Oriental rugs are one of the most beautiful and authentic ways to design a home. They act as a great centerpiece for just about any room and can greatly increase its general atmosphere. But oriental rugs don’t come without their problems. Like your carpet, oriental rugs can become damaged, worn, or stained. But unlike your carpet, you’re probably not going to want to go out and replace your oriental rug right when it shows signs of wear. The great news is that there are proven and effective ways to repair rugs, even if they’re severely damaged. As your Top Rated Local® oriental rug experts in Memphis and Nashville, Fred Remmers Rug Cleaners are equipped to clean, repair, store, or appraise your rugs — no matter its origins.

In this blog, we’re going to take a look at some of the top signs it’s time to get your rug repaired. If you have any questions, be sure to contact Fred Remmers today!

Moth Damage

If moths have burrowed into your rug and laid eggs, it’s a surefire sign that you need rug repairs and rug cleaning. The most common type of moth that attacks rugs is called “clothes moths”. Although the moths themselves don’t eat the rugs, the eggs that they lay begin to consume fur, wool, and silk fibers as they hatch. This is more likely to happen on rugs that don’t see a lot of traffic and aren’t cleaned very often, so if you have any furniture on your oriental rug, be sure to take it off every few weeks to vacuum.

Another way to prevent moth damage is to vacuum under the rug. If it is too big or heavy to handle, just lift one corner at a time. Don’t try to use naphthalene or paradichlorobenzene as moth repellents. Although these may help slightly in keeping moths away, they won’t do anything to combat larvae that is already in the rug, and they often result in awful odors that could be even more damaging to the rug.

Moth damage is pretty easy to identify. If you notice any area of the rug with missing fibers, it was probably caused by moths. If the damaged area expands outwards or appears in other areas nearby, you’ll know you have a moth problem.

Curled Edges

Very few things are more frustrating than a rug with curled edges. Not only does it look tacky, but it can be a serious tripping hazard, especially as the issue gets worse. If you have a cheap rug, this is most likely a sign that you’ll want to replace it. However, if you have an oriental rug, this can be repaired by an oriental rug specialist.

So why does this happen? There are any number of reasons why your oriental rug could be curling at the edge or corners, however, most commonly, this happens when a rug becomes tightly knotted and thickly napped. This is usually due to foot traffic, however, in some cases it could be due to the way the rug was woven. Like the moth issue, this will only get worse over time so it’s important to get it taken care of right away.

Pet Damage

We love our furry little friends, but they can cause some serious damage to our rugs over time. Usually this comes in the form of staining, however, if you have a puppy who likes to chew, they might see your oriental rug as the perfect chew toy. Other dogs like to lay on oriental rugs, (who could blame them?) in which case, you’ll probably see some staining and maybe even a foul odor coming from your rug.

If you notice that your oriental rug is starting to stain, you’ll want to take it to an oriental rug specialist immediately. As stains begin to oxidize, they will be increasingly difficult to remove and the odor will become worse. If your pet has chewed on the corners or edges of the rug, this can typically be fixed relatively easily, however, be sure to train your pet and give them another chew toy to keep their attention off the rug.

Contact Fred Remmers Rug Cleaners

Your oriental rugs are most likely a cherished part of your home. They’re often used as a centerpiece for living rooms or family rooms. However, when they become damaged, it can be tempting to apply a quick fix or cheap product you find on the internet. We at Fred Remmers advise against this. Oriental rugs are made in a variety of ways and what could be beneficial to one rug could be detrimental to another. Our experts will work from the ground up to restore your rug and have it looking good as new for years to come. Give us a call today.