Dirty means time to clean not replace

After a dull, wet winter our area rugs have taken a beating. They have trapped in lot of loose dirty, salt, sand, and mud and after a few months of this they look really grubby. At Luv-A-Rug, in Victoria BC, we clean area rugs that barely look dirty to ones that are more dirt than rug.

Here is one runner that came in very dirty, you can barely see the original colours of the rug. This rug will get a lot of badgering (which is where we vibrate your rugs upside down to remove the deep down dirt), and many cleanings to restore this rug.

After we clean this rug I will do a follow-up blog post to show how it cleans up.

Luv-A-Rug understands that you can be¬†embarrassing¬†by the shape of your rugs, don’t be, we have seen rugs in all states of dirtiness. We care about restoring your rugs to a lovable state and making you happy. We take care of every type of spill, pet accident, moth damage, mold, odours, and dirt.

We are Woolsafe approved company and highly recommended by Persian Rug Guide Cleaners.

Thanks for reading, RugloverMary- caring for all types of rugs in Victoria BC

>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.

>How area rugs became Americanized

>Tea and Carpets has written another great blog about how Persian/Oriental rugs became more Americanized.

The love affair between East and West has been hot and cold for centuries. Each adapting the others styles and ways of life, tweaking them to fit and adding their own twists.

The mystery of the East has intrigued travelers, writers, and artists alike.

I love learning and sharing the history of area rugs. Tea and Carpets is a great resource for rug history.

Thanks for reading, RugloverMary, Your Victoria and Vancouver Island BC, rug cleaning and loving expert!

>Do you have a Curvy Area Rug?


How does an area rug develop a curve in it?

The answer:

  • Not using the right under pad.
  • Putting the rug on carpet
  • Having furniture on one area and walking on the rest
  • It was that way when it as made
  • One side got wet and shrunk

There are many ways an area rug can warp put of shape, but it can be repaired.

With a combination of blocking and sizing a rug can be made straighter and help get out stubborn wrinkles. Please only use a professional to do this.

This rug is not getting straightened at this time, but the client knows that it is possible.

If you have an area rug that you don’t know if it is worth getting cleaned or repaired bring it to Luv-A-Rug. We will tell you if your rug can be saved or if it time to replace it.

If your rug is too big or heavy for you to bring in we can pick it up. Call us at 250-590-6210 or drop by at 2-4144 Wilkinson Rd, at Interurban.

Thanks for reading, RugloverMary, your local Victoria BC rug cleaner and rug lover!

>Potted Plants + Area Rugs= Bad News

>Live potted plants are great for our homes, but not so great for area rugs. If you have a potted plant on your rug please remove it immediately.

The problem with having a plant on your rug is that every time it gets watered, some of the water may miss the pot, the pot may over flow, or the pot may develop a leak.

Excess water on a rug can cause mold/mildew to grow, the colours to bleed, and possibly the rug to rot.

The following video shows what can happen when you put a live Christmas tree on a rug.

If you discover water damage on your area rug Luv-A-Rug can help.

Thanks for reading, RugloverMary, Your Victoria BC area rug cleaning expert!

>Chobi and Wine

> Chobi+ wine+ cat= this.
You get a rather large wine splatter, as you can see in the upper right of the photo.

This area rug is an 8×10 Chobi. In case you don’t know much about Chobi area rugs here is a quick description:

Chobi rugs are hand knotted wool rugs made in the mountainous tribal villages of Afghanistan and Pakistan. They are made with high quality wool and dyed with vegetable dyes.

The name Chobi is derived from chob rang which describes the wood like colouring these rugs have. Chobi rugs have a wonderful antique look that compliments any decor.

Chobi rugs are perfect for entrances and reception areas as they make a strong artistic impression and are very durable. Durable in the fact that they stand up well to lots of foot traffic not so much in wine spills.
The first picture in this trio is a close up of the wine spill. The cat didn’t like that fact that the wine glass was in it’s way.

The middle picture is of the back. I darkened it a bit to show that the wine is pretty deep into the fibers.

The last picture is of an unrelated spot. It is pink in colour. I let the client know that it may still remain after cleaning and spot treatment. The results are still a bit unknown at this time.

Our rug cleaning tech here at luv a rug cleaners in Victoria says that wine can be very difficult to remove completely. The spill was a week old by the time the rug got to us.

Worst case scenario, we lighten the wine spill. We always strive for the best case scenario in which we remove the red wine completely.

When red wine get spilled on your rug please do not panic! grab a WHITE COTTON towel put it on the spills and stand on it. Keep moving a clean part of the towel on the spot and standing until you no longer get any transfer of red wine. You can also put dry oats or salt on the red wine when it is wet to absorb the wine.

Put a damp towel on the spill and keep it damp, not too wet, and get a professional rug cleaner to take care of the rest of the spill marks immediately

NEVER USE BAKING SODA, OR OTHER SPOT CLEANERS ON YOUR WOOL AREA RUGS. They do more damage than the spill you re trying to get rid of.

Thanks for reading, RugloverMary, your local Victoria BC rug cleaning expert!