Rug Problem, Yes Luv-A-Rug fixes that and more

I  just got off the phone with a lady who called to inquire about getting a rug picked up and repairing some corner damage. Not only did I mention that we can pick her rug up as early as tomorrow (Saturday we offer no-charge pick up and delivery in most areas of Victoria and surrounding areas) but also that we could repair the damage. She than mentioned that her rug was too big you her new home and that she also has one in her bedroom folded in half to fit the room.

I mentioned that depending on the type of rug she has we can trim them down to a usable size for her. She was thrilled that this could be done because it never occurred to her to have them trimmed down.

Here is my video on making your rug perfect by trimming it to the right size and getting it re-edged.

Now this is best to do on machine woven rugs, more so than hand-knotted rugs. Bring your rug in to Luv-A-Rug at 445 Beta St Victoria BC and we can let you know if your rug can be trimmed down  to fit your room. We can also trim wall to wall carpet ends into any shape you need to fit around a fireplace, boat, or vents.

Luv-A-Rug does more than just clean area rugs. Thanks for reading RugloverMary

HELP! My new rug doesn’t look so new

Latex on back of hand tufted rug

A couple of weeks ago Luv-A-Rug receives an e-mail from a lady in Victoria, BC about her rug that she bought on the Internet. She included a couple of photos of her issue with it. The back cotton binding was not completely glued down so someone just slapped on some latex glue and didn’t make it look professional or pretty.

Now you may be thinking that it is the back of the rug, who should care about that. Let me ask you this: if you just bought a new rug would you want to have it looking like that straight from store? The online store she bought it from was not the place that shipped it. When she called the store and told them about the issue, they were not impressed either. They called the shipper/manufacturer and told them that they had shipped an imperfect rug.

The rug owner is hoping the rug manufacturer will pay for the whole repair and not just part of it, since it was their issue to begin with. This is an easy fix for Luv-A-Rug to do. We can just use proper latex glue to re-attach the back binding.

Back edge lifting off from rug

Here is the rug unrolled a bit and you can see the back binding is lifting from the rug. This is not just in this one spot, it is all around the edging on the back. Plus you can also see that the cotton backing on the rug is rippling. Sometimes the backing can be pulled off the rug and replaced, but it can be more than the owner is willingly to invest.

Luv-A-Rug is not a fan of this type of construction because of the lack of quality control by the manufacturers. Some hand tufted rugs have a foul odour, which is permanent, the wool sheds excessively, and the latex glue holding the rug together breaks down and causes white dust to fall out.

I wrote an article about hand tufted rugs on our website. The biggest reason why I don’t like these rugs is they walk a very grey line by calling them hand-made which gets confused with hand-knotted. Not all hand tufted rugs have issues, just enough of them do to give them a bad reputation. If you smell the rug first and test to make sure it doesn’t shed excessively you can enjoy a hand tufted rugs for years. Unfortunately there isn’t anything that can be done once it starts shedding the white dust.

Another thing you may be asking is why didn’t she just send the rug back and buy a another one. The answer is simple, she likes the rug and it took her a long time to find the right colours and size. This happens a lot when you need a rug a certain size and has particular colours or design.You may have to invest in repairs because you cannot replace the rug. Last week we had our hand repair lady fix a tufted rug because the wool had fallen out in little clumps. She had bought the rug here in Victoria last year and when she went back to re-order the same rug, she got an unpleasant surprise.

The rug she owns is not made any more and there is nothing that had the same colours. Since she had decorated around the rug it is not an option to replace it. This is why people put up with imperfections, and pay for repairs and work around them because when you find the perfect rug it is not always replaceable.

When you are looking to buy a new rug in Victoria, BC call us at Luv-A-Rug 250-590-6210/ 800-886-2802, and we can give you a list of reputable rug galleries we trust. Thanks for reading, RugloverMary- rug repair knowledgeable

>Rug luvable again

>When it comes to old, worn out, or stained fringes you have a couple of options for remedying them. Depending on the factors of the type of rug, where you use the rug, and budget we have fix that will suit you and your area rug.
First off we can replace the fringes with a machine sewn fringe. The old fringes are cut off and a synthetic ribbon is sewn on to the edge of the rug. The new fringes are then sewn on to the top of the rug. Luv-A-Rug cleaners in Victoria has different fringes to choose from in three different colours, white, golden, grey. We like to choose a colour of fringe that best compliments the area rug. We can also hand weave new fringes as mentioned in a previous blog.

When you are tired of the vacuum having lunch with the fringes, or if the fringes get too dingy we can remove them completely. A serged or overcast stitched edge adds a nice clean look to your rug. We use synthetic fiber for serging as it lasts longer than say cotton or wool and is less expensive and more readily available. We match the best colour to your rug so that it blends with the rug. Serging is a great option for most area rugs.
For flat woven rugs or thin rugs we recommend binding. Binding is a 1/4 inch synthetic ribbon that is sewn on the edge of your rug. Binding is also best for left over carpet pieces. Old dingy worn fringes can make you rug look old and not very lovable. Let Luv-A-Rug cleaners add the love back into your rug with new fringes or a nice clean edge. 250-475-3922 www.luvarug.com
Thanks for reading, RugloverMary, your local Victoria BC rug cleaner and serging expert!

>Area Rug Repairs=Less Waste and More Love

> In the last month we have done a lot of area rug repairs. Mostly machine edging, binding and surging,see photo of surged edge, but we also did another wonderful hand repair. With all the area rugs being bought these days it is nice to see that some area rugs are still loved. I feel that area rugs have lost their meaning. Area rugs used to be something that was woven with love and a story, now they are mostly slapped together with glue and dollar signs. I am waiting for the day when hand knotted area rugs are the main type of area rug bought.
It is always nice when someone invests in the value of their area rug. The number one reason people invest in hand repairs is sentimental. Plus with a simple repair done to your area rug it won’t be thrown out. Not all area rugs breakdown so the longer you can use your area rug the better for the environment and your wallet.
This 2×3.5 foot Turkish area rug came to Luv-A-Rug a couple of weeks ago. The ends were fraying and the client wanted to keep the look of the rug. A machine repair wouldn’t have done justice to this area rug, but the more authentic, almost invisible, overcast stitch our hand repair guy does, it looks like new again. The client will be very pleased with the end results. It can be hard to picture what your area rug will look like after a repair, but we at Luv-A-Rug try to explain it so you can.

Now that you know Luv-A-Rug does hand repairs it is time to pull out grandma’s beloved area rug and bring it to us to see how we can love it back to use. Area rugs are pieces of art and with some care and a cleaning it can adorn your home once again.
Thanks for reading, RugloverMary