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Preventing Wear And Tear From Damaging Your Heirloom Oriental Rug

Posted by on Nov 9, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Preventing Wear And Tear From Damaging Your Heirloom Oriental Rug

Sun Damage
Most rug dyes are quite resistant to sun fading or bleaching. But let’s be real, sun means only one thing for carpets and rugs—sun fading. Ultraviolet rays are a powerful force of Nature. A rug will likely fade over time if used for years in a very sunny area. Consider placing your heirloom Oriental rug out of direct sunlight. Also, close the drapes while you are at work and try to turn the rug end-for-end once a year to even out possible color changes.

Heirloom Oriental RugUneven Wear
An heirloom Oriental rug should be rotated once every year to even out wear and color change. Try not to use a rug on a very uneven floor. An area of the floor that is raised (a loose floorboard, a transition strip from one flooring material to another, etc.) causes the part of the rug that covers it to wear much more quickly than other areas of the rug.

To Move a Rug
When you move a big rug to adjust its position, there is a better way than just to pull with brute force on the fringe or edge. A simple trick is to roll the rug up. Start by rolling from the short end of the rug so that the length of the roll is as short as possible. If storing the rug, make sure to have it professionally cleaned first before wrapping the rug for storage. If the rug is not cleaned prior to storage, it will be far more susceptible to moth infestation. Any particulate within in the pile will act like glass against the delicate wool fibers.

To Lay a Rug Flat
If an heirloom Oriental rug has been folded for shipping, there may be wrinkles or creases when you lay it down. To flatten them out, first determine which way the nap lays (rub your hand across the pile in the direction of the fringe: the pile will feel smooth one way and will roughen up when rubbed in the opposite direction). Stand at the end of the rug with the nap running toward you. Roll the rug up, then slowly unroll and smooth it down along the way. Persistent wrinkles should be attended to by a professional rug repair and restoration expert. If not cared for properly, premature wear along the ridges made by the wrinkles can result in lasting damage. Some rugs have wrinkles “built in” as the rug is woven-try not to buy one of these!

Rug Pads
Not only with a rug pad extend the life of your rug, pads under a heirloom Oriental rug can prevent sliding, tripping on the edges, from creasing and provide comfort under foot. According to expert interior designers, rug pads can also help with sound reduction. A pad should be about an inch smaller than the rug all the way around (not counting the fringe) so that the pad will not show beneath the rug. Pads can be made of materials like rubber, felt, polyester, or one of a number of synthetic foams.

We hope this article had some useful tips and tricks in helping to prevent wear and tear from damaging your treasured heirloom Oriental rug prematurely.

Sources:
https://jacobsenrugs.com/blog/caring-for-your-oriental-rug
http://www.fcnews.net/2013/07/16571/
http://blog.lexingtonorientalrugs.com/2012/01/03/folding-rugs-for-storage-and-shipping/

Preparing Your Home For The Holidays | Professional Tile, Carpet And Rug Cleaning Jacksonville FL

Posted by on Oct 19, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Preparing Your Home For The Holidays | Professional Tile, Carpet And Rug Cleaning Jacksonville FL

Whether your guests are staying just for the day or will be overnight visitors, this holiday cleaning checklist will help make your home as inviting and comfortable as possible.

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Make sure all outdoor lighting is functioning properly and is turned on when it is dark. Another important precaution to ensure your guest’s safety.
Establish a place to collect all warm weather apparel, including boots. Add extra hangers to your coat closet or designate a room to collect these. You should also consider adding an extra doormat for those wet boots and have your rugs professionally cleaned. If you plan for this ahead of time your entrance won’t become a cluttered mess.

Living Area
If the carpet isn’t looking it’s best, schedule a professional carpet cleaning. Clean the windows so that guests can clearly see your outside decorations.

Bathrooms
If the tile looks dingy, replacing it or even new grout can give a fresh look to a bathroom. Make sure the bathroom fan and window are in operating condition. Ventilation is an important part of keeping your bathroom clean and mildew-free.
Make sure you have enough guest bath and/or hand towels. Consider special towels with a holiday theme to keep with the spirit of the season.

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The kitchen has become an essential room for entertaining with the popularity and ease of serving food buffet style. To provide more space, try installing appliances under countertops or consider investing in a kitchen island. Check the condition of the countertops, cabinets, and appliances. Replacing the appliances can make a huge difference when you’re preparing meals for large groups.

Guest rooms
Make sure the guest beds have fresh linens. Clear some closet space or a drawer to make your guests feel more at home. No one likes to live out of a suitcase.
Provide your guests with a bedside clock and reading lamp. Not everyone goes to sleep or wakes at the same time.

Read more: http://www.homeadvisor.com/article.show.Checklist-Preparing-Your-Home-for-the-Holidays.10495.html#ixzz4MnJNsYM5

Prepare For A Hurricane With These Five Area Rug Tips

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Prepare For A Hurricane With These Five Area Rug Tips

Hurricanes are among nature’s most powerful and destructive phenomena. On average, 12 tropical storms, 6 of which become hurricanes form over the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, or Gulf of Mexico during the hurricane season which runs from June 1 to November 30 each year. In the Central Pacific Ocean, an average of 3 tropical storms form. Two of which become storms form or move over the area during the season, which runs from June 1 to November 30 each year.

The vast majority of homeowners devastated by a hurricane lack flood insurance. This leaves homeowners who escape the storm with little financial help to rebuild their homes and replace treasured heirlooms like your rugs. Regular home insurance covers wind damage but not flooding. Homeowners have to purchase separate flood insurance policies from the government-run National Flood Insurance Program. However, this will end in late September unless Congress renews it.

Therefore, here are a few tips on how to prepare your treasured heirloom and area rugs for a hurricane:

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Sources:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/08/29/where-harvey-is-hitting-hardest-four-out-of-five-homeowners-lack-flood-insurance/?utm_term=.935a0488d25c
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/hurricane/index.shtml

Home Maintenance Checklist for the Fall [Infographic]

Posted by on Sep 7, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Home Maintenance Checklist for the Fall [Infographic]

A home maintenance list to keep your home—and property—in good condition this winter.

Fall is almost here. It’s that time to prepare your home for the cooler and more dormant months ahead. Autumn can be one of the busiest seasons for homeowners to prepare for the coming months. However, it is time to take advantage of the cooler weather to repair whatever is necessary.

In the infographic below, included is a checklist of tips and tricks.  This could give your family the advantage they need this season for your house to remain in tip, top shape:

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Also, you will want to get cleaned those areas of your home that get less attention throughout the year, among the other maintenance tasks above in and around your house.

Review & Tell Us About Your Experience

Posted by on Aug 24, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Review & Tell Us About Your Experience

Heirloom cares for the finest to the most basic rugs from around the world. We will pick-up and bring your rugs back to our special cleaning facility where they will go through our thorough cleaning process for maximum soil and spot removal.

We love hearing from our customers who give a review and wouldn’t want to miss the chance to improve our services.

The process is simple and it only takes a few minutes of your time. Click Here to leave a review in Customer Lobby for Heirloom Oriental Rug Cleaning – Jacksonville and tell us a little bit about your experience. We would appreciate your feedback!

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Why Rug Cleaning Is An Essential Part Of A Clean Home

Posted by on Aug 3, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Why Rug Cleaning Is An Essential Part Of A Clean Home

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We know just how important your area & oriental rugs are to you, because they’re just as important to us. Rug cleaning is an essential part of keeping a clean home.

Oriental rugs are most often the focal point of any room; their texture, pattern, size, shape, and color perfectly complimenting every piece of furniture. But how do you retain your rug’s beauty and durability over time?

Dirty rugs can be a hotbed for germs, dirt, dust, allergens, bacteria, pet dander, rotting food particles, and even a variety of tiny bugs. These all post great health risks, especially to children and seniors.

Let’s take a look at the importance of area rug cleaning.

What Can Cause Area Rug Damage?

Over time, stains, liquid spills, pet dander, pollen, dust, loose dirt, hair, tracked in waste, and other debris gets embedded in your rugs. Even direct sunlight can cause visible rug damage.

What You Can Do About It

Vacuum

You probably know that you should vacuum your carpets every day, but make sure that you vacuum your area rugs too. It is the easiest way to keep out dirt and dry soil that can accumulate daily.

Get Strict

Implementing a “shoes off” policy is another way to keep your area & oriental rugs clean. All sorts of things stick to the bottoms of shoes every day; dirt and allergens from outside, waste from bathrooms, and other germs are just a few.

Let the Professionals Do It

Regular and meticulous cleaning is the key! Having your area & oriental rugs professionally cleaned will make your rugs cleaner, healthier, and long-lasting. Contact Heirloom Oriental Rug Cleaning today to learn more!

Source: http://www.woodard247.com/about-us/blog/the-importance-of-area-rug-cleaning.html

Five Star Reviews From Satisfied Customers

Posted by on Jul 20, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Five Star Reviews From Satisfied Customers

First of all, our reputation is an essential part of who we are and what we do. At Heirloom Oriental Rug Cleaning, we take pride in serving our customers to the best of our ability. Our business would not be where it is without our customers. We know that the many loyal patrons, in the local community help us be a great company. They return year after year which means we must be doing something right. The five star reviews our valued customers leave really give you a feeling of the connection our crews give the home and business owners in the area.

Click here to see the reviews of our company. These five-star reviews are from satisfied customers like the one below. Leave one of your own if you have not done so already!

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Heirloom Oriental Rug Cleaning‘s process is like sending your rug to a spa! Our exclusive process safely and gently revives the color, luster and beauty of your rug.

Oriental Rug Origins & Art History

Posted by on Jun 8, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Oriental Rug Origins & Art History

Bringing an Oriental rug into your home can add culture. Furthermore, it can also add an aesthetic appeal. While bringing a magical feel to any room in the sacred spaces that we live in and raise our families. With styles hailing from India, Persia, Tibet and the Caucasus Region, one can usually find something completely mysterious therefore complementing your décor and bringing far east culture right into your living room.

An Oriental rug’s story begins with its rich history from the exotic country the rug was expertly handmade in. Take a flying carpet ride into the past and journey through a world that cannot be re-created. Learn what the symbols on each of your rugs stand for:

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When it is time to have your Oriental rug professionally cared for and properly cleaned, give Heirloom Oriental Rug Cleaning a call and schedule an appointment. (904) 262-5863

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Video Post Highlight from Facebook | Rug Cleaning Jacksonville FL

Posted by on May 25, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Video Post Highlight from Facebook | Rug Cleaning Jacksonville FL

We want to show you how your Oriental rug is handled once picked up by the rug cleaning experts at Heirloom Oriental Rug Cleaning.

Beginner’s Tips on Identifying Authentic Handmade Oriental Rugs

Posted by on May 11, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Beginner’s Tips on Identifying Authentic Handmade Oriental Rugs

It is not a simple task for normal folks not trained in identifying rugs to know the distinction between an authentic handmade Oriental rug and a machine-made rug. Handwoven and hand knotted rugs are also known as Oriental rugs and are mostly collectibles due to their quality. The quality of Oriental rugs hugely depends on the yarns’ quality, dyes used and knot count among other factors.

rug weaving on loomYou will find rugs knotted by hand are made through a loom specially designed and knotted through the use of the hand. Hand knotted oriental rugs have been made for centuries through an ancient art that can only be admired. The loom’s size depends on the rug’s size with the weaving carried out moving from the bottom going up to the top. The weaver of the rug usually interweaves the “knots” into the rug’s groundwork, which are hand tied, something that makes the rug’s pile. It is a very time consuming and a tedious operation.

Changes in rug color

abrash It is also easy to note some slight changes in color that make thin or thick stripes when it comes to a handmade rug. Such is the result of dyes used to change the wool during weaving or just the way the wool’s colors age due to the atmosphere, light, and washing. Most of the color changes can be seen in the rug’s background color known as abrash. It is hard to find such circumstances in rugs made by machines.

Wool pile and warp

It is worth noting handmade rugs in most cases have wool pile used to weave them. A rug made by a machine is mostly made through the use of a polyester or nylon pile while weaving is very uniform and close. Also for any authentic Oriental rug, on the rug’s back, you will find white thread weaves from one end of the fringe to the other called the warp.

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Visual rug differences

There is always a very strong difference between a handmade and machine-made rug visually. This is apparent especially on the back of a machine-made rug which is very distinct in terms of appearance to a handmade rug’s back. You will find the design of the machine-made rug’s back not as colorful as the back of the hand-woven Oriental rug.

While the machine-made rug has its edges machine overstitched and a fringe applied, the handmade Oriental rug’s fringe runs throughout the length of the rug which is called the warp. The machine-made rug has overstitch patterns running across its back and distinguishing individual knots appearing on the back are not easy to find. In fact, for the machine-made rug, the overstitch construction is generally what keeps the pile material held together. This means that the fringe is applied on a machine-made rug once it has been completed while the hand-woven Oriental rug has its fringe as a part of warp strings as they leave the handmade rug’s end.

You can turn towards the front part of the rug and peruse the designs intently. Essentially, the design should never be of the same shape and size from one opposite end to the other end of the potentially handmade Oriental rug. Also, the design patterns will not always be perfect either. This unevenness is something that is clear in most Oriental rugs that are much older and is a sign of authenticity and should not be mistaken for a poorly done rug. Machine-made rugs usually contain same pattern sizes all around and variations are not really visible. However, machine-made imitations do have uneven patterns but this is less common.

Rug cost

The price of the Oriental rug and machine-made rugs differ a lot. While an Oriental rug is very expensive but more durable, a machine-made rug costs much less and is an alternative to expensive hand knotted or hand-woven rugs. There are rug salesmen all over the world however that will try to sell rugs made from a cheaper material like Rayon or a blend of chemically altered and/or manufactured fibers. They will have the rugs priced as if they were made of silk. Beware! A real silk rug should have real silk fringe that is clearly an extension of the rug’s structure, not sewn on or sewn into the ends of the rug.

identifying rugsCountries of origin like Persia, India, China, Egypt, and Afghanistan, do offer handmade Oriental rugs at a fraction of the price at which they are offered in Canada and other parts of North America. So, it may be worth it to travel to those countries if you are interested in purchasing a quality handmade Oriental rug.

If you are having any trouble identifying an Oriental rug from a man-made one, you can always turn to a trustworthy expert for help. A professional rug cleaner like Heirloom Oriental Rug Cleaning in Jacksonville, FL will have extensive knowledge in this subject. We hope this article answered some of the questions you had about identifying authentic handmade Oriental rugs and helped you make better decisions with rug purchases.

Source: http://www.loveyourrug.ca/area-rug-blog/how-to-identify-authentic-handmade-oriental-rugs/