A fine area rug needs a little extra care to prevent stains, wear, and color fading. There is a point, however, when you realize that your rug needs professional repair—and the attention of expert re-weavers and restorers. Here are a few signs that indicate it's time to contact the pros:
- The rug is special. You might love every area rug in your home, but some are more special than others. They might be older, more valuable monetarily, more collectible, or have sentimental value. Handmade Oriental rugs can last for years and maintain their value—or even increase in value—if they're cared for properly and kept clean and in great condition.
- Fringes are missing or loose. Loose and missing fringe or tassels indicate wear. In order to prevent further damage and keep your rug looking great, take your rug to the professionals; they will tighten and replace the fringe. Save displaced fringes if you would like to bring them in with you
- The colors are fading. If your rug is fading, then it's likely time for a cleaning and a color overhaul of your prized area rug. To prevent future fading, consider moving or rotating the rug periodically during the months when the sun filters through your windows at its strongest. You also can pull your curtains or shades during the peak time of day to protect your rug.
- Rug edges are worn. As with the fringe, worn edges represent traffic and wear on the rug. Rotating might help even the wear, but you still should have professionals deal with damage that's already been done. It's better to stop wearing and fading before they become bigger problems.
Finally, regular rug cleaning by professionals and proper storage can maintain the beauty and integrity of a finely woven Oriental rug. In Richmond, Va., you can rely on the rug cleaning and repair professionals at Hadeed-Mercer Rug Cleaning. Call (804) 358-3811 for hours or information.