Area Rug Videos

Below are several educational videos of persian, oriental, and designer/decorator rugs.  
These videos will increase your knowledge of area rugs and the proper maintenance of them.
Please call us if you have any questions.  We will be glad to help you.


 
 

How OFTEN SHOULD I CLEAN?

 

Most people wait too long.

When your rug starts to look dirty, you have waited too long to clean it.

The experts recommend cleaning your area rugs every 1 to 3 years.  

 


How can you identify moth and bug damage on your rugs?

 

Moth larvae can eat holes in your area rugs very quickly.

Check the pile and also the underside of your area rug on a regular basis for any evidence of moth larvae.

 

 

HOW CAN YOU PROTECT YOUR RUGS FROM MOTHS AND BUGS?

 

Ask us about Repel to discourage  moth damage.  

For storage of your area rugs, we can also wrap your rugs in tyvek paper to discourage insect and rodent damage.


THE TWO MISTAKES MADE BY MOST RUG OWNERS...and maybe you!

 

Frequent vacuuming is necessary to prolong the live of your area rug.

We recommend Miele, the only vacuum that is recommended by Wools of New Zealand.

 

 

HOW SHOULD YOU VACUUM YOUR AREA RUGS?

 

Be sure to turn your beater bar off.  The agressive motorized brush can break the surface fibers of your area rug.

We recommend Miele, the only vacuum that is recommended by Wools of New Zealand.


WHY YOU SHOULD NEVER LET A CARPET CLEANER CLEAN YOUR AREA RUGS IN YOUR HOME.

 

Vacuuming alone won't remove the soil.  The soil must be removed with special dusting equipment and that can't be done in the home.

 We use the RugBadger and itseparates heavy sediments and dirt from any area rug and is used prior to the cleaning of your area rug.

 

 

PET URINE
AND RUGS

 

In order to eliminate the urine odor, all the urine salts and bacteria must be washed out of the foundation of the rug.  The source of the odor is in the base of the rug - in the foundation.


UNDERSTANDING TUFTED RUGS

 

Tufted rugs are different in construction and quality then woven rugs.  Each knot on a woven rug is hand tied, but on a tufted rug, each loop is created with a tool called a tufting gun.  The back of the rug is then coated with a latex glue which holds the tufts in place and usually there is a cloth material sewn onto the back to cover the glue.

 

 

UNDERSTANDING WHITE KNOTS
(RUG FRECKLES
OR FOUNDATION KNOTS)

 

Even if a rug is 100% wool, the foundation of the rug is usually made of cotton.  If a yarn breaks during the weaving process, the two ends are tied together and the weaving continues.  These knots, called foundation fiber knots or white knots (for short) are found in every hand woven rug.  These knots are not damage.  They are a normal part of the weaving process.


UNDERSTANDING ABRASH (WHY DOES MY RUG
HAVE STRIPES?)

 

Abrash is a word that describes the natural variations in color and texture caused by differences in the texture and dyes.  This causes a striped appearance in areas of the same color on a rug.  These strips are not considered a flaw in the rug but are a natural result in the way the rug is woven.

 

 

UNDERSTANDING TEA-WASHED RUGS

 

Tea washed rugs are
very common in today's marketplace.

A tea washed rug gives rugs an antique sepia tone effect. A tea washed rug has been over-dyed with a brown or golden dye or treated with a chemical to darken the rug and make it look older.


VICOSE RUGS = ARTIFICIAL OR "ART" SILK

 

Rugs made of viscose are technically viscose rayon. Advantages of a viscose rug is that it is incredibly soft.  However, this softness is achieved through chemical processing that makes the fibers very weak.  It is one of the most fragile fibers on the market today.