Crazy weather

It was a very nice sunny warm day here in Victoria BC. It reached 25 degrees Celsius in the shop today and outside was 9 degrees Celsius.

I had to open the door to the shop because it got too warm. We have a west-facing wall of four big windows and the sun shines through from 11 AM until sunset. It is predicted to be sunny and warm all week and into the weekend, but we will see.

I never trust the weather people. When I want to know what the weather is like I go outside. Much more effective than hoping the weather person is right. Plus they seem to always say it will be cloudy with sunny periods and slight possibility of showers. You can’t be wrong when you cover all your bases.

Every Tuesday I come to work wondering what the day and week will have in store for me. Tuesday’s are usually a busy phone call day with me returning messages left on the weekend and making reminder calls for clients to pick up their area rugs. Plus with all the calls we receive throughout the day.

The good thing about the sun shining is that people start to see how dirty their area rugs have gotten over the winter months. Since we didn’t get a lot of rain this year we didn’t get the mass of flooded rugs.

Saturday was a huge drop off the rug for cleaning day for us. We had a lot of larger (9×12) rugs and some are very dusty rugs. We had to turn away two cream synthetic shags.

The cat was using them as a litter box. There was no way we could have gotten enough of the smell out to make them use able 😦 We don’t like to turn away rugs, but some are just too far gone to be saved.

We had two British India’s dropped off that we had to dispose of. They were 3×5 and had moth activity and pet urine odour. To clean, do our moth and odour treatments, with unknown on the results of odour removal, was more than the client was willing to invest.

She didn’t really want the rugs, so she wasn’t that upset. If there was a sentimental value to them or they were a more valuable rug we would have gone ahead with the work.

Our clients appreciate our honesty when we tell them the cleaning expectations for their area rugs. If we know that we cannot exceed or meet our clients expectations we will let them know.

This is what waited for me on February 6th when I came into work. No big surprise that it was my birthday. I was 28, give or take a few years, Hehe! A huge vase of 24 tulips and a big balloon!

My boss is great! I love tulips! They were on my coffee table until they exploded and I had to finally admit that they were dead. I still have the balloon tied to the vase in my bedroom.

When I got on the bus that night the bus driver opened the door and wished me a happy birthday! I do find it a bit embarrassing that people knew it was my birthday. I don’t like to open gifts or have people sing Happy Birthday to me. I enjoy getting attention, but not the limelight.

Thanks for reading, RugloverMary

Moth Prevention

mothdamage ‘Out of sight, out of mind’ isn’t good when it comes to your area rugs.

An area rug is an investment, and like any other investment, it needs to be take care of.

A few days ago Thea, from, also wrote a blog concerning moth damage and a few easy steps on how you can protect your investment from its enemy.

I can hear you saying that your area rug isn’t worth much so if it gets ruined oh well it can be replaced. Yes you are correct it can be replaced, but have you thought of the bigger picture?

The big picture being the cost of replacing the rug, the environmental impact, the hassle of finding the right size and colours?

A moth infestation can be easily deterred by a few housecleaning tips:

  • Have your area rug professionally cleaned. Once a year in recommended.
  • Vacuum the entire rug, especially areas under furniture. One a month is best.
  • Rotate the area rug, this always helps the area rug wear evenly. Twice a year if possible.
  • Get your air ducts cleaned once a year. Moths love undisturbed areas.
  • Check the back of the rug for moth larva activity. They can crawl underneath the edges and eat the wool from the back without showing any damage from the front
  • Clean all woolen articles before storing.

The larva, which is what eats your area rug, are small worm like and hard to see.

This one appeared after I moved the wool he was eating. After I took the picture he disappeared back into the rug, I guess he was a little camera-shy.

Moth larva casings look like flattened pieces of rice usually in the colour of the rug.

If you do find that your area rug has become a moth buffet bring it in to Luv-A-Rug.

We can do our safe, non-toxic moth treatment to eliminate the moth eggs and larva.

To learn more about moths and how to prevent moth damage to your area rugs visit and

Thanks for reading, RugloverMary

Area Rug Repairs

Do you offer rug repairs along with rug cleaning? You should it is a great add-on and helps give you more distinction from everyone else. At Luv-A-Rug, we offer everything from hand repairs to machine repairs. The pictures I am including are both hand repairs, replacing fringes and re-attaching the side wrap.

We offer hand repairs for good hand-knotted rugs such as Persian area rugs. For synthetics and other wool area rugs we offer binding and surging. We can also add machine fringes to an area rug, see our website for samples Our most popular repair is the removal of worn out fringes and putting on a surged edge. If you just had new carpet installed we can make area rugs out of the left over scrapes. That is a great way of protecting the carpet in high traffic areas, such as in front of the sofa or favorite chair or entrance way.

I love mentioning to our clients that we can remove the worn out/dingy fringe and putting a clean edge on. Most people are tired of having to look at the dingy fringes and having the vacuum suck them up and when they hear that we can do something about that, they opt for it. This past week I would guess that we have about 20 rugs to get either binding or surging done.
If you have a braided area rug we can fix the seam tears. Not all is lost when Fido chews the corners away. Bring your area rug in to Luv-A-Rug and we can give you all of our repair options.
Thanks for reading, RugloverMary

A bit of Moth Excitement!!





Today I got very excited on the inside and a little excited on the outside when I was doing my visual inspection of a British India area rug today. It is spooky how I seem to zoom in on moth casings. Not only was there lots of moth casings there was a live larvae!! It seemed to be newly hatched because it was still clear and very small. I couldn’t find it again to snap a picture of it. It hid back into the rug when I pulled out some fibers. The rug was sadly sent for disposal. A little tiny worm like rug eater got my passion stirring. The pictures show some of the moth-eaten damage and their excrement. If you have an area rug that is under a piece of furniture that you cannot vacuum under, you might want to move the furniture and look for rice shaped objects. They will be the colour of you area rug and there maybe lots of concentrated sand looking dirt. Luv-A-Rug can help you if you find moth evidence on your are rug.
I told the client to go home and inspect their other rugs and woolens for moth activity. If you would like to know more about moths visit our website
Onto an unrelated topic. Yesterday I was waiting for my bus and at the bus stop I saw two purple flowers growing in the grass. They stirred something in me so I took a couple of photos and then tweaked them. As I looked at them I thought ‘beauty in chaos’ since there were no other flowers near by just some weeds and garbage. With it being an anniversary of 911 it seem appropriate to see beauty surrounded by chaos. That is all I want to write today so…….
Thank you for reading, RugloverMary