Here’s an easy DIY for fixing scratched furniture. It seems too good to be true! Use a mixture of 1/4 cup vinegar and 3/4 cup olive oil. Use a kitchen rag and just dip it in and rub it on. Keep going until you have gone over the whole table and used almost all of the mixture. It really works!
A tufted rug is composed of multiple layers or backing materials held together with latex glue. The face yarns are tufted into the topmost or primary backing and held in place with latex glue. One or two backings are applied with latex to give the rug dimensional stability. Over time, these backings can separate from the face of the rug. This commonly occurs with hand-tufted rugs due to age, environment, heavy wear, pets and water damage.
Latex is a plant-based product and is the basis for rubber items such as tires and rubber bands. Like most rubber items, the latex in rugs deteriorates with age. It becomes brittle, dry, and crumbly and loses its ability to hold the multiple backings firmly together. The latex mix contains additives that affect its adhesive and aging properties. One additive is a filler that can be compared to gravel in a concrete mixture. Marble dust (a filler) is added to latex as an extender but has no adhesive qualities. Increased use of these extenders reduces the adhesive power of the latex and over time results in the separation of the backings from the rug. The filler looks like sand or powder. When the latex begins to breakdown, it leaves a powdery residue on the floor underneath the rug. More expensive latex compounds will better withstand aging as well as cleaning, but even these will eventually deteriorate.
In a few cases, Oriental Rug Cleaning Co. may be able to remove the old latex and re-glue the backings together. However, this is a costly procedure because it is time consuming and requires a great deal of skill. Latex can also off-gas, creating an offensive odor.
For those really rough stains, Hydrogen peroxide always does the trick. Use it to clean windows, mirrors, toilet, and bathtub tile & grout. You can buy a bottle of hydrogen peroxide in the first aid section of your drug or grocery store. Replace the cap with a spray bottle head so you can use it as a spray. Keep the liquid in the dark bottle, though, so it keeps its effectiveness.
If your towels smell musty or mildewed, wash your load of towels on the hot cycle and add 1 cup of vinegar to the load. Do not use detergent or anything (especially bleach – that can be super dangerous!)… just hot water and the vinegar. Let the washer do its job. Then, if they still smell a little bit, rewash with just hot water and 1/2 cup of baking soda. Again, no detergent, just baking soda and hot water. So easy!
Pet accidents, such as urine, feces and vomit, are the most common stains found on rugs. These stains are generally permanent as the face yarns are discolored almost instantly. This is especially true on natural fibers after just a few minutes of exposure.
Not only does animal urine discolor rug face yarns, it can also break the dye- fiber bond and cause color migration. Animal urine is acidic and when it comes in contact with bacteria in the air, the pH shifts to alkaline. Since most wool is acid dyed, this high pH residue can break the dye/wool bond and cause the rug to bleed before, during and after cleaning.
Many pet foods contain red dye, perhaps to make the food look more appetizing to the owners. If an animal becomes ill after eating, the regurgitation can leave a red stain. Your Master Rug Cleaner may or may not be able to remove this stain.
Repetitive pet accidents also cause odor. Urine odors range from localized, occasional mishaps to overall contamination. In addition, animals in continuous contact with rugs can also create an odor from the transfer of fur oils. This “body odor” is very difficult to completely remove. At times, this odor is not discovered until the rug becomes wet during cleaning. The cleaning process and high humidity will exacerbate any existing odors.
When you discover an animal accident on your rug, absorb as much liquid as possible using absorbent cotton or paper towels. If you do not act immediately, the stain will be permanent. Do not attempt stain removal with any consumer spotting products as they will make the stain worse. Contact Oriental Rug Cleaning Co. to professionally clean, sanitize, and deodorize your rug.
Just two ingredients to make your grout lines look brand new! If it can clean that, I’m sure it could clean just about anything. It’s probably a good idea to do this a couple of times a year to prevent the build up from happening in the first place.
Here’s what you need:
- 3/4 C baking soda
- 1/4 C bleach
- an old toothbrush for scrubbing (please don’t use one you’re going to put in your mouth later!)
Abrash is color change in the face yarns of a rug due to differences in wool, dye lots or mordants used in the dying process. The color change occurs across the width of the rug, left to right, parallel to a weft yarn. Close observation at the back clearly shows the color change along a row of knots. Color change due to other reasons such as fading are irregular and follow no particular pattern.
Abrash can vary from subtle differences in shade to dramatic differences in color. Subtle abrash can be obscured by soil and becomes more apparent after cleaning but a quick look at the back will confirm abrash.
Abrash is a characteristic of hand-woven textiles and does not, in itself, increase or decrease the value. In fact, some manufacturers of both hand and machine-made rugs intentionally weave abrash into their rugs. Abrash can enhance the beauty and desirability of a rug.
Unlike abrash, variegated yarns are dyed in sections with more than one color. The yarn has color variations throughout the entire skein and creates interesting effects.