Sometimes, what you hear about completing a task contains inaccurate information. It’s important to ignore common myths that could actually affect the health of your precious area or Oriental rug. Understanding these myths will allow you to keep your rug in the family for generations.
Myth: My rugs don’t look dirty, so I don’t need a professional cleaning.
It is advised to not wait until your rug looks obviously dirty before beginning any cleaning efforts. That can actually damage the rug fibers because the longer the dirt and dust remains in the rug pile, the more likely it is to literally cut away at the fibers like sandpaper. Waiting to clean the carpeting also can affect the health of your family members and visitors to your home. One square foot on an average rug can hold more than a pound of dirt, dust, and allergens per square foot before your rug will even appear dirty.
Myth: I can clean my own rugs at home.
There are several steps to professionally clean a rug, many of which can not be done in the home. The fringe also can not be adequately cleaning at home. Rugs and excessive moisture do not get along. If not dried properly, that moisture can lead to mold and dry rot, ultimately ruining your rug. A professional rug cleaning plant has a centrifuge to extract all the excess moisture from a rug after it is cleaned. Then hung in a climate controlled room where the rug can be cleaned completely and efficiently.
Myth: I have a protectant on my rug, I don’t need to worry about or address spills and stains.
A scotch guard or other protective coating put down on your rug is only meant to add a level of protection. Stains can still damage the fibers with this protection present, although they won’t soak in as quickly, and should be addressed immediately. It’s still crucial to address stains as soon as they occur because the protective coating will generally only delay the absorption of the stains. First use white paper towels to soak up as much of the stain as possible. Then, combine a mixture of white vinegar and water and lightly dab the area, once again using the paper towels to blot the moisture from the rug. If the spill does not disappear, it may be time to call a professional rug cleaner.
Whether your rug is a family heirloom or a new addition to your decor, here are some tips to keep it in the very best shape possible for generations to come.
Rotation – To insure even wear, your rug should be rotated once a year. Depending on the traffic, the rotation may vary from six months to two years.
Varying the Pathways – When furniture is placed on the rug, it creates a natural pathway that is used frequently. Move the furniture on the rug so walkways are changed. This will stop the damage of a wear pattern in just one place.
Vacuuming – Oriental and Area rugs, like most carpeting, should be vacuumed on a regular basis to remove dirt and restore life to the fibers. Be sure not to vacuum the fringe with your beater bar! Use the end of a vacuum hose from a canister vacuum.
Shags and other longer-pile rugs – These types of rugs can get caught in the rotating beater bar of your vacuum cleaner. It’s best to use an attachment without one or flip the rug over and vacuum the bottom.
Padding – A quality pad used under your rug helps protect it from dirt, wear and slippage.
Washing – Having your Heirloom Oriental and Area rugs professionally cleaned by Heirloom Oriental Rug Cleaning will ensure it is done properly and with care to protect your investment.
Whether your guests are staying just for the day or will be overnight visitors, this holiday checklist will help make your home as inviting and comfortable as possible.
Make sure walkways and porches are free of ice and snow. Taking someone to the emergency room because of a fall is not the way you want to start the holidays.
Make sure all outdoor lighting is functioning properly and is turned on when it is dark. Another important precaution to ensure your guest’s safety.
Establish a place to collect all warm weather apparel, including boots. Add extra hangers to your coat closet or designate a room to collect these. You should also consider adding an extra doormat for those wet boots. If you plan for this ahead of time your entrance won’t become a cluttered mess.
If the carpet isn’t looking it’s best, schedule a professional carpet cleaning. Clean the windows so that guests can clearly see your outside decorations.
If the tile looks dingy, replacing it or even new grout can give a fresh look to a bathroom. Make sure the bathroom fan and window are in operating condition. Ventilation is an important part of keeping your bathroom clean and mildew-free.
Make sure you have enough guest bath and/or hand towels. Consider special towels with a holiday theme to keep with the spirit of the season.
The kitchen has become an essential room for entertaining with the popularity and ease of serving food buffet style. To provide more space, try installing appliances under countertops or consider investing in a kitchen island. Check the condition of the countertops, cabinets, and appliances. Replacing the appliances can make a huge difference when you’re preparing meals for large groups.
Make sure the guest beds have fresh linens. Clear some closet space or a drawer to make your guests feel more at home. No one likes to live out of a suitcase.
Provide your guests with a bedside clock and reading lamp. Not everyone goes to sleep or wakes at the same time.
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Approximately 45 million people suffer from allergies each year, but did you know that we aren’t the only ones that deal with these issues? Many pet owners aren’t aware that 10% of dogs also deal with seasonal allergies. There are important precautions that pet owners can do to help reduce the risk of a pet having an allergic reaction. From routine baths to foot soaks to bringing in professional carpet cleaners, this infographic explains how we can help our pets stay allergy-free this Fall.
And before medication has to come into play, remember to have a professional carpet & upholstery cleaning in order to remove any remaining allergens and dirt. Then maintain your clean surfaces by vacuuming every 5-7 days with a HEPA filter-equipped vacuum.
Back in prehistoric days, humans took shelter in primitive caves. It probably didn’t take them too long to start using animal skins, plant leaves, or other soft material to line the floors of their caves. Were these types of materials the first carpets? Not exactly. We do know that animals, such as goats and sheep, were sheared for hair and wool that could be spun and woven into floor coverings over 9,000 years ago. Knotted-pile carpet rugs are thought to have developed in western Asia 4,000-5,000 years ago.
The oldest rug ever discovered is the Pazyryk carpet, which is a pile carpet rug discovered in a Siberian burial mound in 1949. Experts believe it is over 6,000 years old, dating back to the 5th century B.C. Preserved in ice for thousands of years, the Pazyryk carpet features rich colors in a dense pile of symmetrical double knots.
Wall-to-wall carpeting, like we enjoy today, hasn’t been around nearly as long as the more portable version. They got their start as handcrafted bedspreads in the small town of Dalton, Georgia.
Around the turn of the 20th century, a young woman in Dalton named Catherine Evans Whitener made a handcrafted bedspread as a wedding gift. Using a quilt pattern she had seen, she sewed thick cotton yarn onto unbleached muslin fabric. To make the bedspread softer, she clipped the ends of the yarn, so that they would fluff out.
Over the next several decades, her process for making bedspreads became extremely popular, and entire families began to make a living by hand-tufting bedspreads. Demand for these bedspreads was high and spread to large cities around the U.S. Income from making bedspreads helped many Dalton-area families survive the Great Depression.
Eventually, machines were developed to automate the tufting process. Mills sprang up in and around Dalton, and new products were developed, including broadloom carpets. After World War II, new synthetic fibers were developed to replace wool and cotton, including polyester, nylon, rayon, and acrylics.
Today, tufted broadloom carpets made of synthetic fibers account for over 90% of the carpet market. Dalton remains at the center of the carpet industry, producing over 70% of world-wide carpet output. That’s why Dalton is known as the “Carpet Capital of the World.”
So now that we know all about where carpeting comes from, keep in mind that this wonderful stuff needs regular professional carpet cleaning. Call us you’re ready to schedule.
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Dusting is the most important stage in area rug cleaning! Anyone who skips this step is simply not cleaning your rug properly. There’s been one study that has shown that an 8ft x 10ft rug can hold as much as 75 pounds of soil & debris deep down in the fibers before it will even look or appear dirty! How much dirt do you think your rug is hiding?
Why is it important?
Wool is a porous fiber, much like human hair. Similar to hair, pollutants from the air, dust, dirt and other grime can make a rug’s pile dull. More than this though fine sand-like particles of dirt and dust accumulate within the rug. These particles are very abrasive act as sand paper causing damage to the fibers with every step.
When water is added to the mix the layer of dirt and dust become cement-like exaggerating the problem and can easily cause the foundation of the rug to become brittle and break.
What kind of particles are removed from “dusting”?
The “dust” removed by rug dusting can include a mixture of many things most commonly:
- Dead Skin Cells
- Worn Rug Fibers
- Food Particles
- Pet Dander
Why isn’t just vacuuming good enough?
Vacuums work great on the loose weave of your carpet, and are great for maintaining the health of your rug between professional cleanings. But vacuuming will only remove the debris that is on the surface. Even the strongest vacuums are ineffective at removing soils deep in the tight weave of Oriental and other specialty area rugs. Continue to vacuum your rug to keep it looking great. but every rug needs a good dusting and professional cleaning every couple years to keep it healthy.
Upholstery is something that is often overlooked when considering to clean your home. Your carpet may cover more square footage -but we bet you’ll spend more time sitting in your favorite armchair than on the living room floor!
Here are three reasons to have your upholstery cleaned regularly.
1. Keeps your furniture looking clean: One thing is having your favorite sofa feeling “broken in” but it’s another for it to look broken. Keeping your furniture looking nice makes you want to maintain it and keep it longer. Calling to schedule a professional upholstery cleaning periodically will help you maintain a clean and better looking decor in your home.
2. Keep your family healthy: Simply put, your health is the primary reason you want to keep clean upholstery. Unfortunately, there are many allergens and pollutants that you don’t see that linger deep inside your furniture. Without the proper cleaning, your favorite sofa will be the favorite resting spot for dust mites which can create havoc to your health, especially for people with breathing issues, such as asthma.
3. Improve your home’s air quality: Most people don’t realize that your upholstery acts as a giant air filter. Dust and allergens collect on the soft surface, then gets stirred back into the air causing poor indoor air quality. A regular cleaning can get rid of problems such as mold, dust, mildew, and allergens. Similar to changing out your AC filters regularly.