Rug Cleaning: Viscose Rayon

Folded rug on a tableRug Cleaning: Viscose Rayon

Most rugs are made of either wool, silk, wool and silk, cotton, nylon, or viscose rayon. Wool rugs can last for centuries, as can silk rugs and wool and silk rugs. Cotton rugs can last around 100 years. Nylon rugs and carpeting last almost 10 years. Lastly, viscose rayon can last between three and 10 years. If your viscose rug receives almost any amount of foot traffic and wear, expect it to last closer to three years.

If you’ve bought a machine made rug before, chances are you are familiar with viscose rayon. Even if you aren’t, viscose rayon is used in paper towels, kitchen sponges, diaper liners, and more. Though it is good for cleaning products, it is not an ideal fiber for rugs as they are exposed to foot traffic, moisture, spills, pet accidents, and dirt.

So, what exactly is viscose rayon? It is a fiber created out of regenerated cellulose. The plant pulp is heavily processed to impart shine. Also known as artificial or “art” silk, viscose rayon is often referred to by names which make the consumer believe they are being sold real silk. However, in actuality, they have been sold a rug made of what is essentially disposable paper. And it’s being sold at real silk prices!

It is not uncommon for customers to bring their brand new “silk” rug to Behnam Rugs for cleaning or appraisal. Unfortunately, when shopping abroad, many consumers are sold viscose rayon rugs and are told their rug is real silk. In particular, the individuals most likely to be tricked are visiting Turkey, China, or India, often as part of a cruise. By the time they are able to get a second opinion on these “real silk” rugs, it is too late and they have no way to get their money back. That’s why we recommend reading our blog about rug shopping abroad before purchasing a rug in a foreign country.

The best way to get reliable feedback about a rug’s materials and construction is to ask a rug cleaner. They are the one resource consumers can trust because they are not being paid commission for a sale and they have cleaned viscose rayon and know about its benefits and drawbacks. When it comes to silk fiber, consumers must be educated before making a purchase. Educate yourself by reading our blog about buying fine silk rugs.

Let’s discuss the viscose rayon creation process. Most commonly made in developing countries, viscose rayon is derived from cellulose. This material is liquefied in a chemical mixture which makes a substance that can be spun into fibers and then into thread. The thread is then woven to create the rug, usually by machine, as handmade rugs are typically made of wool or silk.

Something important to note is that Carbon Disulfide is used in the production process. The highly toxic nature of this compound and the risk of poisoning has caused concerns for worker safety. Improved technology has lowered the risks of working with this chemical and reduced the emissions of sulfur to air. However, the production process is still far from ideal. In fact, the production process is so toxic it’s banned in the U.S.

While viscose rayon is biodegradable, which is a positive trait, the production process is so wasteful it negates the eco-friendly biodegradable aspect. So while you will have purchased a rug that will degrade once you throw it out after a few years and professional cleanings, it’s not really better than a wool rug that will need far fewer cleanings and last over 100 years.

Consumers are being told lies and half-truths about viscose rayon. These claims include the following:

“Viscose rayon is a luxury material.”

While it is true that these rugs have a distinct appearance and feel, their sumptuousness quickly fades from everyday wear. They need regular grooming and are rapidly affected by foot traffic and minor soiling. They show each and every footprint. In very little time, the fibers lose color, sheen, and quality. Attempts to clean this material are often unsuccessful. Though these rugs may at first seem luxurious, you will begin thinking about a replacement within a few years. Essentially, viscose rugs are highly priced disposables. Many consumers are not informed or aware that these rugs last for only a few years before needing a replacement.

“Viscose rayon is simple to maintain.”

This is just not true. Because viscose rayon is made of regenerated cellulose, it cannot hide soil. Dirt from foot traffic and general dust in the home permeates the fibers, causing graying. In addition, foot traffic can cause shedding and breakage quite quickly. Small amounts of moisture from spills cause yellowing. Even a minor water spill can cause a permanent yellow stain and fiber damage. Cleaning up the spill only makes the soiling more obvious. Instead of spot cleaning yourself, trust the professionals to remove any spills or stains to avoid yellowing. Vacuuming can also damage the fibers and cause sprouting. Due to all of this, viscose rayon rugs require professional cleaning much more often than rugs made of other fibers. This is an added expense most consumers aren’t aware of or prepared for. Viscose rayon begins to look dirty quicker than any other rug material. In addition, folding these rugs for shipping or moving can cause unsightly and likely permanent creasing, crushing, and more.

“It’s good for the environment.”

While these rugs are indeed biodegradable, you are now aware that the creation process is toxic, wasteful, and dangerous. In addition, the rug will require many professional cleanings. A wool or silk rug that can last for centuries is a better choice, as viscose rayon rugs need to be replaced about every five years or so, increasing demand for these rugs and thus increasing the output of the far from ideal production process. This production process has been improved with newer technology but it is still quite harmful to the environment.

If you have purchased a viscose rayon rug, it is likely in need of professional cleaning. Make sure you work with a company that specializes in washing viscose rayon, like Behnam Rugs. We have been working with this fiber, as well as nylon, wool, silk, and cotton for over 40 years. Call 972-733-0400 to schedule professional hand washing.

Consider browsing our showroom for a replacement, as your viscose rayon rug will only last a few years. We carry thousands of handmade rugs constructed of materials that are much more ethically sourced and long-lasting than viscose rayon.

If you have purchased a viscose rug, place it somewhere it will not be walked on that is a low risk area for spills and stains. Consider using it as a wall hanging to maximize its lifespan. Now that you know the drawbacks to viscose rayon, we hope you feel more well-informed about the rug buying process. We highly recommend all new viscose silk rugs be sealed by a professional to protect them from spots and stains.

Rug Cleaning: What to Do (and What NOT to do) When You Stain Your Fine Rug

Family eating pizza on a rugRug Cleaning: What to Do (and What NOT to do) When You Stain Your Fine Rug

Spills and stains happen. It’s every rug owner’s nightmare but it can’t be avoided. So what should you do in the event that something gets on your rug? And what should you NEVER do? It depends on the stain! The most common stains include food, mud, wine, grease, pet accidents, which we will cover in this blog. At-home rug cleaning varies from stain to stain.

What to do in the case of food or mud:

Do: Address it immediately. Remove any large particulates. The longer a spill sits on a rug, the harder it is to remove and the higher the likelihood it becomes a stain that could be permanent. Get a paper towel or clean rag and blot the spill as soon as you can.

Do: Mist the area with a clean spray bottle full of tap water. It’s important the the spray bottle not have the remnants of something else, like a harsh cleaner, in it. A spray bottle is ideal, but if you don’t have a clean one you can pour a bit of water over the spill.

Do: Blot or dab the stain as soon as you notice it and then again after spraying it with water.

Do: Blot until nothing comes out on your paper towel.

Do: Use paper towels. These are better at absorbing than cloths.

Do: Dilute and remove the stain gently.

Do: Proceed to dry the rug as soon as possible. Elevate the rug and use a fan, do not use heat.

Find out what to do in the case of wine stains.

What to do in the case of grease from lubricant or an oil by-product:

Do: Get out some rubbing alcohol.

Do: Saturate a cloth and rub it gently against the stain.

Do: Once the stain is gone, follow the procedure for food and mud listed above.

What to do in the case of a dog accident:

Dog urine can be acidic as well as colorful. The breed, age, time of day, diet, and body chemistry all affect the urine differently. In general, you can follow the same steps as you will for food and mud, with added steps afterward. After the rug has dried completely, odor or color may still remain

. Your rug may smell and have a yellowish stain, or it may just smell or just be stained. Placing the rug in direct sunlight or next to an air circulation fan can help dissipate the odor. If the urine is very acidic the smell will be strong.

If direct sunlight and circulation don’t work, try baking soda. Once you are sure the rug is 100% dry, you can try to remove the odor with baking soda. Use a generous amount over the stained or smelly area. Leave it for several days, depending on the strength of the odor. Make sure the rug is not wet, as baking soda will discolor a wet rug. After a few days, vacuum the rug completely.

If this doesn’t work, or to remove any discoloration from the accident, you need professional help. Professionals can perform color touch ups, as well as use live enzyme bacteria to effectively eliminate any remaining odors.

Don’ts:

Don’t: Let the spill sit on your rug. The longer a stain sits on a rug, the more likely it will be completely absorbed by the fibers, making it much harder to remove. When you let a spill sit on your rug, the spill begins to migrate deeper and deeper.

Don’t: Rub the stain. Rubbing pushes the spilled particulates deeper into the body of the rug where it is harder to remove.

Don’t: Use chemical cleaners, especially those meant for carpets. These chemicals are far too harsh for delicate rugs, and can cause color fading, bleeding, and even damage to the fibers that could cause the rug to fall apart.

Don’t: In the case of a pet accident, do not try to remove the odor with baking soda if the rug is not 100% dry.

Always follow these guidelines when removing stains from your rug. If you encounter a stain you can’t remove, don’t worry! The experts at Behnam Rugs can remove almost anything, and we do it without using harsh chemicals or machines. We recommend that you avoid using spot removers on your rugs, as this makes our job easier.

We utilize hand washing methods passed down for generations from Old Persia, and use only organic shampoos and live bacteria enzymes that are 100% safe for fine, handmade rugs, including antiques. In addition, we recommend professional cleaning every three to five years to ensure your rug is in tip-top shape. Call 972-733-0400 to schedule professional cleaning.

6 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. Call 972-733-0400 to schedule cleaning today.

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. Call 972-733-0400 to schedule cleaning.