> 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
>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
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