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4 Things to Know Before Buying a Used Rug

Posted by Hammond Knoll on Jan 14, 2021 12:00:00 AM

What are the dangers of buying a used rug?

  1. Odors that won't go away
  2. Bugs that can infest your whole home or business
  3. Deteriorated latex backing
  4. Wetness that can lead to mold, mildew, and other issues

Finding just the right pieces to accent your home or office is a lot of fun.

Buying a used rug seems like a great way to add visual charm to a room while staying within a budget.

But there are some important things you need to think about so that you don’t get stuck with a problem situation that costs you more in the long run.

Here’s what you need to know. (Hint: Put your favorite professional area and Oriental rug cleaning company on speed dial. 😉)

What should you watch out for when buying a used rug?

There are actually several dangers to be aware of before you pull the trigger on a used rug.

1. Odors

It’s a tale as old as time. You see a beauty of a rug that turns out to be a real beast.

Why? How?!

Because a few days after you’ve carefully and proudly placed it in your well-thought-out space, you notice an odor. 

A gross smell. And it’s coming from your new-to-you rug.

The odors could be from any number of things: a spill that wasn’t cleaned up, pet accidents, it belonged to a smoker, or it was never properly cleaned by a professional carpet or rug cleaning company.

Whether they’re trying to be deceitful or not, sellers can mask these unpleasant odors for a few days by applying a carpet deodorizer. 

Of course, it doesn’t last and the stench comes back just in time for you to invite the ladies over for a glass of wine.

Pro tip #1: Turn the rug over and look at the back. Even if it smells perfectly fine at the moment, stains or markings on the back can alert you to a problem down the road.

Pro tip #2: If you find yourself in this situation, call your friends at Hammond Knoll. We’ll do our best to get rid of the stink and restore your rug to its former glory.

2. Bugs

Yeah, bugs. Creepy, crawly bugs.

Fleas. Ants. Bed bugs. They love hanging out in used rugs and the fibers of carpet.

And the problem is that they can be so small that you don’t see them. But if any eggs are left behind, a few weeks after you’ve brought your treasure home, you could have an infestation.

Wool and silk rugs are big attractions for moths, as well.

Pro Tip: It’s a good idea to have your used rugs or carpets thoroughly cleaned by a professional rug and carpet cleaner you can trust before you bring them (and any hidden tag-alongs) into your home.

3. Latex backing that has deteriorated

It may sound oddly specific, but it can be a real problem with a used tufted rug.

The latex on the back only has a life of about 10 years. As it starts to break down, you may notice a fine powder on your floor, coming from the rug. Another danger is that the back may completely fall off and need to be replaced.

Finally, there may be a heavy latex odor that’s nearly impossible to get rid of, and, like other smelly culprits on this list, you may not notice it until after the rug has been brought into your house. 

4. Wetness

Sometimes, once a rug has gotten wet, it will dry without leaving any visible evidence that it was ever soaked. 

Until you bring it into your space and the mold starts to grow. Yikes. 

It will smell terrible and it can even give the people in your home a runny nose or other respiratory symptoms.

Pro Tip: Bet you can guess what this tip is going to be...yep, have a used rug thoroughly, deeply cleaned by professionals before bringing it home!

Use caution when buying a used rug

You may end up with the perfect showpiece to update the look of your home or office.

Or you may end up with a big problem that will not only be a huge hassle, but also a drain on your wallet.

Be aware that you could have to deal with bugs, wetness, odor, or a deteriorating rug.

But all is not lost. Call the experts at Hammond Knoll and let us help you keep your home or business free of all the yuck that can come from buying a used rug and plopping it down in your home.

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