Thursday, November 6, 2008

....but it is just a Rug

Some days the call volume I answer varies from 15-40 calls a day. Most calls are people wanting to know how much to clean their area rug. It seems like a simple question, but we had to go and make it complicated. Luv-A-Rug pricing for area rug cleaning is based on the type of area rug to be cleaned. First we need to know what type of fiber the rug is made with ie. wool, synthetic, cotton, jute, then we need to know the size and finally we try to determine how the rug is constructed. This is the tricky part because when we buy rugs we usually buy based on colours, size and price, not always there are people who have area rug knowledge. I am writing today to help you become rug educated. The blog/website of Rug Rag has just the tools and information to help you know a little bit more about the area rug you love so much.
Last Saturday I had the honour of having dinner with Barry O'Connell, who is the human encyclopedia of rug knowledge. His website has very in depth information about rugs. It isn't for the novice, but it is a great source to expand your area rug knowledge, just try not to get overwhelmed and lost in the expanse of the information he writes.
The rainy season has started today with a determination. It started raining last night and hasn't stopped. I wasn't quite a drowned rat, but I felt like it. This means that in the next week Luv-A-Rug may see some area rugs that also look like a drowned rat. You would think that with it being known that Victoria gets a lot of rain and flooding occurs that houses would be built differently, but that doesn't seem to be a concern for builders. Anyway, off topic...back to area rugs. I sometimes get sad when I see an area rug that got flooded. It reminds me of a stuffed toy that got left outside and got rained on. Silly I know, but when you think about it there are similarities. The rug didn't choose to be the victim of water, neither did the toy, the texture of each goes crusty feeling, you can feel like there isn't anything that can be done to save either. I know that there can be something done for the area rug and so does my boss. He was in New Orleans just after the hurricane and he helped gather up rugs people were throwing out because they didn't think anything could be done. He made a lot of people very happy when he told them that they could be saved. Victoria flooding is much milder than that of a hurricane, Luv-A-Rug can help you love your area rug again after it gets an unexpected bath. Call us at 250-590-6210 or bring in your area rugs to 445 Beta St Victoria BC.
Thanks for reading RugloverMary