foot-book-now

973-675-8313

The Rug and Carpet Cleaning Expert's Blog

The Big 3 Holiday Spills

Posted by Paul Iskyan on Thu, Dec 06, 2018 @ 11:48 AM

AdobeStock_94685292

With holiday entertaining in mind, we thought the following tips may be of interest to you.  It seems that when food and beverages are served, spills on your carpet and rugs often follow.  If you’ve dealt with the resulting spots – during or after a holiday gathering – you’re in good company.  Our top three holiday spills and cures are listed below.

Spill #3 – Gravy

People often ask:

How does gravy get on the floor anyway?

Doesn’t everyone pay attention when passing the gravy boat?

Gravy somehow finds its way to your carpet and area rugs, and gravy has edged out whipped cream to make it onto our list of holiday spills.

Spill #2 – Coffee

Coffee and “holiday party jostles” go together like cream and sugar, so coffee drips are almost expected.  We have two cures for coffee spills, one for coffee and one for coffee with cream.

Spill #1 – Red Wine

Between making toasts, friendly hugs and general high spirits, spilling wine seems to be a part of every good holiday get-together.  Red wine can leave a permanent stain on textiles, caused by both naturally occurring color and added dyes. (White wine spills are just as common … they just don’t become obvious until they become sticky and darker as they start attracting soil.)

Knowing what to do can help alleviate your holiday gathering “carpet spill stress”.   Here’s what you need to know:

Gravy

Gravy and whipped cream spills share similarities in how they are handled:

- Spills with a heavier consistency like creams, butter or gravy can sit on top of the fiber for a short time before soaking into the carpet nap.  If the spill is still on the nap and not in the nap, work from the edge to the center using a dull knife, spoon or spatula to get under the goo and remove it before it sinks in.

- Keep transferring what you pick up to a container or disposable towel.  Removing semi-solids in this way will make removal of what’s left a lot simpler.

- Apply warm water.  At this point making the last of the spilled residue thinner makes it easier to remove.

- Blot up the warm water and residual gravy using absorbent paper or cotton towels.

- If any residue remains, mix a mild detergent solution:  ½ teaspoon liquid dishwashing detergent in one cup of warm water.

- Apply the mild detergent solution.- Blot until you no longer detect a transfer of moisture.

- Apply warm water to rinse.

- Blot.

At this point you may want to fold a pad of whitepaper or cotton towels and place them over the spill, then add weight.  Change absorbent pad as necessary. Just make sure the weight will not transfer color to the carpet as water is drawn into the toweling.

If the gravy has dried, use the same dull-edged tool to break the residue up and vacuum.  Sticky residue can be treated starting with the addition of a mild detergent solution.

Coffee

-Blot until there is no more liquid being absorbed into white, absorbent paper or cotton towels.

- If coffee color remains, apply warm water.

- Blot up the warm water using paper or cotton towels.

- If color remains, use the detergent solution noted above (½ teaspoon liquid dishwashing detergent in one cup of warm water).

- Blot until you no longer detect a transfer of color and moisture.

- If color remains, mix 1/3 cup of white vinegar with 2/3 cup of water to make a mild acidic solution.  The acid solution can work to make the stain less visible.

- Apply the mild acid solution.

- Blot.

If the coffee contains cream it may be necessary to apply a protein-dissolving enzyme.  Enzyme products are available at most supermarkets; make sure the product is appropriate for the fiber content of your carpet.  Apply the enzyme product, blot, apply water to rinse, and blot again.

Red Wine

- As with coffee, blot the spill to remove as much liquid as possible.

- Skip applying water and go right to applying the detergent solution.

- Blot, apply water, and blot again.

- If the stain remains, mix 1 tablespoon of household ammonia with a 1/2 cup of warm water.  Ammonia can help release coffee dyes from the carpet fiber.

-Apply the ammonia solution to the coffee stained area.

- Blot with white absorbent paper or cotton towels until you no longer detect a transfer of color and moisture.

- Apply the mild acid solution (1/3 cup of white vinegar with 2/3 cup of water) and blot.  The acid solution can work to make the stain less visible.

- Apply clear water and blot.

Heard the online tip about getting red wine out using white wine? It can work, as wine contains acetic acid.  Wine is just a lot more expensive than white vinegar.

Additional tips for all carpet/rug spot removal:

- For removing spills on any rug or carpet, remove as much of the spill as possible before adding water or cleaning solutions. For these stains and those that have sat for a while, professional help will be needed. Call us today or visit our website at www.rugrenovating.com.

- With all stain removal, think blot, don’t rub.  Rubbing a spot can distort the fiber, so even if you get the spill out you could be left with a texture-distorted, fuzzy area.

- A small trigger sprayer can be used to apply any of these solutions and will help control the amount of liquid being applied to your carpet.

- If you happen to have a wet-vac or home carpet spotting machine, you can use it in place of blotting.  Most of these machines are more efficient at putting water down than they are at picking water up, so spend more time using the vacuum than adding water.


Source: https://www.daburns.com/blog/blog/carpet-spot-removal/the-big-3-holiday-spills

Tags: holiday spills, rug cleaning, carpet cleaning, stain removal

Discover the Value of Clean [Infographic]

Posted by Paul Iskyan on Thu, Nov 08, 2018 @ 12:47 PM

Discover the value of clean. For instance, cleaning is an investment in human health, the environment, and an improved bottom line. In addition, discover more about the Value of Clean® in this infographic from ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association. Meanwhile, and also learn how a modest investment in cleaning can help facilities reap big savings. Most importantly, the health and wellness of your family at home.

issa-value-of-clean-infographic
Rug Renovating is the largest rug restoration and refinishing company in the country. Our master craftspeople can clean and repair almost any type rugs – antique and contemporary handmade rugs, custom made rugs, machine made rugs, and more!

Source: https://www.issa.com/member-benefits/value-of-clean/value-of-clean-infographic.html

Book an appointment today!

Tags: clean, rug cleaning, carpet cleaning, Commercial Cleaning

5 Things for Your Home and Fall To-Do List

Posted by Paul Iskyan on Thu, Sep 27, 2018 @ 11:21 AM

You probably give your home a deep clean in the spring, but you should also show it some love at the beginning of fall. Here's where to start:

42585830_699907277042654_1382529962329767936_o

1. Perform a pantry audit.

First, remove all the cans and boxes from the shelves, and vacuum away any lingering dust or crumbs (a lot can build up in a few months!). Then, inspect each item, tossing anything that is expired or past its prime. Consult this shelf-life chart as a helpful guide.

2. Test smoke detectors and clean vents/ducts.

You already know to put fresh batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors (doing it on the days you change the clocks for Daylight Saving Time is an easy way to remember). If any are more than 10 years old, replace them. But you also need to clean your dryer vents & air ducts, since dust that accumulates can cause them to underperform or start a house fire!

3. Flip your mattress.

When you turn back your clocks, turn your mattress over, too. If you can't flip it because it has a pillowtop, rotate it 180 degrees to prevent body impressions form causing certain spots to slump. Sprinkle the mattress with baking soda to neutralize odors, and then vacuum it up.

4. Clean your rugs and carpet.

Get a jump on holiday party season by giving your rugs and carpeting a good scrub. We recommend getting a professional cleaning once a year to keep up.

5. Vacuum all upholstered surfaces.

You think your couch is clean until you plop on it, and a haze of dust appears around you. Give sofas and chairs a good vacuuming, making sure to hit both sides of the cushions, the back, sides, arms, and even the platform underneath the cushions. We also recommend getting a professional upholstery cleaning once a year.

Source: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/cleaning/tips/a25733/fall-cleaning-tasks/

Tags: fall to-do list, expert rug cleaning, rug cleaning, carpet cleaning, Upholstery Cleaning

Fall Allergies: Simple Tips to Keep Them Out of Our Homes

Posted by Paul Iskyan on Thu, Aug 30, 2018 @ 12:55 PM

AutumnportraitofcutesmilinglittlegirlwithmapleleavesFall brings a kaleidoscope of colors, cooler temperatures and, for many of us, the onset of major allergy season. As the leaves fall and the season brings sometimes very wet weather there area few typical triggers for fall allergies. The biggest offenders are ragweed, mold and dust mites.

Ragweed is a major cause of fall allergies. In most parts of the country, ragweed will continue to release pollen into November. Mold is another major cause of allergy symptoms. Piles of leaves and damp areas outside and inside the home are places where mold can quickly grow. Dust mites, eager to get out of the cooler weather, will migrate into our homes and accumulate in all of our most comfortable places like furniture, beds, rugs, and carpet.

Luckily, with some planning and organization, it can be relatively easy to deal with these triggers and minimize the impact of fall allergy season. Here are several tips to keep you one step ahead:

  1. Clean all vents and air filters in your home prior to turning on heating units.
  2. Keep on a regular schedule of dusting your home and use damp cloths which help contain the dust instead of just spreading it around.
  3. Wash your sheets and bedding on a regular basis…weekly is recommended.
  4. Keep shower curtains clean. The bottom edge of fabric shower curtains is a prime spot for mold to grow.
  5. Vacuum as often as possible and use a HEPA-filter machine if you can.
  6. It’s good practice to have your carpets, rugs, and upholstery cleaned by a professional regularly. For carpets, 2-3 times per year is the recommended schedule. Fall is the perfect time to prepare your home for holiday festivities and remove built-up dirt, bacteria, and other allergens.

Contact Rug Renovating today and get this busy fall season off to a clean and healthy start.

Source: https://www.chemdry.com/blog/fall-allergy-triggers-simple-tips-keep-them-out-your-home

Tags: fall allergies, rug cleaning, carpet cleaning, Upholstery Cleaning

What Pets Bring Into Our Homes and Leave On Our Carpets and Rugs

Posted by Paul Iskyan on Thu, Aug 02, 2018 @ 10:49 AM

We all love our pets, but do you know what they bring into your home?

Saliva:  A dog has at Least 20 species of bacteria in its mouth. All of these bacteria are left behind when your pet slobbers on your upholstery, rugs and carpets.

Pet waste:  There are 20 million fecal coliform bacteria in a single gram of pet waste - urine or feces!  These bacteria remain on carpets and rugs even after you clean up the waste.                                                              

background1 (1)

Dander:  An estimated 30 million Americans are allergic to animals with pet dander being the main cause!  Simply vacuuming may not get rid of all of the allergens.

Dirt:  Studies show that dirt carries many different forms of bacteria and a square foot of carpet can harbor up to 1 pound of dirt!  Our cleaning system will deep clean your carpets and rugs, removing the places bacteria can hide.

The EPA recommends that homes with pets have their rugs and carpets professionally cleaned every 3 to 6 months for the most effective cleaning and removal of pet hair, odors, dander, and dirt or soil.

See Our Incredible Rug Cleaning Process

Tags: pets, rug cleaning, carpet cleaning

Most Rug And Carpet Dirt Is Tracked In From Outside

Posted by Paul Iskyan on Wed, Jul 25, 2018 @ 10:33 AM

rug_cleaning-320x240-1Here are a few tips to help keep that carpet dirt outside and off your carpet and rugs:

ADD A WELCOME MAT
The larger the mat the better. Something nice and thick in front of the door. If that doesn’t work, you might try a mat that says BUZZ OFF!

TRY A ‘NO SHOES’ POLICY
It can be tough to enforce, but once family members get used to slipping off their shoes at the door, it can make a huge difference with carpet dirt.

USE JUST ONE DOOR
Especially during bad weather or dusty days, you only have one area to keep clean.

No matter what you do, you’ll still need to vacuum regularly. Have your carpet PROFESSIONALLY CLEANED at least once or twice each year!

Source: HTTP://WWW.CLEANUPDATE.COM/RUG-RENOVATING-NEW-YORK-NEW-JERSEY-CONNECTICUT/MOST-CARPET-DIRT-IS-TRACKED-IN?UTM_SOURCE=DLVR.IT&UTM_MEDIUM=FACEBOOK

Tags: carpet cleaning, Commercial Cleaning, maintaining oriental rugs, home cleaning, expert rug cleaning, rugs and carpet

Rugs and Carpet Provide a Number of Great Benefits for Homes

Posted by Paul Iskyan on Thu, Jun 21, 2018 @ 12:28 PM

Adds Beauty and Style

You can choose from many thousands of rugs and carpet styles and colors. That means your ultimate choice will reflect how you want to personalize your living space. Carpet can be a neutral foundation, or it can be a focal point with vibrant colors and stronger bolder patterns and textures.
 
AdobeStock_69744776 (1)
 

 
"Studies have shown that people with asthma and allergy problems have seen symptoms improve with carpet."
 

 

Improves Indoor Air Quality

New carpet is the lowest VOC-emitting flooring choice available. Rugs and carpet actually act as a passive air filter, trapping dust, pollen and other particles and removing them from the breathing zone. Studies have shown that people with asthma and allergy problems have seen symptoms improve with carpet.

Provides Warmth and Comfort

Carpet provides actual thermal resistance, or R-value. In colder climates or seasons, it retains warm air longer, an energy conservation benefit. Carpet also provides a comfortable place to sit, play or work and gives a room an overall warmer feeling.

Softens Slips and Falls

Rugs and carpet are ideal for cushioning our footsteps, reducing slips and falls and minimizing injuries when falls do occur. Carpet provides safety protection for the whole family, but especially for toddlers and older individuals.

Reduces Noise


Big screen TVs, speaker phones, computers and modern sound systems make our homes noisy places. Carpet helps absorb these sounds. Adding a cushion pad beneath your carpet reduces noise even further. Carpet also works as a sound barrier between floors by helping to block sound transmission to rooms below. And carpet on stairs helps mask the sound of constant foot traffic.
 
Book an appointment today!

Tags: rugs and carpet, rug cleaning, carpet cleaning, maintaining oriental rugs, home cleaning, home, benefits of rugs

Simple Home Cleaning Tips

Posted by Paul Iskyan on Thu, May 31, 2018 @ 02:13 PM

Crumbs on the kitchen counter, dust on the TV, gunk in the bathroom sink — We can't stand our houses when they are a mess. But the thought of spending an entire day cleaning it from top to bottom sends me running to the sofa for a nap. After all, in a week, it's just going to get dirty again.

SimpleCleaning
Here are three simple home cleaning steps to help curb those nagging feelings:

Set cleaning to auto or leave it to the professionals

Make friends with the latest effort-saving cleaning tools and products, such as robotic vacuum cleaners and floor washers, and self-cleaning cat boxes, which rake cat poop into cartridges that you replace every week or so. An automatic shower cleaner spiffs up your shower at the touch of a button, and self-cleaning toilet bowl cleaners scrub your toilet every time you flush. We also suggest calling in a professional to help with your cleaning needs, like your rugs, carpets, upholstery and tile & grout.

Sweat the small stuff & zap the dirt fast

Clean drips as soon as they occur, before they dry or soak into surfaces or carpet & rugs. When you spill on your range top or carpet, quickly run a damp sponge over the (hot) surface - before it stains. Dust often so it doesn't have a chance to build up and harden in corners and crevices.

Pick a focus room & clean in short bursts

Spend another 10 minutes cleaning one room. Clean a different room every day, so eventually your whole house gets attention. Look at the top, middle and bottom of the room, and pretend you're seeing it for the first time. Tackle the tasks you don't always get to, like removing cobwebs and dusting plants.

Source: https://www.womansday.com/home/organizing-cleaning/tips/a3050/the-i-hate-to-clean-solution-21548/

Book an appointment today!

Tags: home cleaning, rug and carpet cleaning, carpet cleaning, rug cleaning, rug cleaning ct, rug cleaning nj, rug cleaning ny, expert rug cleaning

Sparks Steak House | Restoration Carpet Cleaning NYC

Posted by Paul Iskyan on Fri, May 04, 2018 @ 02:23 PM

When the Iconic New York Steak House – Sparks needs to restore the carpet in it’s very busy restaurant they turn to Rug Renovating. We recently did a restoration cleaning to what was an extremely solid carpet. We sent a six man crew early on a Sunday morning and by 2:00 pm we were done and out of the facility so they could open for their dinner crowd.

My Post (33)

Sparks was thrilled with the results – why wouldn’t they be happy – just look at the before and after pictures.

Book an appointment today!

Tags: rug renovating new york ny, rug cleaning ny, Commercial Cleaning, NY cleaning company, rug and carpet cleaning, carpet cleaning, rug maintenance, rug cleaning, Rug Renovating CO.

8 Tips To Tackle Spring Cleaning [Infographic]

Posted by Paul Iskyan on Thu, Feb 22, 2018 @ 02:24 PM

First of all, spring cleaning does not have to be an afterthought.  In addition and although it is hard to believe, Spring is headed this way!  Therefore, get yourself ready for warm weather by remembering what spring is all about -- with its bare pavement, blooming trees, blue skies, open windows letting the air into your home and bare feet.  Don't let a musty house spoil it.  Give all your home's trouble spots like your rugs, carpets, upholstery, tile & grout, hardwood floors and more a quick refresh with these pro tips highlighted by Rug Renovating.

Furthermore, spring cleaning can be made easier and maybe even fun! Most noteworthy, here are eight tips for giving the season the welcome it deserves:

Spring-Cleaning-Infographic.jpg

Source:
https://www.neatorobotics.com/tips/cleaning-tips-experts/

Book an appointment today!

Tags: Spring Cleaning, rug cleaning, carpet cleaning, Upholstery Cleaning

Subscribe via E-mail

Latest Posts

Posts by category