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  • The Best Tips for Vacuuming Your Oriental Rug

    Regular vacuuming is one of the best ways to preserve and protect your Oriental rug and keep it looking great. However, it’s just as important to vacuum your rug correctly as it is to vacuum it at all.  Our tips can help!

    1. In general, you’ll almost always want to adjust the vacuum so that the lowest suction is being used, and so the brush or bristles are not engaged.  Overly strong suction will damage your rug, and the bristles can dig into your rug and tear and break the fibers.  When using upright vacuums, adjust the height of the rotary brush or turn off the rotation altogether.  If your vacuum will not allow you to make these adjustments, then it’s best to only use the attachments.
    2. Make sure you understand the fiber content of your rug.  The materials that make up your rug, as well as how it’s constructed, both affect how you should vacuum and how often.  For example:
      1. If your rug is flat woven or has very low pile, be sure to use the upholstery attachment rather than the vacuum itself.  If you do not have an upholstery attachment, adjust your vacuum so that the rotary brush is as high as it can go, so that the bristles will not make contact with the rug.  
      2. If your rug has low or thin pile, vacuum in the same direction as the pile.  
      3. If your rug is flat woven, vacuum across the width of the rug.  
      4. If your rug is woven but has a sturdy pile, first adjust your vacuum so that the bristles do not come into contact with the rug’s fibers, and then vacuum in the same direction as the pile.  You want to utilize the suction of the vacuum, but avoid the damage that abrasive bristles can do.
    3. Fine Oriental rugs should be vacuumed weekly.  For rugs in areas of heavy foot traffic, vacuum several times per week.
    4. Every 1-2 months be sure to vacuum the backside of your rug as well, in order to loosen dirt and debris from the underside.
    5. Know when to call on a professional rug cleaning company.  If your rug has recently been professionally cleaned, you’ll only need to lightly vacuum your rug in order to maintain it till its next cleaning.  However, if your rug has been stuffed into an attic, forgotten for years in a guest room, etc., routine vacuuming will not be effective enough, and you’ll need to schedule an appointment with a good rug cleaning company.  

    At RugPro Oriental Rug Cleaning, we are the rug dusting pros, and the best rug cleaning service Jacksonville FL homeowners trust with their rugs.  Rugs are our passion, and we specialize in giving each Oriental rug the individualized cleaning and care it deserves.  Homeowners and rug collectors throughout downtown Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra, Ortega, Riverside, Mandarin, and beyond trust us with their treasured rugs.  Let us give your rug the dusting and cleaning it deserves!

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    The Importance of a Good Rug Pad | RugPro Oriental Rug Cleaning Jacksonville FL

     

    Many rug owners do not realize the importance of a good rug pad and the role it plays in keeping their rugs in good shape.  Oriental rugs are investments, and when they are placed directly on top of hard tile, wood, or vinyl flooring, or even onto carpet in some cases, they depreciate and wear out much faster than they would on a rug pad.  Take the time to select and install a proper rug pad that is the right thickness and material to support your area rug, and as a result, your rug will look and feel great for years to come.

    Here are the main ways a rug pad can benefit your rug:

    • The pad cushions your rug against pressure.  A pad essentially adds thickness to the rug, and forms a buffer between the fine fibers of the rug and the hard floor.  A pad protects the rug from many kinds of pressure, including foot traffic, the blunt heaviness of oversized furniture, and the sharp or pointed legs and spindles of finer furniture.  Unfortunately, too much cushion can also damage your rug by straining it.  Your local rug cleaning company will have technicians who are able to recommend the right thickness for your specific rug.
    • A rug pad helps your rug lay flat.  A rug placed on top of carpet needs a pad to keep it from creeping, bunching, or wrinkling, all of which could cause you to trip.  Likewise, a rug placed on top of wood floors, tile, cement, or other hard flooring needs a pad to keep it from slipping and sliding.  Tripping over wrinkled rugs and slipping on rugs that aren’t secured can be dangerous, and are risks you take by not utilizing a rug pad.  Not only that, but tripping on the rug can harm not just you, but also the rug itself.
    • A rug pad protects the floor beneath the rug.  The pad not only protects the rug from the flooring, but also protects the flooring from the rug.  Dyes in handmade Oriental rugs may transfer or stain the flooring beneath them, and rugs made of tougher fibers could possibly scratch or mar a polished wood floor.  A properly placed rug pad will prevent all of this from happening.

    A rug pad is a vital part of protecting and caring for your Oriental rug, and it should not be forgotten.  The importance of a proper rug pad is rivaled only by proper rug cleaning, and RugPro Oriental Rug Cleaners can take care of both!  RugPro is the best professional rug cleaning company Jacksonville FL rug owners call on for rug cleaning, rug pad installation, and all other rug care needs.  We are the favorite rug cleaning and pad installation company of homeowners throughout Northeast Florida, including St. Augustine, Fernandina Beach, Atlantic Beach, Ortega, Riverside Avondale, downtown Jacksonville, and beyond.  Call on the best Jacksonville FL rug cleaning service for your rug and rug pad.  

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    Is Your Oriental Rug a City Rug or a Tribal Rug?

    Oriental rugs can be subdivided into two categories: tribal rugs and city rugs.  What differentiates these classifications, and what type of rug do you have?

    All About City Rugs:

    • City rugs are known for their elegance, precision, sophistication, and refined qualities.
    • City rugs are most commonly produced in the big cities of Tabriz, Kashan, Amritsar, and Tehran.
    • Common design features of city rugs include curvilinear designs, extremely fine weave and detail work, and elaborate patterns, usually botanical or floral in nature.
    • Perfect symmetry is featured throughout the design on a city rug.  This is because symmetry was thought to reflect the perfect order of the universe.
    • Pile is generally cut very low in order to showcase the detail of the weave.
    • Each city has its own characteristic set of patterns and colors, which are represented in each of its rugs.  These patterns, in turn, can be used to trace the rug back to its city of origin.  
    • The design plan for each city rug is created by a master rug designer, and consists of sophisticated knot-by-knot instructions, and rugs are woven in a shop by multiple weavers, often under the watchful eye of the master rug designer, who ensures that the plans are followed exactly, and that the quality of work is up to the desired standards.  
    • In general, city rugs come from extraordinarily gifted and revered rug designers, highly skilled weavers, large scale operations, and tight quality control.

    All About Tribal Rugs:

    • Tribal rugs are coveted for their elemental, geometric patterns and bold colors.
    • Tribal regions that are known for their rugs include Afshar, Arab Khamseh, Baluchi, Caucasian (from the Caucasus Mountains), Kurdish, and Persian Qashqai, among many others.
    • Common design features among tribal rugs include animals, people, and important symbols, all represented in geometric, block style patterns.
    • Tribal rugs often have looser weaves and coarse fibers.
    • Tribal rugs are woven by nomadic weavers who weave as they travel.  They were woven on portable looms which were significantly smaller than those used in city rugs and other types of weavings.  Therefore, tribal rugs are smaller in size than many other types of rugs.  Even tribes who eventually settled in villages used these smaller looms.
    • The patterns for tribal rugs have been handed down from generation to generation, in the oral tradition, often going back centuries.  The weavers know the patterns by heart.  These tribes often have no written histories, and these rugs retell historic events and express cultural heritage through their patterns and symbolism.

    In addition to being highly prized works of art, tribal and city rugs are highly valued for historic and cultural purposes.  The weaving methods for both styles of rug have been used for hundreds – if not thousands – of years, which adds to the allure of the Oriental rugs and Persian rugs, especially to rug lovers like all of us!

    High quality Oriental rugs, tribal rugs and city rugs call for an equally high quality level of care.  RugPro is the best Oriental rug cleaning company Jacksonville FL rug owners rely on for all rug cleaning and care.  We specialize in caring for each area rug as if it were our own, and have earned the trust of rug owners across Jacksonville, Fleming Island, Riverside Avondale, Ortega, Ponte Vedra Beach, and beyond.  We work with each client to design and customize a rug care regimen that fits the unique needs of the rug, as well as the wishes of the client.  We also use rug cleaning methods and systems that are proven to be safe and effective for even the finest threads, richest vegetal dyes, and centuries-old construction.  Your rug is safe with us, and you will truly love the results!

     

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    How To Recognize a High Quality Rug

    To many of us, there is nothing more beautiful than a high quality rug.  However, not all rugs are created equally, and there are many features that determine the quality and value of an Oriental or Persian rug.  Whether you’re interested in knowing more about the quality of your own favorite rug, or in the market for another one, our tips will help you find your way among the thousands of styles of beautiful Oriental rugs.

    A rug’s value cannot be determined by a sole characteristic, but rather requires a more thorough assessment of the following features:

    • Style– First and foremost, make note of the rug style.  The main categories of rug are machine-made, hand-tufted, or hand-knotted.  Even a high quality machine-made rug or tufted rug cannot compare in quality to a rug that has been knotted or woven by hand.  A rug that is designated as “hand-knotted” or “hand woven” has been constructed entirely by hand, and is a unique piece of art.
    • Age – The age of your rug can have a lot to do with its quality.  Contemporary rugs can be made of the finest materials and made using the time-honored construction methods from centuries ago, but will still be far less valuable than an heirloom antique.  Also consider the rug’s age relative to the condition.  A rug that is decades old will be lower in value if it has not been maintained or has fallen into disrepair.
    • Knot Density – Knot density or knot count is the most well-known method of determining a rug’s value.  This can be calculated by counting the number of knots per square unit.  For example, to discover a rug’s KPI, or knots per square inch, select 1-inch by 1-inch portion of the rug and count the knots extending in each direction.  Typically, the finer the material, the higher the knot count, and the higher the value of the rug.
    • Weave – Weaving technique is a major indicator of the value of a rug.  The foundation fibers of a rug are often made of cotton, but on extremely fine silk rugs, the foundation itself may also be made of silk.  Symmetry is highly valued in rug weaving, so symmetry in rug size, imagery, and knot construction will all indicate higher value.
    • Country of Origin – An Oriental rug can be made in China, India, Turkey, or in almost any country across Asia, and each country has its own style and design motifs for which it is known.  Among these Asian countries, certain ones have more inherent value than others.  For example, a rug from Iran (or a Persian rug) will likely be more valuable than a rug from any other country in the region.  Even within each country, the specific village or tribe may be specifically noted for its rug construction, and therefore, more valuable.
    • Fiber Type – The fibers that make up your rug will determine its quality.  Oriental rugs are made of silk or wool, and the two categories may be further subdivided according to the grade of the fibers.  For example, the wool from sheep in higher elevations is more luxurious than the wool of other sheep.  Whether the wool was hand spun or machine spun before weaving, will even affect the feel of the rug, and therefore, its quality and value.
    • Dye – The dyes used in your rug are just as important as the fibers when determining your rug’s quality.  Synthetic and chemical-based dyes are less desirable than natural dyes.  Natural dyes, such as vegetable dyes cost more to produce and require additional labor.  They must be applied using specific skill and much experience.

    The higher the quality of your rug, the better care you want to take of it.  There are good rug cleaning companies, and then there are great rug cleaning companies, and you want the very best professional rug cleaner for your valuable Persian or Oriental rug.

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    RugPro Oriental Rug Cleaning is the best rug cleaning service Jacksonville FL rug owners trust with their quality rugs.   We offer a truly luxury level of care and cleaning for your treasured rug, which is why we are the trusted rug cleaner for the most discerning rug owners in San Marco, Riverside Avondale, Nocatee, St. Augustine, and throughout Northeast Florida.  We are passionate about Oriental rugs, and clean each one in a meticulous yet gentle method, with truly outstanding results.  Treat your rug to a thorough cleaning by the best Jacksonville FL rug cleaners today!

    Common Rug Stains and Their Treatments

    Rug Cleaning RugProSpills happen, even to the most careful rug owners.  Fortunately, however, most common spills and stains can be treated with household items and simple homemade cleaning solutions.  Remember that every rug is different and these cleaning processes may not be suitable for your particular rug.  Play it safe by always testing your process in an inconspicuous area on the rug to make sure that you won’t experience color loss or otherwise affect the appearance of your treasured rug.

    • Blood: Blot with cold water, then use a detergent solution of 1 teaspoon of clear dishwashing fluid mixed with 1 cup of cold water.  Continue rinsing with cold water until removed completely.
    • Butter: First, apply a dry cleaning solvent (available at grocery stores and hardware stores).  When the area has dried, use a detergent solution of 1 teaspoon of clear dishwashing fluid mixed with 1 cup of warm water.
    • Coffee: Blot with cold water, then use a detergent solution of 1 teaspoon of clear dishwashing fluid mixed with 1 cup of warm water.  When the area has dried, apply a dry cleaning solvent (available at grocery stores and hardware stores).
    • Gum: Prepare a plastic bag full of ice cubes and hold the bag over the stain.  When the stain has solidified, scrape or pick it off and vacuum the area.  If needed, apply a dry cleaning solvent (available at grocery stores and hardware stores).
    • Ink (ballpoint pen): First, apply a dry cleaning solvent (available at grocery stores and hardware stores). When the area has dried, use a clear acetone-based nail polish remover on the area.  When that has dried, use a detergent solution of 1 teaspoon of clear dishwashing fluid mixed with 1 cup of warm water.
    • Juice: Blot with cold water, then use a detergent solution of 1 teaspoon of clear dishwashing fluid mixed with 1 cup of warm water.
    • Ketchup: Blot with warm water, then use a detergent solution of 1 teaspoon of clear dishwashing fluid mixed with 1 cup of warm water.
    • Lipstick: First, apply a dry cleaning solvent (available at grocery stores and hardware stores).  When the area has dried, use a detergent solution of 1 teaspoon of clear dishwashing fluid mixed with 1 cup of warm water.
    • Milk: Blot with warm water.  When the area has dried, apply a dry cleaning solvent (available at grocery stores and hardware stores).  Finally, use a detergent solution of 1 teaspoon of clear dishwashing fluid mixed with 1 cup of warm water.
    • Oil (cooking): First, apply a dry cleaning solvent (available at grocery stores and hardware stores).  When the area has dried, use a detergent solution of 1 teaspoon of clear dishwashing fluid mixed with 1 cup of warm water.
    • Urine: Blot with cold water, then use a detergent solution of 1 teaspoon of clear dishwashing fluid mixed with 1 cup of cold water.  Continue rinsing with cold water until removed completely.  For older urine stains, add one final step: Use a vinegar solution of ⅓ cup of white vinegar mixed with ⅔ cup of water.
    • Vomit: Use a detergent solution of 1 teaspoon of clear dishwashing fluid mixed with 1 cup of cold water.
    • Wax (candle): Prepare a plastic bag full of ice cubes and hold the bag over the stain.  When the stain has solidified, scrape or pick it off and vacuum the area.  If needed, apply a dry cleaning solvent (available at grocery stores and hardware stores).
    • Wine: First, apply a rust remover solution (available at grocery stores and hardware stores).  When the area has dried, blot it with cold water and use a detergent solution of 1 teaspoon of clear dishwashing fluid mixed with 1 cup of warm water.

    If you’re feeling hesitant to treat a stain on your wool rug, or worried that you will cause more damage than good, call on a great professional rug cleaning company to work on the rug stain for you.  Or, if you have a stain that is old or has had time to settle into the fibers of your wool rug and you’re not sure how to remove it, the best professional rug cleaning companies have the tools, cleaning solutions, and expertise to clean nearly any type of stain or spot.  Removing blood, wine, wax, and other stains can be risky and difficult DIY projects.  Save yourself the hassle and avoid the worry and just call the rug cleaning professionals!

    RugPro Oriental Rug Cleaning is the best professional rug cleaning company Jacksonville FL homeowners call on for their rug stains, spots, and spills.  Our highly trained technicians have treated nearly every type of stain on any type of rug, using the best cleaning solutions and tools in the industry.  We offer deep cleaning for stubborn stains and highly soiled rugs, and offer routine cleaning to keep your rugs looking their best throughout the year.  We can also apply a protectant to the fibers in your rug in order to help keep the rug cleaner longer.  Join our clients throughout Atlantic Beach, Ortega, Riverside Avondale, and throughout Jacksonville by calling on us and letting us give your favorite rug the cleaning it deserves!

    What You Need to Know About Keeping Rug Fringe Clean

    Fringe adds an interesting and aesthetic element to many types of rug. When the fringe is bright and clean, the entire rug looks good. However, when the fringe starts to yellow or brown or gets soiled or matted, it can make the entire rug look dingy.

    After all, the fringe lays directly on the floor, and traps dirt and debris from all foot traffic. When dirt and dust particles get tracked onto the face of your rug, they are well hidden by the wool or silk fibers, which are dense, and often dark in color, and pull the dirt down into the base of the rug. When the same dirt and dust gets tracked onto the fringe, it remains visible. Soil shows easily on the fringe, which is almost always cotton, and almost always white or extremely light in color.

    What do you do to clean and brighten the fringe? The truth is, it can be tricky. Fringe should not be vacuumed with a beater bar. Fringe, especially long fringe, will get tangled in the beater bar of your vacuum. Instead, brush the fringe lengthwise with a soft-bristled brush to loosen and remove excess dust and soil. When your fringe requires help beyond simple brushing, it’s best to call on your local rug cleaning experts. Fringe cleaning tips can be helpful to rug owners, but depending on the type of rug you have, certain tips can do more harm than good. For example, when the fringe is brown or heavily soiled, professional-grade cleaning solutions will likely be the only way to remove the soil and lighten the fringe. Rug owners should steer clear of bleach and other standard cleaners. Persian and Oriental area rugs are exquisitely crafted, and made from the finest materials, and harsh cleaners can wreak havoc on the rug’s fibers. Leave fringe cleaning to the rug cleaning professionals!

    For a clean and bright fringe, find the best professional rug cleaning company in your area, and let the experts clean your rug top to bottom, and fringe to fringe. A great Oriental rug cleaner will know the perfect cleaning solutions and techniques to use on your rug’s fringe that are gentle yet effective.

    RugPro Oriental Rug Cleaning is the best professional rug cleaning company in Jacksonville FL and the company rug owners in Atlantic Beach, Ortega, San Marco, and Riverside Ortega residents turn to for their rug’s needs, including fringe cleaning. Our team of highly trained rug cleaners knows exactly how to thoroughly yet gently clean all types of rugs, including fringe. If the fringe can be lightened, our master rug cleaners are the ones who can do it. For maintenance cleaning, thorough dusting, deep submersion cleaning and everything in between, we’re the ones for the job!

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    Pet Urine and Your Wool or Silk Rug

    Pets are part of the family, but when they have an “accident” and urine appears in your wool or silk Oriental rug, serious damage can occur if it is not dealt with properly.  

    Here’s what you need to know about getting urine stains out of your area rug:

    1. Act quickly!  When it comes to urine stains, immediate action is critical.  When the urine is fresh, the pH is low, but the bacteria is multiplying rapidly, and the pH levels are rising fast.  By the time the urine has dried, the pH will be alkaline, and thus much more difficult to remove. These chemical changes can also cause color change to occur in the rug’s dyes, and the longer the urine sits in the rug’s fibers, the higher the chances that the color change will be permanent.
    2. Make a mixture of 1 part white vinegar and 1 part cold water.  Test this mixture in an inconspicuous part of your rug to make sure no additional damage will be caused by applying this solution.  If the mixture is safe, thoroughly wet the affected area with the mixture.  Not only should you wet the urine spot with the mixture, but also wet the area several inches in each direction, so that the entire area is wetted.  Allow the mixture to sit for 1-2 minutes and follow immediately with a wet vac.  
    3. Vacuum over the affected area repeatedly with the wet vac until all moisture has been suctioned out of the rug.  
    4. If you don’t have a wet vac on hand, fold a bath towel and place it over the moistened area.  Press firmly (or even stand) on the towel for 10-15 seconds in order to absorb as much of the mixture and urine as possible.  Refold the towel and repeat this until the area is dry.
    5. Find the best professional rug cleaning service in your area and call on their professional cleaners for urine stains.  Even if you are able to soak up the majority of the urine, it’s still wise to have your rug assessed by the professionals to make sure there is no lasting damage.  On the other hand, if you were not able to extract the urine, or if it was left to sit in the rug’s fibers for an unknown amount of time, you’ll want to be sure to have the rug cleaned by highly trained professional rug cleaners, who will clean the rug in a rug bath, in order to ensure your rug is restored to the best possible condition.

    The Best Jacksonville FL Oriental Rug Cleaners

    RugPro Oriental Rug Cleaning is the best rug cleaning service Jacksonville FL rug owners call on for their rugs’ needs.  Our technicians are extensively trained to clean Persian and Oriental rugs thoroughly, whether it is only a maintenance dusting, or a deep submersion cleaning in our rug bath.  If you live in downtown Jacksonville, Fleming Island, Mandarin, the Beaches, or St. Augustine, call RugPro at the first sign of pet urine – or any other contamination you may find – to ensure your rug receives the best possible cleaning and care.  

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    An Oriental Rug in Every Room of the House

    A classic Oriental rug is a mainstay of living rooms everywhere, and can occasionally be found in bedrooms or other areas.  Why limit where you arrange something as timeless, versatile, and beautiful as a Persian or Oriental rug?  Here are some ideas for incorporating Oriental rugs into any room in the house.

    • Kitchen – The kitchen is a great place for an Oriental rug, with one caveat: you want to be sure you have a few great rug cleaning services in your area to clean the rug regularly, as food spills will be a hazard.  Just have your local rug cleaner apply a good quality stain protector and your rug will stay in good shape between your regular maintenance and routine professional cleanings.
    • Bedroom – Wool Oriental rugs are not only beautiful, they’re also comfortable to walk on.  Arrange a rug beneath your bed, or flank the guest bed with two runners, and you’ll have flooring that is not only lovely to look at but comfortable to walk on and enjoy.
    • Bathroom – Some rug lovers may think that putting an Oriental rug in a bathroom is a stretch.  You’d need to be vigilant in having the rug cleaned regularly by good professional rug cleaners in order to keep mildew and other moisture issues at bay.  However, it would all be worth it.  An area rug or runner in front of your sink would give you something beautiful to look and comfortable to stand on as you get ready in the morning.
    • Hallway – Runners are the perfect addition to any hallway.  The deep blues, reds, and browns that are so common in Oriental rugs are perfect at hiding dirt that is tracked in, and withstanding the heavy foot traffic that hallways inevitably experience.  Of course, because of those two very reasons, you’ll want to be sure to have your rug professionally cleaned routinely, but you won’t regret the decision to make your hallway that much more welcoming and comfortable.  
    • Dining Room – The cornerstone of the dining room is of course the dining room table, and then the chairs that go around it.  Frame the set with an oversized Oriental rug and you’ll complete the room and add a welcoming touch that is perfect for small, family dinners as well as elaborate dinner parties.  
    • Family Room – Oriental rugs are known for quality craftsmanship and luxury, and therefore such a rug in a family room or playroom might seem incongruous.  A trusted rug cleaner will be able to rid the rug of stains and help counteract excessive wear, so you can confidently arrange an Oriental rug in either of these rooms and encourage your family to enjoy it to the fullest.
    • Living Room – The living room is an obvious choice for area rugs of all kinds, and there’s really no wrong way to enjoy such a rug in your living room.

    Short of the garage, there’s really no place you can’t display and enjoy an Oriental rug!  The trick is to have a highly rated rug cleaning company that you can call on to keep each rug in great shape.  RugPro Oriental Rug Cleaning is the best rug cleaning company Jacksonville FL rug owners trust with their area rugs and runners of every kind.  Our highly trained rug cleaning specialists are passionate about rugs and know how to thoroughly clean every type of rug, treat stains, and provide the very best care and cleaning.  There are many good rug cleaning services in the area, but our Riverside Avondale, Ortega, Ponte Vedra Beach, St. Augustine, and Jacksonville clients know that for the very best care, your call should be to RugPro.

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    How To Properly Store Your Rug

    Need to store your Oriental rug?  Here’s how to do so properly in order to protect your investment and make sure that when it comes out of storage it’s ready to enjoy!

  • Clean – First and foremost, have your rug professionally cleaned.  If the rug is not thoroughly cleaned prior to storing, it will be highly susceptible to moth infestations.  Any larvae that may be hidden in the rug fibers need to be removed during cleaning, or else they will go into storage with the rug where they’ll be able to feast on its fibers in the dark, unbeknownst to you.  Even if your rug is larvae-free, the soils, dust, and contaminants that are present need to be removed.  Otherwise, they’ll remain compacted in the rug’s fibers, etching into the fibers, and may even dry out the cotton foundation threads of the rug, causing dry rot.  Simply put, it’s critically important to have your rug deep cleaned by a highly rated professional rug cleaning company before your rug is put into storage.  (Sidenote: A great professional rug cleaner will also perform most of the subsequent steps as part of most standard cleaning packages, so your life just got easier!)
  • Apply Moth Repellant – Have a moth repellant applied to your rug.  As part of the cleaning process, a good rug washing company will offer moth repellant, and since moths and their larvae thrive in the conditions that most storage facilities are known for, it’s best to take the precautions you can for your rug.
  • Dry – Make sure your rug is completely dry.  Any residual moisture left behind from cleaning could allow mildew and mold to grow, and otherwise wreak havoc on your rug while it sits in storage.  All great rug cleaning professionals know the importance of allowing a rug to dry thoroughly after cleaning.  Dedicated “drying towers,” “float tables,” and other rug cleaning equipment is designed specifically for this purpose.  
  • Roll – Once the rug is completely dry, roll it.  Do not fold your rug for storage, unless absolutely necessary.  The creases created by folding would be extremely to remove, and impossible to remove in some cases.  The only time you would want to fold the rug is if it’s extremely large, in which case you could fold it once, lengthwise, with pile facing out (which allows the foundation fibers to bend less), and then roll the folded rug.  Roll the rug from the end up, and in the direction of the pile.  In this way, though you won’t be able to roll the rug as tightly as you may want, the pile will be protected from crush marks and better protected in the long run.  
  • Wrap – Wrap the rug in order to protect it from dust.  Always roll your rug in paper, which allows the rug to breathe, and never in plastic.  If a rug (particularly a wool rug) is wrapped in plastic, even the tiniest amount of moisture will get trapped, causing mildew and mold to grow.  
  • Find the Right Spot – After cleaning, drying, rolling, and wrapping, the last step is to find the perfect spot for the rug in storage.  If you simply lay the wrapped rug on cold, damp cement floor, all prior work will be in vain, as the rug will surely become damaged by the cool, moist flooring.  Instead, store the rug on storage rack, off of the ground and away from any windows.  Do not stack heavy items on your rolled rug, and don’t prop it up next to any other items in the storage location that may spill, burst, or otherwise cause damage to your rug.
  • Check on Your Rug – If your rug is to be stored long term, check on it at least annually.  Make sure the packaging is secure and has not become torn, look for signs of mice, bugs, and other pests, and check for flooding or even high moisture content in the air.  
  • RugPro Oriental Rug Cleaning is the best rug cleaning company Jacksonville FL rug lovers trust with their treasured rugs.  We specialize in deep cleaning fine Oriental rugs by hand.  Hand washing a rug is the best and most trusted way to get a rug thoroughly clean in order to maintain it, protect it, and prolong its life, whether you’re going to unroll it back in your living room, or store it safely.  Northeast Florida homeowners in Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra Beach, St. Augustine, Atlantic Beach, and Riverside trust us with their heirloom rugs, knowing that with RugPro, they get the absolute best care for their rugs.  Let us provide the same for you!

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      6 Indicators Of Rug Quality

      A high quality rug is the ultimate expression of craftsmanship and can last for decades, when cared for properly.  However, there are plenty of cheaper, low quality rugs that are manufactured to look like fine rugs.  How do you determine if a rug is going to stand the test of time?

      1. Weaving Technique – The three main classifications of rugs are machine-made rugs, hand-tufted rugs, and hand-woven or hand-knotted rugs.  Machine-made rugs are produced in mass, and though there are several nicer brands (such as Karastan), they are not considered works of art.  Hand-tufted rugs are actually not handmade at all, but are made by shooting pieces of wool or other fiber through a piece of canvas, using a mechanized gun.  Hand-knotted rugs are by far the highest quality rug.  These rugs are, as their name implies, knotted by hand by a weaver at a loom, using age-old weaving techniques.
      2. Material – To create a high quality rug, one must begin with high quality materials.  In rugmaking, this means wool or silk – specifically, high grade, unadulterated wool or silk.  High quality wool has a luster to it, and silk has a high luster or even a shine to it.  The highest quality materials are handspun wool or silk, though machine-spun is acceptable too, provided the fibers are pure wool or silk, and have not been blended with synthetic materials.
      3. Dyes – The three main classifications of wool dyes used in rug production are chemical dyes, vegetable dyes, and natural dyes.  Natural and vegetal dyes are far more valuable than chemical dyes because they are more aesthetically pleasing, and because working with such plant-based dyes is difficult and requires skills that take significant time to cultivate.  Chemical dyes are not used in high quality, wool or silk hand-knotted rugs.
      4. Knot Count – “KPI,” or knots per square inch, is often discussed as an indicator of rug quality.  A rug’s KPI is determined by selecting a random 1-inch by 1-inch section on the rug and counting the number of knots included in that area.  In many cases, a high KPI is a good indicator of quality.  For example, silk threads would make very small knots, resulting in a high KPI, and indeed, a rug that is made of silk is likely a high quality rug.  However, KPI should never be the only consideration when assessing quality.  Art silk would also produce a high KPI, but art silk is not a high quality material.  Alternately, many nomadic rugs are woven with coarse materials, which would result in a low KPI, though nomadic tribal rugs are often very high quality rugs.
      5. Length of Pile – In many cases, low pile indicates quality.  Pile may be left longer in low quality rugs in order to hide flaws in the rug’s construction.  Longer pile distorts the rug’s motifs, causing them to appear mottled.  Rugs with long pile are also more susceptible to developing patterns of wear and/or crush marks.
      6. Age – In many cases, an older or antique rug is inherently more valuable because of its age.  However, the rug must be in good shape for its age, having been well preserved and cared for through the decades or centuries.  The rug must also be handmade and high quality to begin; a cheap rug that is old is merely dated.  A well maintained, hand-knotted rug that is old, on the other hand, is likely a valuable antique collectible.  

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