We receive calls all the time with the same issue. HELP! Moth are eating my rug!!
Moth damage to an area rug can be devastating. In many cases the damage can be too far gone for repairs, however early detection can save your rug. Moth are attracted to wool rugs because of the high protein content the wool provides for their larvae. The moth will lay there eggs in the rug and when the larvae hatch….free lunch!
They thrive in dark corners and will often times do there damage without you even knowing about it. This is why regular vacuuming and deep cleaning once a year is recommended. Having your rug professional cleaned will keep it free from pests and make sure there are no unwanted visitors using your rug without your permission. Prevention is the best course of action against moth, however, in the unfortunate event that you have already suffered moth damage on your precious rug we are here to help.
Upon inspection our NYC rug cleaning technicians will let you know what to expect with your rug. They will let you know what options you have and whether or not it is salvageable. After discussing your options the technician can safely roll the rug up and seal it for proper transportation to our facility where it will be fully submerged in a lime wash in order to eliminate any living or unhatched larvae.
After the wash we moth proof the rug to ensure that moth will not be attracted to this rug anymore. We then thoroughly inspect the rug for damages. Often times the full extent of the damage will not be revealed until after the wash. What happens is the fibers that the larvae have been feasting on have been severely weakened and any loose fibers will fall apart during the wash.
At this point one of our technicians will call you and provide photos and videos of the rug in its present conditions after wash and offer repair options for your consideration. Repairs can include, new binding, fringe repairs, reweaving of holes, patching, color restoration, or dyeing. All repair work gets done by hand by skilled weavers which use original materials matching the design and aesthetics of the rug exactly how it was when it was first woven.
Our Rug Cleaning NYC technicians will keep you informed every step of the way from pickup time to delivery ensuring a smooth and pain free experience.
If your rug is going to be put away for storage we will make sure the wrap in acid free breathable paper and moth proof the rug so that it can be safely put away. It is extremely crucial to clean and moth proof ANY rug prior to placing it in storage because if not, there is a high probability that you will be in for a big surprise when you eventually open up the rug.
Take a look below at some recent photos of rugs we received that had suffered moth damage. These rugs will all need patching and reweaving which will restore them to their original beauty and condition. One of the rugs was being eaten in the customers home underneath their couch. They had no idea it was going on until they started seeing several moth flying around the apartment.
The others were placed in storage without being properly cleaned and protected first.
If you have any questions we would love to help! Feel free to call or email us.