Rug Cleaning Advice from a Specialist

Man standing in front of rugs

Rug Cleaning Advice from a Specialist

This blog will give you the tools you need to effectively care for your rug at home.

Things you SHOULD be doing

  • Sweeping your rug
  • Gently vacuuming
  • Rotating your rug
  • Padding your rug
  • Addressing spills and stains immediately
  • Checking your rug for moths
  • Inspecting your rug every year for damage
  • Getting your rug professionally cleaned every 3 to 5 years

Things you SHOULDN’T be doing

  • Vacuuming your rug with the beater brush
  • Vacuuming the fringes of your rug
  • Letting stains set into your rug
  • Using your rug with no padding
  • Storing your rug in dark, quiet places without checking on it periodically for moths
  • Leaving your rug in the same place for years
  • Allowing direct sunlight to hit your rug all day for extended periods of time
  • Using carpet cleaning solutions on your rug
  • Allowing carpet cleaners or inexperienced individuals to  clean your rug

In-depth breakdown of the SHOULDs:

Sweeping your rug improves its health by loosening dust and debris from the pile and top of your rug. Sweep in the direction of the pile. You can ascertain this by running your hand over the rug: sweep in the direction of the grain.

If you have a handmade rug, it’s okay to vacuum it every week or so, but only if you don’t use the beater brush.

Rotate your rug every six months to a year to allow for even wear and a smaller likelihood of threadbare patches.

If you spill something on your fine, handmade rug, address it immediately. Use a towel to blot up excess liquid and a bit of water to dilute the stain. Call the experts at Behnam Rugs and ask us the best way to remove your specific stain at 972-733-0400.

Make sure to check your rug for moths, eggs, and larva every six months or so by lifting the edges of the rug and checking underneath. Make sure to check areas that lay underneath furniture as well.

Next, you need to inspect your rug every year or so. If you spot any damage, it’s better to repair your rug sooner rather than later, as damage tends to get worse with time.

Finally, your rug MUST be professionally cleaned at least every five years. Why? Because professional cleaning removes debris and dirt that your vacuum simply cannot reach. If left untended, these particulates effectively cut through the pile of your rug due to their sharp edges, resulting in thinning and patchy spots. In addition, professional cleaning removes allergens, and odors that you may be nose-blind to, as well as tough, unsightly stains. If you love your rug, it deserves regular professional cleaning to extend its longevity.

For more information on how to clean your rug at home, please read our article published in the Dallas Morning News.

In-depth breakdown of the SHOULDN’Ts

Never, ever, ever vacuum a handmade rug with the beater brush. This attachment is too rough on the natural fibers and can cause unraveling and sprouting. Sprouting causes white knot heads to be visible on the face of your rug due to pulling. When vacuuming, leave the fringes alone. Gently sweep them to get rid of dirt instead of vacuuming.

Next, always address spills and stains immediately. Not doing so allows it to set, making it hard to remove yourself. Professionals can usually remove tough stains, but ideally if you get to the stain quickly you can get rid of it yourself.

The next mistake is not using rug padding. Padding is an inexpensive way to extend the life of your rug. Not to mention an unpadded rug is a safety hazard. Without padding your rug will experience more pressure than it should, especially underneath furniture. This can lead to permanent indentations in the shape of said furniture.

Next, you don’t want to leave your rug in a dark, quiet place for months or years without checking it for moths. Moths love spaces like these and their larva can do a lot of damage in a short amount of time in the right conditions. That’s why it’s so important to check the front and back of the rug for moths, eggs, and larva.

It is also important to rotate your rug so that the rug experiences wear evenly. This will prevent the rug from wearing out as fast.

If you have a fine rug, you probably want to display it in a room with good lighting. However, you should be careful about the amount of direct sunlight your rug receives. Ideally, you should place your rug in a room with curtains or blinds so that when you are not showing your rug off it’s not experiencing bright natural light. Sunlight can fade your rug after extended periods of time.

Next, NEVER use carpet cleaners on a wool, silk, or cotton rug that is handmade.

And lastly, do not trust your handmade rug to individuals who do not specialize in rug washing, such as carpet cleaners or inexperienced individuals. Only entrust your rug to the care of those with decades of experience washing fine rugs BY HAND.

Rug Cleaning: Preventing Wear and Tear on Your Persian and Oriental Rugs

Sweeping a rugRug Cleaning: Preventing Wear and Tear on Your Persian and Oriental Rugs

It’s important to maintain the cleanliness of your rug. This extends the life of it and makes it less likely that you’ll encounter problems dangerous to the livelihood of your rug such as moths.

How to Vacuum & Sweep

Know your rug and know your vacuum cleaner to see if they’re a good match

Depending on the material of your rug, you may need to be careful when vacuuming. If you have a silk rug, do not use the vacuum brush head. You may only use the brush-less suction extension on silk rugs or else you will damage the fabric. When in doubt, don’t use the beater brush, or call the professionals at Behnam Rugs at 972-733-0400. Improper vacuuming can cause unsightly sprouting, which is when the white yarn heads become visible due to pulling. 

Sweeping is another option for silk rugs, antique rugs, and rugs made with hand-spun yarn. Gently sweep to avoid damage to the fibers. Shaking the rug outside also removes dust and debris.

How to Rotate

Rugs generally need to be rotated once a year. If a rug is in a high traffic area, you may want to do this every six months. In addition, heavy sunlight, moisture, or pressure from furniture means you’ll want to rotate every six months as well. Remember, if you choose not to rotate your rug, it will experience uneven wear that becomes more noticeable the longer you go without rotating.

How to Choose Rug Padding

Make sure your rug has the proper padding to minimize wear. Rugs with heavy furniture sitting on them may need coasters. Ask us what kind to use. A rug over carpeting requires special padding. Padding increases the longevity of the rug and reduces the risk of falls.

How to Spot Clean

If your pet marks your rug, or you spill wine or food on your rug, take action immediately. To protect the integrity of your piece, never use carpet cleaners on a fine, handmade rug. These cleaners contain harsh chemicals that spell disaster for luxurious natural fibers. If you don’t notice the spill or are not able to immediately clean a spot from your rug, you may need an expert to clean it- make sure you choose the proper rug washing specialist. Behnam Rugs’ professionals remove almost 95% of spots and stains, regardless of the age of the imperfection. This leads us to the next maintenance option.

How to Choose a Professional Cleaner

Rugs need to be cleaned professionally every three to five years. Don’t neglect your rug! Regular cleaning is vital to its health and longevity. If you have pets, your rug may be full of dander and other particles that cause odors you may be nose-blind to. Call Behnam Rugs today at 972-733-0400 or request a free quote for rug cleaning. We specialize in odor removal and stain removal as well. Our traditional Persian hand washing methods are safe for silks and even antiques. Never take a fine handmade rug to a carpet cleaner. You should always work with a company whose specialty is rugs, not carpet.

How to Choose a Repairing Service

Say your rug is old and worn, has some sort of damage, or has been attacked by destructive cloth moths. Don’t fret, in most cases, your rug can be repaired. Call a reputable rug repair company, like Behnam Rugs, and ask for a free quote. Repairing your treasured rug is the best way to restore it to its former beauty. Behnam Rugs offers a host of repair options including patching, reweaving, binding restoration, fringe restoration and more. All rug restorations must be executed by an expert professional due to the complexity of these repairs. Reweaving and restoration are very costly so the sooner you get it fixed, the more money you save.

Learn more about your rug by attending our upcoming Estate Planning Brunch Seminar March 21st from 10 am to 1 pm at our showroom at 18000 Preston Road in Dallas.

Rug Cleaning: 5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Rug Cleaner

Hand Washing Oriental Persian Rug5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Rug Cleaner

This blog will go over the 5 things you should consider when deciding to get your rug professionally cleaned.

Price

This is the biggest factor most consider when choosing a professional rug cleaner. Be aware, going with the cheapest option isn’t always a smart move. Often, cheaper services use harsh chemicals on your rug, resulting in damage to the delicate rug fibers. We understand that you are probably on a budget, shop around to find a firm that is affordable but not cheap. When rug cleaning is cheap it’s often too good to be true.

Many companies charge by square foot and wash every rug the same way. However, it is important to note that every rug must be cleaned according to why it needs to be washed and what you are trying to remove from the rug.

Reputation

Next, research the companies you are considering. In particular, look at their Google and Yelp reviews. While most every company will have had at least one unsatisfied customer, you want to go with someone who has minimal negative reviews and extensive positive reviews from happy customers. We don’t recommend working with a company with less than a 4 star Google rating.

Read the reviews thoroughly to get an idea as to what the company’s strengths are. Why are their customers satisfied? You want the positive reviews to be for the same services you are going to receive. Awesome repair reviews are great, but if they don’t have many cleaning reviews you may want to go somewhere else.

Beware of the company with only a couple reviews, even if they have a good rating. This indicates they don’t get much business and may not have enough experience. We have seen over and over that people entrust their fine handmade rugs to carpet cleaners, resulting in damage that is sometimes irreparable. This brings us to the next point.

Experience

When it comes to fine, handmade rug, experience matters. You want to work with a company with many years of experience cleaning rugs, or even better- generations of experience. A company that has been in the field a long time has the experience you want and will be prepared to handle anything that comes their way. They are unlikely to be surprised by the condition of your rug. They will be ready to tackle it head on with proven cleaning methods they’ve used for years.

Time

Is it time for your rug to be cleaned? Behnam Rugs recommends professional cleaning every three to five years depending on the amount of traffic received and the use of the rug. We know this isn’t what usually happens. Waiting a long time between washing allows dirt and dust to build up and affect the longevity of your rug.

Method

Ask what cleaning methods and materials the company utilizes. NEVER work with a company that uses chemical solvents and cleaners. Your rug should be treated with the utmost care and gentle cleansers.

At Behnam Rugs, we use mild organic shampoos and live bacteria enzymes. The enzymes break down dirt, odors, and stains into molecules that bacteria can digest and remove. We also use traditional hand-washing methods passed down from Old Persia. We use paddles to remove dirt stuck deep in the pile of your rug. We shampoo rugs three times to ensure all dirt and odors are removed. The face of the rug is washed three times and the back of the rug is washed three times, in each instance until the water runs out clear.

You should look for a company that uses the same methods as Behnam Rugs if you are not in the DFW metroplex and cannot employ our services.

The Benefits of Rug Massage for Your Fine Rug

Rug beater and rug

Rug Massage and Your Fine Rug

At Behnam Rugs, we employ hand washing techniques passed down for generations from Old Persia. These techniques are gentle enough for even antique pieces.

Rug massage is a key part of our cleaning method. This technique loosens buildup in the pile of your rug that can cause odors and potentially damage the fibers of your rug.

So, what is rug massage? The process entails stomping on the rug while it is partially rolled up. Then depending on the size of the rug, one to four technicians stand on the rug while moving their feet up and down, effectively massaging the rug and loosening dirt trapped in the foundation of the rug. Both the front and the back of the rug are massaged in this way.

The process of stomping on the rug moves the fibers deep within the pile of the rug. Trapped dirt is moved to the top of the rug and is shaken off.

After the rug has been washed using absolutely no machines, it’s time for the rug massage. It is more effective on old and antique rugs after washing removes the dirt hiding right at the ends of the pile. The remaining debris in the rug is removed by massage to prevent odors from lingering.

The rug comes out cleaner than it would with washing alone. In the olden days, rug cleaners would beat rugs to remove this debris. Two strong individuals would hold the rug while another beat the rug with a bat or paddle. This breaks up the clay-like dust built up in the foundation of the rug.

Generally, a rug will not be very dusty if it lives in a humid environment unless you have pets or a lot of traffic on the rug. For further clarification, watch the short and fun educational video below.

If your rug has not been washed in a few years, it’s time for a professional cleaning. Call the experts at Behnam Rugs and treat your rug to a luxurious and clarifying rug massage.

Why Do Some Rugs Still Smell After They are Washed?

Dirt removed by massaging the rug

Why Does my Rug Still Smell after Washing?

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.