Are Robotic Vacuums Safe for Rugs?

Roomba damaging a rugAre Robotic Vacuums Safe for Rugs?

It’s a tale as old as time- a customer brings their fine handmade rug in for repairs at Behnam Rugs because they believe their dog has chewed it. While this does happen, the more likely culprit is actually your vacuum cleaner, especially automatic robot vacuums. Robotic vacuums spell disaster for your precious rugs.

Rug Damage: How to Tell the Difference Between Pet Damage and Vacuum Damage

So, how can I tell if Spot chewed my rug or if the vacuum cleaner is to blame?

Well, when dogs chew on rugs, they typically remove whatever they have been chewing on completely, leaving a torn spot. Whereas robotic vacuums and vacuuming with a beater brush chews up the edges of your rug but leaves the damage without removing it. Vacuums almost always damage the corners of a rug. They can’t tell a stray piece of yarn from handmade fringe, which is the first casualty when it comes to robotic vacuum damage. Still unsure if your dog is responsible for the damage or the vacuum? Check out the image below.

Rug chewed by dog

As you can see, the dog damage looks like someone hacked the edge off the rug with very dull scissors. On the other hand, the vacuum damage creates torn fringe and a look that says, “I’ve been chewed up!” Robotic vacuums and the beater brush simply don’t have enough power to remove the damage they cause. Instead, they chew the edges without removing them, resulting in tears, damaged fringe, and general unraveling.

So, what can you do to prevent vacuum casualties? Don’t use robotic vacuums! And never vacuum with the beater brush. You may be wondering how you will clean your fine rug. Luckily, vacuuming is completely safe when vacuuming without an extension or beater brush. Sadly, it’s probably time to retire your robotic vacuum. However, having to put a bit more effort into cleaning your home is a small price to pay for a rug in perfect condition. As for dog damage, this is harder to prevent. Keeping an eye on your pet and not leaving them unsupervised with a fine rug is about the extent of preventative measures.

If your fine handmade rug has been chewed up by vacuum or dog, don’t despair! Bring it to the experts at Behnam Rugs. Most damage done by these culprits can be repaired. The value of your rug won’t be the same, but repairs can restore at least some of the worth to your rug.

Learn About Past Events and Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

March 21st, 2020: Estate Plan Your Rugs or Gamble with Your Assets Behnam Rug's ongoing lecture series

Past Events

October 19th, 2019: Real or Fake? Fraud or Value?

June 8th 2019: Rug, Dog, and Wine

March 16th 2019: Rug Shopping Abroad

Behnam Rugs hosts events each quarter that are free to the public. The lecture series is composed of educational events that benefit attendees by sharing information on different rug-relevant topics. Persian brunch is served and attendees enjoy food and beverages while owner and rug expert Ben Tavakolian shares his expertise. These learning experiences teach the public about rug ownership, rug shopping, rug maintenance and care, how to avoid scams, and most recently, how to integrate your fine handmade rugs into your estate plan. Make sure to sign up to attend the fourth event in the lecture series on March 21st from 10 am to 1 pm. You will learn vital information about estate planning, donation for a tax benefit, creating a rug portfolio, trading, selling, and more. Every event goes over Rug 101- a short yet illuminating lecture that details everything a rug owner should know about fine handmade rugs. Children and dogs are always welcome to attend.

Rug, Dog, and Wine Seminar Saturday June 8th

Rug, Dog, and Wine

On June 8th, 2019 Behnam Rugs hosted the second educational brunch seminar in its ongoing lecture series.

  • Attendees learned about the differences between tufted and handmade rugs
  • Ben Tavakolian expounded upon the reasons why dogs can spell trouble for your rug, what to do if and when they decide to mark their territory, and how to prevent future accidents
  • Don’t forget, if you can’t remove the stain or odor by yourself, Behnam Rugs is here to remove pet stains and smells using organic shampoos and live bacteria enzymes that bind to odors and remove them

Read our blog to learn how to remove pet stains and odors from your rug and how to prevent them in the first place.