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Oriental Rug Cleaning

oriental rug cleaning

The great hallmarks of hand-knotted oriental rugs are their durability and ability to be cleaned and repaired. Professional oriental rug cleaning and repair will not only keep your rug looking great, but it will also ensure that your oriental rug investment will last for generations to come.

Our client in the Hamburg area of Lexington, Kentucky was in need of some restoration for their 9×12 Indian Oushak.  This soft woven rug was placed in a main traffic area, and was also at the mercy of two large dogs that used it as a launch point for running across the house. (The main floor was all tile.)  With just a few years of use, this rug began to show heavy wear, damaged fringe, and torn selvedges (the bound area on the edges of the rug.)

First, the rug was professionally cleaned, using a delicate technique that removed dirt and soil from the pile without stripping away the natural lanolin oils in the wool fiber.  This brightened the light background, enlivened the color, and made the wool soft and supple once again.  Oushak rugs are desired for their high-grade wools and soft piles, so proper cleaning was essential to restore the wool to its original texture and feel.

After the rug was cleaned, damaged fringe areas were trimmed and secured to ensure further wear would not continue to damage the foundation of the rug.  All four corners of the rug had experienced heavy enough wear that the selvedge had pulled away from the foundation of the rug in large sections.  These damaged areas were removed and replaced, restoring the selvedges to their original condition.

After the cleaning and repair phase was complete, a custom fit pad was used to hold the rug in place on the tile floor.  Because of the soft, flexible nature of an oushak weave and the slick tile floor, this rug was experiencing undue wear and tear.  The use of a correct pad fixed this problem.

If you have any questions about oriental rug cleaning and repair, contact your local oriental rug expert.  DO NOT have your rug steam cleaned or dry cleaned.  Oriental rug cleaning is a delicate and specialized task and should be done by trained professionals only.  You can learn more about our cleaning and repair services by clicking here.

Oriental Rug Water Damage

 

Mother Nature has been particularly unkind to the Southeast lately.  Our home in the heart of the Bluegrass in Kentucky has seen amazing temperature fluctuations, 3 feet of snow, and enough rain to cause flash flooding in the last 30 days.  With this crazy weather, our oriental rug cleaning service has been working overtime to help our clients who have experienced oriental rug water damage.  From flooded basements to burst pipes, here are a few tips for how to care for your investment experiencing oriental water damage.

Hopefully, your rug is only exposed to clean water.  This makes cleaning and decontamination much easier, and usually prevents color bleed.  Water from flooding is much more difficult to clean and often does not allow for restoration of original color and pile texture.

If the rug is still wet, it is going to be VERY heavy.  You need to remove the rug from the wet area as soon as possible.  You will likely need to use a shop vacuum to suction out water from the pile before attempting to move the rug.  Moving the rug while it is still soaking wet can not only damage the rug, but can also lead to personal injury.  Try to eliminate as much water as possible from the pile before moving.  Roll the rug, do not fold it to avoid permanent damage.

Next, your rug will need to be professionally cleaned, sooner rather than later.  Many people think that getting the rug dry should fix their problems, but that may actually be one of the root causes of their problems later down the road.  While the water from a burst pipe or flooded basement may look clean, by the time it reaches your rug, it is filled with contaminants.  Improper drying and storage of your rug will likely cause mold and mildew to set into the foundation of your rug.  Once this happens, the oriental rug water damage may be irreversible.

We know that you will have many problems to think about if this happens to you, but keeping your oriental rug investment safe involves acting as quickly as you can.  Contact your local, professional oriental rug cleaner as soon as possible.  If you do not have one in your area, contact your rug dealer.  They will have a cleaning service they can recommend for you.

Leave the rug damp (this may keep some stains from setting and becoming permanent.)  A soaking wet room size piece will be too heavy to move.  Some rug cleaning services have pickup services.  If not, you will need the rug to be as light as possible in order for you to transport it.  Use a shop vacuum to suction out as much water as possible.  If this is not available, a squeegee may also be substituted for decent results.

If possible, check your rug for any specifically damaged areas, such as rips, tears, or color bleed.  Be sure to let your rug cleaning professional know if you find any specific damages.

Assuming that your rug is cleaned quickly and does not have any major damage such as tears or color bleed, professional cleaning will likely restore your rug to it’s original condition.  Other damage success rate is dependent upon the type of damage, type of rug, and how quickly the rug was treated.  Hand-knotted wool rugs have our highest cleaning success rate.

For more information on oriental rug cleaning and oriental rug water damage, please contact us at 859-254-4412.  You can also get more information about our cleaning services at http://www.lexingtonorientalrugs.com/rug-care-cleaning/

 

Oriental Rug Cleaning and Repair

The purchase of a quality oriental rug is an investment.  You give your hard-earned money for a product that you expect to look and feel good for a lifetime of use.  Normal wear and tear will take many years to damage your rug, but along the way accidents are bound to happen.  Professional oriental rug cleaning and repair will ensure that your investment survives unexpected damage and lives to be passed down for generations.

Oriental rug cleaning and repairWe are a retailer of oriental rugs in Lexington, Kentucky.  We also provide oriental rug cleaning and repair services for our customers to make it easy for them to maintain their investment.  It is important to make sure that your oriental rug is cleaned and repaired by professionals who specialize in area rugs.  Be sure to avoid places that steam clean, dry clean, or use harsh chemicals on your rug.

Take this Indian Heriz we recently cleaned and repaired for our local client recently.  She came in with a rug that was beginning to look slightly “dulled and dingy” and had area along the selvedge (the bound edges) that were torn and beginning to fray.  Without proper oriental rug cleaning and repair, the dirt and dust trapped in the pile of the rug would begin to erode the foundation of the rug causing accelerated wear and tear.  The torn selvedge would continue to grown and would eventually damage the foundation of the rug, requiring reweaving.

oriental rug cleaning and repairAfter an extensive cleaning, the color and softness of pile returned to the rug.  Our staff also repaired the selvedge and overcast the edge with double thickness for added strength in a heavily trafficked area.  This rug not only looked better, but was now softer and stronger than when it came in!

if you would like to learn more about our oriental rug cleaning and repair services, please contact us at 859-254-4412 or visit our website.

 

Outdoor Rug Cleaning

Summer is officially gone… now is the time to get your outdoor rug clean and ready for storage or prepped for winter exposure. Outdoor Rug Cleaning can be very easy, but needs to be done properly.  Check out our latest video for tips on keeping your outdoor rug in top condition. Plus, we have a little extra fun along the way! We hope you enjoy watching our video as much as we did making it!

This particular collection from the video is Rain by Surya Rugs.  It features a synthetic looped pile on a plastic mesh back.  This makes the collection much softer to the touch than your typical outdoor rug, and allows water to flow through it easily.

Before we stock and offer a rug collection to our customers- we like to make sure that the quality and durability meets the standards of rugs that we would put in our own homes.  Many outdoor rug collections do not do well when fully exposed to direct sunlight, water, and temperature fluctuations.  The Rain collection is one of the few that have withstood our test and made it to our showroom floor.

We left this rug outdoors for two full years on a wooden deck.  The area was only covered by a canvass gazebo in the Spring and Summer months, and was left completely exposed during the winter.   With the unusual amount of heat and humidity Kentucky experienced this summer, the rug began to show signs of mold and mildew- which is why it received our “specialized’ outdoor rug cleaning treatment.

While we had fun making this video and getting this rug very dirty, it was a very extreme way to test this rugs durability and ease of cleaning.  Just a simple water hose was able to remove 95% of the problems we created, but the use of dish soap and some scrubbing action ensured this rug is ready to survive another two years of Mother Nature’s wrath… and our messy barbeque techniques.

See the entire Surya Rain collection here:  http://www.lexingtonorientalrugs.com/search/product-search/?search_paths%5B%5D=%2Fstore&query=rain&submit=Search

Oriental Rug Sprouting


Have you noticed some small pulls, or loose threads sticking out of the pile of your oriental rug?  Don’t panic.  It is likely caused by oriental rug sprouting.  Watch our video above or keep reading to learn more about oriental rugs sprouting, what causes it, and how you can remedy this issue.

While oriental rug sprouting may sound like a vegetable garden is growing in your living room, it is a real and common issue with most hand-spun wool rugs.  Hand-spun wool has become very popular in new production oriental rugs alongside the resurgence of natural dyes.  It’s nubby texture indicates and handmade look and goes well with antique reproduction patterns and styles.  It looks old because it is the old way of spinning wool into yarn

Wool can be spun into yarn either by hand or by machine.  Raw wool is twisted to connect fibers and then pulled into a thread before it is spun onto a collection wheel.  A machine is capable of twisting thread many times more than the human hand and makes a very uniform, nearly perfect thread.  Hand-spun wool, by comparison is thicker, nubbier, and is imperfect.  Machine spun wool is great for use in high-knot count patterns, with the fine gauge yarn allowing for smaller knots.

Hand-spun wool rugs are designed with a nubby texture in mind.  During the normal “break-in” process, these rugs may experience sprouting.  This is due to inconsistently spun wool relaxing within the pile and popping up higher than the normal pile level.  It will often look like loose threads pulling out of the rug.  If you gently pull them, they will still be tied into the foundation and will not pull loose from the pile.

If you see oriental rug sprouting occurring in your home, don’t panic.  Your rug is not falling apart.  Simply use a sharp pair of scissors or knapping shears and clip the loose fiber even with the level of the pile.  Then simply vacuum up the loose threads.  Once your rug is fully broken in, occurrences of sprouting will dissipate.

If you have questions regarding your oriental rug, contact your local rugs expert or give us a call.  We will be happy to give you more information.  You can see more at www.lexingtonorientalrugs.com Thanks to all of our awesome customers! #orientalrugrepair #sproutingnotjustforvegetables

Oriental Rug Cleaning- Red Dye

Oriental rug cleaning involves a little knowledge of chemistry.  While we haven’t perfected turning lead into gold, we are still pretty handy with a chemistry set… This client had a small mishap involving a two year old and a bottle of grenadine. Normal cleaning didn’t even begin to eliminate this stain. (Red chemical dye is very resilient.)  The client tried spot cleaning at home- and our professional cleaning service had zero effect on target.  Did we give up? NO!

Fortunately, we have seen this type of stain before… and our time in Chemistry Lab at the University of Kentucky was well spent/  Our experts used a technique involving a very specific recipe with ingredients that targeted the red dye, dislodging it from the wool. It is a delicate process, with the solution being hand-painted onto the red stain in question. We think the results speak volumes.

While we can’t guarantee miracle results with all types of stains or damage, we like to think that our cleaning and repair services are top-notch.  When your oriental rug investment is in need of some care, come see us!  Thank you to all of our awesome customers!  #orientalrugcleaning #reddyeremoval  You can also learn about all of our oriental rug cleaning and repair services on our website by clicking here: http://www.lexingtonorientalrugs.com/rug-care-cleaning/

Oriental Rug Repair

oriental rug repairNeed cleaning or repair services for your oriental rug investment?  Oriental rug cleaning and oriental rug repair are just two of the services we offer to keep your oriental rug investment strong and looking great for generations to come!

Check out this repair we did for a client with a Karastan rug that has been in her family for generations.  This original Karastan had experinced extreme wear and tear over a span of 60 years, resulting in a damaged selvedge and torn fringe.

– A thorough cleaning, a few small repairs, and some fringe restoration and BOOM. Ready for a few more decades of use! ‪#‎orientalrugrepair‬ #orientalrugcleaning You can see more information on our oriental rug repair services here : http://www.lexingtonorientalrugs.com/rug-care-cleaning/

Oriental Rug Tune-Up

Here is a video of the “Oriental Rug Tune-Up.” These are things you can do at home to keep your rug strong and beautiful through a lifetime of use. Thanks to all of our awesome customers! #orientalrug #orientalrugcleaning  www.lexingtonorientalrugs.com

Fuzzy Math

Fuzzy math- 7 years of wear and tear. PLUS 80 square feet. PLUS 1.4 million individually hand-tied knots. PLUS 10 days to clean. PLUS 8 different cleaning processes. EQUALS 1 newly clean rug. PLUS 2 happy Lexington homeowners. THANK YOU to all of our awesome customers! #orientalrugs #orientalrugcleaning

Oriental Rug Cleaning

We helped this Lexington family select this beautiful Kazak rug many years ago, and now we were happy to help them clean and repair it to keep their investment looking great for generations to come! Call us for your rug cleaning needs- Thanks to all of our awesome customers for keeping us rockin’!