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!

Press Release-Rug, Dog, Wine Seminar

Behnam Rugs Press Release | Rug, Dog, and Wine Seminar

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Behnam Rugs’ Second Free Seminar/Brunch and Appraisal Event Will Take Place on Saturday, June 8th
The “Rug, Dog, Wine” Seminar will Demystify the Two Most Common Causes of Stains: Dogs and Wine

Dallas, TX – May 9, 2019: Behnam Rugs, North Dallas’ leading fine rug resource for over forty years, will open the doors of their spectacular Preston Road emporium to host a free seminar/brunch for the community. Owner and rug expert Ben Tavakolian will share his lifelong passion for the art and culture of fine rugs with customers old and new. This second event in the lecture series will focus on preventing and cleaning rug stains caused by dogs and wine, two of life’s great pleasures except when they collide with your favorite rug. The seminar will also address a few mysteries. “There are actual reasons why your dog prefers expensive rugs,” Tavakolian says.

In addition to the opportunity to enjoy tasty food and learn in a casual, fun environment, guests are encouraged to bring their own treasured rugs to the showroom for professional appraisal by Behnam’s team of experts. As always, dogs are welcome.

Other subjects that will be discussed include:

  • The difference between traditional, tufted, viscose, machine and hooked rugs
  • Different methods of cleaning rugs
  • How rugs respond to stain treatments depending on how they’re made
  • The pros and cons of cleaning with organic enzymes
  • Why dogs are fascinated with rugs
  • How to respond if your dog reacts to your rug
  • Preventing your dog from repeating the behavior
  • What to do immediately if you spill wine on your rug
  • How we treat the problem when you bring it to us

Rug, Dog, Wine” will be held at Behnam Rugs, Saturday June 8, from 11:00 am to 1:00 PM at their showroom, located at 18000 Preston Road, Dallas, TX.

About Behnam Rugs:

Since 1978, Behnam Rugs of Dallas has been in the business of selling fine handmade rugs and providing expert Oriental rug cleaning, pet stain removal, and Persian rug wash services. In 1999, Behnam “Ben” Tavakolian moved the company to its present location on Preston Road, where he designed and built a distinctive Mediterranean-style showroom and service center from the ground up. The showroom was designed to utilize as much natural light as possible, as it showcases beautiful antique and new rugs from around the world. It is a source to interior designers, architects, and homeowners who have come to appreciate the unparalleled selection. Adjacent to the showroom is the Behnam Rugs state of the art, hand-wash, rug care services, repair, and rug restoration center.  Please visit our Instagram page and share our Press Release picture. To listen to our WRR-101.1 Radio Ad, click here

 

Contact:

Ben Tavakolian

Behnam Rugs

P:972.733.0400

A:18000 Preston Rd, Dallas, TX 75252

W: www.behnamrugs.com

E: behnam@behnamrugs.com

 

*Limit one (1) rug per family

Behnam Rugs Press Release | Rug Shopping Abroad can be Challenging

March Event at Behnam Rugs

Behnam Rugs Press Release | Rug Shopping Abroad can be Challenging

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

North Dallas’ Premier Emporium of Fine Handmade Rugs to Launch Seminar Series and Appraisal Events

Behnam Rugs to initiate a series of seminar brunches intended to educate customers about the ins and outs of fine rugs. Guests will have the opportunity to bring in a rug for a free written appraisal. *

 

Dallas, TX – February 21, 2019: Shopping for rugs in a foreign country can be challenging and the risks of being taken advantage of are high for the average tourist. On Saturday, March 16, from 11:00AM to 1:00PM, Behnam Rugs will open the doors of its grand showroom to answer questions on the subject and equip guests with everything they need to know about buying fine handmade rugs with confidence when they travel. Owner and rug expert Ben Tavakolian will share his lifelong passion for the art and culture of fine rugs and Persian carpets with both longtime customers and new friends alike.   

In addition to the opportunity to learn in a casual, fun environment, guests are encouraged to bring their own treasured rugs to the showroom for professional appraisal by Behnam’s team of experts. “These seminars are meant to educate the community and create a forum for people who appreciate this art form to come together,” says company founder Ben Tavakolian.

 

Other subjects that will be discussed include:

  • Learn what to buy and what not to buy
  • Learn how to buy quality handmade rugs in different countries you are visiting
  • Learn how to recognize real silk from viscose rayon silk  
  • Learn how to negotiate a better rug price
  • Learn the art and culture of rugs
  • Bring your treasured rugs for a free written evaluation/appraisal
  • Share your rug buying experience at our event
  • Learn about U.S. Custom department rules & regulations on bringing handmade rugs to the USA.

 

About Behnam Rugs:

Since 1978, Behnam Rugs of Dallas has been in the business of selling fine handmade rugs and providing expert oriental rug cleaning, pet stain removal, and Persian rug wash services. In 1999, Behnam “Ben” Tavakolian moved the company to its present location on Preston Road, where he designed and built a distinctive Mediterranean-style showroom and service center from the ground up. The showroom was designed to utilize as much natural light as possible, as it showcases beautiful antique and new rugs from around the world. It is a source to interior designers, architects, and homeowners who have come to appreciate the unparalleled selection. Adjacent to the showroom is the Behnam Rugs state of the art, hand-wash,repair, and rug restoration center.  We host numerous events throughout the year. Please visit our Instagram page and share our Press Release picture

 

Contact:

Rassin Roshan

Behnam Rugs

P:972.733.0400

A:18000 Preston Rd, Dallas, TX 75252

W: www.behnamrugs.com

E: behnam@behnamrugs.com

 


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Limit one (1) rug per family