Taking care of cleaning chores around the house is something homeowners have engaged in since houses were invented. Not much thought goes into it other than it just needs done.
However, some specialized tasks, such as removing a spot from a carpet, getting rid of an irritating pet odor from the family dog or trying to find the best cleaning solution for the toughest jobs can actually end up causing more harm than good.
When we find a spot on the carpet, there are two things we tend to do. The first is to put way too much cleaning solution on the spot, saturating it and even getting the padding wet. This just spreads the spot and causes trouble in the future. The second is we tend to scrub way too long and way too hard. This can fray the fibers and you can’t fix that. So when you get a spot, put some solution on a white towel and blot. Never scrub or rub.
The biggest question when Fido or Fluffy does their thing on the carpet is “How do I get it out?” That’s not always easy unless you get to it right away. Urine will penetrate into the carpet, the padding and even the subfloor, and when it dries, over time it becomes sticky and smelly. Some will put powdered carpet deodorizers on those spots, which only gums up the carpet and creates a residue very difficult to remove. Like with spot removal, blotting the area quickly is usually the best remedy for the do-it-yourself types.
When one product works well and you find another one works well, too, the tendency is to mix them. Remember, nevermix ammonia and bleach. Both are effective products on their own, but mixed together, they become deadly. Other products on your shelf could, if mixed together, create toxic fumes that can cause harm to your family. Always follow directions.
How can you avoid all these problems and challenges? It’s simple: Call your cleaning professional today. They’ll be right over to save the day.
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Taking care of cleaning chores around the house is something homeowners have engaged in since houses were invented. Not much thought goes into it other than it just needs done.
Note: Dip a white cloth into these solutions and apply to the stain. Never pour the solutions directly onto carpeting.
- Detergent solution: Mix 1/4 teaspoon of a translucent liquid dishwashing detergent, such as Dawn or Joy, into one cup of lukewarm water.
- Vinegar solution: Mix one cup of white vinegar with two cups of water.
- Solvent solution: Use an oil solvent. Or substitute nail-polish remover, such as Cutex Quick & Gentle non-acetone polish remover.
- Ammonia solution: Mix one tablespoon of clear household ammonia with 1/2 cup of lukewarm water.
- Baking soda works to remove pet stains. Just sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda over the soiled section, and then let it sit for a couple hours before vacuuming.
- Club soda also works well, but may have to be applied with a cleaning solution several times before a stain is removed. Start by blotting the section before pouring the club soda over it. Once the solution has stopped fizzing, immediately blot the spot again, repeating as necessary.
- Diluted bleach can help too. Just use 10 parts water to one part bleach. Spray the solution on the stain, and then let it sit for 15 seconds before thoroughly rinsing the area with warm water. If you can still see the stain, repeat the process until the spot is gone.
If these solutions do not work for your stains or if you would be more comfortable allowing professionals to handle this for you, call us anytime!
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You may not cry over spilled milk, but that could definitely change when a full glass of red wine is splattered all over your favorite oriental rug. What can you do to remove those deep red stains? Follow these steps in case of a wine emergency!
Right when the spill happens, take a wash cloth and dab the area in order to get the excess wine out of the rug.
If you have it, reach for your favorite carpet shampoo or clothing stain remover, and clean as you would when removing dirt from your clothing.
There are wine stain solutions in stores such as "MacGyver" and "Wine Away" but you could even make your own by using everyday arsenal removers such as hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, soda ash, vinegar, club soda, salt, and white wine.
If red wine hits a light colored carpet, try to blot as much as possible, then spray the area with hydrogen peroxide and follow by sprinkling baking soda on it. Leave it on the stain for about 2-3 minutes and rinse with water.
Ironically enough, when red wine is spilled on a carpet, white wine can step in and be your true companion. White wine will neutralize the red wine, and that will make it easier to lift the redness out of your carpet. After you pour the white wine on the red wine, take a towel and blot (do not rub) the liquid up.
Adding salt or club soda can help to lift out the pigment in the stain. The salt will act as a buffer and will keep the stain from setting, while the carbonation in the club soda will help lift the stain from the fibers in the carpet.
Vinegar is also a useful resource when looking to neutralize the purple pigments in red wine stains. When combined with soap or club soda, it will become a stain-fighting force. Add laundry detergent to the vinegar, let it soak together for a few moments, and then apply it to the stain. Work from the outer edge of the stain, using a little at a time and blot up with dry cloths frequently.
While you try and figure out which method you'll use to clean up the stain, immediately apply salt to the area in efforts to keep the wine from setting.
Refer to our Spotting Guide for additional tricks when it comes to other stains: http://www.rugrenovating.com/spotting-guide/ and check out our Spotting Kit so you'll always be prepared: http://www.rugrenovating.com/spotting-kit/
As stated by an Environment Protection Agency (EPA) expert, Dr. Michael Berry: "A clean home is a healthy home. Cleaning will remove fungi, bacteria, dust, pollen and other pollutants that can aggravate and trigger problems for allergy and asthma suffers." Most people spend a lot of time in their homes. What we don't realize is that the air outside of our homes is actually cleaner than the air inside of our homes. According to the EPA, indoor air pollution has reached epidemic levels in the United States over the past ten years. Indoor air pollution can lead to watery eyes, frequent colds, flu, sore throats, stuffy noses, allergies, lack of energy and asthma. The soft surfaces that make up your rugs and furniture are a critical part of affecting indoor air quality. They capture dust, dirt, pollen, dust mites and all of their products including bacteria. Once your rugs and furniture get full of those pollutants, they stop holding onto them and release them back into the air. The EPA has determined that proper cleaning can get your rugs and carpets up to 1500% cleaner. Keeping your home clean will make you and your family live a healthier life and it will ultimately leave your home looking more beautiful.
Steps to take to help decrease in-home allergens:
- Use a vacuum cleaner that has a Hepa Filter.
- Be sure to replace the bag when it is half full.
- Use a beater bar when vacuuming rugs and carpets as it will make your work even more effective.
- Use the hose connection on the vacuum to thoroughly clean all upholstered furniture, drapes and other window treatments.
- Dust mites and mold thrive in moisture. Keep humidity in your home lower than 50% with a dehumidifier, air conditioner, or heating system.
- When you buy furnishings, try to choose ones that are washable or made from materials such as wood and leather. Allergens can collect in places like upholstered couches and chairs, curtains and blinds.
- When you do laundry, soak your blankets, sheets, and pillowcases for four hours in warm water, detergent, and bleach. Then wash with detergent in water that is at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Clean your home frequently. Vacuum, dust, and wipe down flat surfaces with a damp cloth.
- Clean the air in your home naturally. Skip the plug-in air fresheners or electric air cleaners and instead, open your windows or turn on exhaust fans that vent to the outdoors.
- If you realize you or one of your loved ones are allergic to your pets, keep him or her out of your bedroom. Bathe pets once a week and always wash your hands after touching them.
You should invest in an eco-friendly carpet cleaning treatment because experts have stated that "going green" is an important factor when it comes to cleaning. And our factory's cleaning processes are as responsible as you can get. If our client would like us to use cleaning products that are environmentally more friendly, we are happy to do so. We can explain to you the type of products that we offer and how they can benefit you and your home. Some chemicals used in cleaning products have been linked to health problems varying rom asthma and allergies to attention disorders and possibly cancer. Eco-friendly carpet cleaning treatments are important because it can provide health benefits for your family and pets. For the planet, eco-friendly cleaning can reduce our carbon footprint on the planet as well. We believe it is practical for us to be earth friendly and conscious while making your home beautiful. You will feel better about having your rugs cleaned knowing that it's helping the environment.
Oriental rugs or area carpets can act like an air filter, which will collect dust and dirt particles in their fibers. Like a filter, they need to be cleaned or it could lead to indoor health hazards. In order to do so the safest way, eco-friendly cleaning is the way to go because it eliminates any type of harsh chemicals in your home and around your family. Keeping your home clean and healthy will keep you healthy. Indoor air pollution can lead to watery eyes, frequent colds, flu, sore throats, stuffy noses, and a lack of energy. Rugs and carpets play an essential role in affecting indoor air quality. When they capture dust, dirt, pollen, dust mites, and bacteria, they can only hold them in their soft surfaces for so long until they become too full of pollutants and release them back into the air. This contributes to the problem and the only way to combat it is by getting your rugs and carpets cleaned professionally every year. You and your family will ultimately feel better and live a healthier life, while your home will look dramatically more beautiful.
Not only do we take eco-friendly measures when cleaning your rugs and carpets, but we also take steps afterwards to continue to help the planet. We will never dump any type of environmentally friendly solution down the storm sewer after we leave your home. We use proper disposal techniques after cleaning oriental rugs and area carpets in our facility. All of the water and the cleaning detergents are released into our sanitary sewer, which then travels through the sewer system and into the Passaic Valley Sewerage commission where it is properly treated and released into the New York Harbor. We turn to the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission (PVSC), which operates one of the country's largest treatment plants for the wastewater's of Northern New Jersey. We were presented with an award from the PVSC for our compliance with pretreatment requirements.
Quick Tips for Eco-Friendly Cleaning at Home:
Vacuum at least once a week.
Have your carpets professionally cleaned at least once a year by a qualified specialist.
Wipe your shoes before entering your home with an outdoor mat, removing up to 83% of soil.
In order to avoid any chance of mold, get water leaks fixed when broken.
Last week Rug Renovating hosted the first of many interior designer workshops, created to help educate interior designers on strategies that can help grow their own personal business(es). This initial event was focused on helping interior designers understand how they can build their personal brand, in regards to marketing, and what they may be currently missing in their company messaging. Our guest speaker was famed branding expert and author of the global bestseller 'Your Marketing Sucks' - Mark Stevens.
Important tips to note were:
1. The importance of brevity. If you can't explain what your company does briefly and simply, you need a new message. Ask yourself "what does my company do?" If you can't answer easily, you need to reconsider your positioning.
2. What makes you different? Really consider your selling process from beginning to end and see where you can make changes to help you stand out.
3. Do something during your initial consultation that makes you memorable. Bring something tangible that your prospect can keep (outside of a business card or brochure).
The night was informative and engaging as the guests participated in a conversation about marketing and learned new tricks to rug restoration and cleaning, thanks to Paul Iskylan, Rug Renovating's President. Guests received a copy of Mark's book along with an exclusive Rug Renovating spotting kit.
Photos from the event can be seen on the Rug Renovating company Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rug-Renovating/253083724711719) and a video documenting the evening's speeches will be posted next week.
If you are an interior designer and have questions about rug restoration, cleaning or protecting, or would like to know more about how to help build your personal brand, please feel free to reach out to us and we'd be more than happy to help!
With great customer experiences, come great customer testimonials. At Rug Renovating, we pride ourselves on the complete satisfaction of our customers. They consistenly praise us on our professional carpet cleaning and rug restoration services. We love hearing feedback from customers who are satisfied with the work we’ve done for them, and the encounters they had when working with the Rug Renovating team. The following will provide two examples of testimonials that come from Ellen and Rita, and a list, which features important factors that go hand in hand with happy customer reviews.
A recent testimonial comes from Ellen in Fairfield,Connecticut, who sent us an email expressing her happiness and satisfaction. She has a 9x12 handmade rug that had some pulls that needed repair. She spoke to one of our employees, Lenny, and she stated that he couldn’t have been any nicer or more informative. Lenny asked her some questions in order to give her an estimate, and went further on to explain the cost per square foot, which depends on whether the rug is handmade or machine made. Lenny also informed her that he would have the rug picked up, examined, and call her back with an estimate. If she didn’t like it, it would be sent back no charge, which is one of our important policies here.
The next day, she was instructed to call between 4:00 and 5:00 pm, before scheduled pick up, in order to find out the time window they would be coming, which was promised by the men who were picking up the rug. Lenny called her back after he evaluated the rug and informed her of the price. She also decided to buy a pad from us, which would replace her old, ratty one, and something we recommend. She was told that the rug would be arriving between 10 am and 2 pm and it was at her house by 12:30 pm. They lifted the sofa and two oversized chairs and then laid out the rug for her. She was extremely satisfied at how clean and bright it looked when laid out. She was also happy about the fact there are no hidden costs, everything was told to her upfront, and it arrived when they said it would, all of which is something we take extremely seriously.
Another recent testimonial comes from Rita in Manhattan,New York. She appreciated the fact that the morning of the delivery, two of our men, Anthony and Victor, called her to give the approximate time of arrival and even arrived shortly after their call. Rita also loved how professional and courteous they were, and that they knew exactly what they were doing, which she found to be another huge plus. She also noted how pleasant they were to deal with, something we believe is crucial when working with customers. Anthony and Victor placed the mats and the rugs, which were large and heavy, underneath the beds with ease. While working with the rugs, they put shields on their feet, which is something we do with every job while working in our customers' homes. Rita also noted that Jo, an employee she spoke to about the process, was very pleasant and reassuring on the phone, taking good care of her. Rita and her husband were both so pleased with the experience they had with us and stated that the rugs came out beautifully.
We have compiled the following list of important factors included in the high level of service Rug Renovating delivers. These comments have been included in testimonials written to us and highlighted by some of our happiest customers.
- Our men being the most professional, polite, and enjoyable when working with our customers in their homes.
- Taking careful procedures during a delivery, such as wearing shields on their feet when laying out the rugs.
- Keeping our promises to our customers- no hidden fees and everything is told upfront.
- Always being prompt and on time with deliveries and giving our customers a time approximation.
- Our employees that speak on the phone to our customers are informative and patient.
- Always keeping our promises to our customers.