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Importance of Vacuuming | Improve Air Quality & Reduce Allergens

Posted by Paul Iskyan on Wed, Mar 25, 2020 @ 12:49 PM

In this blog, we address the importance of vacuuming, choosing the right vacuum and then how to maintain your home’s furnishing and carpets with the correct vacuuming technique. As I considered these subjects, I asked the leaders in our industry and the response pointed to conclusions offered by The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) research and Consumer Reports magazine.

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The Dalton, Georgia based non-profit trade association CRI defines its job as going well beneath the surface to prove how our environment for living, work, learning and healing is better thanks to carpets and rugs through science based research, customer advocacy, environmental stewardship and consensus building, we serve our members and their customers. Our initiatives help to protect a carpet’s life and beauty and demonstrate its air quality benefit. Consumer Reports is the world’s largest independent product testing organization which, to remain independent, accepts NO outside advertising.

Why Vacuum?

So why is vacuum cleaning so important? Well, research shows that up to 83% of the soil in rugs and carpets is loose, dry particulate that can be removed by regular vacuuming. In-plant cleaning of area rugs and handmade carpets and Hot Water Extraction cleaning of installed carpet is the only way to remove water and oil based soil such as food, beverages, animal accidents, oily dirt and other materials.

How to Choose The Best Vacuum

There are thousands of vacuum cleaners available for purchase. So how do you know the “best choice” for you? To come up with the answer I turned to the CRI and Consumer Reports. Consumer Reports is world famous for their testing, evaluating and rating of thousands of different products.

CRI - Certified Vacuums
https://carpet-rug.org/testing/seal-of-approval-program/certified-vacuums/

Consumer Reports - Choosing the Best Vacuum Cleaner
https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/vacuum-cleaners/buying-guide/index.htm

Have the Right Vacuum? What's Next?

When vacuuming rugs and carpet, use slow, repetitive, front-to-back motions in an overlapping sequence. A quick, single pass will have little effect on removing the dust and loose dirt. Perform approximately four passes over an area and then move to the left or right as you move around the room. There is no need to push down the front of the vacuum or stay in the same spot for more than four passes.

We hope this information helps you to maintain a healthy home for you and your family.

Best,

Paul Iskyan
CEO Rug Renovating

Tags: carpet, oriental rugs, carpet cleaning, rug cleaning, area rugs, indoor air quality, reduce allergens, vacuuming, vacuum

Spring Cleaning Tips To Make Your Home Shine

Posted by Paul Iskyan on Thu, Feb 20, 2020 @ 12:10 PM

Spring is almost here, which means it’s time to get your home in tip-top shape. A good, deep spring cleaning is a tradition that not only promotes wellness by keeping your environment clean and organized, it also helps carry the fresh-start feeling brought on by a new year well into the summer.

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Start with your windows. Clean the inside and outside of all your windows. Once the light shines into your house, you will be able to see what areas you missed during the wintertime.

As you’ve been hibernating throughout the winter and piling on the sweaters and blankets, there’s a good chance that clutter—and your lists of chores—have been piling up as well. Start small – don’t try to attack your entire house at once. Think about clearing one room, or even one closet, at a time.

When this is complete, sort it out. Go through your space and separate your belongings into categories. Determine the things you will keep on hand, store for later, sell, donate, or throw away.

Once you’ve cleared out the clutter, give your home some much-needed TLC. Empty out your kitchen fridge and thoroughly clean it. Sweep under your large appliances, like the stove and the fridge, and larger furniture pieces, like dressers, desks and the beds. Clean vinyl or wood blinds and take any curtains or drapes to the cleaners. Flip your mattress. Don’t just clean your sheets; wash your pillows and mattress covers as well. After these more thorough tasks, do your usual scrubbing, mopping, dusting, and vacuuming.

Change your filters often. If you are running an AC system through your house, you need to change the filters in the spring and fall. This will help you reduce the amount of dust particles that build up in your home.

Maintain a clean bathroom. This will also allow you to focus on other areas of the house, such as ceilings and closets, that may need a more thorough cleaning job.

Put the spring back in your dirty keyboards with cotton swabs. If certain keys are sticking, or your entire keyboard just doesn’t have the same pop that it used to, chances are dirt and crumbs are the culprits. Your smart devices and tablets most likely need a good cleaning too. Remember to spray the disinfectant spray on a micro-fiber cloth or paper towel first and then wipe the unit!

Most importantly, have the surfaces in your home like your rugs, carpet, and upholstery professionally cleaned. An expert can remove more dirt and allergens than regular cleaning can achieve. Furthermore, regular maintenance will make them last a lifetime.

If it’s warm enough, open the windows and let the fresh air in as you freshen up your home. When your work is done, not only will the sun be shining – your house will too.

Sources:
http://cachevalleyfamilymagazine.com/five-quick-tips-for-spring-cleaning/
https://blog.nationwide.com/spring-cleaning-tips-and-tricks/

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

A Professional Cleaning Can Extend The Life of Your Rugs and Carpet

Posted by Paul Iskyan on Thu, Jan 23, 2020 @ 03:14 PM

Having a professional cleaning, at the very least annually, on your carpet and rugs is so important. A dirty rug or carpet can have thousands of dust mites living in the dust. Not to mention, the pounds of soil can accumulate underneath and in it every year. Carpet and rugs can contain several indoor contaminants and promote the growth of mold in damp areas which often cause allergies. Because it can be a health hazard, it is important to always keep your home furnishings clean.

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Dirt causes a lot of damage to the carpet, it grates against the yarn, making scratches in the fibers and taking away the luster. Dirt trapped eventually goes down to the carpet backing and deep within your rugs. This dirt scrapes away the fibers, wearing them out. High-traffic areas will look dull and faded compared to the rest of your home.

Show Some Love to Your Carpet and Rugs

One major benefit of a professional rug and carpet cleaning service is that it helps extend the life of your furnishings. Removing this build-up of dirt and debris will help improve the longevity of the carpet or rugs. Furthermore, the dust and other debris are more likely to adhere to a dirty rug or carpet than a clean one. Homeowners can also help decrease the build-up of debris in their area rugs and carpet between cleanings by vacuuming regularly.

By keeping your carpet and oriental rugs consistently maintained, you will be providing your family with a healthier environment. Having your furnishings professionally cleaned annually will help increase the appearance and longevity of your furnishings. It is a great time to have a professional cleaning to remove the dirt and debris that has settled into your home this season.

If you are interested in having your rugs and carpet professionally cleaned, contact Rug Renovating today!

Source:
https://urlzs.com/HMA19

Tags: carpet cleaning, rug cleaning, maintaining oriental rugs, area rugs, professional cleaning, clean rug, home furnishings

Cleaning Up After The Holidays

Posted by Paul Iskyan on Thu, Dec 19, 2019 @ 12:49 PM

The holidays are a joyous time with family and friends, but that seasonal glow can fade quickly when you're faced with the aftermath: a house to clean up once all your guests have left. Getting your place back into shape can be a daunting task, but we've got a few smart tips to help you do it in time for the new year.

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Clean up after houseguests.
Give your house’s surfaces a deep clean. Wash all your linens. Vacuum carpets, floors, and baseboards to give yourself a fresh start. Clean out your refrigerator - eat the last of those yummy leftovers and then clean and store your leftover containers.

Strip the Christmas tree carefully.
Use as much care taking your tree down as you did putting it up to save you some headaches next year.

Rubbing alcohol can remove sap from washable clothing and knit gloves because it acts as a solvent. For clothes, even a down coat, saturate the area with alcohol, let sit for a minute, then launder in warm water with regular detergent. Heat sets stains, so be sure all the sap is gone before using the dryer. Repeat the process if any remains.

Check your carpet, rugs and furniture for stains.
The longer they set, the more difficult they will be to remove. If you spot any, use a spray bottle to lightly apply a mixture of warm water and mild dishwashing liquid. Blot with a paper towel and continue spraying and blotting until the stain is removed. Rinse with clear water and blot again. Fluff the pile and allow it to dry. To be safe and to save time, contact a professional carpet, rug and upholstery cleaning expert.

Use this time to get rid of what you don't need.
Did you get some great new gifts for your kitchen or other places in the house? That's great! But you may not need two or three chip and dip sets in your cabinet. Either discard old ones or donate them. Have kids? Recruit them to help by creating a race to see who can gather their toys first. Store toys that are of no interest at the moment and rotate or bring them out every once in a while to keep their spark.

Therefore, the holidays can do a number on your home! Between house guests, holiday feasts, and kids on school breaks, your house probably needs some TLC. Thankfully, we have you covered. Call Rug Renovating today to have us help with your post-holiday cleaning needs!

Sources:
https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/institute/a23816/cleaning-up-after-christmas/
https://www.cleaninginstitute.org/cleaning-tips/holiday-cleaning/cleaning-after-holidays

Tags: cleaning, oriental rugs, rugs, carpet cleaning, rug cleaning, Upholstery Cleaning, area rugs, couch stains, holiday stains, carpet stains

The Ultimate Fall Cleaning Checklist

Posted by Paul Iskyan on Thu, Oct 03, 2019 @ 11:52 AM

When the days start getting shorter and your thoughts turn to sitting around the fireplace instead of standing around the outdoor grill, it's time to invest a weekend on fall cleaning.

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Some elbow grease now will make Christmas entertaining easier and keep your home safer and more secure, too. These five important autumn chores will help get you prepared for winter and save you from having to play catch up during those short winter weekends when there never seems to be enough time or energy to get things done before it gets dark outside.

1. How to clean cobwebs
It's spider season! That means one thing for your walls, ceilings, and any other crevices that these eight-legged creatures can possibly find their way into - cobwebs.

Grab a long feather duster, and start up-high, swiping over walls and ceilings. Don't forget the corners of the room, and also around light fittings (you may need a ladder for this).

2. Get your windows sparkling clean
As the heating comes on in Autumn, condensation often appears around the windows. It's important to give frames some TLC to prevent them becoming damaged from excess moisture.

Outside windows typically have more dirt and stains. Start by rinsing the windows with the hose, then fill a bucket with clean water and add a few drops of liquid dish soap. Using a soft microfiber cloth, go over the surface of the window. For higher windows, use a sponge mop (or a soft cotton or microfiber mop) on a pole. Rinse thoroughly with the hose. Although it may seem like an unnecessary chore, you'll be amazed at what a difference clean glass makes to the amount of natural light in your home.

3. How to clean skirting boards
Once you've done a thorough dusting around the house, it's time to turn your attention to another, often-neglected area - skirting boards.

If you keep on top of your skirting boards, they won't need anything more than a quick once-over. Our favorite way to do this is with the vacuum. Pop a soft brush attachment on and gently vacuum over them.

If you have allowed your skirting boards to gather dust, you may need to wipe them over with a slightly-dampened microfibre cloth too.

4. Autumn is a great time to clean upholstery
It's officially home-cinema season. Make sure your surroundings are cosy and clean by giving upholstery a refresh.

If your sofa is smelling a little strange, we like to vacuum over upholstery using a soft brush, then sprinkling baking soda over the area. Leave for 15 minutes, then vacuum once more to leave your living room furniture looking and smelling lovely.

However, if you want a really thorough clean, it's best to call in a professional.

5. Refresh your carpets and rugs
A carpet cleaner's equipment provides results far superior to anything achievable with a DIY method. They will be able to really get into the pile of the carpet, removing germs and debris that aren't visible to the human eye.

An expert rug washer’s in-plant rug cleaning facility is highly recommended for the cleaning of Oriental and loose woven rugs. They should not be cleaned on location like your wall to wall carpeting.

You spend major time indoors when the weather gets cold, so the more you do now to clean and arrange your space, the more pleasant it will be to hunker down for the duration when the weatherman starts talking about frost on the pumpkin.

Sources:
https://home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/household-hints-tips/cleaning-organizing/5-tips-for-cleaning-for-fall.htm
https://www.bobvila.com/articles/how-to-clean-windows/
https://experthometips.com/autumn-cleaning-checklist

Tags: carpet cleaning, rug cleaning, Upholstery Cleaning, home, fall cleaning, halloween, autumn

Define Your Space with an Area Rug

Posted by Paul Iskyan on Thu, Sep 19, 2019 @ 11:28 AM

Most homes today are built with the idea of “open concept” where one room flows seamlessly into another. This can make it hard to define the individual areas of your home. You can define your space with an area rug and still have your rooms transition smoothly from one room to another, here is how.

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Your Entryway
When your entryway doesn’t have a foyer you can easily create the illusion of one by using an area rug. You can find a rug that contrasts nicely with your flooring, make sure it is made of durable material. If you want to build on the space add a small bench or chair.

Your Living Room
Homes today have much bigger rooms than they did in the past and with open concept homes it is hard to put together a conversation area that is intimate and inviting. An area rug can help create this space, put down a patterned rug it will draw the eye from the big open spaces and it will help make your room feel warmer and cozier.

Your Dining Room
Homes today have also really moved away from the traditional dining room, you can use an area rug to create a dining area. When you don’t have walls or a light fixture to define the dining area you can put something durable underneath your table and chairs, it also needs to be big enough that you can comfortably push your chair back when you leave the table.

High Traffic Areas
Using area rugs on high traffic areas can serve two purposes, it can define the traffic patterns in your home and it can protect your flooring. If you put down heavy duty or washable rugs in the foyer or in front of your patio doors you can extend the life of your carpet or existing floors. It also defines where one room ends and where another one begins.

The trend for the past two decades has been open concept design both with renovations and new construction. Using an area rug makes your space warmer, it helps you transition from one room to another. If you live in a rental property then an area rug is an affordable way to add color to your room without making drastic changes like painting. You can find affordable area rugs for every area of your home online. There are thousands of interior design ideas using area rugs on Pinterest. Use the area rug to define your style and make your home your own.

Source: http://www.jamesmurty.com/define-your-space-with-an-area-rug/

Tags: carpet cleaning, rug cleaning, home, area rug, living room, define your space

Where Germs Are Hiding in Your Home

Posted by Paul Iskyan on Thu, Aug 22, 2019 @ 12:25 PM

The amount of germs that share our living spaces might come as a surprise to many. Microorganisms are ever-present in our environment and in our bodies, and many are known to be beneficial — or even essential — for our health. Germs may accumulate easy but ridding them from a home simply requires some regular upkeep.

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1. Carpet
Bacteria thrive in moist environments, so why are there a lot of microscopic critters in carpet? Germs such as E. coli flourish there, thanks to the crumbs that make up an endless food supply. Regular vacuuming will help. Our recommendation is a professional carpet cleaning.

2. TV remotes, telephones and video game controllers
What do you do when you're sick? You jump in bed with the TV remote. Clean these regularly with a disinfectant wipe to banish flu and cold viruses.

3. Coffee tables
Like to put your feet up after a long day? Odds are you're sprinkling salmonella, campylobacter and other fecal bacteria on your coffee table. So consider leaving your shoes at the door.

4. Towels, linens and pet beds
Up to 30 percent of people unknowingly carry staph bacteria on their bodies, and a portion of those carry a drug-resistant and sometimes deadly strain called MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). All linens should be washed weekly in hot water and dried in a hot dryer. And don't forget a high-heat cycle in the dryer for the family pet's bed, which is also a hotspot for MRSA.

5. Nightstands
Nightstands can be a breeding ground for bacteria. Some people eat in bed and the spilled crumbs, along with irregular cleaning, give bacteria the time and food they need to flourish. Other people may be wiping down the nightstand with the germy sponge used to clean the bathroom. Clean nightstands frequently with a clean, damp cloth.

Source:
https://www.aarp.org/home-garden/home-improvement/info-03-2011/germs-in-your-house.html
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319750.php
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2018/04/household-germs-bacteria-fungi-pathogens-spd/

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Cleaning up Spills and Pet Stains

Posted by Paul Iskyan on Thu, Aug 08, 2019 @ 11:47 AM

The beauty and life of your rugs and carpet depend on the care they receive. Normal life comes with some spills and pet stains. Proper cleaning will keep them looking great for their full lifetime, help improve your indoor air quality and will keep your carpet's warranties intact.

1. Whether it is wine, coffee, kool-aid, urine, paint or whatever, the first step is to remove as much of it as possible from the rug or carpet- as soon as possible. For instance, paper towels or a white washcloth will work well. Keep blotting until you have got as much out as possible.

2. After blotting, many spills will require diluting. If it is clear that much of the spilled substance is still in the rug, dilute it with water (assuming that the substance is water-soluble)- as much water as necessary. That may mean a half cup for a small spill or it may mean a quart of water for a major spill. Don’t get the rug sopping wet unless you need to.

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Above all, please note that some rugs have unstable dyes that may run if you put water on them. But they are a small minority of all rugs. Sometimes you simply must take a chance.

3. Now back to blotting. Get as much out as possible.

4. If the carpet or rug has become wet in the process, you do not need to panic. Still, you will have to manage the wet rug and promote drying. If the rug is quite wet, you may have to elevate it to promote air circulation under it. You might just stuff some wadded up newspapers under it. You may wish to place a fan on the rug to circulate air.

5. Do not use spot removers on Oriental rugs that are formulated for use on wall-to-wall carpeting. They will harm the wool pile of your rug.

In conclusion, if the rug is still stained after all your efforts, consider taking it to a professional rug washer as soon as you can. Or if it was your carpet that was stained, it is time to call an expert carpet cleaner.

Source: https://urlzs.com/jmNQn

Tags: carpet cleaning, rug cleaning, pet stains, spills

Importance of Clean Furnishings with Professional Rug and Carpet Cleaning Services

Posted by Paul Iskyan on Thu, Feb 21, 2019 @ 01:07 PM

Of all the furnishings in a home, your rug and carpet experience the most direct traffic which contributes to dirt accumulation and general wear and tear. It is important to keep your rugs and carpet clean and well maintained to not only keep it looking new, but also to increase its longevity.

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Rid Your Home of Harmful Allergens and Bacteria

Your carpet and area rugs serve an important purpose in the home. They also trap allergens, bacteria, and other particles by acting as giant filters. This keeps harmful contaminants in your carpets and rugs and out of the air you breathe.

But here’s the catch—just like with any filter, your carpet and area rugs become full. If not cleaned regularly, your furnishings can actually be breeding grounds for bacteria. As a result, this can contribute to asthma and chronic allergies. Yikes!

By having your carpet, upholstery, and area rugs cleaned at least every 6 months, you can be sure your home is cleaner and healthier.

If you have pets, carpet and area rug cleaning is recommended more frequently—about every 3 months.

Carpet and Rug Cleaning Can Help Prevent Mold Growth

Especially in areas with high humidity levels, dirty carpets and rugs are at high risk of developing mold growth. In precipitous weather, moisture frequently gets tracked into the home. Therefore, this can sink deep in the carpet fibers if not dried and vacuumed immediately.

Having your carpets and area rugs cleaned regularly can prevent mold and mildew growth, because professional rug and carpet cleaners have high-powered drying tools that annihilate moisture. By eliminating moisture, you can prevent mold growth that can be harmful to your health if ignored for too long.

Extends The Life of Your Rugs and Carpet

One major benefit of a professional rug and carpet cleaning service is that it helps extend the life of your furnishings. Over time, dirt, dust, allergens, and other debris accumulate in the carpet. This gets embedded within the fibers which can eventually cause the fibers to split and deteriorate. Removing this built up of dirt and debris will help improve the longevity of the carpet.  As dust and other debris are more likely to adhere to a dirty rug or carpet than a clean one.

Professional carpet and rug cleaners typically use cleaning methods involving hot water extraction. This method can effectively remove the debris from deep within the fibers and leave the carpet sanitized. Homeowners can also help decrease the build-up of debris in their area rugs and carpet between cleanings by vacuuming regularly.

Keeping your carpet and rugs consistently maintained is so important for your family's health. Having them professionally cleaned annually, you can increase the appearance and longevity of your furnishings while contributing to a healthier environment. The spring season is a great time to have your carpet professionally cleaned to remove the dirt and debris that has settled in your home all winter.

If you are interested in having your rugs and carpet professionally cleaned contact RUG RENOVATING today!

Book an appointment today!

Tags: carpet cleaning, rug cleaning, Upholstery Cleaning, clean furnishings

3 Home Health Benefits to Carpet Cleaning

Posted by Paul Iskyan on Thu, Jan 24, 2019 @ 11:20 AM

Firstly, carpet cleaning can improve the appearance of your home. It can also extend the life of your carpet. But perhaps, most importantly, a vital and valuable benefit from the process is improving you and your family's health.

According to the American Lung Association, if members of your household suffer from conditions that can affect their breathing, such as snoring or asthma, it's especially crucial that you vacuum your carpets at least three times a week.

Beyond vacuuming regularly, you may also benefit from having your carpets professionally cleaned at least once a year. If you're not fully convinced of the benefits of professional carpet cleaning, consider the following top three ways the process leads to a healthier home:

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1. Carpet cleaning eliminates trapped pollutants.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a dirty carpet can retain several sources of indoor air pollutants, including pet dander, cockroach allergens, lead, particle pollution, and everyday dirt and dust. Toxic airborne gases can adhere to these particles and also get trapped within the carpet.

Therefore, these toxic gases can be released through everyday activities. During activities such as vacuuming and walking across the carpet, which can cause them to contaminate the air in your home. Professional carpet cleaning services kills these bacteria through special shampooing formulas and can remove deeply trapped pollutants with high-powered vacuums.

2. Carpet cleaning can clear out dust mite infestations.

Many homes have dust mite infestations, yet most homeowners aren't aware of the infestation, because the creatures are microscopic. Dust mites themselves aren't allergens, but they often leave behind feces and body fragments which are.

Because of the microscopic size of these particles, they can easily be inhaled when the area is disturbed, which can exacerbate allergies. Many professional carpet cleaning companies utilize a technique known as steam cleaning when performing carpet maintenance work. Steam cleaning exposes your carpet to high temperatures that dust mites can't survive.

3. Carpet cleaning can help prevent mold growth.

Especially in areas with high humidity levels, dirty carpets are at a high risk of developing mold growth when exposed to moisture. In precipitous weather, moisture frequently gets tracked into the home and can sink deep in the carpet fibers if not dried and vacuumed immediately.

Having your carpet cleaned regularly can prevent mold and mildew growth. This is because professional carpet cleaners have high-powered drying tools that annihilate moisture. By eliminating moisture, you can prevent mold growth that can be harmful to your health if ignored for too long.

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