Finding the perfect oriental rug isn’t as easy as walking into a rug gallery, pointing in a direction, and exclaiming, “That one!” It takes time, careful measurements, deciding on what colors and patterns will fit in with the current style of your home, and then looking through countless rugs to find the right one. But when you do find it, get it into your home, and it fits and truly enhances the appeal of the room, that’s a good feeling. And you want to keep your rug in the best possible condition.

However, no matter how hard you try to take care of it, accidents and damage are likely to happen. You don’t have to be extra vigilant to keep it in good shape, but you do need to keep your eyes out for some of the most common damage in which we will discuss in this blog. If your rug has experienced any of the following, don’t fret. Here at Fred Remmers Rug Cleaners, we provide rug repair in Memphis and ensure to help your rug will look its greatest! Contact us today.

Spills

Obviously, you wouldn’t plan on spilling anything on your rug, but we all get a little clumsy from time to time or forgot that we had a glass on the table and mistakenly fling our hand around and strike the cup. If you have children, good luck trying to keep your home spill-free! The main thing that you want to do if there is a spill on your rug is to act quickly. The longer that you let it sit, the more damage that will be done to the rug. Even water can damage the fibers if it isn’t dried off immediately. If it is just water, blot it until it is dry with a clean cloth and give it time to dry.

For stains that cause damage that is a little bit more difficult to repair, such as soda, coffee, juice, etc, there are a few things that you can do at home to get the stain out yourself. One method is to pour a small amount of room temperature club soda on the spot and use a cotton cloth to blot it up.

If you have no club soda and you’re panicking, not to worry, white vinegar can be used for rug cleaning as well! Just be careful of the amount that you apply. Combine a capful of the white vinegar with warm water. Blot it like normal — you just want to be sure that you don’t rub the area since this will make the stain even worse! Give the rug some time to dry. To help with this, lift the rug to give it some air circulation. If you’re impatient, then you can use a fan or a blow dryer on the area.

There a few spills or stains that you might not want to attempt to clean on your own. This includes gum, wine, or paint! While there are a few things that might help, it’d be better for you to trust the professionals here at Fred Remmers Rug Cleaners. We’ve seen it all (after all, we have been in the rug repair and cleaning business since 1881!), and we know the best methods to clean certain types of stains to ensure that your oriental rug looks as good as new! Simply give us a call today!

Insects

Surprisingly, one of the most common rug damage that we witness comes from insects. Specifically moths and carpet beetles. And it isn’t the actual insect that is the culprit, but in fact, it is their larvae. Obviously, you don’t want insects in your house anyway, but you especially don’t want them if you have a precious oriental rug in the home. The insect larvae are often times laid in fibers such as wool and dark areas that don’t see much foot traffic. When they hatch, they are incredibly hungry, and immediately begin to eat away at their surroundings. In this case, their environment is your oriental rug!

If these larvae are left neglected, they’re going to do some serious damage to the rug. We can most likely repair the damage, but the worse it is, the more costly the rug repair will be for you, and at a certain point, it just isn’t worth it. Might as well get a new one! There are a couple of things that you can do to make sure that this travesty doesn’t happen.

One thing is to just keep an out. If you notice moths flying around your home, this is a tell-tale sign. Also, keep a lookout for carpet beetles roaming around. They are small insects that are reddish-brown or black. Also, look out for live larvae crawling around, patches of your rug that go down to the cotton, or dry sandy residue, you likely have an insect infestation.

The best way to prevent them from making your rug their home is to vacuum often. We recommend at least once a week. You also want to make sure that the floor underneath the rug is clean. So, every month or two, flip your oriental rug over and vacuum the underside. Move it away from the area that you have it set and sweep and mop this area. Just make sure that you don’t put the rug back until the ground is completely dry. If you have an insect problem and decide to go with insecticides to eradicate them, just be absolutely sure that the chemicals won’t damage your rug.

Sunlight

Oriental rugs look great in a well-lit room where the sunshine can make its way through the windows. The natural light will really help the beautiful colors of your oriental rug show and will help brighten the entire room. However, just like our skin, you want to prevent your rug from getting too much exposure to UV light. In time, the colors will begin to fade and your rug will not have the same appearance as when you got it. Just make sure that you have some blinds on the windows and keep them pulled when you’re not around. To really help prevent the color from fading, consider investing in UV protective windows.

Pets

We love our pets! They’re not just cute, furry things that scurry around the house, they are truly part of the family. Although they provide us with an abundance of love and smiles, they can also be little troublemakers from time to time and damage items in your home. Especially if they are puppies or kittens. This spells danger for your oriental rug.

The most obvious threat to your rug is their urine and droppings. If your animal isn’t fully house trained, then the rug will probably become a prime target. Pet urine can actually bleach the dyes of oriental rugs, and even our professional rug cleaners will not be able to repair the damage. If left untreated, the smell will linger after it is absorbed into the fibers of your rug. This obviously isn’t a pleasant smell, especially with cat urine. So if your pet has potty training issues, you’re going to want to do everything you can to keep them away from the rug until they have their bathroom habits under control.

Cats are also known to scratch and cause significant damage to items. They also find favorite spots to put their nails to work, so if your cat has begun scratching on your oriental rug — uh oh. There are certain products that you can buy to help prevent them from wanting to scratch everything. But we specialize in rug cleaning and rug repair, so if your cat is really causing damage, you’re going to want to speak with your veterinarian.

Moisture

Although we do use water when providing our oriental rug cleaning services, we make sure sure that the rugs are thoroughly dry after the cleaning. This is because moisture is one of your rug’s arch nemesis. If the rug is constantly exposed to water or moisture, it will rot the fibers in your rug causing severe damage. Make sure that if you get your rug wet, you take the necessary steps to get it completely dry. Avoid putting potted plants directly on it, don’t have it close to any water lines, and don’t leave a window open by it if it is raining outside.

Contact Fred Remmers Rug Cleaners & Oriental Rug Gallery

There are many other things that can cause damage to your rugs, such as normal wear and tear or not having it fully stretched out which causes bulging, but if your rug has been damaged in any way, we can help. With nearly 140 years of providing rug cleaning and rug repair services to the people of Memphis and the surrounding areas, our company has the experience, knowledge, and history that you won’t be able to find from any other business. You can count on us to get your oriental rug looking as good as new. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or book online right now.

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