Preventing and Fighting Moths Living in Your Persian and Oriental Rugs

Preventing and Fighting Moths Living in Your Persian and Oriental Rugs

Moths will eat anything, and your rug is no exception. Moths are one of the worst enemies of any fine rug, especially older and antique rugs. You should be especially aware of the cloth moth, as this is the type of moth that would love to feast on your priceless heirloom.

persian rug lovers: the casemaking moth and the webbing moth
Two different types of cloth moth to watch out for in your Persian Rug: the casemaking moth and the webbing moth.


Why Are Moths in My Home? How Did Moths Make Their Way into My Home?

You might think that your house is moth free and your rugs are safe and sound, but moths are always looking for ways to enter your home. Moths can enter your home easily and be undetected as they do so. Mail, pets, open doors, and moving items in and out of warehouses and storage are just some of the ways that moths can enter your home. To moths, your home is a paradise. It provides shelter from predators, an excellent source of food, and many nesting spots. Once moths enter your home, they can lay anywhere from 30 to 200 eggs per month. Those eggs will eventually grow up to become adult moths, and they will also lay 30 to 200 more eggs every month. A moth problem can easily become a moth disaster for your rugs and the rest of your home.


How to Indicate Moth Presence in Your Home

As we enter moth season, it is important to take some time to check your home for moths. Frequent moth checks are the best way to prevent a large moth damage problem from taking over your home, and checking for moths is simple. One of the easiest methods to indicate whether or not your home has moths is by using a moth trap. Make sure the trap you are using is for cloth moths and not another type of moth.

cloth moth trap to indicate moth presence in your home
A cloth moth pheromone trap will help you indicate whether or not you have moths in your home.

These traps work by emitting a pheromone which attracts male moths into the sticky bottom layer. The male moths are trapped and prevented from reproducing. Do note that moth traps are only an effective way to indicate that moths are in your home. They are not an effective way of getting rid of moths, should you find any.


How to Prevent Moths If Your Home is Moth Free

If your home is moth free, it is important to make sure that your home stays that way. The best way to prevent moth infestations is to constantly be monitoring. Moths can enter your home with no warning. A harmless box from a warehouse could actually be carrying eggs.

Moths reproduce at a rapid rate, and they eat and damage your belongings at a rapid rate, too! To prevent moths from doing thousands of damage to your rugs, you may consider keeping a moth trap in your home throughout the year.

fine handmade persian rug with extensive moth damage
A fine handmade rug can take a lot of damage from moths in just a short amount of time.

Many fine rugs are made of natural fibers, such as wool, which over time lose their natural oily properties and become drier, making them easier for moths to eat than a new rug. Although you can do nothing about the age of your rug, you can prevent your antique rug from becoming a moth’s next meal by regularly cleaning it. A clean rug will not be nearly as appetizing.

You should also regularly vacuum your rugs- and not just the visible areas. Moth eggs love to hide in dark, damp, and quiet spaces with little to no air circulation. This means that areas under your china cabinet, your sofa, and even the underside of your rug are all the perfect spots for eggs to grow. Be proactive and clean these areas regularly. You should also rotate your rug at least once a year. On top of preventing moth growth, rotating your rug will also help in distributing the amount of traffic your rug receives on different areas.

If you are taking an extended vacation, make sure that your rugs are stored properly. Make sure your home is dry and has proper air movement during your time away. When you return, make sure to vacuum and clean your home thoroughly. Your time away is the perfect time for moths to play.

Remember, proper rug protection is one of your responsibilities as a rug owner. When you put in the extra time to keep your rug in good shape now, you are actually saving yourself from weeks to months (sometimes even years!) of headache in the future.


How to Remove Moths If Your Home Has Moths

If you have moths in your home, you should act immediately. Rugs can easily do thousands of dollars of damage to your rug. A $50,000 rug can easily receive $30,000 worth of damage.

First, vacuum your house thoroughly. You will want to vacuum both the front and back of all of your rugs. Make sure you vacuum areas underneath furniture and behind your curtains as well. Take your rugs and place them in an area where they can receive direct sunlight. The ultraviolet rays will work quickly to kill any eggs that are still hiding in your rug. Don’t forget- the backside of your rug needs to be placed in direct sunlight, too.

If you have access to a leaf blower, use one to blast air in areas where moths nest. This includes under your furniture, in the corners of your closets, behind your curtains, and any other dark and quiet areas.

Your next step will be to sanitize and wash your rug- bring your rug in for a professional cleaning. At Behnam Rugs, we can determine the amount of damage done to your rug and what steps should be taken next. Small areas can often be rewoven at a cost that would be far lower than replacement. Large areas can be shaved and sheared to minimize how obvious the damage to your rug is.

natural cleaning methods kill moths not rugs
The professionals at Behnam Rugs will sanitize your rug the natural way. Kill moths without damaging your rug.

Even if the foundation of your rug has been damaged by moths, there are still options. Behnam Rugs can permanently dye your rug to minimize how obvious any damage is. The moth damaged areas will be hidden by the dye.

In severe situations, your rug may require a large amount of reweaving. Reweaving is generally a more expensive repair option, and the cost can be very high when reweaving is required on a larger area. In these situations, your rug may need to be sent to a country such as Turkey or Iran for the reweaving job to be completed. This process can be time consuming and costly. Remember to constantly check your home for moths in order to prevent this sort of hassle.


Can I Chemically Treat My Rug?

Behnam Rugs does not recommend chemically treating your rug, be it for moth proofing or moth extermination. Harsh chemicals can damage your rug, and they can also hurt you. Your rug lives with you, whether it is on your floor, your wall, or your stairs. You and your family constantly interact with your rugs. Behnam Rugs prefers natural prevention methods and restoration methods.


More Questions?

If you have any further questions on moths and how they can affect your rugs, please feel free to call Behnam Rugs at 972-733-0400 or visit us during our store hours. Behnam Rugs has over 39 years of experience with rugs and rug repairs, and our rug experts would love to help you.

How Much Does Persian/Oriental Rug Cleaning Cost?


Last Updated: 7 June 2017

The cost of washing your Persian or Oriental rug varies based on a number of factors. Not all rugs are made the same way, so each rug will have its own unique wash. In order for our professionals to determine the correct wash for each of your rugs, we will need some information and a short history of your rug.

What Sort of Information Should I Know About My Rug?
First and foremost, you should know what type of rug you have. Is your rug machine made, handmade, tufted, hooked? Once you know the type of rug you have, the rest of the details will be much easier to find out.

Next, know the country of origin of your rug. Persian rugs are not always Persian (Iranian) in origin. You can have an Indian Persian rug, an Afghani Persian rug, an Egyptian Persian rug, and so on. You may have records indicating the origin of your rug. Otherwise, feel free to come in and ask Behnam Rugs about the origin of your rug.

You should know the material of your rug. Rugs are made out of a variety of materials. Generally, if a rug is made with natural fibers, the materials used will be wool, cotton, silk, and jute. If your rug is made of synthetic materials, some of the materials used might be nylon or viscose.

Finally, we will need the age of your rug, the last time it was washed, and if you have any pets. We do not need the exact age of your rug, just an estimate. Again, if you are unsure, please ask us for assistance. We would love to help you learn more about your rug.

These details will help us determine what sort of washing your rug needs.

We understand that you might not know every little detail about your rug, especially for older rugs that may have had a couple of owners before you. If you are unsure about certain details, ask us! The rug experts at Behnam Rugs will be able to determine the precise details of your rug.

Interested in a Rug Wash?
If you have decided to wash your rug, contact us today for a free price quote. We are open Monday through Saturday, 9:00AM to 5:30PM. If you are well-informed on your rug, feel free to call us for a price quote.

Considering Dry Cleaning Your Rug? Here’s Why You Should Reconsider!

Last Updated: 13 June 2017

When you have a delicate, valuable piece of clothing, you usually get it dry cleaned. That same concept applies to rugs as well, right? Wrong! Dry cleaning your rug is absolutely not a good idea. Read on to discover why that is.

Persian rugs are delicate and made from fine, natural fibers like silk, cotton, and wool. “But so is my wool suit! Why can’t I just dry clean my rug, too?” you may be thinking. Although dry cleaning your clothing is all well and good, your rugs should never be cleaned with dry cleaning fluid. Because of the way rugs are made, the chemical compounds will “stick” to your rug, so to speak, and your rug will likely never feel as soft or be as durable as it was before dry cleaning.

So, how do you actually wash a Persian rug? The good, old-fashioned way, of course! You wash a Persian rug with water and natural solutions. Persian rugs have been washed this way for thousands of years- for good reason, too. A Persian rug that receives a proper, natural washing can stay clean, soft, and stable for years.

If you’d like to learn more information about traditional Persian rug washing, or if you have any questions regarding Persian rugs in general, please call us at 972-733-0400. We would love to answer any questions that you may have.

How Mold Can Enter Your Home and Damage Your Rug

Last Updated: 13 June 2017

How Can Mold Get to Your Persian Rug?
You may think mold could never make it to your Persian rug, but the truth is that mold could be growing right now. Please check your rugs frequently.

There are numerous ways that your Persian rug can become a host to a variety of fungi, bacteria, mycobacteria, and actinomycetes molds. Consistently and constantly monitoring your rugs for mold growth is the best way to prevent irreversible damage.

Due to the absorbent qualities of wool, water and moisture can easily make their way into many Persian rugs. Because of this, small and common occurrences in your household might just be what sparks mold growth in your Persian rug. Some of these occurrences could be a small, slow leak from plumping, a leak air conditioning system, a dripping sprinkler system, or a potted plant sitting a little too close to your rug. As mold grows, it becomes destructive and creates rotting on the foundation of your rug, and eventually surrounding areas, such as your flooring, walls, and furniture.

Mold can also cause illness. If you have detected mold in your house, before you worry about your rug or any other items in your house, please take care of your own health. Read this article to see if you may be showing any symptoms of mold related illnesses.

A Persian rug with signs of mold damage.
A Persian rug with signs of mold damage.

How Do I Restore My Rugs After They Have Been Damaged by Mold?
Mold is not only pesky, but it is dangerous, too. Please make sure you take your rug to a professional after detecting mold growing in your home. If mold is not properly removed, it can still come back and wreak havoc once more.

When your rug is professionally washed and cleaned at Behnam Rugs, we will wash it with our special live bacteria enzyme wash made specifically with mold. A light, acidic vinegar will be applied to your rug. It will kill the mold but not your rug! We will also dry your rug in natural, direct ultraviolet sunlight in order to kill any leftover mold and odor.

How to Save Your Rugs After a Flood

Last Updated: 13 June 2017

How to Treat a Flooded Rug
When water pipes in your house freeze and break, your sink or toilet overflows, your washing machine or water heater breaks a hose, your skylight cracks, or your roof leafs, it seems that the water always finds its way to the most valuable things in your home. While we cannot offer much advice on how to save your computer, we can help you save your rug.

Persian and Oriental rugs are naturally absorbent due to the qualities in their fibers. If you have a wool rug or a wool blend rug, your rug will be especially absorbent. When your home is flooded, the water that fills it is not pure. It is often dirty and mixed with chemicals and waste. This water can cause color run-off and damage to the fibers of your rug.

When your rug has received water damage, the first thing to do is to extract the excess water out of the rug. You can blot it with towels or cloth. If you have access to a water extractor, and you know how to use it, use it. If you have access to a water extractor, but you are not 100% sure on how to use it, do not use it. The damage from flooding can be reversed. The damage from mishandling a rug with a water extractor might not be so easily fixed.

Soaked rugs tend to have colors run or bleed, and they also emit a moldy or musty smell. Your rug’s foundation will also weaken the longer you leave the water in the rug. All of this could result in permanent damage to your rug. It is important that you call a professional rug cleaner to help you with your rug so that permanent damage does not occur.

A professional cleaner will be able to completely extract the water from your rug, remove any mold, eliminate odors, and reverse color bleeding/color running. Behnam Rugs provides all of these services and more, so contact us if you need assistance.

You may be able to have your insurance provider cover the cost of cleaning and repair. At Behnam Rugs, we can assist you with settling insurance cases, rug appraisals, and insurance quotes. You should always have an up-to-date appraisal, as most insurance companies will not honor an appraisal older than three years.

For more information about water damage, flooded rugs, insurance claims, and Persian rugs in general, please call or visit Behnam Rugs.

persian rug color run restoration before

persian rug color run restoration after