, often used interchangeably with Oriental rug)?  Steam cleaning may be an effective way to clean many kinds of wall to wall rugs or upholstery, but it is never a recommended way to clean a Persian rug.  This is because the steam cleaning may compromise the lanolin of the wool in the rug.  Lanolin is a natural oil found in wool that  helps it maintain its lustre, pliability, and if kept intact helps preserve the wool for decades.  Steam destroys the lanolin thereby cutting the life of the rug significantly.   The proper way to professionally clean a Persian rug is to brush the rug with shampoo and a controlled amount of water.  It is important to minimize the risk of color run.  Drying must be thorough so as not to risk losing the rug's original shape.  --


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Monday, February 25, 2019

How Often Should I Have My Oriental Rug Professionally Cleaned?



There is no one perfect answer to the question about how often one should have their Persian or Oriental rug professionally washed.  However, the general recommendation is to have an Oriental rug professionally cleaned once every two years.  This is important because a professional cleaning can dislodge dirt embedded deep in the pile of the rug - dirt that is not removed through regular vacuuming alone.  If dirt particles are left deep in the pile for too long, the friction on the fibers can eventually wear them down weakening them and thereby shortening the life span of the rug.  Of course, there are also hygienic reasons for having a rug professionally cleaned on a regular schedule - a clean rug is less likely to trigger allergic reactions in people.  Lastly, a professionally cleaned rug will often look brighter than a soiled rug making so for aesthetic reasons, a regular professional cleaning schedule is recommended as well.  Two years is just a guideline - if a Persian rug or Oriental rug is in a high traffic area such as an entry way or hallway, professional cleaning should be done even more often.  Similarly, if a rug is in a less trafficked area, professional cleaning can be done every three years or so.

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

When Does Your Rug Need More Than A Professional Cleaning?


Occasionally, we find that people are surprised that handmade rugs are as durable as they are.  They can withstand generations of use and enjoyment while needing just a minimal amount of care, including regular vacuuming, inspection, and periodic rotation and professional cleaning.  There are times, however, when an Oriental rug can benefit from more than just a regular professional cleaning (which we recommend as once every two years in most circumstances).  Among these times are when a rug is infested by moths, when it has been soiled by pet urine, when it has been damaged by a flood or sitting water, or when it has not had a professional cleaning for an extended period of time.  In these instances, we recommend a professional cleaning with an additional treatment, such as overnight soaking.  An extended soaking, for example, can help eliminate the foul odor that results from the wool being urinated upon.  Generally, a professional cleaning would not suffice to achieve this results.  
With just a minimal amount of care, one can extend the life of an Oriental rug by decades, even centuries in some instances.  -www.traditionalrugrepair.com

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.




Saturday, February 1, 2014

Persian Rug Restoration - After


After professionally cleaning the rug, we were ready to commence with the restoration.  We always recommend cleaning a rug before undertaking any repair or restoration for a few reasons.  First, yarns used in restored areas should match the clean yarns of the rest of the rug.  Second, dirt particles embedded within the pile of soiled rugs can rub against the fibers and compromise their integrity thereby increasing the chances of damage from occurring.  

After cleaning, we rebuilt the warp and weft that had been damaged.  We then reknotted the pile.  The picture above is of the restored area, as seen from the front side of the rug.  Below is a picture of the same area as seen from the reverse side of the rug.




And, just a reminder, below are pictures of the damaged areas (from the front and back) before our restoration.  --www.traditionalrugrepair.com



Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Persian Rug Repair - Edges Unraveling


The entire edge of this Persian rug was damaged by wear, tear, and it turns out, the occasional rambunctious puppy.  My task was to stop the unraveling and repair the edges.  First task was to professionally clean the rug and then work on matching yarns.  No easy task as this burnt orange has always posed a challenge to professional rug restorers ... --www.traditionalrugrepair.com

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Color Run in an Oriental Carpet - help!

My Oriental Carpet was damaged in a flood - can it be saved?  This is one of the most frequently asked questions I get from worried clients that have the unfortunate experience of having rugs damaged in a flood.  One of the worst things that can happen to a rug is to leave it sitting in water - which is by definition what a flood entails.   One of the biggest problems for a rug in a flood is that quite often, the colors in the rug will run and colors will bleed into each other.  The pictures illustrate this problem.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Rug Cleaning and Spring

If you're like me, you are absolutely thrilled that spring has arrived.  And if you're like me, you're not so absolutely thrilled that spring cleaning time has arrived!  Today, I'd like to share a tip for how to keep just one "spring cleaning" item off your list.  If you take some small but important steps throughout the year, you can avoid having to send your handmade rugs or kilims to a professional cleaner for several years.  If you consistently follow this advice, you can go quite a long time between professional rug cleanings.   First, you should vacuum your handmade rugs and kilims regularly to dislodge dirt particles that settle between the fibers.  Second, you should remember to occasionally vacuum the backside of your rug or kilim (if no loose yarns are present).  Please note, however, that it is never advisable to vacuum anything fragile; and never vacuum delicate embroidery or rug and kilim fringes.   Even better than vacuuming is the old fashioned but very reliable hand beating and/or shaking - a great stress reliever and workout too!  If you vacuum your carpets regularly, and you take care not too walk on your carpets with very dirty shoes (or if you're really committed, take care not to walk on your carpets with any shoes at all!), you can go years in between professional carpet cleaning.  It's a way to preserve your pieces, save some money, and avoid yet something else to worry about during spring cleaning time!  - www.traditionalrugrepair.com