AREA RUG REPAIR
Oriental rugs are more than beautifully woven decorations. They were designed to be used! It’s best to get your Oriental rug professionally cleaned every 1-3 years, depending on the amount of traffic it encounters. Of course, if damage occurs, you should contact a professional immediately for cleaning, restoration, and repairs. In between cleanings, there are several things you can do at home to keep your Oriental rug looking beautiful between professional cleanings.
- Vacuum Often. Oriental rugs are meant to be used, and that means they should be cleaned regularly. Make vacuuming your rug part of your standard at-home cleaning routine. Vacuuming removes daily dirt and grime, and keeps the fibers from becoming too packed down. This will also help combat odors and potential staining.
- Avoid Sunlight. If you want to keep your Oriental rug looking like new, keep it away from the sun. Pictures of rugs with streams of sunlight shining on them make for great photos, but they simply aren’t realistic. Sun provides a natural bleaching effect; over time, areas exposed to the sun will fade, making the colors of your rug dull and uneven. Position your rug so it avoids sunlight to keep the colors looking vibrant. If your rug is near a window, be sure to add curtains to keep it from fading.
- Turn it Around. Have you ever seen a rug that has been laying in the same position for years? Typically, these rugs have massive wear and tear in areas with the heaviest foot traffic, while the rest of the rug looks nearly new. One of the simplest ways to extend the life of your rug is to rotate it every six months. This will keep fibers from packing down and colors vibrant. We recommend you make this part of your spring and fall cleaning routines. Rotate the rug during the semi-annual time change, or when you switch out your smoke alarm batteries.
- Fix the Fringe. Fringe: rug owners either love it or hate it. Fringe is a the natural remaining fibers from the weaving process and it is a beautiful reminder of the love and care that went into making your rug. Over time, however, fringe can become tangled and knotted. While fringe can be replaced, repairs can be costly. A simpler at-home treatment is to de-tangle your rug’s fringe on a regular basis by flipping the rug end over end and shaking it a bit. Whatever you do, don’t “comb” the fringe as this will cause the fibers to deteriorate more quickly and can even cause holes in the rug.
- Spot Clean Stains. Spills and stains are bound to happen with any fabric that sees regular use. Don’t worry! Rugs were made to withstand small spills. As with any fabric, you should spot-treat spills immediately to avoid a stain setting in. If the stain is large, especially oily, or if it sets in, contact us for a professional cleaning and stain removal.
- Get Some Air. Mold, mildew, and dry rot are an Oriental rug’s biggest enemies. Mold and mildew often happen when a rug becomes damp and doesn’t dry properly. This can easily happen in areas with high humidity or in homes that have moisture problems. Dry rot can happen over time, as a result of pet urine, improper cleaning, or untreated mold and mildew. To combat these conditions, give your rug some fresh air every few months. Hanging it outside will dry any damp spots and help freshen the rug. And, of course, remember to have your rug inspected and cleaned regularly by an expert who can identify and treat these conditions before they get out of hand.
EXPERT AREA RUG CLEANING IN DEERFIELD
Any Oriental rug owner knows that finding a trusted professional rug cleaner is vital to extending the life of your rug. Each rug is unique, so it’s important to find someone who understands how to assess and care for your rug. Here are three qualities to look for in a professional rug cleaner:
- Longevity. Like heirloom rugs, newer isn’t always best. While many companies may have lovely show rooms and tout the latest methods, what you really want is an company who knows what they’re doing. Look for a business that has been around for a while and has a proven track record of quality care and cleaning. A true expert will have a long line of satisfied clients with a variety of Oriental and hand-woven rugs.
- Customization. No two rugs are alike, and no two care plans should be alike. Even the care and cleaning of Oriental rugs can vary greatly, depending on the style of the rug, the needs of the owner, the positioning and use of the rug, and environmental factors. When looking for the right professional for your special piece, ask how they assess and care for different types of rugs. Find a cleaner who provides more than cookie-cutter cleaning and repair options.
- On-Site Assessment. Your Oriental rug is a priceless piece that often carries sentimental as well as monetary value. It’s likely also heavy or difficult to move. You shouldn’t have to pack it up and take it to a professional cleaner for an assessment; you also should not be charged for an evaluation of your rug. Look for an expert who will come to you and provide an on-site assessment.
WE ARE THE PROS
Oriental rugs are beautifully unique – no two are alike! So why trust your rug to an at-home carpet cleaning service, or to an inexperienced company? With more than 30 years of experience, Glencoe Oriental Rug Pros are the true experts. Many companies claim to be professionals, but they use chemical solvents that cost less money and can cut down the life of your rug. Our process of hand-cleaning your rug uses gentle, environmentally-friendly methods that remove dirt and stains while maintaining the integrity of your rug’s fibers. Glencoe Oriental Rug professionals ensure your rug receives white-glove treatment every step of the process.