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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Removing Stains from an Oriental Rug

Professional Rug Cleaning Virginia Beach, VA
Spills and stains on your Oriental rug are a nuisance but you can spot clean your rug if you use the proper agent for the type of spill you are dealing with.

For best results we recommend the use of the appropriate antidote and procedure. 

Use chart as a guide.

Blotting and stain removing procedure:
  • Work quickly
  • Blot up all excess spill with paper towels.
  • Don’t Rub.
  • Apply antidote as shown on list with a clean dry cloth, working from the edge to the center.
  • Do not soak.
  • Pat with paper towels. Dry with fan or hair blower.
  • Restore pile with clothes brush.
CANDLE WAX: Place a blotter or brown paper bag over the spot. Put a hot iron over the blotter. Wait a minute or so until the wax is absorbed into the blotter. Move the iron constantly and do not let it stay in one place. Repeat if necessary.

CHEWING GUM: Press ice cubes against spot. Wait until it becomes brittle and breaks off. Use spot remover to vanish last traces. Saturate the spot with cloth soaked in vinegar or alcohol.

INK FROM BALLPOINT PEN: Saturate the spot with hairspray. Allow to dry. Brush lightly with a solution of water and vinegar.

Spot and stain removal procedure chart:

Procedure A: Detergent - Vinegar - Detergent – Water

Procedure B: Cleaning fluids - Detergent - Water - Ammonia - Detergent –Water

Procedure C: Detergent - Vinegar - Ammonia - Detergent - Water

Procedure D: Detergent - Ammonia - Detergent - Water Detergent - Ammonia – Vinegar

Procedure E: Detergent – Water

Alphabetical Stain Treatment Index:

Match each stain with its corresponding procedure under the Spot and Stain Removal section:

You can always bring your rug to us and have it professionally cleaned in our Virginia Beach plant.

Mark Gonsenhauser's Rug and Carpet Superstore
4153 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Cleaning Dept: 757-333-1010
Store: 757-486-6600

Proudly providing you with Expert Rug cleaning for the Hampton Roads cities of Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Hampton, Newport News. 

Friday, September 25, 2009

How to Choose an Oriental Rug

Believe it or not, handmade Oriental rugs fall into the category of art work. Unlike paintings and sculpture, Oriental rugs can be used throughout their lifetime and represent one of the best investments you can make. They can be enjoyed as an art form, useful in their utility as a floor covering and represent an investment that may appreciate in value over time. They can also be passed down from generation to generation as it is not uncommon to find hand knotted rugs over 100 years old that remain in usable condition.

At 50 years an Oriental rug is considered semi-antique.

At 100 years an Oriental rug is considered an antique.

The 3 fundamentals of an authentic Oriental rug are:

• It must be made of natural fibers. (Wool, cotton or silk).

• It must be woven or knotted completely by hand.

• It must be of "Asiatic" origin such as Iran, India, Russia, China, Tibet, Nepal, Morocco; hence the term, “Oriental rug”.

Machine made Oriental design rugs lack at least one of these requirements and usually only last about 15-20 years. Where-as a high quality hand made rug, if properly maintained, can last 3 or 4 generations. 

An Oriental rug may be genuinely hand made, but still not be of fine quality. The quality of an Oriental rug is dependent upon the use of the finest wools, the truest of color-fast dyes, and the most skillful hand-weaving techniques.

Some factors that determine the quality of Oriental rugs are:

• Consistent weave; are there flaws in the weave? Look on the back side of the rug to detect irregular weaving.
• The rug should lie smoothly on the floor; does it ripple, pucker or wrinkle?
• Consistent dyes; is the dye colorfast? Compare the colors on the front and back of the rug to determine if the rug has faded.
• Straight edges and ends; the selvedges or the sides of the rug should be straight and properly secured.
• Width dimensions should be the same at both ends.
• Well finished ends; is the fringe straight and neatly cut? Rugs with-out fringe should have ends that are finished in a neat and secure manner.
• Good long-staple, high elevation wool.
• High knot count; the tighter the knot, the higher the knot count and therefore the rug tends to be more valuable. 

• Has the carpet been washed; this should have been a light soap and water wash. (Once you have purchased your rug it is best to let a professional rug dealer clean it for you).

Mark Gonsenhauser's Rug and Carpet Superstore
4153 Virginia Beach Blvd. 
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Cleaning Dept: 757-333-1010
Store: 757-486-6600

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Proudly providing you Decorative Oriental rugs for the Hampton Roads cities of Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Hampton, Newport News.