2019 Dallas Tornado Damage: What to do and How to Prepare for Future Storms

Home damaged by storm

Home damaged by tornado2019 Dallas Tornado Damage: What to do and How to Prepare for Future Storms

Nearly two weeks after the devastating tornadoes hit we are still receiving calls about rugs trapped under debris. If you need an asset recovery assessment, we work with insurance to settle damaged rugs. As part of our service we do free evaluations and appraisals for your insurance company for damage due to the 2019 Dallas area tornadoes.

Behnam Rugs is sharing storm preparation tips to keep your fine rugs safe from damage in the future. Following these preventative measures will hopefully mean you don’t have to use home owner’s insurance to replace your rug.

The first thing you’ll want to do is roll up your rugs and put them somewhere at least 10 inches above the floor. If you live in a two story house, move the rugs upstairs.

If you can, store the rugs in a windowless room. Wrap the rugs in plastic for the time being (never keep your rugs in plastic for an extended period of time). Keep the rug vertical wherever you choose to store it, as other methods lead to creases.

Take photographs of all the things you own for insurance purposes. Behnam Rugs can evaluate your rug from a picture if it is trapped in your home.

Seal or cover window frames so that water and debris have a harder time getting in.

Elevate anything that could rust. Unplug appliances and move them several feet from the ground.

Place furniture tabs under furnishings so that they don’t bleed into carpet or mark the floor.

Remember, if you choose not to move your area rug to higher ground, it will become a sponge that generates mold and mildew within 48 hours.

If you rug suffers water damage, clean and extract the water within 24-48 hours to avoid mold and color runs. Some antique rugs and rugs that use vegetable dye are less likely to experience color running. If your rug has been exposed to water for longer than 48 hours, you will need to take it to a professional for cleaning and mold removal before the fibers rot.

When the rug lays on the floor while storm water courses over it, it acts as a filter and debris goes deep into the rug’s foundation before the water runs off. This debris becomes trapped and must be removed by a professional.

The first thing you need to do if your rug gets wet is dry it. Remove the water and then use fans to air it out.

Or, take the wet rug to Behnam Rugs as soon as possible for immediate washing.

It is not always possible to save rugs with water damage, but Behnam Rugs will do their best to salvage your fine rug if it does get wet. First we extract the water and dry the rug, then we wash it and dry it again.Remember, timing is key. Dry a wet rug as soon as possible to increase the chances of rescuing the rug.

Home damaged by storm

How to Pair Modern and Traditional Rugs in Your Living Space

Modern and traditional rugsHow to Pair Modern and Traditional Rugs in Your Living Space

If you have a large living space in your home, you’ve probably considered decorating with multiple rugs. This can make a room more lively and interesting, with multiple focal points to draw the eye. But how do you choose the right combination of colors, shades, patterns, and styles to ensure the look is cohesive?

You can hire an interior designer, or you can read this blog.

One of the most popular methods is to pair rugs with similar colors but different designs. A traditional rug along with a modern rug can go together if the colors are quite similar. Mixing patterns with colors in the same shade family can result in a pleasing aesthetic. Consider using the most trendy colors to keep the space fresh. Light blues, grays, tans, and rusts are easy on the eyes while also being quite current.

Traditional medallions pair well with the abstract designs that are common in modern pieces. This pairing keeps your home from feeling stagnant, as can be the case when traditional rugs are paired with conventional accessories and furniture. Too often, traditional patterns make an already traditionally decorated room appear stuffy. On the other hand, modern rugs may need something to temper their simple designs. By mixing these two types of patterns, you are left with a room that has character and intrigue.

In general, contemporary colored rugs go together regardless of whether the design is modern or traditional. Pair traditionally designed and colored rugs in rich reds and blues with traditionally designed rugs.

And there you have it, all the ways you can mix and match different rugs by using colors and patterns to create a welcoming living space.

Why Do Some Rugs Still Smell After They are Washed?

Dirt removed by massaging the rug

Why Do Some Rugs Still Smell After They are Washed?

The dirt hiding in your rug’s pile is destroying your fine rug. Over time, dust and debris travel down from the top of you rug to settle in the pile. This can cause your rug to smell, but even worse, it can damage the fibers of your rug and create micro-tears, causing the foundation to wear away, revealing threadbare patches.

So, where does this damaging debris come from, how does it build up over the years, and how can you remove it?

The debris that settles into the pile of your rug typically comes from the daily use of the rug. Pet dander, hair, and urine, skin cells, dirt from outside, food particles, and humidity create the perfect environment for a type of clay mixed with microorganisms to form in the rug’s pile. Vacuuming just pushes this clay deeper into the foundation of your rug. Foot traffic grinds it in as well.

Some types of dirt, such as sand, have sharp edges that can cut the strands of the rug’s wool fibers. This causes fibers to be added to the dirt trapped in your rug, making larger and larger amounts of damaging debris laying in the pile. As your rug experiences foot traffic and vacuuming, the dirt trapped in the pile moves and cuts more and more fibers. Eventually, the foundation of the rug becomes exposed due to a loss of density.

Dirt in the rug's pile
This is a cross section of a rug that demonstrates where the dust gets trapped over time.

As the density decreases, the sharpness of the design of your rug lessens over time, eventually becoming blurry and threadbare. In addition, this debris can be malodorous and contain many allergens that irritate your immune system. Your guests may notice a smell when they enter your home that you have become nose blind to.

We highly recommend that you vacuum your rug face down every year or two to loosen this clay that is no doubt trapped in the body of your rug. Never use the vacuum’s beater brush when vacuuming your handmade rug’s face. Once the buildup is loosened you can vacuum at least some of it out.

This will extend the life of your rug, but simply vacuuming at home is not enough. Every three to five years your rug needs to be professionally cleaned to remove this damaging substance. Waiting too long will cause your rug to become threadbare and the design to become blurry.

Dirt removed
These are the magnified particles that are hiding in your rug.

In conclusion, what can you do about this clay lying in the pile and slowly destroying your rug?

The best thing to do is have it professionally cleaned. Behnam Rugs uses a traditional Persian hand washing method that removes this damaging clay. Sometimes, washing alone is not enough to remove the dirt and odor from deep within the rug’s pile. When this happens, the team at Behnam beats both sides of the rug with wood paddles, as well as rolls up the rug with the back side facing up and massages the rug, loosening the debris.

Our deep tissue rug massage is sure to remove this harmful clay by breaking up and loosening the dirt and debris. Once removed, the odor trapped in your rug disappears, and your rug is once more ready to be a centerpiece in your home.

If the rug is professionally washed and still has odor, it for sure has sand and dirt trapped inside the pile and foundation. The longevity of your fine rug depends on how often it is washed and how well the dust and debris is removed.

When it comes to rugs and their care, experience matters.

5 Things you can do with an Unwanted Rug

Rug made into a pillow5 Things you can do with an Unwanted Rug

Over time, you may fall out of love with your rug or decide to redecorate your home and the rug doesn’t match the new aesthetic. You may move and your rug doesn’t fit in your new home. There are a few options if you want to get rid of an old rug. Don’t just throw it away!

  1. If you’re selling your home, you can always include the rug with the sale of the house. This adds value and the new homeowners may love the rug. Oversized rugs add a lot to the room and can be a pain to move.
  2. Consider giving the rug to a family member, especially if the rug is valuable. This is often the case with authentic Persian rugs and antique rugs. Keeping it in the family will give your family member the opportunity to own a rug that appreciates in value and you don’t truly lose the heirloom or the memories.
  3. Donation is a charitable option for those looking to get rid of a rug. Every year, Behnam Rugs helps clients donate rugs to churches, schools, nonprofits, and other organizations. Consult with us and a financial advisor to be sure you go through the correct channels. Proper documentation is necessary for a tax write off. Stop by Behnam Rugs to get the papers for official donation documents.
  4. You may try to sell your rug. This is not easy and depends on the quality, age, and type of rug you wish to sell. A unique, authentic, older Persian rug is much easier to sell than a machine made rug or even some handmade rugs. If your rug is made in a color or style that is no longer popular you may have trouble selling it. Refer with Behnam Rugs to make sure you are selling your rug for the right price. We give free verbal appraisals on Saturdays. If you are using eBay or Craigslist it may take a long time to sell your rug unless it is rare. This can be discouraging. Another way to sell your rug is by taking it to a rug store and seeing if they are interested.
  5. Repurposing or altering- Maybe you still like the design of your rug but no longer have room for it or wish to redecorate the space the rug used to be in. Repurposing may be right for you. Depending on the quality and design, the rug may be used to make pillows, furniture covers, a wall hanging, or decorative items like a mirror border or headboard. Another option is altering. You can bring your rug to a retailer like Behnam Rugs and get your rug resized or cut into a new shape. This will allow you to use the rug in a different space. For more information, please confer with with us before you make a final decision.

How Mice can Destroy Your Rug

Mice DamageHow Mice can Destroy Your Rug

Fine rugs are an investment many hope to pass down to their children and grandchildren. That’s why it’s so important to care for your rug properly. Improper storage can lead to disaster. Customers come to Behnam Rugs all the time with rugs that have damage caused by mice.

Is Damage Caused by Mice Fixable?

Yes, damage caused by mice can be fixed by the master weavers at Behnam Rugs. If your rug has holes in it made by mice or rats chewing, bring it to our experts for evaluation of the degree of damage. We also treat stains and odors with a traditional washing method utilizing enzymes and organic shampoos for odor elimination.

Mice love rugs because they can use the fibers to build their nests and chew to sharpen their teeth. They chew and tear indiscriminately, and can cause extensive damage quite quickly. Your gorgeous family heirloom can easily become mice fodder if stored improperly.

This blog will explain how mice damage rugs and gives a few tips on storing your rugs to avoid mice.

When mice shred rugs they are often creating nesting material especially if the rug is rolled and has empty space in the middle. Mice love to use the dark, soft hiding place in the middle of rolled rugs for nesting. If your rug has been shredded for nesting material, that means a female mouse was damaging your rug. This is troubling because it indicates a pregnant mouse, which means more mice and more damage.

If you are unsure if you have a mouse problem, look for nests. Dark, warm spaces close to food and water are the best places to look. Nests are often in hidden areas like walls and underneath clutter. When a mouse is interrupted from building their nest because you have found it and disposed of it, the mouse will run away and build again.

Another indicator of mice is spoor. Mice droppings are typically black and ¼ of an inch long depending on the size of the mouse. Mice droppings and urine can damage your rug and make it smell to high heaven. It is important to clean up mice droppings safely because of the risks of hantavirus and other illnesses. Always wear gloves when cleaning up droppings.

Spray the droppings first with hydrogen peroxide and then white vinegar to kill 99% of bacteria. Pick them up with a paper towel and throw them away. Then clean the area with disinfectant. Afterwards, wash your hands with soap and water.

So what should you do when you find a nest?

Once the mice are gone, burn the nest or dispose or it safely in some other manner. Then, clean out any available debris that a new nest could be created from. If you’re not confident in your removal methods, call a licensed pest control technician to do it for you.

Mice are especially attracted to dirty rugs. That is why it’s so important to clean your rug professionally every three to five years. The dirt and fibers provide a nutritious, attractive meal to these pests.

Preventative measures can ensure that mice don’t have access to your rugs. First, remove any food sources from the area around your rug (this is especially important for storage!). Clean, clean, clean the area. Make sure to get the dirt in the cracks and crannies. Seal openings that a mouse could get its head through. They only need about a ¼ of an inch wide opening.

If your rug is already damaged, or you know that mice have made it inside your home, traps and poison are the way to go. We recommend traps, as a poisoned mouse may crawl off and die somewhere hard to reach and make a stink. Make sure to check traps daily. Place the traps in strategic areas like known entry points 8 to 12 feet apart. When storing your rug, make sure that the rug is not resting on the floor. Keeping rugs elevated make it harder for mice to make a meal or nest of your rug.

Mice store their food when you have an infestation. House mice are most active at night when the people of the house are sleeping. Mice have poor eyesight and are sensitive to bright lights. Instead of relying on their vision, mice use their sense of touch and smell to find their way around, allowing them to navigate in the dark with ease. Be aware that anything made of plastic, paper, or cardboard can be chewed through easily.

Finally, call Behnam Rugs if your rug has been stained or damaged by mice.

We have seen lots of rugs get damaged by rodents when they are stored in rental storage facilities, especially ones near bodies of water. Mice must have access to water and food such as human trash and food found in nature like nuts and seeds. If your rug needs attention due to mice damage, our skilled technicians will repair and wash your rug in no time!