Category Archives: Oriental Rug Cleaning

Preventing Moth Damage on Rugs and Carpets

Moth infestations can quickly cause severe damage to rugs and carpets of all types – and very often, this damage occurs subtly – with moths only being detected after the damage is done. Luckily, the experts here at Aladdin Oriental Rug understand the in’s and out’s of moth prevention, moth infestation remedy, and moth damage repair for carpets and rugs. If you suspect that your carpets / rugs are being damaged by moth activity, contact the rug and carpet repair and restoration experts here at Aladdin Oriental Rug for instant solutions.

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Little Known Advantages of Professional Rug Cleaning

Professional rug cleaning really is miles ahead of the alternative of amateur hand washing of rugs. Not only does professional cleaning more successfully remove dirt, dust, and debris from rug fibers, but it actually can improve the longevity of your rugs bold colors and delicate materials! Here’s some of the lesser known advantages of professional rug cleaning, as prepared by the experts at Aladdin Oriental Rug.

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Benefits of Green Rug and Carpet Cleaning

Having your rugs and/or carpets cleaned with environmentally friendly products and techniques offers more than the simple benefit of knowing you’re not contributing to pollution and the degradation of our precious environment. There’s tons of fantastic benefits of green rug cleaning – here’s just a few, as prepared by the green carpet and rug cleaning experts at Aladdin Oriental Rug.

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Rug/Carpet Protection Secrets

Here at Aladdin Oriental Rug, our expert technicians regularly perform repair and restoration service for rugs and carpets that have suffered natural or accidental degradation. Rug degradation is a natural process that happens over time, and rugs in high traffic areas are constantly placed in risk of abrasions, spills, and other occurrences. Here’s some tips prepared by our rug and carpet repair experts on different ways that you can ensure that your rugs and carpets stay clean.

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How to clean your oriental rug

For the majority of people, oriental rugs can be considered one of the highest investments people make in home decoration. The payoff is good though – since they add light to a room’s ambience as well as a soft surface for hanging out on top of. However, if you want an oriental rug to last for a long time, you need to make sure that it’s maintained well through regular cleaning. The best way to treat a carpet or rug is to clean it yourself regularly – as this way you’re greatly reducing the chance of any damage occurring, as well as increasing the longevity of your rug.

 

Supplies

You will need a vacuum, gloves, a bucket, a mild dish soap or rug shampoo, a sponge, a brush, a squeegee, and water.

 

Cleaning Process

Step One: Vacuuming

First vacuum the rug’s top and bottom side to get rid of any dirt or dust.

Step Two: Color Testing

Mix the mild soap or cleaner with warm water (not hot) and try applying it to a tiny corner of the rug to ensure it doesn’t mess up the colors.

Step Three: Washing

Use a wet brush or sponge to lather the solution deep inside the rug and allow it to remain a few minutes before rinsing it off.

Step Four: Rinsing

Rinse off the entire rug with a hose so that no soap suds remain on it.

Step Five: Removing Excess Moisture

Use the squeegee to remove as much water as you can from the rug, in the direction of the nap.

Step Six: Drying

Lay out the rug on a flat surface to dry one side at a time.

Step Seven: Relaxing the Rug

Use a vacuum or a soft brush to help loosen up the rug’s fibers to restore their softness and suppleness – as they may have gotten stiff during the washing process.

 

Frequency

While it’s very important to wash rugs when they are dirty, and they do get dirty often – it’s probably not the best approach to simply wash it all the time even when it’s clean. You can test to see if a rug is dirty enough to merit washing by picking a corner of it up and letting it fall to the floor – if a cloud of dust appears, it needs washing. Additionally, rugs need washing when you can visibly see the dirt on them, or if they smell weird. By taking care of soiled rugs as soon as possible, you will greatly extend its softness over time.

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Brief Guide to Fire and Smoke Damage

If you’re unlucky enough to suffer a fire in your home – or if your neighbor suffers one – smoke and ash in the air can easily affect rugs and carpets. Particulates are dangerous for humans – and any sort of natural fabric. Here’s Aladdin’s guide on how to tackle removing smoke and soot damage from rugs and carpets.

 

  • If rugs smell like smoke, most standard washes will take care of it by washing away soot particulates. After this, the rugs should be vacuumed regularly.

  • Heavily fire or smoke damaged rugs require both washing as well as professional deodorizing with specific odor removing solutions.

  • Some rugs that suffer direct fire damage from burning rubble or embers should simply be disposed of, as sometimes this damage is simply to correct to reweave or repair.

  • Wool has a high moisture content, which luckily causes it to self extinguish – which is why wool is used in so many hotel and airplane carpets.

  • Small amounts of direct fire damage burns can be reknotted, so sometimes rugs damaged in a fire can be saved.

  • Heavy ash and soot can be eliminated from rugs by professional rug washers, however should be removed as fast as possible, as it causes further damage over time.

  • Thankfully, silk rugs additionally contain a large amount of moisture, making them self-extinguishing, and some of the only items that can be saved from a fire.Wash all carpet fibers to remove soot particles.

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Dry Rot and Mold

Dry rot is one of the worst things that can happen to a rug. Mildew, dry rot, and mold are all various stages and types of fungi – and while mildew and mold can sometimes be removed, dry rot cannot be countered. Dry rot causes the foundational fibers of rugs to deteriorate and fall apart, and ruining its structural integrity. Sometimes, if stopped early enough, mildew and mold can be stopped, and you can go through with carpet restoration. Here’s Aladdin’s guide to dry rot, mold, and mildew.

 

Causes of Dry Rot

Dry rot is caused by either too much or too little moisture. Floods, leaks, or evaporation through improper storage in plastic can cause it. Pets can also cause dry rot by urinating on rugs. Buildup of residue from cleaning products can dry up rugs and cause dry rot, as well as any sort of peroxide or bleach.

 

How to spot dry rot

First of all, look for any color discoloration, especially areas with bluish mold. If there’s sources of water near rugs, look for any problems near that area of the rug. Common culprits are plants, water coolers, or ceiling leaks. Once mold reaches the inner foundational fibers of a rug, it’s pretty much impossible to remove it. If an area of a rug is stiff, or cracks when you bend it, or gives you a hard wood like knocking sound when you hit it with your knuckles, you’re dealing with dry rot.

 

Antique rug fibers can become brittle over time, and should not just be bent to check up on dry rot. With these rugs, look for any signs of moisture or spills. Common telltale signs are any splits or severe cracks across the borders of rugs.

 

Combatting Dry Rot

  • First, take a picture of any signs of dry rot to show to a rug or carpet professional.
  • If there’s any mildew or mold on the rug, use disinfection or sanitization solutions to combat it. If there’s dry rot involved, you can lessen the cracking and stiffness with petroleum or denatured alcohol.
  • Some keratin products can add levels of suppleness or sheen to rug fibers, that get built up over time, but requires lots of continued use for a true effect. These solutions can make an antique rug look amazing, when it’s truly not in great condition – so when you’re purchasing rugs keep this in mind, and allow a licensed appraiser to inspect it.
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Top Causes of Residential Water Damage

 

It can happen to any household, at any time. There’s a billion ways it can happen. You walk in, and notice that the entire floor is soaked. This is the extreme scenario. In another, common and more subtle version, a small unchecked leak causes thousands of dollars of damage over the course of a long period of time. Here’s the 4 major causes of residential water damage that require professional intervention.

Nature

You can’t help this. Homes in certain locations are more vulnerable than others. Natural disasters like hurricanes or storms can flood your home with water – and if your home is within a flood zone, just a moderate rainstorm can cause rampant overflowing in nearby creeks or streams, causing water to enter your home. Earthquakes or tremors can make your water pipes crack, causing flooding. There’s no way to prevent a natural disaster from happening, but when it does, it’s important to do everything that you can to safely mitigate the damage.

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Removing Chocolate Stains from Carpets

 

There’s no doubt about it; chocolate is simply the best. Even if it’s not at the bottom of the food pyramid, we can all agree that chocolate simply makes life better. However, regardless of how yummy it is, we simply can’t deal with indelible chocolate stains on your favorite carpet or rug. Chocolate stains are some of the most deep, hardest to remove stains around. Let’s say you’re already dealing with a chocolate stain; here’s how to treat it.

Carefully Scrape it Off

Since chocolate melts quickly in higher temperatures and quickly solidifies in low temperatures, carpets and rugs can get ruined by melted chocolate that becomes a mold as the temperature drops. If you notice dried chocolate on your rug or carpet, try gently rug cleaning method of scraping it off – the key word is ‘gentle’ as you can cause more structural damage to the rug if you’re too rough. While this won’t completely remove the stain, it will help make it less thick and much easier to handle. This way you know that even if the carpet or rug gets exposed to higher temperatures that the chocolate won’t re-melt and spread, causing a larger stain.

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Treating Pile Reversal on Rugs

Treating Pile Reversal on Rugs

What exactly is Permanent Pile Reversal?

Permanent Pile Reversal Shading, otherwise known as watermarking, puddling, or pooling creates large stains like areas that are either darker or lighter than the rest of the carpet’s normal pile. This light difference is caused by the reflection of light coming of pile tufts that reverse the direction that they lay in. The look of Permanent Pile Reversal shading doesn’t seem that difference than a brushed fabric like velvet or velour, however the change in shade is often permanent.

 

Shading is a term that’s often used to describe many carpet ailments that are not actually related to Permanent Pile Reversal shading.

 

Watermarking, puddling, and pooling describes strange, irregular light or dark areas in the carpet that look like spilled water stains. This is a true Permanent Pile Reversal Stain.

 

Foot Marking is smaller darker marks on the carpet’s pile that’s usually caused by foot traffic, dragging or kicking. This condition is temporary and can be fixed by vacuuming or by brushing the carpet back in it’s normal direction of pile. It is decidedly not related to Permanent Pile Reversal Stains.

 

Tracking is when the carpet pile gets flattened or crushed by foot traffic more than in other areas – it can appear in carpets of any value or condition depending on it’s particular area or traffic patterns.

 

The expert opinions on Permanent Pile Shading hold that it can happen in any kinds of carpets, including tufted, woven, knitted, hand-knotted, or hand sewn varieties, as well as in carpets of any fiber or fabric, including synthetics like nylon, polyester, polypropylene – and of course wool and acrylic. Although unsightly, experts agree that Permanent Pile Reversal Shading won’t contribute to the longevity of a carpet or rug. Experts agree that the occurrence of Permanent Pile Reversal Shading is a matter of location – one should take care to prime their carpet upon installation, and to take note when carpets are being re laid down in areas that are prone to cause this sort of shading. Although not conclusively related, experts argue that static electricity, humidity, floor temperature, and air currents are all likely culprits.

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