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When it comes to keeping your premium rug or tapestry clean, use a non-electric sweeper or a broom with straw bristles instead of a vacuum cleaner. A sweeper or broom cleans via static electricity and are very effective in cleaning into the rug’s pile as well as its surface. But for stains or a periodic deep cleaning, the only way to make sure that it is done correctly and safely is to go to a full-service rug expert like Lawrence of La Brea for all your cleaning needs. Unqualified cleaners may not be trained in proper cleaning methods or understand the consequences of cleaning a vintage rug with chemicals.
At Lawrence of La Brea, we have extensively tested our methods and cleaning solutions to ensure our practices are the safest and most effective. We offer several types of cleaning processes in order to best meet the needs of your rug. A thorough inspection will be completed by one of our carpet care specialists who will diagnose the rug’s cleaning needs and prescribe service solutions.
From small area rugs to a room size carpet, we also offer on-site cleaning if your rug cannot be removed from your home. Our highly skilled technicians have years of safe and effective on-site cleaning experience and can schedule an appointment with you to come to your home and give you a quote on the cleaning cost. Whether your rug has been soiled or just needs a periodic cleaning, we offer the highest quality professional rug cleaning service available.
Genuine, premium antique and vintage rugs require special care to maintain their originality, quality, beauty and worth. This is particularly true with antique rugs, which are extremely susceptible to damage. To keep your rug in the best condition possible, follow these tips to preserve its appearance and longevity.
Use Rug Pads
A high-quality rug pad is strongly recommended to be used under your rug no matter what type of flooring you have in your home. A firm pad will help extend the life of a rug by providing cushioning and prevent your rug from sliding, wrinkling and stretching. A padded rug will also provide more sound absorption and may prevent your furniture legs from damaging the rug.
Although the dyes in high quality, antique carpets are usually resistant to extreme fading, it’s best to avoid exposing your antique rug to prolonged strong, direct sunlight. Rotate your rug 180 degrees twice a year to expose both sides to the daily wear and tear of foot traffic and light exposure.
Since moths like low light and to be left undisturbed, the best way to protect your carpet against moths is to periodically sweep your rug and clean behind any furniture that sits on it. It is not recommended to use commercial moth-proofing formulas and hung tapestries should be taken down and shaken and brushed at least three times per year.
Use furniture cups under the legs of heavy furniture to prevent crushing your rug’s pile. Shift heavy Furniture regularly a few inches side to side or back and forward so it doesn’t wear out a particular point on the rug. However, avoid dragging heavy furniture across a vintage carpet to avoid snagging or tearing rug.
Keep rug dry
Moisture and dampness can permanently damage an antique rug. Dry your rug immediately if your rug gets wet and clean up accidental spills as soon as they occur. Prevent water threats around the rug by keeping plant pots away and make sure to lay the rug away from plumbing pipes.