10 Useful Things You Can Do at Home During the Covid-19 Outbreak

10 Useful Things You Can Do at Home During the Covid-19 Outbreak

  1. Go on a virtual museum tour. These 12 museums will take you on a tour of their exhibits online.
  2. Play card games to improve your children and your math skills.These 16 games will turn your kids in math geniuses!
  3. Read a book. The New York Public Library is offering 300,000 book choices for those stuck at home. Best of all? They’re completely free!
  4. Organize your home. It’s spring cleaning season and the perfect time to unclutter your living space. Consider donating items you no longer need to places like the Salvation Army or Goodwill. You can drop off the items without interacting with anyone.
  5. Go through mementos such as photo albums and make a project out of rearranging old memories. Photos tend to get jumbled up over time and we stop organizing them. If you need something to pass the time, reorganizing old photo albums can be a rewarding sentimental experience.
  6. Teach younger family members who are home from school basic skills like how to check the oil in a car, sew on a button, balance a checkbook, and any other important tasks not generally taught in school. Not all learning is done in the classroom!
  7. Take a nap. A well-rested body is less susceptible to illness.
  8. Don’t forget to have fun! Break out some board games and spend time with the people you share a home with. Have a Skype call with friends or watch a movie at the same time and discuss it over text.
  9. Rearrange a room. Maybe you want to see how a couch would look in a different position. You can even read up on Feng shui to choose the most proportional layout options.  A traditional practice originating from ancient China, Feng shui aligns the energy of a space in a way which is most harmonious for the individuals and their environment. Try rotating your rugs as well. This is good for your rug to even out wear from traffic and can also breathe new life into a room that has been the same for a long time.
  10. Get to know your rugs. Create a folder or portfolio of the information about the rugs you own. This can be quite useful for estate planning and tax write-off purposes if you plan to donate it. Include pictures and relevant details such as the origin, age, history, construction, material, and value. If you do not know all this, schedule a Facetime call with Behnam Rugs by calling 972-733-0400. Our experts can assess your rugs without ever meeting face to face. We can let you know the approximate age, the value, country or city of origin, and material just by looking via video conference. We can even give you a written appraisal and evaluation of your finer rugs for insurance purposes for a small fee. Learn more about appraisals here.

5 Things You Can Do for Your Valuable Rugs During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Rug on Staircase6 Things You Can Do for Your Valuable Rugs During the Coronavirus Outbreak

  1. Get to know your rugs: the size, construction, age, pattern, colors, materials, and any relevant history. If you did not receive this information when you bought your rug, contact Behnam Rugs at 972-733-0400, as we can help you ascertain these things.
  2. Create a portfolio for your rugs. Take well-lit photos of your rugs, or have a professional do it for you. Find out the origin, material, construction, age, and value of each rug. Include this information in the portfolio. To do this accurately, you may need an appraisal or evaluation. Behnam Rugs offers verbal appraisals as well as written appraisals for insurance purposes. That brings us to the next point.
  3. Get your rugs appraised and evaluated. Instead of in-person appraisals, Behnam Rugs is now offering virtual appraisals. Measure your rug, take note of the material and any other relevant information, and then give us a Facetime call. Our experts will tell you exactly how much your rug is worth, as well as its origin and age. If you are interested in cleaning or restoration, we will tell you what that will cost. Call 972-733-0400 to set up a Facetime call.
  4. Estate plan your rugs. Your estate plan should include your valuable art and furnishings if it doesn’t already. Using the information you gathered during appraisal, decide how you want your rugs to be used. Will a family member inherit the rugs? Will they be donated for a tax credit? It is smart to have a plan in place in case of unforeseen circumstances. This is ensures your rugs will be taken care of according to your wishes and will maximize family harmony.
  5. Have your rug professionally cleaned. Rugs can be breeding grounds for germs. Behnam Rugs cleans and sanitizes every rug using a proprietary 10-Step Hand Washing Process that ensures your rugs are returned to you beautifully restored. In addition, our technicians wear gloves, masks, and foot coverings to stop the spread of germs when out for delivery or pick up. You do not need to be in the room when they pick up or deliver your rug for free.
  6. Inspect your rug for moths. Rugs, especially ones placed in rooms that do not experience a lot of traffic or light, can become breeding grounds for destructive moths. Now that you’re home, it’s the perfect time to check for them. Look for threadbare patches on your rugs. Make sure to inspect corners and turn up those edges to check underneath, as they are more likely to eat the back of the rug first. Often times, moths and their larvae hide on the underside of your rug. The moths that eat wool will be buff in color and are smaller than the average house moth. Their eggs look like grains of rice. Moth larvae and their casings look like sticky yarns adorning the back of your rug.

There you have it, 6 ways to stay productive during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Hand Washing Fine Rugs and Rug Sanitization

GermsHand Washing Fine Rugs and Rug Sanitization

With the Coronavirus in the news and confirmed cases spreading day by day, you may be concerned about the cleanliness of your home. Furniture and rugs can be breeding grounds for bacteria, viruses, and other germs. Did you know thousands of germs and bacteria inhabit the average square inch of your rug? Often these organisms are less than harmless. You can’t exactly pour hand sanitizer all over your precious rugs, so what can you do?

Have your rugs professionally cleaned and sanitized.

Rugs retain dander from pets and humans, as well as dirt, odors, and germs. Sanitizing your rugs is one way to feel a bit safer, especially if guests frequently visit your home. A clean and sanitized rug will also improve your home’s air quality, letting you breathe easier. Your home should be a place where you are at lower risk for exposure to germs, and a sanitized rug is one way to improve the cleanliness of your environment. If you plan on working from home in the future, clean rugs are a necessity.

Want to learn more about Behnam Rug’s rug washing and sanitizing procedures? Keep reading.

While Behnam Rugs never uses harsh chemicals on your rugs, we do thoroughly hand wash them many times. Our methods are more effective at removing dirt, dander, and bacteria because they are more thorough. We never use machines to protect your rug from mechanized harm.

Our technicians use paddles to massage the front and back of your rug and loosen any particulates. The front and back are then washed three times each at a minimum. Every rug is rinsed with non-recycled Dallas drinking water. Organic shampoos rinse away built up germs, while enzymes cut through pet odors. You are left with a rug that looks and smells much better than before.

While it is impossible to guarantee your rug is free from bacteria and viruses, the majority of them should be gone.

You can rest easy knowing your rug is no longer a breeding ground for dangerous germs and is unlikely to still be home to the thriving bacterial ecosystem it was before.

In addition, Behnam Rugs is enacting stricter delivery procedures for those that need their freshly sanitized rugs delivered. Our technicians wear masks, gloves, and foot coverings to minimize the risk of exposure. For those visiting our Dallas showroom, please note that all staff are required to wash their hands every hour at a minimum.

5 Things to Remember when Buying a Rug

5 Things to Remember when Buying a Rug

Buying a rug is not as easy as many people think. The rug featured in any room will dictate the atmosphere and ambiance, perhaps adding playfulness, joy, and brightness to the environment. The rug will also decide the use and formality of the room. With the trends for color and design constantly changing, many colors come and go every three to five years or a little longer. However, traditional designs and colors are always in style, even in contemporary homes. Traditional and antique rugs make great statements, no matter your home’s design.

Here are some simple things to keep in mind when shopping for the perfect rug.

1. Size

Do not estimate when it comes to measurements. Get a measuring tape and measure the area where you will place the rug. Rugs are usually made in certain common sizes. Measure the minimum width you need as well as the maximum width you need, and do the same with the length. This will give you some breathing room when it comes to picking the size, as the rugs may not come in the exact measurements you take. Make sure the placement of the rug will make sense. For example, do not buy a rug in a size that will not cover the room evenly so that you end up with the rug only partially covering walkways. Why? You do not want to wear the rug unevenly because you walk half on and half off the rug when traversing the room.

2. Design

New rugs follow the design trends of the moment, using stylish patterns and colors. Traditional Persian designs are always in style and continue to be woven new as well. Traditional Persian rugs typically feature a central medallion or all over pattern. Visit a large rug store to see what you like, whether that’s modern, semi-traditional, traditional, or transitional rugs.

3.Color

Nowadays, rugs are made in many different color combinations. If you want to keep it simple, less color is easier to work with. Try choosing a rug in a primary color that features a secondary color as well as an additional four to five colors. Color choices are totally a personal preference, and you may choose trendy shades, traditional colors, or a mix according to your taste.

4. Budget

Set a budget for each rug. Be generous- not every design and color you love will necessarily come in the right size and the price range can limit the quality. For an 8 x 10 machine-made rug, an appropriate budget is $800 to $1,500 dollars depending on the rug’s construction and fibers. For handmade rugs, you will need a budget of $2K to $8K.

5. Buy with Confidence

Learn about the rug you will be buying. Is it made of wool, silk, cotton, viscose, nylon, or something else?The material affects the care of the rug as well as its looks and longevity. Learn how to spot clean and make sure you are prepared to take the rug for professional cleaning every three to five years. Buy your rug from a retailer with an outstanding reputation in case you want to return or exchange the rug. In addition, a reputable dealer will educate you about fine rugs and help you decide using years of experience. Be careful buying a rug online, as the color and texture are unlikely to be accurately represented and some sellers may even try to scam you.