Saturday, October 27, 2018

Rug Down-Sizing or Re-sizing




We do down-sizing of rugs for many of our clients who move to smaller homes or have rugs that are damaged. This is one of our specialties. So if your rug is too big for the space, we can make it fit. Just call or email us for the quote and turn around time.

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

Wednesday, October 3, 2018






We deal with many tufted rugs that have bad and rotten backings with disintegrating latex glue. We remove the old rotten backing, extract and remove the poor glue and it's residue and put on a new natural latex glue with brand new high end fabric backing.

Call us to discuss yours.

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

Thursday, August 30, 2018






Deep cleaning of Karastan rugs is one of our specialties. I have had the pleasure of visiting their mill/plant a while ago. 

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

Before and after cleaning pictures of a dirty rug

These are before and after cleaning of a very dirty hand knotted Persian rug. 




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

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Rug Moth

The Forensics of Rug Moth

One of the biggest challenges in the rug world is the wool moth. Most rug owners have had some sort of interaction with moth, either with their own rugs or a family member’s. It’s an ongoing battle in the rug industry to come up with the most effective ways of fighting the moth. As most experienced warriors say, in order to defeat your enemy you should first study it.
Appearance and Life Cycle: Wool moths (more commonly known as clothe or rug moths) are very small, ivory colored worms which turn into small golden flies later in their life cycle. The moth goes through a four stage life cycle: egg, larvae, pupa, and adult.

Egg: The egg can hatch within a month or longer. This depends on whether the environment is favorable for egg to develop. Moth lay their eggs in undisturbed areas. They make sure the eggs are inserted deep inside the fiber so that it cannot be easily removed. They are very tiny white eggs that usually are clustered together. Note that the very tiny black egg looking particles are the waste moth leave behind, and not the actual eggs.
Larvae: In the larvae stage, the worm is about half an inch long, cream colored, with a nine-segment body structure. The three segments following the head have tiny arms attached to it. The next four consist of tiny legs.  Moth have a transparent body structure therefore inside their body will reflect the color of the fiber they have consumed.
At this point in the life cycle, the function of the moth is to eat and obtain enough nutrients to make its cocoon casing and begin the transition into a fly. These little worms can feed for as little as three weeks or up to several months. When they are ready, they spin a full web casing and close it off. They actually begin making their cocoon early in the larvae stage and drag it along with them as they feed until they are ready to seal it off.



Pupa: This transition stage lasts from eight to twenty-five days depending on the temperature. In warmer environments this process is completed at a faster pace.  
Adult Moth: The adult moth is a very tiny golden colored fly. You can still see the rings under the wings; however, the upper rings have now sprouted six legs which have smaller attachments for gripping.  The fly also has two long antennas.


The adult moth is a fly which migrates from location to location as it lays eggs. In its first day as an adult it can lay anywhere from 40 to 200 eggs. Adult moths can live about two to four weeks. In this period they do not feed on anything and simply focus on laying thousands of eggs. The adult female moth dies after it is done laying eggs.

Habits: While moths are known for their wool eating habits, they can also eat other fibers such as silk, fur, feathers, felt, and leather. Simply put, they eat hair that has protein, usually not plant based of synthetic fibers. They might go undetected for months or even years as they work very slow. Moths flourish in dark and undisturbed areas as they shy away from direct light. They tend to live in garages, basements, under couches, or even under furniture legs. The presence of moth is much more likely in humid and moist areas.
Moth usually don’t feed off of clean wool alone. They gain nutrients from fibers filled with soil, food stains, cooking oil, salt, body oil, and sweat. All these items add nutrients to fibers which then become the feeding ground for moths. While they can only digest animal fibers, other fibers such as cotton and rayon can be damaged by moth as they cut through them to get to the mixed wool blend or the food particles and oil absorbed by the fibers

Detection: Detecting moth us not impossible. You just have to pay close attention and train your eyes. If you notice areas in your rug where wool is missing or coming off by scrubbing, that could be a sign for moth having fed on the rug. You can also see their webbing or tiny eggs stuck together usually on the back of the rugs, although they sometimes lay them on the face of the rug usually deeper inside the pile. If you also see tiny golden flies around your closet, basement, and living room, you should definitely check your rugs for moth. This is different from seeing pantry moth around your kitchen.

Prevention: While there is no way to prevent moths from entering your home, you can easily prevent damages by creating an unwelcomed environment for them. Regular vacuuming of once a week to two weeks of the general area of the rug and about once a month under couches, beds, and other inaccessible areas is highly recommended. Professional cleaning of your rugs about once every year to two years and other wool products removes their food source and doesn’t give them the opportunity to complete their life cycle.
Even unused rugs should be professionally cleaned with specific attention paid to signs of moth infestation. After cleaning, they should be wrapped with acid free or breathable paper which allows for air circulation to prevent moisture build up. Lastly, before the package is sealed off, putting several moth balls will help kill any remaining live moths, as the vapor is lethal to them.
Rubber rug pads with the net spacing structure can also help by providing an elevation and bit of air circulation underneath the rug and create a possible disturbance for moth compared to a rug without a pad that can have the eggs stick to the rugs back and the floor and have moisture buildup under the rug.

Another good preventative measure, especially for rugs and fabrics in continuous use, is coating the fabric with moth repellents such as Magnesium hexafluorosilicate. These repellents are not pesticides, but rather are designed to change the PH taste of the fabric so that it no longer tastes like an appealing food source to the moth.



Written by Kash (Khashaiar) Sobhe
Certified Master Rug Cleaner
Certified Fiber Care Specialist
Third generation in the rug industry
Rug Ideas
Los Angeles,  CA





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

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Repair and Restoration of Karastan Rugs

Karastan rugs/carpets are made here in the United States with high quality Lamb's wool pile. The company was established in 1926 and introduced its first carpets in 1928.

We receive many Karastan rugs for cleaning and repair, and our customers who have them love them and in many cases these rugs have been in their families for a long time.

We picked up a big 10' x 18' Karastan rug from a client in Rancho Palos Verdes  in south of Los Angeles. This rug was very dusty, and dirty with severe moth damages. The fringes were gone due to decades of foot traffic, and improper vacuuming.

We hand dusted, and washed this rug and rewove all the moth damaged areas. We added fringes to the ends.





Our client was very happy with the results and fell in love with this rug again. She promised to take good care of this beautiful rug!

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

Friday, April 29, 2016

Bad Customers Who Want to Abuse Small Businesses

Small businesses have to pay increasing rents, city, state, federal taxes, workers comp, water.power, telephone, Internet, insurance bills, employees checks and so many other types of expenses. Our list of expenses has passed 40 different categories.They also provide employment, and the community with some services at their own risks. The owners and their employees have to work hard 6-7 days a week.

It is unfair if a client is too demanding, unreasonable and after he/she receives the service, threatens to get her money back or leaves a negative online review. This is not fair and is abuse of clients' rights.

A client brought in a used, worn out dirty cowhide patchwork for over-dyeing. We told her that we had to clean it first, and then over-dye it. She selected a color from our color chart. Due to the inconsistency of the texture, and wear/tear, we told her the outcome would not be predictable, but we would over dye it with the color she wanted. She agreed and signed our contract. The cowhide patchwork was faded green, and she wanted rust brown. After we called her and let her know that the cowhide was ready, she came in and saw the cowhide and said she wanted it to be darker. My son said this is dark brown and matches the color she had selected. She asked us to go darker. My son wrote a couple of lines mentioning that the result would be unknown and she would accept the risk. She agreed and signed the waiver. We did the over dyeing again with a way darker dye. She came in yesterday and did not like it and said this was not brown enough and wanted her money back. I respectfully told her our services was delivered and she was told that due to the worn texture of the cowhide and its wear and tear, there would be inconsistency. She did not agree and picked up the cowhide to leave. I asked her to sign our work order meaning that she picked up the cowhide, but she refused and left with the cowhide. It is too bad when a customer has unreasonable expectations and when she does not receive the service her way, threatens the business to leave a negative review.



Before Over Dyeing


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

Friday, April 8, 2016

Deep Cleaning Starts with Thorough Dusting at Rug Ideas

Our 10-step deep cleaning and hand washing starts from dusting. If a rug is not dusted properly, a mud bath would be created, and we do not want to give the rug a bath in its own mud.





In some cases our clients do not know how dusty their rugs are until we do a little test in front of them to witness the dust shooting out of their rug.






Individual wet washing, shampooing, and using different types of enzymes on each rug guarantees a good result.


We have a labeling system so if a rug is contaminated with pet accidents and urine it is labeled as such, then we use a different type of enzyme to break down the urine molecules in the wash process. We identify those areas and extract the cloudy water until the water becomes crystal clear to make sure there is no urine/contamination left in the rug.





Fringe detailing is another part of our tedious wash process to make sure fringes are super clean.



Taking before and after cleaning pictures of each rug is another step we take to make sure everything is done properly.

We spend a lot of time and energy on each rug from the beginning to the end of the wash process. This would result in having happy customers.

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

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Our Latest 5-Star Review We Received on Yelp

5.0 star rating
10/28/2015

 I was pretty blown away by the work they did on my wool rug here.

I have a foster dog that got sick in the middle of the night and quietly sneaked out of my room to turned my house into a crime scene.  I was pretty sure my beautiful living room rug was trash.  I found this place on yelp and took my rug in within a few days.

They completely restored my rug.  They had to wash, deodorize, and color correct it.  It looks almost as good as new, and the odor is totally gone.  The results are better than I could have ever imagined.

**I previously used another rug cleaning service I found highly rated on yelp to come to my home and spot treat the same rug a few weeks prior to bringing it to LA Rug Cleaning.  That service left my rug with large discolored spots that were lighter than the rest of the rug.  LA Rug Cleaning was able to fix that damage as well.

I highly recommend bringing your rugs here.  I won't try anyone else again.
This is the latest review we received from a client.
Dr. Khosrow Sobhe (Dr. Kay)
Certified Rug Specialist (CRS)
Certified Rug Appraiser (CRA)
Tel. 310-770-9085


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Hand Knotted Indian Rug 9' x 12' 7" For Immediate Sale by the Owner

Hand Knotted Indian Rug for sale by the owner
Approx. Size: 9’ x 12’7”
Foundation: Cotton
Pile: Lamb’s Wool
Design: Corner Central Medallion w/Paisley
Knots per square inch: 225
Item: 5226-2
Price: $2,200
This very pretty hand knotted Indian Rug utilizes a traditional Corner Central Medallion design along with paisley.  It would be a fantastic addition to your home and is made to last for decades to come.
It is roughly thirty years old and is in very good condition.  It has recently been professionally cleaned and sanitized by Rug Ideas of Los Angeles and is ready for immediate use on your floor.
Free Shipping is included to anywhere in the Continental US!
Please email us or call 310.860.0460 for more information.







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