The Value of Cleaning Rugs

When you walk on something everyday, it’s easy to stop thinking about it and forget it's there. An area rug is a prime example of this. Cleaning underfoot decor is something people often forget about doing, aside from running the vacuum over it now and then. While regularly vacuuming your rug is a critical step in area rug maintenance (just remember: never use a beater bar on the vacuum, use caution around the edges, and DO NOT vacuum the fringe! Consult our cleaning guide for more information), there are some very good reasons to go beyond that.

To Keep the Color

If you have an area rug that’s of particularly high value or one which you have a deep personal connection with, it behooves you to keep it clean and as close to the original condition as possible.

Not only does a professional cleaning keep rugs cleaner, but it also keeps the body of the rug looking fresh and bright. If your rug is made of high quality materials and was purchased from a reputable dealer that stands behind its products, the once vibrant colors that made you fall in love with it in the first place can be just as beautiful as they where when the rug was purchased. When you get a professional cleaning, the rug takes on new life, showing many of the colors and pattern lines you may have forgotten were there.

Hand-knotted rugs especially will benefit from professional cleaning. It is very difficult to get the tightly knotted threads clean with a vacuum cleaner alone. Given the intrinsic value of a hand-knotted rug, it’s very important to have a professional cleaning done every three to five years on rugs that see regular foot traffic. Rugs that are walked on less won't need to be cleaned as often. Keeping in mind how often a rug is used, use your eye to determine how often each rug in your house needs a professional cleaning.

In addition to keeping your rugs clean and bright, professional rug cleaning has other benefits, as well. Having rugs cleaned doesn't just benefit the rugs. It can also be a benefit to your health.

For Your Own Health

Rugs, aside from looking beautiful, benefit their owners because they are much more sanitary than wall-to-wall carpeting. Unlike full carpeting, rugs can be completely cleaned all the way through with a professional cleaning. Vacuuming regularly will get some of the top layers off, but it cannot rid your rug of all the smaller particles. But there’s no cause for alarm -- these only build up over time and can be removed through a professional washing.

A professional cleaning picks up and kills the vast majority of bacteria and gets rid of the dirt and other pollutants that have been tracked across rug's the surface between cleanings, in addition to bringing out the color and shine. However, it's very important to have the cleaning performed by a rug cleaning specialist. An incorrectly washed rug won't get the in depth cleaning that it needs, and is likely to be damaged if the wrong cleaning process is used. Before trusting someone with your rugs for cleaning, be sure to check that they are using the correct procedures. One of the most commonly used incorrect methods of cleaning is washing hand made rugs in hot water. A real professional cleaning has to be done at an appropriate facility and with the right tools.

If you’re wondering about where you can get your rug professionally cleaned by people who care about your satisfaction and the condition of your rug, look no further than Alyshaan. Whether you bought your area rug from Alyshaan or not, we’ll use our expertise and extreme care in ensuring your rug gets the best cleaning service available.

By Allison Edrington

4 Tips for Selling Antique Area Rugs

Often times through an inheritance - or even just our own tastes changing over time - we wind up with stuff that we don’t necessarily want, but can still appreciate and recognize as valuable. If you happen to find yourself in a position where you’d like to rid yourself of an antique rug, we’d like to share some critical tips with you in an effort to help you get maximum value out of your antique area rug.

1. Have Your Rug Appraised by an Expert

If you’re at the point where you feel you’d like to sell your area rug, it is in your interest as a seller to know what the rug's actual value is. Before you start looking for buyers, you should have an expert give you a written evaluation and appraisal. It's often a good idea to have more than one appraisal performed, but only one needs to be put into writing. The rest can be verbal, and should be done mostly to confirm the information in the written appraisal.

Appraisals usually cost between $25-$100. Here at Alyshaan Fine Rugs, we offer expert appraisal service to our customers. To learn more, visit our site.

2. Have Your Rug Professionally Cleaned

Rugs get dirty. It’s an unavoidable reality for any area rug that has been used, even lightly. While regular vacuuming certainly helps with the cleanliness and life-extension of an area rug, a professional cleaning will help bring back the vibrant colors and patterns that once lit up the room. It is very important to have the rug cleaned by a professional who specializes in handmade rug cleaning. For an average cost of $2-4 per foot, cleaning by a specialist will give you better results. They'll also be able to let you know any repairs that need to be made.

Alyshaan can provide a professional cleaning of your rug. We can show you before and after pictures comparing repaired rugs to what they looked like before, as well as pictures showing what a professional cleaning can do. You will be sure to notice major differences in both the way patterns appear and colors “pop.”

3. Make Repairs Based on the Evaluation

When you have your rug evaluated, the appraiser will let you know any repairs that need to be made to get the most money from the sale. Cleaning can be done before you have the rug priced out, but repairs should wait until afterward because they're more expensive, and part of the appraisal will be letting you know exactly what fixes need to be made. If your rug needs to be repaired before sale, bring it into our Scottsdale, AZ store, where our trained specialists can perform all of the restoration service your rug requires.

4. Sell Your Rug – Consignment or Online

When it comes time to sell your antique rug, you have two options: selling yourself online, or placing it on consignment with a reputable rug dealer. Some sellers choose to sell their rug online in order to keep the sale in their own hands, but consignment will generally fetch a higher price in the long run. Choosing to go the consignment path means finding a reputable rug dealer that can get the best price on your rug. If you're looking for a reputable dealer to help you get the most from your sale, contact us here at Alyshaan today for service you can trust.

If you’re interested in having Alyshaan purchase your antique rug, please call 480-607-4955 and have as much information about the rug as possible on hand (i.e. rug size, origin, thread count). This information isn't strictly necessary, but it will help with the process.

Whether you want to sell your rug independently or through a shop such as Alyshaan, there are plenty of ways to ensure you get the most for your antique rug. We can give you an honest appraisal and point you in the right direction for independent sale, or walk you through our purchasing process. Either way, Alyshaan is here to help you with your antique rug.

by Allison Edrington


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