The Baluch Rug

The Baluch Rug

If you are buying a rug for the first time (or buying one after doing some research for the first time), you have probably discovered that there are a wide variety of rug styles and types. From Persian to Beljik rugs, there is a rug that fits everyone’s needs. This is the second post in a series of five posts, each featuring a different style. This post will introduce you to the Baluch rug.

The Baluch rugs originate in the region of Baluchistan, which is found in portions of Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan. They are originally tribal in nature, and were designed to be used in the tribal tents. The tents were often designed to be mobile, and were fairly small in size. As a result, Baluch rugs are small in size, as well—usually between 3’ x 4’ or 4’ x 6, but not commonly exceeding 8 feet in length. Baluch rugs are made of hand-spun wool and are known for their resilience. They were made to travel with the tribes, and had to be durable. The designs are usually geometric or tribal in nature, and are made with darker colors, using natural and vegetable dyes.

For questions about the care of Baluch rugs, contact us at Persian River Rug Cleaning today!

The Bokhara Rug

The Bokhara Rug

If you are buying a rug for the first time (or buying one after doing some research for the first time), you have probably discovered that there are a wide variety of rug styles and types. From Persian to Beljik rugs, there is a rug that fits everyone’s needs. This blog post will begin a series of five posts, each featuring a different style. This first post will introduce you to the Bokhara (pronounced bow-khAR-ah) rug. It is also referred to as part of the Turkmen rug family.

 

The Bokhara rug has a velvety, plush pile. They are very pliable, much like a thick blanket. They come from the region Pakistan and are a part of rich culture and tradition there. If you have a Bokhara rug, treat it well. One 9’ x 12’ rug probably took 4-5 artisans 9-10 months to complete the rug. And we are not talking about an hour or two each day—more along the lines of five to six hours each day. It is a labor intensive rug, and the owners of such rugs should appreciate that.
Bokhara rugs are usually made in jewel tones, and feature a very fine geometric pattern against a solid background. They have approximately 200 (senna) knots per square inch, and are made of wool.

 

For questions about the care of Bokhara rugs, contact us at Persian River Rug Cleaning today!

Steam Cleaners: Is It Safe to DIY?

Steam Cleaners: Is It Safe to DIY?

If you’re looking for a quick answer to this question, that answer will almost always be, “No.” Since we know there are some particularly stubborn DIYers out there, we’ve compiled this quick guide to help you understand exactly why DIY steam cleaning isn’t the best idea.

Steam Cleaning Variables

The success of steam cleaning depends on your carpet type, the temperature of the water, and the skill of the technician. If any of these variables are off, even just a little, the success of the steam cleaning process is compromised. In some cases, you can even end up damaging your carpet.

Your Carpet Type

Certain types of carpet are harder to clean than others. Unless your carpet is made of nylon, you’re probably dealing with a carpet that’s on the tougher-to-clean side of the scale.

If you try to steam a difficult-to-clean carpet yourself, you’re likely to run into the following roadblocks:

  • Over-saturated carpets that develop more stains
  • Unnecessary wear from “scrubbing” with the nozzle
  • Discoloration from an uneven application of water and cleaner

The Water Temperature

The hotter the water, the better the clean. For this reason, it’s better to hire a professional with a truck mounted steam cleaner. These large units are capable of heating the water to very high temperatures and have stronger suction power to pull the water, dirt, and pollen out of your carpet.

If you were to purchase or rent a portable steam cleaner, you’d likely run into a few different problems. The first of these is the temperature of the water. The water in portable steam cleaners just doesn’t get as hot as truck mounted ones do. When the water isn’t hot enough, it doesn’t give the high powered steam effect that you’re looking for. This can translate into carpets that are over-saturated and end up attracting more dirt because of the dampness.

Also, the suction capabilities of these smaller units is not the best. That means the water that is deposited into the carpet won’t be pulled back up as much or as strongly. Again, you’re left with over-saturated carpets.

Your Skill

At the end of the day, the skill of the technician trumps all. If you don’t know what you’re doing, it won’t matter if you find a portable steam cleaner that gets just as hot as the ones used by the professionals.

That’s why hiring a professional is such a good idea. Carpet cleaning experts understand tricks of the trade that are unknown to most novice DIYers.

Things to Consider

We understand why some people feel so passionately about doing things themselves. DIY activities tend to save money and offer a sense of personal accomplishment once they’re done.

One way you can get around the cost of a pro rug cleaning service is to have only the high traffic areas in your home treated. This extended spot treatment will improve the overall look of your carpeting at a fraction of the cost.

Another way, and perhaps the best way, is to hire a professional carpet cleaner in Orlando who is truly dedicated to providing quality and affordable services. For more information about the best rug cleaning service offered in central Florida, contact Persian River Rug Cleaning at 321.972.8949.

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday that is fun to celebrate, regardless of your age. St. Patrick’s Day is a celebration of two things: (1) the Irish heritage and culture, in general, and (2) Christianity coming to Ireland. It is celebrated in numerous ways: parades, feasts, dancing, drinking, displaying the color green and shamrocks, etc. In the United States, you can find a St. Patrick’s Day parade to go to no matter where you are. Whether you are in New York City, New York or Topeka, Kansas, there is a parade nearby. And don’t forget to indulge in the Irish fare. Shepherd’s Pie, soda bread, bangers and mash, corned beef and cabbage are just a few of the delicious dishes to try out.

Here are a couple of fun facts about St. Patrick’s Day:

-New York City’s St. Patrick’s Parade is one of the largest parades in the world.

-Corned beef doesn’t have anything to do with corn. The reference is to the salt used to cure the meat—called “corns”.

-St. Patrick’s Day used to be a dry holiday; it was a strictly religious observance until it became a national holiday in 1970.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from everyone here at Persian River Rug Cleaning!

Knots

Knots

Knot density is the measure of knots per unit area of a rug, usually per square inch. The knots are counted vertically and horizontally. Knot density is something that everyone should consider when buying a rug; it says a lot about the quality of the rug. The higher the knot density, the higher the quality.

Coarse rugs have up to 25 knots per square inch. Medium rugs have about 40-90 knots per square inch. Fine rugs have about 90-166 knots per square inch. Very fine rugs have over 167 knots per square inch.

Rugs are created using different types of knots, which affect how the pile appears. Here is an overview of a couple common weaving knots:

Turkish knot. The Turkish (Ghiordes) knot is sturdy, but provides a coarser weave than the Senneh knot. It is characteristic of rugs originating in Turkey and Iran.

-Jufti knot. The Jufti knot is also known as the false knot. It is found in both Persian and Turkish rugs. The Jufti knot allows for a faster weaving process and uses half the material. While you get a faster weave and save on material, you lose in durability. The rug will not last as long as other weaves.

Call Persian River Rug Cleaning today, and let us help you maintain your rugs.

Rollin’ Rollin’ Rollin’

Rollin’ Rollin’ Rollin’

Rugs are a great way to really finish a room. They can define a space, they can warm up an area, they can add character to an otherwise bland room. They are incredibly versatile. Every once in a while, however, there is a need to roll up the rug and store it, whether for a short period of time, or for a more prolonged time.  There are three situations requiring rolling up the rug that immediately come to mind:

-Cleaning, or renovations.  If you are renovating a room, or getting your floors cleaned, you need to temporarily store your rug.

-Moving. If you are moving, you need to store your rug.

-A fresh look. If you have more than one rug and occasionally switch out the rug in a room, you will need to store your rug.

So how do you store a rug?  Definitely roll it, with the pile facing in.

This will prevent creases from forming in your rug. Try to keep it as straight as possible. It may help to place one side of the rug against a wall as you roll it. Once rolled, wrap the rug in polyurethane. You could also wrap it in cotton or muslin, but in a humid environment, polyurethane has an edge over the others because it provides a stronger barrier against dampness and bugs.

Store the rug in a cool, dry and dark area. You want to limit the rug’s exposure to heat, damp and light. Also avoid storing the rug on the floor.

Persian River Rug Cleaning will wrap and store your rug for you; call them today!

Recovering from a Flood

Recovering from a Flood

Orlando has some great weather, but it is not immune from flooding. And for a carpeted home, flooding can be all the more devastating. Persian River Rug Cleaning can help you salvage your rugs after a category 3 water loss, but it is important that, as soon as possible after a flood, you take steps to prevent mold. Here are some tips on how:

Get as much of the water up as possible. A wet/dry vacuum is going to be your best bet here.   After you get as much water out of the rugs as possible, use fans to help the rugs dry, and use a dehumidifier to remove the excess moisture from the air. Once you have the rugs fairly dry, contact us to have the cleaned, and be prepared to replace the carpet padding.

If you do these things, you will minimize your risk of your rugs developing mold. This is important, because of the effect that mold can have on a person. Some people experience allergy-like symptoms when exposed to mold, while others may have more severe reactions. Some people are more sensitive to mold, or have conditions that make them more susceptible to it. So take steps immediately to prevent the mold; once it grows it is hard to get rid of.

How to Get Ink Out of Area Rugs

How to Get Ink Out of Area Rugs

Ink stains are arguably the most stubborn stains to get out of carpet. That is because ink is designed to bond to the surfaces it comes in contact with. Although ink is only supposed to come in contact with paper, sometimes, unfortunate spills do happen. So, here are the tips you should follow in order to remove ink from carpet and area rugs.

Step #1 | Act Fast

The only surefire way to remove ink from your area rug is to move quickly. As soon as you notice the stain, get to work! The longer the ink is allowed to rest on the fibers of your rug, the more difficult it’ll be to get it out.

Step #2 | Treat the Stain

Because removing ink stains is so tricky, we’ve put together a quick list of a few different ways you can tackle the issue, just in case one doesn’t work.

  • Rubbing alcohol. Wet a clean cloth with rubbing alcohol until the cloth is saturated but not dripping. Dab the stain starting from the outside and work your way in, being careful not to rub. When one part of the cloth is saturated with ink, move to a clean part of the fabric and repeat the process to prevent the bleeding and spreading of the stain.
  • Detergent. Create a mixture of soapy water using a cup of warm water and a teaspoon of dish washing detergent. Spray the solution of the stain and blot with a clean cloth. If you are working with a smaller stain, this should do the trick perfectly.
  • Call a professional. Sometimes, the only way to get out a stubborn ink stain is to call in a professional rug cleaning company in Orlando. Just contact 321.972.8949 today to schedule an appointment.

How to Get Oil Out of Area Rugs

How to Get Oil Out of Area Rugs

Over the past week or so, we’ve shown you how to be the most stubborn ad frustrating area rug stains. Today, we’re keeping the trend alive by showng you how to remove one of the most stubborn stains: oil.

How to Get Oil Out of Carpet

If you follow these steps, you should be stain free in no time without damaging your area rug.

  1. Blot up as much of the oil as you possibly can. You can use a colorfast towel or a brown paper bag because they’re super absorbent. Just don’t use newspaper or bags with ink on them because the oil can make the ink transfer from the bag to your rug with relative ease.
  2. Coat the stain with an absorbent powder such as cornstarch or baking soda. Allow the powder to sit for at least two hours. Of course, the longer it sits, the more powder is able to absorb so consider allowing the powder to rest for as many as 24 hours if at all possible. When you’re ready, vacuum up the powder. Depending on how deeply set the oil stain was, you may be all done with a spotless area rug. If there’s still a residual stain, continue to step three.
  3. Wash the area with a solution made of warm water and a mild dish soap with degreasing properties. Apply the solution with a spray bottle and “scrub” the area with an absorbent towel in gentle, circular motions. Rinse the rag and rinse the area to completely remove any soap to prevent rapid resoiling. Blot up the excess liquid with a dry towel and allow to dry.

And there you go! Your area rug should be looking like new again. If that stain is just too stubborn, consider contacting a professional rug cleaning company in Orlando for service. Just call 321.972.8949 today.

How to Get Butter Out of Area Rugs

How to Get Butter Out of Area Rugs

Buttery mishaps sound odd but they happen to the best of us. A dinner guest can accidentally drop a pat of butter on your floor or your toddler can suddenly decide that corn needs no condiment. However it happens, you want to make sure you know how to handle the greasy mess before it becomes a permanent addition to your area rug’s design.

How to Remove Butter from Area Rugs

Step #1 | Scrape away as much of the butter as you can with an instrument that is gentle and blunt. A butter knife or a spoon are both good choices that won’t damage your area rug.

Step #2 | Sprinkle the buttery area with cornstarch or baking soda until it’s totally covered. Allow the absorbent powder to sit for about 20 minutes to help soak up the extra butter. Vacuum up the powder and repeat this step if it looks like there’s more greasy residue that needs to be soaked up.

Step #3 | Apply a mixture of warm water and liquid dish detergent to the stain with a spray bottle. Allow it to sit for a few minutes before blotting the area with a colorfast towel. Rinse with water and blot again to dry.

Step #4 | If steps one through three don’t successfully remove the stain, contact a rug cleaning professional in Orlando to treat the area without damaging your rug. Just call 321.972.8949 today to schedule service.