Rug Cleaning: Viscose Rayon

Folded rug on a tableRug Cleaning: Viscose Rayon

Most rugs are made of either wool, silk, wool and silk, cotton, nylon, or viscose rayon. Wool rugs can last for centuries, as can silk rugs and wool and silk rugs. Cotton rugs can last around 100 years. Nylon rugs and carpeting last almost 10 years. Lastly, viscose rayon can last between three and 10 years. If your viscose rug receives almost any amount of foot traffic and wear, expect it to last closer to three years.

If you’ve bought a machine made rug before, chances are you are familiar with viscose rayon. Even if you aren’t, viscose rayon is used in paper towels, kitchen sponges, diaper liners, and more. Though it is good for cleaning products, it is not an ideal fiber for rugs as they are exposed to foot traffic, moisture, spills, pet accidents, and dirt.

So, what exactly is viscose rayon? It is a fiber created out of regenerated cellulose. The plant pulp is heavily processed to impart shine. Also known as artificial or “art” silk, viscose rayon is often referred to by names which make the consumer believe they are being sold real silk. However, in actuality, they have been sold a rug made of what is essentially disposable paper. And it’s being sold at real silk prices!

It is not uncommon for customers to bring their brand new “silk” rug to Behnam Rugs for cleaning or appraisal. Unfortunately, when shopping abroad, many consumers are sold viscose rayon rugs and are told their rug is real silk. In particular, the individuals most likely to be tricked are visiting Turkey, China, or India, often as part of a cruise. By the time they are able to get a second opinion on these “real silk” rugs, it is too late and they have no way to get their money back. That’s why we recommend reading our blog about rug shopping abroad before purchasing a rug in a foreign country.

The best way to get reliable feedback about a rug’s materials and construction is to ask a rug cleaner. They are the one resource consumers can trust because they are not being paid commission for a sale and they have cleaned viscose rayon and know about its benefits and drawbacks. When it comes to silk fiber, consumers must be educated before making a purchase. Educate yourself by reading our blog about buying fine silk rugs.

Let’s discuss the viscose rayon creation process.… Read the rest

Water Damage on Your Rugs

Damaged rugHow to Clean a Water Damaged Rug

This blog is all about rescuing rugs affected by hail damage, roof damage, water leaks, flash flooding, broken skylights, and more. Behnam Rugs is here to help.

Before Behnam Rugs can pick up your rugs to clean and sanitize them, there are a few steps you can take to minimize any damage.

1. Carefully remove debris from your rugs. We cannot stress the emphasis on carefully enough! There could be tiny pieces of glass in your rug, and you won’t find out until you step on one. Wear protective shoes while removing debris. Remove what you can, but please do not hurt yourself trying to do more than that. Wearing gloves while removing debris can make the process a bit safer.
2. If your rug is wet or even partially wet, dry it by using a towel to absorb excess water. If you have access to a water extractor, you may consider using it. If you are not 100% sure on how to operate a water extractor, it’s best to not do anything with it at all, however.
3. Use a fan to dry your rugs if there is even a chance that your rug may be wet. Do not use a hair dryer or anything that uses heat to dry. This will harm your rug. Dehumidifiers can help as well.
4. If your rug is in an area that could receive run-off water, remove it from the area immediately. Run-off water could potentially contain chemicals that will damage your rug and permanently change its color.

Taking these steps will prevent color runs and bleeding, as well as damage to the rug’s fibers and dyes.

If your rug is already showing signs of color bleeding, worry not! Behnam rugs specializes in fixing color bleeding in rugs. Call us at 972-733-0400. We can also restore the pile of your rug and restore antique rugs if these are services you need, too. If your rug has been damaged, contact Behnam Rugs as soon as possible. The sooner you tackle a rug problem, the better the results will be, especially when you’re dealing with water damage. Remember, if you let your rug sit in water for more than 24 hours, there is a high chance of mold occurring. Mold can be dangerous to you as well as extremely harmful to your rug.

If you are not able to return to your rugs or if they have been damaged beyond repair (or totaled- your rug can be totaled just like a car!),… Read the rest

How to Pack a Rug for Shipping, Storage, or Transport

How to Pack a Rug for Shipping, Storage, or Transport

How to Ship a Rug

Often it is necessary, whether due to lifestyle changes or a move, to pack a rug and prepare it for shipping, storage, or transport. However, packing a rug is not something that should be done without proper preparation. Improperly packing a rug can destroy its integrity, resulting in permanent creases, dry, brittle fibers, as well as texture changes and color runs.

If you need to pack a rug, make sure to read this blog and watch the included YouTube video, as that will ensure you treat your rug with the respect it deserves to remain in pristine condition.

Not all rugs are the same, and the size, material, origin, and style of your rug should influence the way you prepare it for transport. There is a certain way to fold or roll your rug to preserve the integrity of its construction.

Let’s discuss the first reason you may need to pack your rug.

Storage

For whatever reason, you have decided to place your rug in storage. That means you need to prep your rug for an extended stay. It is best to store a clean rug, therefore you should seriously consider having your rug professionally cleaned by experts in traditional hand washing methods such as Behnam Rugs. If you elect not to wash your rug, thoroughly vacuum the face and back of the rug. If the rug is handmade, do not use the beater brush extension. In addition, you can sweep the rug as well. Find out how to vacuum your rug properly.

Rolling is the best method to prep a rug for storage, as it works for rugs of any size, quality, and material. Always roll your rug from the fringed ends, do not roll from side binding to side binding. In order to roll your rug, you need to go against the nap. Use your hand to determine the direction of the nap. When the nap goes in the direction your hand is rubbing, that is the direction you roll opposite of. So, if you stroke the rug towards yourself and you can tell that your hand is rubbing with the grain of the rug, you want to roll the rug starting from that side. Rolling against the nap ensures that no wrinkles or crushing occurs. We know this can be confusing to understand, so we have included a visual in the video below.Read the rest

What You Don’t Know About Hand-Tufted Rugs Could Hurt You

Hand Tufted Rugs

What you don’t know about hand-tufted rugs could hurt you!  Hand-tufted rugs are not the same as Persian/Oriental rugs. These rugs are made with a tufting gun that shoots loops of yarn into a fabric backing. Once finished, glue is applied to the back of the rug to hold those yarn loops together. Then a second fabric is applied onto the glue. This means the glue is between two layers of fabric. Many dogs are sensitive to the smell of the glue used to make tufted rugs. When this happens the pet will soil your rug. These fumes are irritants to dogs, children, and the elderly.

One simple way to identify a tufted rug is to look at how the rug is put together. A hand-knotted rug is one for which each and every one of its knots is knotted by hand.  Each strand of wool or silk is knotted by hand onto the loom. The more knots per square inch, the clearer the detail and the more expensive the rug.

When rugs are hand-knotted, the back of the rug is almost the mirror image of the front in terms of color and clarity. The back of a very fine handmade rug is virtually indistinguishable from the front! Also, the fringe of the rug — those longer threads on the end – is hand-knotted to the rug. Without that fringe, the rug itself would unravel. The fringe is an integral part of the rug itself.

The Difference Between Hand-Tufted and Hand-Knotted

On the other hand, rugs that are hand-tufted are not authentic hand-knotted rugs. Hand-tufted means that a mechanical device resembling a gun was used to attach tufts of cloth to a canvas backing. The strands of cloth are punched through the canvas, and then a glue-like substance is painted on the canvas to keep the cloth fibers from falling out.

There are no knots. While there is a person wielding this gun, hand-tufted rugs are not considered to be hand-made. And because the cloth is attached to a canvas backing, the underside of the rug has no pattern on it at all. Moreover, on tufted rugs, the fringes are usually glued on.

The terms hand-woven or hand-knotted are used exclusively for rugs that are made entirely by hand. The fibers of the rug are woven through the warp strings or knotted onto the warp strings by hand.… Read the rest

New Possibilities for Old and Unwanted Persian and Oriental Rugs

Rug made into a pillowWhat to do with Old and Unwanted Persian and Oriental Rugs

Over the years, what you need from a rug may change. Perhaps you have moved to a new home. Maybe you are changing the colors and décor in the home that you are already in. There are plenty of reasons why a fine rug you once loved in your home might no longer be the best rug for you. The question is, what do you do with such an expensive rug?

Ben Tavakolian, the founder of Behnam Rugs, suggests considering the generous route. You can gift your rug to family members, friends, co-workers, or colleagues as a valuable gift that they can enjoy for years to come.

Oriental and Persian rugs are excellent investments, not just value-wise, but because they are resilient and will last over the years when properly cared for. Do you know any young families or newlywed couples? They might really appreciate the gift! A great rug can turn a house into a home.

If you do not have anyone that you would like to gift your rug to, consider having it appraised before you donate, sell, or trash it. At Behnam Rugs, we offer free verbal appraisals. These are the types of appraisals you would use when you are simply curious about the value of your rug, or if you do not want to pay for a written appraisal without knowing if your rug is actually worth anything. For tax and insurance purposes, however, you will need a written appraisal. At Behnam Rugs, these generally cost about $100-$150 per appraisal. Written appraisals give both the market value and the replacement value.

Once you know the value of your rug, you can sell it or donate it. If you would like to sell your rug, read our in-depth blog post, Options for Selling a Persian/Oriental Rug. This post will detail your options for selling a rug and list the pros and cons of each option.

Donation is another route. Now, we don’t mean donating your rug to Goodwill or Salvation Army, although you can certainly do so if you wish. Many fine rug owners who donate their rugs actually donate them to universities or nonprofit organizations. We’re sure your favorite start-up restaurant or boutique would really appreciate a helping hand with decorating too! A huge perk of donating is that donating a rug will provide a nice end-of-the-year tax benefit for you.… Read the rest