Saturday, April 12, 2014

Best Rug Cleaning, Best Rug Cleaners in Los Angeles

A customer brought in a rug and said she wanted to wash the rug herself but was afraid of bleeding and color run; so she did not do it in her back yard.

I asked if she thought rug cleaning was do-it-yourself, and she said yes and no, but she mentioned she wanted to save money. I told her actually if you had washed the rug yourself, you would have lost money by damaging the rug.
 Rug cleaning is a specialty job. It requires expertise, experience and facility. Rugs should be thoroughly dusted first to make sure all the dust and dry soil is out. Otherwise dust and water becomes mud. Then special rug shampoo and not tide or other detergents should be used. Then jet guns, rotary machines, or other devices should be employed followed by a good rinsing to make sure all the shampoo and enzyme is flushed out and removed. There should be no residue left in the rug. Sometimes detailing of the fringes is necessary and should be done. Drying the rug properly is also very important otherwise rug would smell.
She was convinced that rug cleaning was not something she could do at home and said: "I am glad that my rug is in good hands now".

Dr. Khosrow Sobhe (Dr. Kay)
Certified Rug Specialist (CRS)
www.LosAngelesRugCleaning.com
www.RugIdea.com
Tel. 310-770-9085

Saturday, March 29, 2014

A New Review On Yelp for Rug Ideas



5.0 star rating
3/28/2014




  • Melissa C.
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • 20 friends
  • 4 reviews

Great service. Painless process. Prices are very reasonable. I have two beautiful Persian wool Tabriz-style rugs which were in a storage space for about a year.  They were not packed properly and over the course of a year they became infested with moths.  Prior to that they had been used by my dog as her personal wee wee pad. What are you gonna do?  I had used this company once before and remembered what a good job they did. This time though, they had their work cut out for them with both moths, and pee.  Young Kash came the same day I called, and all the way downtown. He really took his time pointing out the condition my rugs were in before he took them to be cleaned. He was insistent we take both of the rugs out of my loft and into the sunlight so he could have a proper look. It was literally crawling with... well it was pretty gross.  Kash explained more than I ever wanted to know about moths and their larvae.  He showed me the damage they had caused which could have been way worse had I not acted on this when I did. Eventually, I would like to do some reweaving which this company also does, but I'll have to wait until I can afford to do that at a later date. In the meantime, he took them in and cleaned them 'old school' style.  He also spoke admirably about his father, Dr. Kay, the president of the company, and his passion for observing the old traditions, and methods of cleaning, weaving, and caring for these beautiful works of art. He and his teammate brought my carpets back today and laid them back down for me. They made everything easy and the whole process from start to finish really didn't take up too much of my time. There is even a sticker on the bottom of the carpets with their info which makes it convenient for me the next time. It's important to me to protect the investment I made in these carpets and I hope Mr. Kay feels as confident as I do that the next generation is living up to his high standards. Nice job guys!!

Dr. Khosrow Sobhe (Dr. Kay)
Certified Rug Specialist (CRS)
www.LosAngelesRugCleaning.com
www.RugIdea.com
Tel. 310-770-9085

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Shag Rug, Shag Carpet Cleaning at Rug Ideas

Shag rugs are beautiful and give our feet a lot of cushioning and comfort. Because of their high pile, they need a little more care and attention. We should not let them get very dirty and stained, otherwise cleaning them would become very difficult.



Here, I am posting before and after cleaning pictures of a very dirty shag rug we recently received from a customer. This rug was used in a very high traffic area. To clean this high pile carpet, we started from dusting and removed so much dust and dry soil from it. Then we gave it a full bath and wet wash and after we extracted the water, we dried it flat. The outcome was very good and our client was very happy. She had not seen the rug this clean in years. She left our store with a big smile on her face.

Dr. Khosrow Sobhe (Dr. Kay)
Certified Rug Specialist (CRS)
www.LosAngelesRugCleaning.com
www.RugIdea.com
Tel. 310-770-9085

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Rug Ideas, Los Angeles

We love educated customers; that's why we give them free rug books and literature.
We also love giving gifts to our clients and our visitors.

Bring us your dirty and damaged rugs; we bring them back to life again. Plus, you receive gifts and free rug care and maintenance books and literature. Come in or call in for free consultations.


Dr. Khosrow Sobhe (Dr. Kay)
Certified Rug Specialist (CRS)
www.LosAngelesRugCleaning.com
www.RugIdea.com
Tel. 310-770-9085

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Rug Stain Removal at Rug Ideas in Los Angeles

Stain removal from rugs is a little more difficult  than what it looks in the beginning. It is not a do-it-yourself job at all. We have had many clients with stained rugs who went online or to a supermarket to buy chemicals to remove pet urine or red wine from their rugs. Stains maybe petroleum based such as adhesives, grease, ink, etc. They maybe organic based such as coffee, tea, vomit, blood, mold, urine, etc. Or stains can be synthetic based like cough syrup, Kool-Aid, fruit punch, etc.

Each of these three mentioned categories, need special type of treatment for the stain to be removed. Other players also come in to the game such as the construction of the rug. For example if a rug has silk foundation or silk pile, some precautionary steps should be taken, otherwise, rug maybe severely damaged in the process of stain removal. In some cases, using unknown chemicals and applying them to the stains, will make it more difficult for a professional to remove the stains. Some of these unknown supermarket stuffs would bleach the rugs.
 Client washed this Tabriz carpet at home and it bled.
This is the pictures of the same Tabriz carpet after stain removal.
A Chinese carpet with dog urine in it.
The same Chinese carpet after stain removal.

Accidents happen. Do not panic. When you spill something on your rug, blot it up as much as you can and do not use any kind of chemicals. Contact a professional who knows rugs and has worked with rug stain removal. Wall-wall carpet cleaners cannot help. You can also call us and discuss it or send us a couple of pictures of the stained area. We will give you some tips and we maybe able to provide you an estimate for stain removal over the phone after we see the pictures.

Dr. Khosrow Sobhe (Dr. Kay)
Certified Rug Specialist (CRS)
www.LosAngelesRugCleaning.com
www.RugIdea.com
Tel. 310-770-9085

Friday, March 14, 2014

Rug Repair at Rug Ideas

Like every other usable item, rugs need care and maintenance. They are made of cotton, wool, silk, jute or other materials and textures that get damaged by use and foot traffic. If damages are not taken care of in time, they get bigger and more damages will be done to your valuable rugs. A good repair and fixing the damages by an expert repairman or woman extends the life of your rug and adds to its beauty.

We at Rug Ideas have over 60 years of experience with rugs and have repair personnel on site. We can almost do any kind of rug repair on hand made Oriental and Persian rugs. We also deal with the repair of area rugs and machine made rugs. We have different options for different budgets. For example, we can completely re-weave a hole which is caused by foot traffic or can patch it.


We do stain removal and touch ups on some rugs which need to look better. Here I am posting pictures of before and after touch up of a Persian rug which we did at a very affordable cost for one of our clients.

 You can send us pictures of your rugs or bring them in for a free consultation for repair or stain removal. In many cases we have different options for you and repair can be done in less than a week.

Dr. Khosrow Sobhe (Dr. Kay)
Certified Rug Specialist (CRS)
www.LosAngelesRugCleaning.com
www.RugIdea.com
Tel. 310-770-9085

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Sheepskin Cleaning, Lambskin Cleaning in Los Angeles

When it comes to sheepskin cleaning, dry cleaning is not the answer. Why? Because it turns the color of your sheepskin yellow by using some chemicals which have negative effect on the color of the wool pile. Our Certified Master Rug Cleaner has come up with a solution for this problem.



At Rug Ideas, we professionally clean your sheepskins with a special tested method without turning them yellow. The dirty sheepskins would look great and fluffy again while they are hygienically clean and aesthetically beautiful.

 
No matter what the size is, we can professionally and safely clean your sheepskin. We can also repair damaged sheepskins and cowhides. We have repair personnel on site who can take care of the repair and stain removal. Just bring them in or call us for free consultation and quotes.

Dr. Khosrow Sobhe (Dr. Kay)
Certified Rug Specialist (CRS)
www.LosAngelesRugCleaning.com
www.RugIdea.com
Tel. 310-770-9085

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Tow Most Rug Damages Are Pet Urine, and Moth

We receive many damaged rugs for cleaning and repair everyday. Most damages come from pets and then moths. Some pets have health issues, and some are territorial. They mark a rug and go back to the same spot and indirectly tell their owners, hey, this is my territory. They should be trained or at least kept away from the rugs.

When  pet accident happens, do not panic. Act fast and try to get the stuff out of the rug as much as you can and then call a professional rug and not a carpet cleaner for help. Do not use any kind of super market sprays or chemicals as there is no magic solution out there that acts like one size fits all to remove the stains and odor of all kinds of pets and for all types of rugs. It is more complicated than that. By using super market stuff, you may actually make the stain permanent or at least make it more difficult for a professional to remove. You may also bleach the rug if you do not know what you're using.
In case of moth, cleaning and regular vacuuming is very important. If you want to store the rug, it should be professionally cleaned and wrapped. You should not put a dirty rug in a plastic bag in leave in the basement or storage. This provides the ground and environment for the moths to infest the rug. Wool is protein and that is food for moth.

We just received this rug from San Francisco by UPS sent to us by a client who left it in storage for a few years. Saving this rug would be difficult and very costly. Preventative measure would be easier to take and way less expensive. Professional cleaning, and proper wrapping with a little care and maintenance was the solution to prevent this kind of damages.

Dr. Khosrow Sobhe (Dr. Kay)
Certified Rug Specialist (CRS)
www.LosAngelesRugCleaning.com
www.RugIdea.com
Tel. 310-770-9085

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Professional Rug Cleaning, Rug Repair in Los Angeles. Rug Down Sizing

A long time customer brought in a Turkish rug for cleaning and repair. She also said she was moving to a smaller place and wanted to down-size her rug from 9' x 12' to 6' x 9'. She wanted the rug to have a balanced and symmetric design after down-sizing. It was a beautiful rug with a nice geometric medallion in the center. The construction was wool on wool so it felt very soft and pliable.
We assigned one of our master repair personnel to do the measurement and cutting first The bindings on all four sides were done by high quality imported New Zealand wool. She did not like fringes and said they would get dirty and damaged by foot traffic and vacuuming.
She loved the down sizing when she came in to pick up the rug. We gave her a rug pad to keep the rug in its new place on her newly installed hardwood floor. Our  top of the line rug pads extend the life of rugs and provide a nice cushioning.

If you're moving to a smaller place or for any reason would like to down size a rug, bring it in or give us a call to discuss it. Consultation with us is always free. We're open 6 days a week; Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, and Saturdays from 12:00 to 5:00 pm.

Dr. Khosrow Sobhe (Dr. Kay)
Certified Rug Specialist (CRS)
www.LosAngelesRugCleaning.com
www.RugIdea.com
Tel. 310-770-9085

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Professional Cleaning of Sheepskins, Lambskins in Los Angeles

We are experts in sheepskin and lambskin cleaning and repair. Unlike every other cleaner that dry cleans sheepskins -- which can leave them damaged and permanently yellow -- we have come up with a completely unique professional way to actually wash sheepskins with a certified Wool-Safe shampoo. Our cleaning process yields amazing results with the sheepskin looking fluffy and 100% cleaned, sanitized, and deodorized.

Before cleaning picture of a sheepskin/Lambskin cleaned and yellowed by a dry cleaner
 After cleaning of the same sheepskin cleaned by our exclusive method
Before cleaning picture of a sheepskin/Lambskin cleaned and yellowed by a dry cleaner
After cleaning of the same sheepskin cleaned by our exclusive method


We can also take care of the stains, or damages by repairing these natural skins. We have repair personnel on site so out turn around time is good and our prices are affordable.

Dr. Khosrow Sobhe (Dr. Kay)
Certified Rug Specialist (CRS)
www.LosAngelesRugCleaning.com
www.RugIdea.com
Tel. 310-770-9085

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Persian Kashan Rug, Iranian Kashan Carpet repair in Los Angeles

A client brought in an old Persian Kashan rug they had in the family. The rug was bought by his father decades ago in Iran. It was dirty and dusty, and needed professional deep cleaning. Part of the fringes at one end was also damaged.


We hand washed the rug by sending it through our 10-step process. Our professional deep and hand washing process which is different from others works in the following way:

-First we inspect incoming rugs to determine the best way to clean/restore them, and then we take digital photos (before & after). Rugs are dusted to loosen/remove the dirt, and dust.
-It then goes for shampooing, using special enzymes that are non-toxic.
-A thorough water bath rinsing follows and the final step is natural drying.

Our technique is superior to others as we do not do dry, steam, or surface cleaning like wall-wall carpet cleaners.

After the cleaning, one of our master repair personnel on site did the re-fringing and repair of the damaged end. He had to find the right kind of cotton thread as regards with the color, thickness, and the construction to match with the other parts of the fringe at the same end.


The result of the repair came out very good and we cannot wait to show the rug to our client. If you have a damaged rug, bring it in or send us a couple of pictures for free consultation and a quote. You can also call in to discuss the options. In many cases, there maybe more than one option for the repair.

Dr. Khosrow Sobhe (Dr. Kay)
Certified Rug Specialist (CRS)
www.LosAngelesRugCleaning.com
www.RugIdea.com
Tel. 310-770-9085

Monday, February 24, 2014

Shag Rug, Shag Carpet, Flokati Rug Cleaning in Los Angeles

When it comes to Flokati and shag rug cleaning in Los Angeles, we have the upper hand as we are the only certified Master Rug Cleaner in the greater Los Angeles county. Shag and Flokati rugs have high pile and need special type of cleaning which starts from inspection, taking before cleaning, dusting, shampooing, sanitizing, deodorizing, and drying. Final inspection, taking after cleaning pictures come next.
We picked up this very dirty white shag rug for cleaning. Our client had a coffee table in the middle of the rug, and the surrounding areas were marked by foot traffic.
After we cleaned by running this shag rug through our 10-step hand wash and deep cleaning process, she was amazed how clean this rug could become.

This short video shows our process of cleaning.

So if you have a shag or Flokati rug with high pile, give it to the experts and call us to schedule its pick up today.

Dr. Khosrow Sobhe (Dr. Kay)
Certified Rug Specialist (CRS)
www.LosAngelesRugCleaning.com
www.RugIdea.com
Tel. 310-770-9085

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Down Sizing Rugs, Down Sizing Kilims in Los Angeles

A client came in a couple of weeks ago looking for a kilim (flat weave) runner. We had several kilims and three kilim runners. She did not like any of them and said she has a kilim which is wide and does not fit the hallway in the house. I told her to bring in the kilim next time she is in the neighborhood so we can take a look at it. I told her that we might be able to down size it to fit the hallway.
Few days ago, she stopped by the kilim runner. The width of the runner was 4' 11" and she wanted this to become 3' 7" with symmetrical borders. We down-sized the runner to her ideal width and she was very happy with the result of our job. What we did was not cutting the borders. We sewed the borders onto the back of the kilim so if in the future she changes her mind and wants to have a wider runner, we could undo the down sizing of the runner and make it wider.


If you have a rug or kilim and would like to down size it, bring it to us for consultation. We can make it to your ideal size.

Dr. Khosrow Sobhe (Dr. Kay)
Certified Rug Specialist (CRS)
www.LosAngelesRugCleaning.com
www.RugIdea.com
Tel. 310-770-9085

Salt Bags, Salt Bag Rugs and Carpets Are Tribal Objects of Art

Salt Bags Are Tribal Objects of Art. There are many commodities that have substitutes; salt is not one of them. Salt is an essential part of tribal life in Central Asia and Iran. Salt bags in Farsi, Namakdan, are decorative and utilitarian bags, not made for the market.They are made of kilims, flat weaves or rugs, or sometimes combination of the two. Some salt bags are made of damaged rugs or kilims as tribal life has zero tolerance for waste. To keep the salt inside, in annual migration, use, or storage, salt bags are tightly and finely woven. A salt bag has a very unique shape; a wide square or rectangular boday and a long, narrow neck to keep the slat (rock or powder) inside. In addition to salt, nuts, dried fruits, seeds, etc can be stored in salt bags. Many collectors buy and collect salt bags. It is fun to collect and sometimes to show them to guests as these bags are conversational pieces!


Dr. Khosrow Sobhe (Dr. Kay)
Certified Rug Specialist (CRS)
www.LosAngelesRugCleaning.com
www.RugIdea.com
Tel. 310-770-9085

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Bakhtiar Bakhtiari Carpets and Rugs



Antique Bakhtiari garden carpet

The craftsmen of the Bakhtiari rug come from the Bakhtiari Tribe, located in the Chahar Mahal region of Iran. Here, the weavers drew their pattern and color inspiration from the elegant gardens of the Khans. The rugs featured garden patterns that were intricately decorated with flowers, birds, other animals, and Trees of Life. By the late 19th century, the rug industry was flourishing in the Chahar Mahal region and these Bahktiari artisans were provided with the best available materials.

In addition to their opulent colors (known to be among the brightest), Bahktiari-style rugs can be distinguished by their teeming design patterns that are mostly geometric and sometimes, semi-geometric. Their famous paneled design, in which each compartment presents a different motif and color from each neighboring compartment, has been popularly copied by China, Pakistan, India, and other areas of Iran. The compartments can be square, diamond, or hexagonal in shape. Finally, Bakhtiari-style rugs have another branch of rugs called, “Bibibaff.” These are considered among the finest and most traditional of the Chahar Mahal region because they are only made by women. 

Source: https://www.facebook.com/explorethebeautyiran


Dr. Khosrow Sobhe (Dr. Kay)
Certified Rug Specialist (CRS)
www.LosAngelesRugCleaning.com
www.RugIdeas.com
Tel. 310-770-9085

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Karastan Rug Repair in Los Angeles by Rug Ideas

We picked up a Karastan carpet for cleaning few weeks ago. It was rotten and damaged on the top right corner. Our client was on budget and only wanted to clean and sanitize it. She did not want to invest money in repairing it.

We did not want to return the cleaned carpet without any cosmetic repair. We offered to patch the rug and she liked the idea.


The result was very good compared with the little investment she made and she was very happy with the new look of her Karastan rug.

If you have a damaged rug, call us or send us a couple of pictures from the damaged areas. We will have few affordable repair or patch options for you.

Dr. Khosrow Sobhe (Dr. Kay)
Certified Rug Specialist (CRS)
www.LosAngelesRugCleaning.com
www.RugIdea.com
Tel. 310-770-9085