>How would your rug look without fringes?


When your area rug is new the fringes/tassels are crisp and fresh. After years of being vacuumed up and walked on the fringes look tired and worn and may be stained, so what can be done?

For most area rugs we can remove the fringes completely or we can replace the fringes. On hand knotted rugs we do authentic hand repairs to the fringes.

When posed with the question, “Would you like us to remove your fringes?”, it can be hard to picture your rug without the fringes. Here is an easy way to make that decision:

Here are more before and after pictures of area rug repairs that we do at Luv-A-Rug.

Dingy and worn out fringes make a rug look older than it is and you fall out of love with your rug. Let Luv-A-Rug in Victoria BC make your rug lovable again.

Thanks for reading, RugloverMary, your Victoria and Vancouver Island BC rug cleaning and new fringe expert.

>Area Rug Passion=More Clients

>Yesterday I still felt like I was in a tornado. I was still reeling in the excitement of winning the Juno weekend trip and I started to realize all the things I needed to do this week at work and at home. I got to work around 11:40 due to a morning appointment and that made the day go by fast. It was also very steady day of clients picking up their clean area rugs and dropping off dirty ones, plus the phone calls were constant as well. It was a nice normal day.
It seems lately that Luv-A-Rug has been getting what we call tester rugs for cleaning. They usually are a synthetic rug that is used in front of the kitchen sink or an entryway rug. New clients are seeing how we clean their inexpensive rugs and test our knowledge on area rugs to make sure we know what we are doing. After we clean their first rug they bring us their more expensive area rugs for cleaning and sometimes repair. Yes Luv-A-Rug does rug repairs.
Yesterday I spent at least 30 minutes or more with a wonderful lady, I will call her Lady A. She brought in her synthetic 2×3 area for cleaning. She asked me if I knew much about area rugs, I responded that I did indeed. She wanted me to show her some different kinds of area rugs and what made them different or better than other rugs. I showed her some Persians, Belgium’s and machine made area rugs. We were discussing rug repairs when another client, Lady B, came in to the shop to pick up her area rug that we had cleaned and did a binding edge on all four sides. We all got chatting about area rug repairs and Lady B told the Lady A that we, Luv-A-Rug, was the place to bring your rugs to for cleaning and especially for repair. Back in February Lady B brought in a Persian for cleaning and we also did a hand repair to the ends of the rug. She was very happy with the repair which included evening up the ends and doing an overcast stitch to stop the rug from fraying any more.
Lady A also wanted to cover a foot stool kind of thing, a hashick?, in an area rug instead of using fabric. I showed her the chair that we have covered in a flat woven rug. It is wrapped around the chair and stapled. Voila! a new chair. She instantly thought of a red flat woven area rug that her father gave to her son and that got her thinking. The rug has a horse in the middle of it and she said that it would work perfect for what she had in mind. The hard part was trying to figure out who does that sort of thing. We have sent area rugs to our hand repair guy to be made into pillows, but never a piece of furniture. She was going to try a few upholstery places to see what they had to say.

Lady A was very thankful for all my knowledge and help. With her 2×3 synthetic area rug we are not only cleaning it we are also putting our protective finish on it to help repel dirt and stains and we are removing the fringes and putting a binding edge on. She is going to bring us some of her other rugs for cleaning and we will discuss repairs as needed. She wishes I could go with her when she goes rug shopping so she doesn’t buy an area rug that isn’t going to last or isn’t such a great deal. I gave her a lot of information to arm her against such things. My only wish is that rug manufactures would stop making area rugs that do not last, are not made to be walked on, and that cannot be cleaned.
Thanks for reading, RugloverMary

>Pakistan area rug

We had a Pakistan wool area rug brought to Luv-A-Rug in need of some love. The fringes were worn off and the sides were fraying. At some point latex glue was applied to the edges of the rug to prevent more fraying. As you can see from this photo of the back that it didn’t completely stop it from fraying more. After we cleaned the rug we did a surged edge on all four sides.

The Pakistan rug had to be trimmed back several inches to even it up, but unless you know it was done it is hard to tell. Many people do not know that we can make their area rugs lovable again just by doing a repair. Sometimes just removing the fringes and doing a surged or binding edge can renew the life of your area rug and your love for it.

We can also do hand repairs as well as machine repairs. The hand repairs are authentic and blend into the rug. For valuable rugs hand repairs are the way to go, they help the area rug keep it’s value, sentimental or monetary
To find out if your rug has more life left in it please bring it to Luv-A-Rug for a free assessment. We will explain all of your repair options and give you our recommendations as to what would work best.
Thanks for reading, The Polished Area Rug Cleaner

>Proper Storage of Area Rugs

>One of the saddest parts of working at Luv-A-Rug is seeing an area rug that has moth larvae damage. I say moth larvae instead of just moth because it is not the moth that does the damage.

The most important thing to do when storing an area rug is to get it Professionally Cleaned before storing:

  • A clean area rug lacks the nutrients most insects need to survive.

Wrap it in a waterproof,breathable sheet, such a Tyvek.

Tyvek is a registered trademark of DuPont. Tyvek is made with 100% high-density polyethylene fibers. The fibers are continuous and as thick as a human hair. When making Tyvek the fibers are continuous and non directional and then is flash spun using no binding agents or fillers. Tyvek is hard to tear, but can easily be cut with scissors or any sharp object.

The benefits of using Tyvek to store your area rugs in are: it is lightweight, has a neutral pH factor, and allows water vapour to pass through, but not liquid water.
Tyvek can be purchased from any hardware/home building store, but Luv-A-Rug can wrap your area rug in Tyvek after cleaning.

The area in which you store your area rug is important too. Store your area rugs in a place that is not too hot or too cold or prone to extreme temperature fluctuations and has low humidity. Your area rug should be laid flat. Do not stand it up on its end, that is not good for the rug. Do not store your area rug against an outside wall, the wall gets too cold, nor on a concrete floor, again too cold.

There is no ideal spot to store your area rug just ideal conditions. Remember that out of sight does not equal peace of mind. Periodically check your stored area rug to make sure that the wrapping hasn’t been punctured by something. For long term storage moth balls (moth balls do come in a fresh scent of cedar, so no more musty smell) are recommended to be included with your area rug. Every precaution should be taken to make sure that your area rugs are safe, dry and ready to be enjoyed for years to come.

I am going to get a lot of flack from the area rug cleaning world when I post this, but I have proof. I have proof that ALL area rugs are susceptible to moth damage no matter the fibers. It is widely known that moths need natural fibers to survive, but if the rug is dirty enough it doesn’t matter. This is the second synthetic, yes Synthetic area rug I have seen in my two years here at Luv-A-Rug with moth damage. The pink arrows are pointing to the eaten areas.

This is a picture of the back to prove that it is a machine made synthetic area rug. I have no way of knowing if the larvae survived long enough to turn into moths or if they died from eating a synthetic fiber. There were no larvae casings when I saw the rug, but if the rug was vacuumed before it was brought in the casings would have been sucked up. All area rugs should be professionally cleaned before storing.
When unwrapping your stored area rug that contained moth balls please do so in a well ventilated area and let the rug air out for a day or two. There may not be that old familiar musty smell but the gas the moth balls give off is still present.
If you have any other storage questions please do not hesitate to contact Luv-A-Rug(e-mail: luvvie@shaw.ca or phone 250-475-3922 or 1-800-886-2802 or drop by our shop at 2-4144 Wilkinson Rd. Victoria, BC website: http://www.luvarug.com) and we will be more than happy to assist you.
Since I cannot think of a better sign off line I will still say Thanks for reading! The Polished Area Rug Cleaner