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Rug Care Lesson #2! Should I use a stain guard? June 16 2015

At Kush we hear this question pretty often, and we can relate! We all want to do whatever we can to protect our investments and ensure the longevity of our most prized possessions. We have families, we have animals, we have Oregon rain and mud. So is it worth it to add a synthetic barrier to a good, hand-made rug? Here's what Renaissance had to say:

Kush: "I want to protect my rug from stains. Should I use a stain guard?"

Randy: "Let's talk about what these don’t do. They don’t stop rugs from getting dirty, and they don’t stop rugs from getting stained or damaged- particularly from things like pet urine. 

Kush: "Well then, what do they do?"

Randy: "Stain guards are not a substitute for regular cleaning and vacuuming, they work in conjunction. Products like Teflon, Scotch Guard, and Fiber Seal DO work to keep soils from penetrating rug fibers. But left untreated and left long enough on a rug, soil and spills can and will stain. Ultimately it’s a personal choice, but I don’t use them on my own rugs, and I have kids and pets! The key to keeping rugs looking good is maintenance-- knowing how to safely spot clean, vacuuming, and timely washing." 

More on rug maintenance is coming your way. Check back here for Rug Lesson #3 soon!

For all of your rug cleaning, repair needs, & appraisals, Kush recommends Renaissance Rug Cleaning Inc. 


Rug Care Lesson #1: Red Wine May 16 2015

One of the most common rug care questions is, "What if I spill red wine?"

First, let's set the stage. You're throwing a fabulous dinner party and it's going perfectly. The music playlist you carefully curated is hitting all the right notes. The food is NW fresh and divine. Everyone is having a grand time, until out of the corner of your eye, you see an errant elbow strike a full glass of red wine. The glass careens off your live edge coffee table, sending the glass and the entirety of its contents onto your prize living room rug from Kush. Fear not, vino lovers, Randy Hyde from Renaissance Rug Cleaning is here to coach you through the dreaded red wine spill.

Kush: "After a red wine spill what should I not do?"

 

Randy: "Don’t panic. Don’t pour a cleaning  product on the spill and start scrubbing. If one product doesn’t work, don’t reach for successive products. And don't listen to old wives tales to try and remove the spot because you are likely just going to make it worse. Often by the time the rug gets to us it’s the spotting gone wild that becomes the issue, more that the original spill."

 

Kush: "I spilled red wine on my rug, what should I do?"

 

Randy: "Again, don’t panic! Gently blot at the spot with uncolored napkins or white terry cloth towels to remove as much liquid as possible before you use any spotting product on the rug. This is true with any liquid spill. Then take a cup of warm water and one drop of a hand dish detergent, I like Bio-Klean, personally. I said-- one drop of detergent! If one drop is good, 10 drops is not better. Flood the spot and blot with dry towels. If you have a wet/dry vacuum (shop vacuum), or a bissell, it’s much faster. Just vacuum the wine up, flood the spot and vacuum up again to remove as much of the liquids as possible. When done, cover it with a white cotton towel, a piece of plastic wrap over the cotton towel and then a heavy book on top of the plastic. This will pull moisture and any residual wine in to the towel. Check on it periodically and replace the towel with a clean dry one as necessary."

 

Phew! Now your epic dinner party can continue in high spirits and you don't have to blacklist the humbled soul with careless elbows. Drink in good health!

 

For all of your rug cleaning, repair needs, & appraisals, Kush recommends Renaissance Rug Cleaning Inc. 


Rug Tip: Vacuuming April 03 2015

To vacuum, or not to vacuum that is the question. A quality hand made rug should be vacuumed periodically to remove dirt and allergens. If your rug looks a bit dirty, give it a couple of passes with a decent vacuum. What's a descent vacuum? Ahhh, therein lies the rub, or at least the suction.

Because pile height and construction vary greatly from rug to rug, we like a vacuum that has control over the amount of suction it employs. Miele makes an entry model canister they call Quartz. The Quartz has served Kush at the gallery for many years, with only a minor incident that was easily repaired. Another nice feature of Miele, is that their models tend to be quieter than many similar brands.

For devotees of upright beater bar vacuums, make sure you can adjust the beater bar up, or down depending on the rug. With any vacuum, but especially a beater bar, make sure you don't suck in fringe, or the corners of rugs.

If you want to review several vacuum models and even test drive a few, we recommend you visit Stark. The Portland retail location has very knowledgeable staff and a reliable repair department. It's nice to have a local resource where the staff really knows their product.

For more rug cleaning tips, Kush recommends you visit Renaissance Rug Cleaning. Renaissance is our go to resource for rug stains, hand washing, repair, consultation, and appraisal.