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Rug Chick in Today Home

Rug Chick in Today Home

Today Show article on rug care tips. Honored to be interviewed by the Today Show for an online article on rug care tips. Share with your friends if...

read more
For Rug Shoppers

For Rug Shoppers

There are many different rugs out in the market today. Hand made and machine made. Natural fiber and synthetic fiber. Woven and tufted. New and old....

read more
How do I vacuum my wool rug?

How do I vacuum my wool rug?

One of the most frequent questions I am asked is “Is it safe to vacuum my rug?” The answer is: It depends on your vacuum, and your rug. There is no...

read more
What Is Protector

What Is Protector

What Is Protector?Protector is a coating that is applied to clean rugs and textiles. This coating helps prevent permanent staining and makes it...

read more
Understanding Tufted Rugs

Understanding Tufted Rugs

Understanding Tufted RugsExplore Home Services Rug Videos FAQs About Reviews ContactVisit 721 Rye St Unit 7 Peterborough On K9J 6X1 Click for...

read more
Mistakes Rug Owners Make

Mistakes Rug Owners Make

Mistakes Rug Owners MakeExplore Home Services Rug Videos FAQs About Reviews ContactVisit 721 Rye St Unit 7 Peterborough On K9J 6X1 Click for...

read more
Do I Need A Rug Pad?

Do I Need A Rug Pad?

Do I Need A Rug Pad?Explore Home Services Rug Videos FAQs About Reviews ContactVisit 721 Rye St Unit 7 Peterborough On K9J 6X1 Click for Directions...

read more
Mold and Dry Rot in Rugs

Mold and Dry Rot in Rugs

There is a fungus among us…Water damaged Navajo rug has mildew growing on it.and there is nothing “fun” about it. One of the worst conditions that...

read more
Paper rugs (Seriously?)

Paper rugs (Seriously?)

In the rug world there are some products that I label as DWT. “Design Without Thought.” Paper rugs are one of these DWT rugs, because obviously not...

read more
Why some rugs buckle

Why some rugs buckle

I receive a lot of “help me” calls from rug cleaners and rug owners on rugs that are buckling. They want to know what to do. And my answer is...

read more
Rugs and Floods. What to do

Rugs and Floods. What to do

With the number of home floods escalating due to severe weather, a number of rugs will be exposed to flood water. The longer a rug remains wet the...

read more
Why some rug dyes bleed.

Why some rug dyes bleed.

There are a variety of reasons a rug might “bleed” on you. Let’s go through different scenarios for a wool rug like this one, where the red dyes...

read more
Don’t water the rugs!

Don’t water the rugs!

If you have plants anywhere near your rugs in your home – or if you are a rug cleaner and see plants near rugs you are picking up to clean – you...

read more
Help with Chinese rugs.

Help with Chinese rugs.

Here is an article on some of the characteristics of contemporary Chinese rugs that as a professional rug cleaner you need to be aware of: Chinese...

read more
Help with Afghan rugs.

Help with Afghan rugs.

Here is an article on some of the characteristics of Afghan rugs that as a professional rug cleaner you need to be aware of: Afghan Rugs – What To...

read more
The dark side of the rug.

The dark side of the rug.

Pet your rug. Go ahead – pet it! All pile rugs, just like your pet pooch or kitty or gorilla (hey – we have ALL kinds on this blog!) – the fur has a...

read more
Rugs That Stink.

Rugs That Stink.

When rugs come in our shop that are gosh-awful smelly, the usual suspects are: PETS, FLOODS, BAD LATEX, or BAD CHEMICALS. Here are the common...

read more
Repair Your Rug Right.

Repair Your Rug Right.

The most common repair needed by rugs in our town (and EVERY town with rug owners) is END repairs. With hand woven rugs, when the fringe is torn or...

read more
Why do some wool rugs fade?

Why do some wool rugs fade?

Certain rugs are given a strong chemical washing by their weavers called a “luster wash.” This is a bleaching of the wool fibers using various...

read more
Tibetan rugs…

Tibetan rugs…

Tibetan rugs today are woven in India and Nepal because Tibetans no longer have their home in China. They have a very distinct weaving style, and...

read more
Are You Calling Me YELLOW?!?

Are You Calling Me YELLOW?!?

I just made a trip to Ontario Canada to teach a little rug cleaning clinic. It was just outside of Niagara Falls, which was BEAUTIFUL. Windy, cold,...

read more
Up Against The Wall!

Up Against The Wall!

There are several reasons someone may want to display their rugs on the wall. It may be a fine silk rug, or an older collectible piece in some...

read more
Pointers on Needlepoints…

Pointers on Needlepoints…

Most women have at sometime in their childhood tried a little needlepoint. (Perhaps some men also, but I can only speak for the “girls” I know right...

read more
Dust or Bust!

Dust or Bust!

I often receive questions about vacuuming rugs from rug owners, asking if they should vacuum rugs, and if so how to do it. First of all, YES – rugs...

read more
Tea and Rugs – A Good Mix?

Tea and Rugs – A Good Mix?

There’s a rug phenomenum out there called “tea-washed.” It’s not really TEA – but a brown over-dye that is applied to a rug after it’s woven in...

read more
Smokin’ Hot Rug…

Smokin’ Hot Rug…

Don’t know if you know this, but wool does not carry a flame. It is naturally fire resistant. This does not mean that a super hot fire cannot engulf...

read more
This Rug Stinks.

This Rug Stinks.

I am not the biggest fan of TUFTED rugs. Simply because I appreciate the art of a woven rug crafted by hand,versus the mass-market production of...

read more
Rugs To Keep Out Of The Sun.

Rugs To Keep Out Of The Sun.

A little sun never hurts, right? Well, with rugs, that depends. Some rugs , you could put them in the sun for ages with no affect. While others...

read more
Stop Making Waves…

Stop Making Waves…

Rugs are meant to be on a HARD surface. But, for some reason, Americans love to put their rugs over SOFT surfaces. I’m not sure why. Probably the...

read more
How do I contact Lisa?

How do I contact Lisa?

If you are in the San Diego area and need rug cleaning or repair services, you can contact Lisa’s company (Blatchford’s San Diego Rug Cleaning...

read more
Dirty, Rotten Rugs…

Dirty, Rotten Rugs…

Many woven rugs have a COTTON foundation (warps and wefts). I mentioned in the prior blog post that if you have old urine stains saturating a rug...

read more
They are ALL crooked!

They are ALL crooked!

Here’s a secret for you… ALL handmade rugs are crooked. Some may aim for perfection, but it’s very hard to achieve when hand crafting anything. Have...

read more
Pad – What You Need To Know

Pad – What You Need To Know

Every rug on a hard surface can benefit from a rug pad.There are a wide variety of pads on the market. A good pad will provide several benefits. It...

read more
Attack of the MACHINES!

Attack of the MACHINES!

Now more than ever, you are seeing MACHINE made rugs coming through your doors. It used to be that these were still WOOL rugs, but today a number of...

read more
Oriental Rug Freckles.

Oriental Rug Freckles.

Okay, the technical term is not “rug freckles” but that’s what I call them. (My blog, my vocab!) They are white knots. Sometimes a handful, like...

read more
Why Rugs Have Stripes.

Why Rugs Have Stripes.

With hand woven rugs, the knots are tied (actually they are wrapped) around the foundation threads from side to side. Search google images for RUG...

read more
How do I contact Lisa?

How do I contact Lisa?

If you are in the San Diego area and need rug cleaning or repair services, you can contact Lisa’s company (Blatchford’s San Diego Rug Cleaning...

read more
For Rug Shoppers

For Rug Shoppers

There are many different rugs out in the market today. Hand made and machine made. Natural fiber and synthetic fiber. Woven and tufted. New and old....

read more
Mold and Dry Rot in Rugs

Mold and Dry Rot in Rugs

There is a fungus among us…Water damaged Navajo rug has mildew growing on it.and there is nothing “fun” about it. One of the worst conditions that...

read more
Paper rugs (Seriously?)

Paper rugs (Seriously?)

In the rug world there are some products that I label as DWT. “Design Without Thought.” Paper rugs are one of these DWT rugs, because obviously not...

read more
Rug Chick in Today Home

Rug Chick in Today Home

Today Show article on rug care tips. Honored to be interviewed by the Today Show for an online article on rug care tips. Share with your friends if...

read more
How do I vacuum my wool rug?

How do I vacuum my wool rug?

One of the most frequent questions I am asked is “Is it safe to vacuum my rug?” The answer is: It depends on your vacuum, and your rug. There is no...

read more
Mold and Dry Rot in Rugs

Mold and Dry Rot in Rugs

There is a fungus among us…Water damaged Navajo rug has mildew growing on it.and there is nothing “fun” about it. One of the worst conditions that...

read more
Why some rugs buckle

Why some rugs buckle

I receive a lot of “help me” calls from rug cleaners and rug owners on rugs that are buckling. They want to know what to do. And my answer is...

read more
Rugs and Floods. What to do

Rugs and Floods. What to do

With the number of home floods escalating due to severe weather, a number of rugs will be exposed to flood water. The longer a rug remains wet the...

read more
Why some rug dyes bleed.

Why some rug dyes bleed.

There are a variety of reasons a rug might “bleed” on you. Let’s go through different scenarios for a wool rug like this one, where the red dyes...

read more
Don’t water the rugs!

Don’t water the rugs!

If you have plants anywhere near your rugs in your home – or if you are a rug cleaner and see plants near rugs you are picking up to clean – you...

read more
Help with Chinese rugs.

Help with Chinese rugs.

Here is an article on some of the characteristics of contemporary Chinese rugs that as a professional rug cleaner you need to be aware of: Chinese...

read more
Help with Afghan rugs.

Help with Afghan rugs.

Here is an article on some of the characteristics of Afghan rugs that as a professional rug cleaner you need to be aware of: Afghan Rugs – What To...

read more
The dark side of the rug.

The dark side of the rug.

Pet your rug. Go ahead – pet it! All pile rugs, just like your pet pooch or kitty or gorilla (hey – we have ALL kinds on this blog!) – the fur has a...

read more
Rugs That Stink.

Rugs That Stink.

When rugs come in our shop that are gosh-awful smelly, the usual suspects are: PETS, FLOODS, BAD LATEX, or BAD CHEMICALS. Here are the common...

read more
Repair Your Rug Right.

Repair Your Rug Right.

The most common repair needed by rugs in our town (and EVERY town with rug owners) is END repairs. With hand woven rugs, when the fringe is torn or...

read more
Why do some wool rugs fade?

Why do some wool rugs fade?

Certain rugs are given a strong chemical washing by their weavers called a “luster wash.” This is a bleaching of the wool fibers using various...

read more
Tibetan rugs…

Tibetan rugs…

Tibetan rugs today are woven in India and Nepal because Tibetans no longer have their home in China. They have a very distinct weaving style, and...

read more
Are You Calling Me YELLOW?!?

Are You Calling Me YELLOW?!?

I just made a trip to Ontario Canada to teach a little rug cleaning clinic. It was just outside of Niagara Falls, which was BEAUTIFUL. Windy, cold,...

read more
Up Against The Wall!

Up Against The Wall!

There are several reasons someone may want to display their rugs on the wall. It may be a fine silk rug, or an older collectible piece in some...

read more
Pointers on Needlepoints…

Pointers on Needlepoints…

Most women have at sometime in their childhood tried a little needlepoint. (Perhaps some men also, but I can only speak for the “girls” I know right...

read more
Dust or Bust!

Dust or Bust!

I often receive questions about vacuuming rugs from rug owners, asking if they should vacuum rugs, and if so how to do it. First of all, YES – rugs...

read more
Tea and Rugs – A Good Mix?

Tea and Rugs – A Good Mix?

There’s a rug phenomenum out there called “tea-washed.” It’s not really TEA – but a brown over-dye that is applied to a rug after it’s woven in...

read more
Smokin’ Hot Rug…

Smokin’ Hot Rug…

Don’t know if you know this, but wool does not carry a flame. It is naturally fire resistant. This does not mean that a super hot fire cannot engulf...

read more
This Rug Stinks.

This Rug Stinks.

I am not the biggest fan of TUFTED rugs. Simply because I appreciate the art of a woven rug crafted by hand,versus the mass-market production of...

read more
Rugs To Keep Out Of The Sun.

Rugs To Keep Out Of The Sun.

A little sun never hurts, right? Well, with rugs, that depends. Some rugs , you could put them in the sun for ages with no affect. While others...

read more
Stop Making Waves…

Stop Making Waves…

Rugs are meant to be on a HARD surface. But, for some reason, Americans love to put their rugs over SOFT surfaces. I’m not sure why. Probably the...

read more
Dirty, Rotten Rugs…

Dirty, Rotten Rugs…

Many woven rugs have a COTTON foundation (warps and wefts). I mentioned in the prior blog post that if you have old urine stains saturating a rug...

read more
They are ALL crooked!

They are ALL crooked!

Here’s a secret for you… ALL handmade rugs are crooked. Some may aim for perfection, but it’s very hard to achieve when hand crafting anything. Have...

read more
Pad – What You Need To Know

Pad – What You Need To Know

Every rug on a hard surface can benefit from a rug pad.There are a wide variety of pads on the market. A good pad will provide several benefits. It...

read more
Attack of the MACHINES!

Attack of the MACHINES!

Now more than ever, you are seeing MACHINE made rugs coming through your doors. It used to be that these were still WOOL rugs, but today a number of...

read more
Oriental Rug Freckles.

Oriental Rug Freckles.

Okay, the technical term is not “rug freckles” but that’s what I call them. (My blog, my vocab!) They are white knots. Sometimes a handful, like...

read more
Why Rugs Have Stripes.

Why Rugs Have Stripes.

With hand woven rugs, the knots are tied (actually they are wrapped) around the foundation threads from side to side. Search google images for RUG...

read more
Mold and Dry Rot in Rugs

Mold and Dry Rot in Rugs

There is a fungus among us…Water damaged Navajo rug has mildew growing on it.and there is nothing “fun” about it. One of the worst conditions that...

read more
Why some rugs buckle

Why some rugs buckle

I receive a lot of “help me” calls from rug cleaners and rug owners on rugs that are buckling. They want to know what to do. And my answer is...

read more
Rugs That Stink.

Rugs That Stink.

When rugs come in our shop that are gosh-awful smelly, the usual suspects are: PETS, FLOODS, BAD LATEX, or BAD CHEMICALS. Here are the common...

read more
Pointers on Needlepoints…

Pointers on Needlepoints…

Most women have at sometime in their childhood tried a little needlepoint. (Perhaps some men also, but I can only speak for the “girls” I know right...

read more
Oriental Rug Freckles.

Oriental Rug Freckles.

Okay, the technical term is not “rug freckles” but that’s what I call them. (My blog, my vocab!) They are white knots. Sometimes a handful, like...

read more
Why Rugs Have Stripes.

Why Rugs Have Stripes.

With hand woven rugs, the knots are tied (actually they are wrapped) around the foundation threads from side to side. Search google images for RUG...

read more
What Is Protector

What Is Protector

What Is Protector?Protector is a coating that is applied to clean rugs and textiles. This coating helps prevent permanent staining and makes it...

read more
Understanding Tufted Rugs

Understanding Tufted Rugs

Understanding Tufted RugsExplore Home Services Rug Videos FAQs About Reviews ContactVisit 721 Rye St Unit 7 Peterborough On K9J 6X1 Click for...

read more
Mistakes Rug Owners Make

Mistakes Rug Owners Make

Mistakes Rug Owners MakeExplore Home Services Rug Videos FAQs About Reviews ContactVisit 721 Rye St Unit 7 Peterborough On K9J 6X1 Click for...

read more
Do I Need A Rug Pad?

Do I Need A Rug Pad?

Do I Need A Rug Pad?Explore Home Services Rug Videos FAQs About Reviews ContactVisit 721 Rye St Unit 7 Peterborough On K9J 6X1 Click for Directions...

read more

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