Is my rug worth cleaning?

“Is my rug worth cleaning?”

This is one of the most asked questions we get here at Luv-A-Rug. Our answer is this:

If you like the rug and have a place to use it than any rug s worth getting cleaned.

Price enters the equation when you think about the cost of replacing the rug. We also honestly let you know when it is not worth cleaning or repairing. Some rugs do get past the point of restoration.

Here is a recent example of a rug that is getting near time to replace an why the client is not doing so just yet.

Today we picked up a 8×12 synthetic area carpet for cleaning from the Fairfield area of Victoria. When I did my inspection of the rug the first thing I noticed was the latex backing of the rug was weak, crunchy sounding and shedding a fine white dust. It also had furniture indents and the pile of the carpet was flattened from walking on it for years.

This is not the first time we have cleaned this rug for the clients, we receive it for cleaning once a year. When I called the client to let them know the cleaning expectations and final cost I asked her if she noticed any white dust on the floor after they rolled up the rug. She responded that there was so much dust it looked like she had a beach in her living room. She asked if there was anything that could be done except replace the rug. Unfortunately there is not anything that can stop the latex from further shedding.

They do not want to get a new rug at this time because they have dogs and they like to lay on the carpet. The dogs are in their mature years and the clients want to wait until they pass on to invest in a new rug. Luv-A-Rug hears that a lot from pet owners that they are waiting until their pets either get older or until they pass on before investing in a new rug.

She also said that she absolutely loved us, just loved us that we make her rug look good every time we clean it and she was happy that it cost the same to clean it as last year.

Most of us may have given up on a rug that sheds latex glue and looks dull where it is used, but instead of just tossing a rug sometimes a little love will make it useable again. Luv-A-Rug sees a lot of rugs that look like they are unusable, but after some good old fashion cleaning and maybe some repairs a rug can have a new lease on life.

Here is a video I did highlighting a rug that again most of us wouldn’t bother with, but it was sentimental to the client

If you have such a rug that you think is not worth it because it is too dirty or the sides are fraying bring it to Luv-A-Rug at 445 Beta St, Victoria BC and we will give you an evaluation on how it can be made loveable again. 250-590-6210/800-886-2802 www.luvarug.com.

Thanks for reading RugloverMary

>Have you taken your rug for a test sniff?

Here is a comment I got on one of my previous about rugs with odours. I went to comment back and then realized that I had written a lot and decided to make a post of it instead. Here is the comment from Captain Rug Wash located in Plymouth, Devon, UK

“Great post Mary, I have many customers coming to me with smelly rugs. And I always have to tell them about the way they make the rugs and the latex used. I love the map you have as the background of your Blog. Keep up the good work Mary, I’m looking forward to the next installment.

With warm regards Captain Rug Wash”
Here is my response:

Thanks for reading my blog, I just popped over and viewed yours Andi. I hope that your Rugcare.TV is going well.

I have had a few tufted rugs come in last week that I could smell right away and when I mentioned it to the client they said that they couldn’t smell it. Which to me seemed hard to believe since I was a few feet away and could smell the latex glue off gassing. In defense of the clients I have to say that when you get used to a smell in your home it is hard to notice it.

When one lady came in to pick up her clean tufted rug and she said that she did notice there wasn’t a funny smell any more when she sat in her favorite chair. It was because the rug was not there. She asked about what kind of rugs she should buy and I showed her that any rug where you can see the pattern on the back is best and where in Victoria BC she can go to find good rugs to buy.

It would be nice if there were regulations enforced about the quality of materials companies used to make hand tufted rugs, but there is not…yet. If we as consumers would let rug galleries and manufactures know that we want quality area rugs then hopefully they would stop selling and making poor quality rugs.

Now not all hand tufted rugs have a bad smell and shed, but there are too many out there that the good ones get missed. I have written many blog post about hand tufted rugs and how to check to see if the one you want to buy is good. here is my checklist when buy rugs:

  • First make a claw with your fingers and scratch the rug in a circle and tug on the fibers, this will give you an indication if the rug will shed a little or a lot. All wool rugs will shed a bit, but if you can make a small fur ball of fibers you may want to keep looking.
  • Second bend the front of the rug back so you can see the bottom of the fibers and smell, yes smell, the rug. This will let you know if the rug has an odour from the latex glue. Also smell the back of the rug too to get a full sense of any pre-existing smells.
  • The last thing to check for is if the rug is crunchy sounding. To check this bend the corners up and down to listen for a cracking sound from the latex glue. Some glues dry out quickly and make the rug crunchy sounding. This may cause the rug to leave fine white dust on your floor. This dust is the glue breaking down and it never stops.

Clean of a tufted rug with any of these problems, shedding, smell or white dust, does not fix or stop them from happening again. When your tufted rug has any issues, it will always have these issues. That is why it is so important to really look, smell and touch the rug you want to buy. This goes for new rugs and second-hand rugs.

You wouldn’t buy a car without test driving it, or try on a new pair of shoes first so why buy an area rug without testing it too?

Here’s to fresh smelling rugs, RugloverMary

>New fringes give Rug a face lift

> Have you ever wondered why area rugs have fringes? When rugs are hand knotted the fringes are the fibers, cotton, wool, or jute, in which the area rug is woven around, the weft fibers. They are necessary on a hand knotted rug to keep it together. On a machine made area rug fringes are there for decoration. They are sewn onto the rug after it has been made. Machine made rugs came into existence to be a cheaper version of the hand knotted rugs. They copied the designs and colours of the more expensive rugs, so fringes were added to give the machine rug a more authentic look.
I am not a big fan of fringes, especially on machine made rugs. The fringes are not necessary to the construction of the rug and they wear out and get stained very easily. Many of Luv-A-Rug’s clients like the fringes on their area rugs, machine or hand knotted possibly because we are programmed with that is how a rug is supposed to look. Fair enough. We let our clients know that if they ever want to replace or remove the fringes the option is there.
A lovely lady brought in her two beloved rugs for cleaning, one oval and one rectangle and on the rectangle rug she wanted new fringes put on. She had us replace the fringes on the oval rug two years ago.
This is a tufted rug bought many years ago because it was a limited edition pattern. She had the fringes replaced once before, but she never liked that they were white fringes on her golden rug. The fringes were showing sign of use and were starting to pull away from the rug. Upon closer inspection of the rug, I found out why the fringes were coming off. Whoever replaced the fringes cut back the old ones and glued the new ones on. Not the best way to replace fringes.
When Luv-a-Rug replaces fringes we cut off the old ones and bind the ends and then sew the new fringes into the binding.
We replaced the white twisted fringes with a single knot golden fringe which looks a lot better. She was very happy at how her rug looked with the new fringes. It isn’t very often that we would add fringes to a tufted rug, but we can if that is what is desired. This job is a great example that any rug can be a treasured item and therefore is worth the extra money to make it look its best. Removing or replacing old worn fringes brings new life to your rug and your love for it. Area rugs are more than just dirt collectors. They enhance the beauty of your home and with a little face lift will continue to do so for many more years.

Thanks for reading, RugloverMary

>How to buy a "Green" area rug

>How to buy a ‘green’ area rug:

Step 1: Make the decision to buy a green rug
Step 2: Make your way to a store that sells area rugs
Step 3: Find a Green rug
Step 4: Buy rug
Step 5: Take rug home

Okay seriously though. The above steps are great if you are looking for a green coloured rug, but what about the other kind of Green? You know the other green. The ‘IT’ word of the decade, Green / Environmentally Friendly. The awareness of the effect we are having on our planet is at an all time saturation and yet there are thousands of products that are made to be disposable, convenient, and not bio-degradable!
The newest trends in area rugs are Designer/Hand tufted, Shags, Felt, and Viscose area rugs. They are beautiful looking and come in modern patterns and textures.

This is a felt tip rug. It has 1/2 inch thick fibers that are two inches high. The pros of this rug- it is fun, funky, and unique. The cons are- stains easily, hard to vacuum, and once they get dirty they always look dirty. The tips of the fibers blossom out making it hard to clean. These types are rugs are best used in an area that doesn’t get used a lot. They will add a nice focal point to a room.

This is a hand tufted or designer area rug. They are readily available pretty much in every store that sells rugs. It is very easy to tell a hand tufted rug, the backing on the rug is fabric. A tufted rug has a hidden secret: glue holds these rugs together. There is the top fibers a layer of glue and the back. The pros of these rugs- modern designs and colours, a great and easy way to add colour to any room. The cons- hard to get out odours, sheds (wool) fibers easily, may have an existing odour issue, temporary rug (not a long life span), not for high use areas.


This is a viscose area rug. Viscose looks and feels a lot like silk. They are the rugs that Belgium is exporting a lot of right now. These rugs look great when new, they are shiny, soft and inviting to walk on. That is the pros of viscose rugs. The cons- stains very easily, fades easily, they show wear areas quickly, do not stand up well to pet accidents.

All three of the above rugs are beautiful and unique, but it is important to remember that once these rugs become too stained to use anymore they are not easily biodegradable and replacing them can get expensive.
Two important tips for choosing a hand tufted rug: Smell the bottom of the fibers and the back of the rug, any odour you may smell is permanent, and second vigorously rug your hand across the rug and pull at the fibers, if you see a lot of fibers shedding that too is permanent.
My wish is that if we stop buying products that aren’t good for the environment, eventually they will stop making them. Have a green day.
Thanks for reading, RugloverMary.

>Area Rugs=Art

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Here in our rug cleaning studio in Victoria BC we see all shapes, sizes, colours and textures of rugs and sometimes we are left scratching our heads as to how anyone could possible find some of these rugs attractive at all.

It is no secret that we don’t all like the same things. That is very apparent when it comes to decorating and area rugs. This area rug is an art piece that adds more then a floor covering to it’s owners life. The design is either by a famous artist or based on a famous artist’s work. The company who sells these rugs in located in Brussels. They specialize in Contemporary furnishings and lightening. This is my kind of decorating, sleek and modern with a quirky twist. Very unique and inviting.
This rug is very cherished by it’s owner. This is a great example that not every rug has to be old to be a work of art. This is a hand tufted rug and is 6.5’x8′. The bold colours help lift your mood in the dreary winter months, as it should. Sometimes an area rug should be more than just something to cover the floor.
Thanks for reading, RugloverMary, your local Victoria BC rug cleaner, and sometimes challenged rug lover.