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.

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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.

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Fill out the form below to refer a friend to Behnam Rugs or give us a call at 972-733-0400. You will receive a 20% discount on rug cleaning or a 5% discount off your next purchase.Refer a friend for a discountPlease enter your name first and email first, followed by the referral information. We will contact you once the referral results in a purchase to give you your discount. 

 

The Luxury Rug Offerings at Behnam Rugs

Behnam Rugs’ Luxury Boutique

Not all rugs are created equally, and the same goes for rug services. At Behnam Rugs, we take great pride in offering the very best of anything and everything related to rugs. Behnam Rugs is your luxury boutique rug retailer. After buying your rug, we suggest washing your rug before taking it home. Rug washing is a vital aspect of rug health. Rug health is rug washing!

Our Rug Selection

When you walk into Behnam Rugs, you won’t just be walking into your average rug showroom. You will be entering a whole new world of rugs. We carry the finest hand-knotted selections in a number of styles. Whether you’re looking for a traditional Tabriz, an antique tribal rug, a finely made contemporary rug, or a transitional rug that has elements of both traditional and modern styles, Behnam Rugs has it all.

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Every rug in our showroom is a hand-knotted work of art. We know our customers prefer the finer things in life, and so do we. Our rugs are made from fine materials, such as wool, silk, and fine man-made materials such as viscose. We also believe that rugs should be made the traditional way, hand-knotted, whether the style is old or new. A hand-knotted rug is a premium product that will stay beautiful for decades, unlike tufted or machine-made rugs which begin to fall apart after a couple of years.

If we do not have your dream rug in our showroom, we will work with you to find it. Behnam Rugs has access to the warehouses of many rug designers and their selection one-of-a-kind rugs. We also work with a number of rug manufacturers, too. We know that the decor you choose to decorate your home with is important to you, and that a rug is not simply just a rug. At Behnam Rugs, we won’t settle for “close enough”. We will help you find your dream rug- not just something similar to it.

Our Rug Services

At Behnam Rugs, we understand that fine rugs must be treated as such. Chemical cleaning agents, machine washes, and hang drying are absolutely not the proper way to wash fine rugs. We wash rugs using organic cleaning agents, and we wash all rugs by hand- the good, old fashioned way. We then dry the rugs flat, as hanging a wet rug puts a considerable amount of pressure on the fibers. Many rug cleaners choose to use the machine cleaning option due to its lower cost and ease, but at Behnam Rugs, we do not believe in cutting corners. After all, aren’t these rugs worth going the extra mile for?

If your rug has been damaged considerably, there is no need to fret. Behnam Rugs offers a number of repair services, all done in-house. Our repair technicians have over two decades of experience repairing fine rugs, whether your rug simply needs binding repairs or if you need a large portion reweaved, we can handle it all. No task is too large or too small for Behnam Rugs.

One factor that separates us from the rest is our honesty. We are up front with all costs, and we will not perform any additional services on your rug without consulting you first. Additionally, if the cost of cleaning or repairing your rug is higher than the value of your rug, we will tell you. We simply do not believe that it is honest to charge a customer for cleaning and repair services without letting them know that the service cost exceeds the rug’s value.

Behnam Rugs has been selling and servicing fine rugs since 1978. With over forty years of experience, we are a trusted name in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.