Moths search for and feed on the protein Keratin which is found in natural animal based fibers such as wool and silk. They feed on it during the larvae stage of their life cycle. They digest the keratin and use it to cocoon themselves. They cannot digest cellulose fibers such as cotton or hemp which is why you will often find that a moth eaten rug will be left with the foundation intact.
The adult moth will emerge from its cocoon and begin laying eggs which hatch into larvae, thus starting the cycle of rug destruction all over again. Moths naturally require a dark and undisturbed area to carry out all this activity and so they will always favour parts of a rug which are concealed, perhaps under furniture or curtains, to inhabit. Dirty rugs are particularly at risk because household dust contains dead human skin which also contains keratin.
We seal and segregate all moth infested rugs brought into our facility prior to giving them a thorough immersion wash. We apply a specialist moth treatment during the wash and to allow it to penetrate the fibers and then also spray the product on both sides once it is dry. We do not just spray a generic permeation based treatment once the rug is dry as is common in our industry.
Our moth treatment works as a repellent by making the rug taste undesirable to moths thereby forcing them to look elsewhere for keratin. This is an extremely effective way to protect rugs containing wool, silk, goat and camel hair.
1. Let in Light – Moths favor dark areas, so keep curtains and blinds open in unused rooms.
2. Vacuum Regularly – Incorporating a regular and effective rug vacuuming approach into your cleaning schedule will disturb the life cycle of any offending moths. It will also serve to remove dead skin cells; a desirable food source for moths.
3. Don’t Position Rugs Under Furniture – Unless you’re willing to move the furniture every time you vacuum this will only serve to give moths a dark and undisturbed hiding place.
4. Store Safely – If you need to store rugs for an extended period of time it is advisable to have them professionally cleaned, protected with a moth treatment, and wrapped in either Tyvek® or craft paper. This will ensure that they are moth free going into storage and will remain that way.
5. Inspect Regularly – Get into the habit of looking at your rug closely and with purpose, on both sides, in order to spot any signs of moth early and prevent the need for a costly Rug repair.
A quick fact about urine… When urine leaves the body it is actually quite acidic. Wool carpets are naturally acidic, so if the urine is removed quickly, damage can be avoided to the wool fibers.As urine dries its pH changes from acidic into an alkaline and it is this process which can damage wool carpets permanently.Urine deposited on carpet does not stay there; it penetrates the ?bres and contaminates both the backing of the carpet and the ?ooring material below the carpet. Often, without your knowing, pets will urinate continually in the same general location. Urine odors can permeate from the ?oor, be it cement or wood, from the tack strip, and even from the framework of the house behind the walls.As the urine dries, the liquid evaporates but the urine crystals become even more concentrated and pungent. Simple cleaning will not remove this odour. Our experts can get rid of the smell and stain as well and restore your rug to original condition.