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K Blatchfords We are the most referred company for the cleaning and repair of oriental and specialty rugs in southern California. Whether you have an investment textile, or a rug you fell in love with for your home, we care for your rugs just like our own. Come see for yourself that we are the ones to trust with the care of your favorite rugs. Blatchford's San Diego Rug Cleaning & Repair is a San Diego based business specializing in the care of antique, semi-antique and contemporary hand-woven textiles.

Washing rugs takes skilled hands and keen eyes. You need to understand the textiles you are washing, while you determine the best ways to get to the best result - for the rug and for the rug's owner. The right type of pad underneath your rug provides many benefits from keeping it from slipping on the floor or buckling, to acting as a "shock absorber" for foot traffic to lessen the wear on the rug's fibers.

Blatchford's offers a number of rug care tips and tricks that address topics ranging from the proper rug pad to purchase, rugs on carpet, to proper techniques for wrapping and preparing your rugs for storage.
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read more › Blatchford's San Diego Rug Cleaning & Repair is a San Diego based business specializing in the care of antique, semi-antique and contemporary hand-woven textiles. Our craftsmanship of rug washing and hand repairing over the decades has built our reputation as one of the premier rug cleaning and repairing facilities in the United States. We were recently featured in the New York Times as experts on rug care in an article entitled A Rug Expert Keeps Her Eyes On The Floor. Is this rug worth cleaning?

read more › Because our hours fluctuate week by week, we are continuing to operate BY APPOINTMENT for drop off's and pick-ups at our facility so that we can be 100% sure to have team members here to meet you and unload/load your rugs. We are handling all estimates in advance with photos so that your visit with us can be super quick because we have handled all questions/answers ahead of time. We are extremely grateful that our family business of almost four decades managed to last through to this point. We know many small businesses have not been as lucky.

read more › The more information you are able to provide, the more accurate our initial estimate is likely to be. If you would like to make an appointment to drop off your rugs for service please contact us at 858-566-3833 or email us at [email protected]. Included below are some sample photos for reference as you are completing the 'Request an Estimate' form.

read more › We thoroughly and safely wash natural fiber textiles (wool, silk, and cotton) in our facility. Come take our Rug Wash Tour and learn the best care tips to help your rugs last longer and look their best. We offer standard rug washing services, as well as restorative washing services (specialty stain removal, odor removal, and decontamination for flood-affected and fire-affected rugs). Washing rugs takes skilled hands and keen eyes. You need to understand the textiles you are washing, while you determine the best ways to get to the best result - for the rug and for the rug's owner.

read more › Essentially, they need a really good "bath" to remove the dirt, grit, bacteria, and other contaminants from the surface and within the base of the rug's fibers. Rugs have been woven for thousands of years, and have been washed for thousands as well. Overseas you see both rugs and fabrics washed in rivers. Today we simply take the Old World washing ways and bring them up to date for both antique and contemporary rugs and textiles. There are concerns that vary depending on fiber type, dye strength, and rug construction.

read more › Your new puppy chewed up the corner. Your vacuum cleaner grabbed the fringe and tore the tassels off. Your potted plant leaked and created a hole. Whatever the reason, rugs sometimes need repair. Our team of Repair Specialists tackle everything from new fringe to reweaving more severe damage. Whatever your repair needs, our Repair Team handles everything from basic repair to restorative repair services. And if your rug is in need of a little TLC, just give us a call at 858-566-3833, and we can set an appointment for you to bring it to us or to arrange a pick-up from your home.

read more › A rug can take months or years to weave depending on the size and knot count of the piece. For example, a 912 rug woven today in Pakistan, good quality weave, would take 3 weavers sitting side by side 6 days a week FOURTEEN months to weave that one rug. So we pay close attention to problems that come up with the structure of a rug, so that we can protect the work of these craftsmen and women, and the rugs they have created for the world to enjoy. Every rug is pre-inspected when it arrives to us, and we pay special attention to the sides, ends, and field for any areas of concern.

read more › Insect damage, flood or mildew damage, and theft are the most common problems we hear from clients who have placed rugs in a local storage unit or placed in a far corner of a closet or garage. Many times rugs with high appraised or sentimental value are placed in storage to save them for family members, or to save them from a remodel mess, or to protect them from the summer sunlight. You want to make sure you are not actually causing damage by incorporating the wrong storage procedures. You must clean your rugs of food and liquid material because though moths are normally the storage "bad guys" - ANY insect will eat sugars and other food spills, and they will eat the wool fibers that are holding this meal for them too.

read more › The right type of pad underneath your rug provides many benefits from keeping it from slipping on the floor or buckling, to acting as a "shock absorber" for foot traffic to lessen the wear on the rug's fibers. This is a tough topic because rugs are meant to be over hard floors, not soft ones. And having rugs over carpeting, and heavy furniture on top of it, can lead to safety issues from buckling as well as structural damage to the rug's foundation fibers. We have not found an ideal choice of pad for over carpeting.

read more › Rug Disclaimer: There are many types of rugs, and many types of care issues. These are general recommendations being provided to help in most scenarios involving natural fiber rugs. Please contact us (or your professional rug cleaner in your area if you are not in San Diego) with photos of your rug for specific advice if needed. IMPORTANT: If your rug is viscose, rayon, bamboo silk, banana silk, Tencel(r), or any other type of artificial silk (regenerated cellulose) - these fibers are wood pulp (paper) and even slight moisture can cause permanent damage.

read more › Our video gallery is designed to answer some of the most common questions we are asked every day. Please take a moment to watch a video or two, and remember to bookmark the page for future reference! In this section we explore a couple of things that you can do to extend the life of your fine area rugs and protect your investment. Proper Rug Care is critical to maintaining the appearance and durability of your area rugs whether they are family heirlooms or simply a beautiful modern rug that matches your decor.

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