Rug Care in Memphis and Nashville, TN

Rug Blocking

Blocking can restore the shape of a rug that has become distorted from use. In the case of a rectangular rug, the blocking procedure means that we attach the rug to our blocking board with the rug’s edges straightened and the corners at perfect right angles. The rug is kept in the blocked position for 4 days to achieve the best result.
Here at Fred Remmers, rugs are blocked with their pile sides facing down, which allows us to apply natural starch to the backs of the rugs during the stretching and shaping process. Starch helps blocked rugs maintain their newly restored shapes after coming off the board.
After a custom made rug or a hand tufted rug is blocked, we may recommend coating the back of the rug with latex. We recommend latex for several reasons: the back of the rug was not finished properly at the time of manufacture, the rug’s seams have become loose from “wear and tear,” or the rug requires the additional sturdiness that the combination of latex and a new cotton backing will provide.
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After the standard blocking procedure has taken place, and latex has been spread across the back of the rug, the latex is allowed to partially dry. The sticky, rubbery surface adheres tightly to cotton muslin, which is smoothed over the latex layer. After the latex is completely dry, the overlapping edges of the muslin are trimmed away.
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Overcast Fringes

The double white thread sewn just above the short fringe at the end of this rug is overcast. Overcasting is sewn into the ends of a rug to prevent unraveling and the loss of wool pile over time. Excessive wear to the ends of a rug can occur when the same areas are walked across repeatedly. In general, these wear patterns can be avoided by rotating the rug at least twice a year. Putting the overcast in place means that even if the end of a rug does wear heavily, the colored wool knots that compose the rug's design will not pull off the ends of the warp threads.
Across the width of the carpet, bundles of warp threads are tied together with the binding thread. This process is called Persian binding, which is a technique used in Iran to finish the ends of Persian rugs. Persian binding, like standard binding, keeps the end of the rug from unraveling, however, Persian binding also nicely finishes the fringe without knotting.
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If the rug has Kilim (the white flatweave at the end of the rug) and the ends of the fringe were worn. We will ravel it, in order to create a more pleasing appearance, the fringe knots were untied, and the kilim weave was opened up to reduce the width of the white area at each end of the rug. Persian overcast was then used to finish the ends of the rug. The fringe were wetted and combed to smooth them out, and, when dry, the worn ends were trimmed away.
Put an End to Loose Fringes
When the ends of your rugs start to look tattered and unkempt, let the rug care team at Fred Remmers Rug Cleaners perform a fringe repair service. Our service restores the overall beauty and quality of your rug. Our team treats your rug with care and respect. We perform all our fringe repair services by hand using the best quality materials and products. When you choose us for your fringe treatment, you receive quality results that last. Everyday use and exposure, coupled with other environmental factors, take a toll on the delicate fringing of your area rug. Due to excess dirt, set-in stains, heavy traffic and sun light, fringing collects messes and easily tears away from the base of the rug. Our rug care experts professionally correct these problems with our fringe repair service. We start with a complete inspection of your rug. This helps us diagnose all problems and determine the correct form of repairs needed. Ready to get started? Give us a call! We also offer other rug repair services.