Identifying the Top 10 soils in rugs

Removing soils from rugs is one of the key jobs undertaken here at RugWash Queensland. There are many different types of soils and contaminants found in rugs, and knowing what type of soil is in the rug is one of the most important steps in effectively removing it. So what are the ten most common types of soil found in rugs? Sand, clay ... More

Braided rugs

Having washed a number of braided rugs here at RugWash we thought we would share with you some of the interesting history behind this style. Braided rugs were an important part of early American homes. The craft had its beginnings in the United States in New England where winters are cold and rugs were needed for warmth. The rugs were made ... More

Water and flood damaged rug restoration

With the severe flooding and rain we have experienced here in Brisbane recently I thought it would be a good idea to share with my readers how to properly handle water damaged rugs prior to cleaning. Many times, rugs are permanently damaged not from an incident, but from improper handling. If you phone your Insurance company and ... More

Pet odour (urine) removal in rugs

Here at Brisbane RugWash we see many rugs that have been contaminated by our furry friends and it is one of our most difficult jobs. I would like to give our readers some information on pet urine and its removal. When urine goes on a rug in a warm acidic state, it penetrates the face fibres and ends up in the middle of the rug’s ... More

Carpet (Rug) Designs and Motifs

Design can be a useful pointer to the origins of a carpet, but centres of trade, migration and intermarriage have spread the range of motifs and designs over a wide area. Motifs are drawn from a number of sources, including religious, cultural and environmental. Many of their meanings are lost in the mists of time, while others have been ... More

‘Jajim’ and ‘Cicim’ Rugs

Jajim Rug Although ‘Jajim’ and ‘Cicim’ may be different versions of what was originally the same word, the former is used in Iran for a fabric that differs substantially from what the Turks refer to as a Cicim. The Jajim in Iran is a warp-faced fabric that is often woven on narrow horizontal looms of the sort used for ... More

Turkish rugs

Turkish rugs were probably the first to be introduced to Europe, as early as the 16th century. The result was that all hand-knotted carpets were called “Turkey Carpets”, no matter where they were woven. Turkey is the name now given to the carpet-making region that was once known as Anatolia. Carpets from Turkey were probably brought ... More

Rugs and Moths – What to do!

You have had your rug on your floor for more than a few years. You love how it makes your room feel, warm, inviting and cozy. The sofa has been over the one end of the rug and a closed bottom end table beside it. Well, it’s been a while since you turned the rug to even the wear, so off goes the sofa and table when you notice in horror that ... More

Rug Maintenance – Value of Vacuuming

The best and foremost step in maintaining your rugs or carpets is just a doing a good vacuuming on them. The beauty of rugs and carpet is that they can hold dry particulates and keep them away from our breathing zones, but the not so beautiful part about them is that they can hold dry particulates. Vacuuming keeps the sandy grit from ... More