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Dye Bleed Correction

We are excited to share with you are latest news! In addition to our washing, repairing, and preventive care services, Dakota Fine Rug Cleaning can correct your color! There are many techniques and products, one may work on a particular Rug and that technique may not work on the next one. Testing, time and patience are a virtue. We traveled far from home to learn from the experts how to care for rugs with color run, rugs that need dye correction for sun fade and wear. Rugs affected by fire or water may require color correction to reverse the damage caused. Simply cleaning the rugs will not restore the color. When colors migrate or change throughout a rug, it takes the experience and knowledge of a skilled professional to repair the damages and bring the colors back to their original state. We care about you and we love your rugs so we do our best to provide you with top notch services to keep you and your rugs happy! Ask us, we are glad to help.

What’s My Rug

One of the biggest challenges when buying or caring for a rug is answering the question: Is it machine made or hand-woven? How do you know? Why does it matter? We here at Dakota Fine Rug Cleaning ,http://rugcleaningrapidcity.com/ know and we would love to help you learn.
Hand Knotted Rugs
In a hand-woven rug, the fringe is part of the rugs foundation. The making of hand knotted rugs is a very ancient art that deserves a lot of admiration! The size of the loom depends on the size of the rug and the weaving is done from the bottom to the top. The rug weaver inserts the “knots” into the foundation of the rug and they are tied by hand, this makes up the “pile” of the rug. This is a very tedious and time consuming operation .The length of time to produce a hand knotted rug depends on the size and intricacy of the pattern. It is not unheard of for a super fine quality 12’ x 15’ rug to take over a year to produce! Hopefully you can appreciate why the cost of these rugs is much greater. Hand knotted rugs can be made of wool, cotton, silk, jute and other natural materials. Silk is sometimes used in wool rugs for the outlines or highlights of the pattern to enhance the design. Hand knotted and hand woven rugs can last many generations if they are of good quality and properly maintained.
Machine made rugs can offer a lower price alternative to hand knotted rugs. Machine made rugs usually have a life span of about 20 years or less compared to the handmade rugs lasting many generations.. Machine made rugs are generally not of any value to a collector. Although there are certain brands, such as Karastan rugs, that have a very loyal following. Karastan brand is made in the US.
The first rug is hand knotted, the second machine made note the uniformity of the stitching which is done by a machine.

Hand-woven

machine woven

 

Dye Bleed Correction

We are excited to share with you are latest news! In addition to our washing, repairing, and preventive care services, Dakota Fine Rug Cleaning can correct your color! There are many techniques and products, one may work on a particular Rug and that technique may not work on the next one. Testing, time and patience are a virtue. We traveled far from home to learn from the experts how to care for rugs with color run, rugs that need dye correction for sun fade and wear. Rugs affected by fire or water may require color correction to reverse the damage caused. Simply cleaning the rugs will not restore the color. When colors migrate or change throughout a rug, it takes the experience and knowledge of a skilled professional to repair the damages and bring the colors back to their original state. We care about you and we love your rugs so we do our best to provide you with top notch services to keep you and your rugs happy! Ask us, we are glad to help.

Continuing Education

Nov 15th

David  became a WoolSafe Approved Fiber Care Specialist and Dakota Fine Rug Cleaning is now a WoolSafe Approved Service Provider. This creditdantion comes after 30 + chapters of WoolSafe training education and passing the final exam. For any area rug or fine textile care http://rugcleaningrapidcity.com/ is the place that offers “Boutique Care for the Rugs You Love”

 

Moth Month and Area rugs

Bugs, Rugs and Storage.
Those bad little critters that can eat up your loved rugs usually hatch around the end of May in South Dakota. Rugs that are improperly stored can need costly repair or be ruined. Rugs that were improperly stored by their owners for years may provide an unbeknownst meal for bugs. Moths like dark dirty places.

Other rugs that have been down on the floor for years without being moved or vacuumed, like areas under furniture, are also at high risk of damage from moths and beetles.

Never store a dirty rug.

We offer moth and pest treatments along with proper storage measures after your rug cleaning.