HELP! The rug I love is not the right size.

It is not always easy to find the perfect rug, whether it is the right colour or right shape and size. There are ways to find the perfect rug, or you can make a rug into the perfect rug. when looking for good area rugs don’t forget about going to reputable auction houses.

In Victoria BC we have two very good auction houses where you can get a great deal on area rugs, Lund’s Auction and Kilshaw’s Auctioneer. Luv-A-Rug gets a lot of rugs brought in for cleaning and repairs that were bought at either Auction House. We had one such rug find brought to us by a lady who frequence the auctions a couple of weeks ago, but it wasn’t quite perfect.

Her rug is a 7×11 Turkish rug and it is not in perfect condition, but she got it for a steal of a price. The rug is a bit too big for the space where she wants to use, so Luv-A-Rug is going clean her rug and trim it down to the size that fits. Here is my video showing what we are going to do to her Turkish rug.

It is important that you know that you can have perfect rug for your home, it just may need some tweaking. Luv-A-Rug as made runners out of little 2×3 scatter mats a client bought at Capital Iron here in Victoria. We are usually only limited by the rug construction and your budget.

Now I will note that Luv-A-Rug will not do this to any old rug. We respect and care about rugs, so if you brought us a valuable rug we would refuse to cut it up, but we can always do an authentic hand repair to restore your antique rugs to a usable and lovable state.

Have you ever found the perfect rug that wasn’t quite the right size or shape? Did you buy it and get it tweaked? I would love to see how you made not so perfect rugs work in your home. Leave me a comment on what you did to make it work or send me pictures to with the subject line “How I made my rug perfect”

Thanks for reading, RugloverMary- I look forward to your rugs.

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

Thanks for reading RugloverMary

The King of Fringes

There are fringes and then there are Fringes. I do believe that these are the longest fringes I have ever seen on an area rug. What surprised me the most is that they are wool fringes. Usually wool fringes fray the quickest, but after chatting with the owner of the rug she spilled her secret to fringe longevity; She tucked the fringes under the area rug. That works!

I am curious as to why the weaver made the fringes so long. I just had a silly thought; The area rug was supposed to be 12 feet long but the weaver made it too short so they added really long fringes to make up the difference. I warned you it was silly. Forgive me I am sleep deprived again!! I won’t bore you with how happy that makes me feel. When you haven’t had a good night’s sleep in almost two weeks you realize that zombies really do exist. I am fast becoming a walking zombie. My roommate has been oh so happy with my moods lately . AH! The caffeine has kicked in so now I am thinking silly thoughts.

Back to area rug fringes. What would you do if you had an area rug that had 10 inch long fringes? Me? I would trim them back to around 4 inches after I took a picture of the rug with the 10 inch fringes,(my co-worker wanted me to say that I would trim them back to 9 1/2 inches to keep with the theme of silly thoughts, yeah not so much).

The fringes make this runner very unique. I enjoy Turkish area rugs because of the uniqueness that is incorporated into them. Whether it be using fluorescent accents colours, really long fringes, the unique designs or the way they weave kilims. Turkish weavers seem to be very quirky and I like quirkiness. I do apologize, I seem to be rambling and not making a lot of coherent sense. I guess the Zombifacation is getting stronger. Huh! For some reason spell check doesn’t recognize zombifacation as a real word, spell check has apparently never been in a city that has an annual Zombie Walk.
The colours on this Turkish runner compliment well, there are no accents of bright orange or pink to distract your eye away from the overall pattern. I wouldn’t mind if it did because that is what I like about Turkish area rugs as mentioned earlier. Love them or don’t, Turkish rugs are a joy to look at!
Thanks for reading, RugloverMary

Spots vs. Stains

Today I am very much enjoying my job. I just had a client bring in five area rugs for cleaning and we had a great discussion about them. I gave her a little lesson in the different types of area rugs she had. I pointed out the reasons why her area rugs were Persian, Turkish, Afghan, Tibet, Pakistan. Her area rugs are very unique. The weaver changed colours half way through the making of the rug, but it doesn’t detract from the look of the rugs at least her and I didn’t think so. Everything I said I liked about her area rugs was the same as her reasons for liking the rugs as well.

I didn’t take any pictures of them yet because I have been busy and now they are at our cleaning plant, so it will have to wait until they come back clean. The pictures will look better after the cleaning. I enjoy sharing my knowledge about area rugs and in turn hearing the clients stories about their rugs. I love hearing where they got them, the personal history and why they love their rugs.I wanted to talk about how to treat spots. When we spill something on an area rug, or anything else for that matter, our technique can do more harm than good.

When attempting to remove a spill we usually scrub at it and do not think about it what we may be doing to the fibers. Rubbing at a spot in a circular motion can leave a permanent texture difference, especially on area rugs. The best motion to use is straight lines going north to south and then east to west. This way we are going in the direction of the area rug fibers.

Another tip is to make sure the spot remover you are using is safe for wool. Most spot removers are made for synthetic fibers, so look to make sure it has the wool symbol or says it is safe to use on wool. No matter what spot remover you use ALWAYS do a colour fast test first, wet a white cotton towel and press it hard onto the area rug to see if there is any transfer of colours. If you get transfer the colours will bleed and that is permanent!Spot removal is one of those area that I don’t like to give advice on because it always comes back to bite you.

These tips are suggestions only and I take no responsibility for the results, neither does Luv-A-Rug.There are too many variables to give advice on spot removal. What was done to the area rug in the last 6 months? What else has been tried to remove the spot? Did the manufacture add something to the rug when it was made? Every area rug reacts differently even if they are made the same and have the same spill happen. Unfortunately there is no magic way to remove spots it always seems to come down to luck when you try it yourself.

Stains on the hand are permanent. They may lighten but they never go away, that is way they are named stains. Re-dying can be done to the area, that will fix the issue, but can get pricey. Please avoid using baking soda on wool. The bi-carbonate can leave a yellow stain.

A safe spot remover is the one that Luv-A-Rug gives away. Come on in and pick up your free bottle of spot cleaner today!
Thanks for reading, RugloverMary

A Persian even I love

Well it was bound to happen sooner or later a Persian area rug that even I would like. Getting this area rug for cleaning was a nice treat. It is just under 9 feet by 12.5 feet.

I must admit it did surprise me that it was a Persian rug. I haven’t seen this type of design before, the tag on the rug said it was ?Kashan?. I probably spelt that wrong. I am not to sure what the pattern is called, so if anyone does now please let me know. I have been searching Barry O’Connell’s websites to figure out the rug design, but it is going to take me awhile to search through all the area rug types to find this diamond pattern. Just knowing that the rug is a Persian isn’t enough.

Someday I will know the different types of rug designs and be able to tell the approximate age of area rugs. Those are my two main areas of area rug identification that I am weakest at, but a few area rug classes is all it would take.

Okay just a bit of a side rant, across the street there is a guy at the bus stop wearing a SANTA hat!!!!!that is just wrong, wrong, wrong. I am not sure what it is this year, but I am not in the mood for Christmas. Everyone else seems to be into it, my neighbour, for instance, put her tree up last week. She was actually late putting it up this year, last year it went up on the first of November. I don’t think about putting up the Christmas tree until December 10th or so. Sorry, but it is just too early to be decorating. A lot of people have turned on their Christmas lights already as well. I say turned on because we know that no one ever takes them down. Obviously I have not been visited by the Christmas fairy yet.

Back to the Persian area rug:
The colours also appeal to me, since they are not the traditional red and blue of course. The rug is very beautiful and after it is cleaned the details will pop and it will be loved again. The area rug has been in storage for a while, so it now gets a renewed life. The blue’s are more vibrate and the warm tan brown accents the blue’s perfectly.

The picture of the back shows the colours off more. I really like the pattern of the rug. I once crocheted a baby blanket using a similar star pattern.
Thanks for reading, RugloverMary

Rug Appreciation Morning

I cannot believe how fast the hours are fading away today. I knew that it would be a busy day for us at Luv-A-Rug due to the fact that we were closed for three days. We are normally closed on Sunday and Monday and with Tuesday being a stat. day, I had three days off in a row, yippee for me.

I am going to stray from area rugs for a moment and let you know how weird I am. Monday night I got home around midnight and was bored and needed something to do, so I decided to move the living room furniture around. The only problem was that I needed to clean the carpet first, so at 1am in the morning, on Tuesday, there I was shampooing my carpet. I love that I don’t have upstairs neighbours right now! I haven’t moved the furniture yet, but at least the carpet is cleaned.
Okay back to work. It is already 3:30 and I feel very behind in my daily routine, but I can only do so much in a day.

I am blogging today about an exciting event happening at Emmanuel’s Rug & Upholstery Cleaners on 1105 Rainier Ave So. in Seattle, WA, USA on Saturday Dec. 6 from 10am-12pm. It is called a rug appreciation morning. For those of us who have never heard of a rug appreciation morning it is an informal, but informational, gathering where people bring in their area rugs to share or find out the history of their area rug. I am hoping to attend, but it will take some planning. The guest of honour will be none other than Mr. Barry O’Connell of To be apart of this event it would be best to get there early as there is no reservations, but seating will be limited, phone 206-322-2200 for more details. The success of this rug appreciation morning may led to other such events.
Thanks for reading, RugloverMary

….but it is just a Rug!

Some days the call volume I answer varies from 15-40 calls a day. Most calls are people wanting to know how much to clean their area rug. It seems like a simple question, but we had to go and make it complicated. Luv-A-Rug pricing for area rug cleaning is based on the type of area rug to be cleaned. First we need to know what type of fiber the rug is made with ie. wool, synthetic, cotton, jute, then we need to know the size and finally we try to determine how the rug is constructed. This is the tricky part because when we buy rugs we usually buy based on colours, size and price, not always there are people who have area rug knowledge.

I am writing today to help you become rug educated. The blog/website of Rug Rag has just the tools and information to help you know a little bit more about the area rug you love so much.

Last Saturday I had the honour of having dinner with Barry O’Connell, who is the human encyclopedia of rug knowledge. His website has very in-depth information about rugs. It isn’t for the novice, but it is a great source to expand your area rug knowledge, just try not to get overwhelmed and lost in the expanse of the information he writes.
The rainy season has started today with a determination. It started raining last night and hasn’t stopped. I wasn’t quite a drowned rat, but I felt like it.

This means that in the next week Luv-A-Rug may see some area rugs that also look like a drowned rat. You would think that with it being known that Victoria gets a lot of rain and flooding occurs that houses would be built differently, but that doesn’t seem to be a concern for builders.

Anyway, off topic…back to area rugs. I sometimes get sad when I see an area rug that got flooded. It reminds me of a stuffed toy that got left outside and got rained on. Silly I know, but when you think about it there are similarities. The rug didn’t choose to be the victim of water, neither did the toy, the texture of each gets a crusty feeling, you can feel like there isn’t anything that can be done to save either. I know that there can be something done for the area rug and so does my boss.

He was in New Orleans just after the hurricane and he helped gather up rugs people were throwing out because they didn’t think anything could be done. He made a lot of people very happy when he told them that they could be saved. Victoria flooding is much milder than that of a hurricane, Luv-A-Rug can help you love your area rug again after it gets an unexpected bath. Call us at 250-475-3922 or bring in your area rugs to 445 Beta St Victoria BC
Thanks for reading RugloverMary