Why Do Some Rugs Still Smell After They are Washed?

Dirt removed by massaging the rugThe 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.

How Mice can Destroy Your Rug

Mice DamageFine 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 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!

How to Store Your Rug to Avoid Moth Damage

A rug damaged by mothsSo you’ve decided to store your heirloom rug. Moths are one of the biggest threats to the integrity of fine Oriental rugs in storage. They love dark spaces and dirty rugs. That’s why its essential to store your fine Oriental rug properly.

An improperly stored rug can become a breeding ground for hungry and destructive moths. There are a few tips you should follow if you are preparing to store your precious rug. Choosing not to follow these tips can result in a damaged rug that needs costly repairs or even the complete destruction of your rug.Destructive Rug Eating Moth

The first thing you’ll want to do is have your rug cleaned professionally. This ensures that no tasty tidbits of dirt remain to entice moths.

Next, make sure to store your rug in a dry, climate controlled space. Once you have selected a spot to store your rug(s), thoroughly clean the space. Sweep, vacuum, and if you have access to a leaf blower, blast the area, especially nooks and crannies where moths may be hiding. Moths love dark, quiet areas.

Once your rug and the storage area are clean, you’re ready to store your rug. Use a bed sheet or muslin to wrap your rug completely so that no moths can get in and damage the rug. Why wrap it in bed sheets and cotton fabrics? The wool, silk, and cotton need oxygen in order to survive. Never wrap your rug in plastic or paper. Moths eat paper.

You will probably want to wrap your rug around a cardboard cylinder so that it has no trouble standing up if it’s stored in a small space. It is always a good idea to store rugs in a roll elevated from the floor.

Finally, don’t forget about your rug! Check the storage area frequently for dust and debris that can attract moths, mice, squirrels, and termites. The oils and protein in your rug fibers make a nutritious meal for these pests.

Next, inspect your rug and its covering for dampness. If your covering has become damp, remove it immediately and find a new cover for the rug. If you’re vigilant about checking your storage area, it’s likely that a damp rug covering will not have had time to dampen and damage your rug.

If you want to be extra safe, install a few moth traps around your rug in its storage area as a preventative measure. We highly recommend a rug in storage be opened outside every two to three years for direct sunlight to penetrate both the front and back sides of your rug. Vacuuming at this time improves longevity as well.

And there you have it! Everything you should do to store your rug and prevent moth damage.

How a Health Clinic Designed and Built a Modern Workspace

Choosing an installation method for your new rug can be an important process, especially if you want your home or office to look fashionable. Enter insert rugs, a fairly new method of rug installation in which the rug is installed flush with the floor by creating a depression in it. That way your rug is not a tripping hazard and aligns perfectly with the floor for a seamless transition.

Recently, Behnam Rugs completed a project for the Cooper Clinic using the insert rug style. Behnam trimmed three area rugs for an exact fit within the 1-inch depression created in the floor. Their skilled master weavers did this all by hand by using perfect measurement and pattern-making of the cavity to alter a larger rug to fit the space within 1/16th of an inch. It is imperative that the rug fits the depression in the floor exactly for aesthetics.

The finished project.

Cooper Clinic was very happy with how their installation turned out thanks to Tufenkian Rugs, Debbie Bagley, and Behnam Rugs.

Cooper Clinic is a health and wellness organization that gives patients an in-depth, personalized look at their health using specialized tests in less than a day. They offer preventive medicine and fitness tests that were groundbreaking when the clinic opened in 1970. Since then, the Cooper Clinic has become the world’s biggest source of fitness data as it pertains to health. Cooper Clinic recently expanded their location and needed rugs installed in a way that would match their modern taste in decor.

Technicians work on the insert installation to ensure an exact fit.

The installation was completed by Behnam Rugs July 26th, 2019.

Debbie Bagley and Furstenwerth & Bagley Design were also responsible for designing the custom designer rugs used in the insert installation. The firm is known for their full-service interior design experience.

A project like this one often involves multiple design specialists coming together to create something stunning.

Tufted Rug Dallas

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Posted on June 22, 2019

What is a tufted rug? Behnam Rugs will explain that a tufted rug is an area rug that is produced by hand with a special handheld machine that follows a stenciled pattern on a special fabric. This machinery is called a “Tufting Gun”. Tufting guns shoot long yarn through the fabric while passing by horizontally. This leaves a yarn loop at the back and the front for each shot.  Upon completion, a bonding agent such as glue is applied to the back of fabric to hold the loops in place. On top of the glue another fabric is applied to keep looped yarn and glue in place.

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The right side forming the pile will then been sheared and trimmed. The amount of time to make a hand-made tufted 8×10 rug can range from two-weeks to a month; whereas a handmade 8×10 Persian rug takes at least one year to finish.

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Traditionally, tufted rugs were made by hand and designed finely to be used in wearable garments. Today, tufted rugs are made thick and are used as floor covers and area rugs; they are fairly inexpensive. 

The method involved in making a tufted rug is loop-in and loop-out, but the top loop in the front face, facing the weaver, will be cut and later trimmed down to create a thick pile.

Tufted rugs come in various designs and shapes that are appealing to the younger generation.

Keep in mind that pets and especially dogs are allergic to certain tufted rugs. Dogs will attack the rug or pee on the rug. The reason for this is that dogs can smell the glue and it irritates their noses.

In our 2nd event on June 8th, 2019, we explained what goes into a tufted rug and why dogs will show aggression toward tufted rugs. Your dog is telling you that they don’t like that rug. It is best to buy natural handmade oriental rugs instead of a tufted rug. Not only will your pet be happy, but you have also made an investment that will last a long time.

For further questions or comments, please visit Behnam Rugs’ showroom on 18000 Preston Road, Dallas, TX 75252, or simply give us a call (972)733-0400, and one of our rug experts will be happy to assist you.