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How to Get a Red Wine Stain out of a Rug

Posted by Paul Iskyan on Mon, Jan 27, 2014 @ 03:44 PM



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! 

  1. Right when the spill happens, take a wash cloth and dab the area in order to get the excess wine out of the rug.

  2. 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. 

  3. 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. 

  4. 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. 

  5. 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. 

  6. 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. 

  7. 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.

  8. 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. 

  9. Refer to our Spotting Guide for additional tricks when it comes to other stains: and check out our Spotting Kit so you'll always be prepared: 

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How Can You Save a Damaged Family Heirloom (a treasured rug)?

Posted by Paul Iskyan on Mon, Dec 02, 2013 @ 10:27 AM

When it comes to a family heirloom that becomes damaged, such as your favorite valuable rug, critical steps must be taken in order to save it. Because it's precious to you and your family, we make sure to take special care of it. Below are the top five steps we take when dealing with a valuable rug.

1. We will come to your house and pick up the rug and bring it back to our facility. Remember: never, ever allow a wall-to-wall carpet cleaning company to clean an oriental rug in your home. Although it may sound cheaper, it will ruin it. We will look at your rug and determine which cleaning method is most effective. For instance, we may go with Luster Wash, which is the ultimate cleaning for most rugs and carpets. We use our specially designed washing equipment which allows solution to penetrate the deepest layer of the rug's nap. This process removes ground-in dirt, gently, without crushing wool, which is necessary when it comes to your valuable rug. In most cases, this process will also restore the original look and texture. 

2. For rugs that need particularly special care, we will go with our Hand or Dry Rug Cleaning method. All work is done by hand. This process is recommended for silk rugs, extremely fragile textiles, or rugs that have "fugitive" dyes which may run in a wet cleaning method. If your family heirloom is very old and needs that additional special attention, we may go with this method. 

3. If your family heirloom needs further care, we may turn to our Restoration Services, which is a special formulated cleaning process done by hand by one of our Certified Rug Specialists. This is the finest, most gentle and thorough cleaning available for rugs that are old, fragile, valuable and warrant extraordinary care. This is a distinguished service provided by very few rug cleaning companies in the tri-state area. Some rugs that may need this cleaning process include: Agras, Aubussons, Bijars, Heriz, Hamaden, Keshans, Lavar Kermans, Tabriz, Nichols Chinese, Sarouks, Savoneriees, Serapi, etc.

4. We also offer Repair Services and Reweaving. Our master craftspeople can do almost any type of repair on both antique and contemporary handmade rugs, custom made rugs, machine made rugs such as Karastans and Couristan and broadloom carpets. We can expertly reweave holes, renap worn areas, restore moth damage, repair seams, reduce a rug's size, rewrap the binding on the side, reweave worn or missing fringes, sew on artificial fringes, unravel and overcast worn fringes and patch holes. We can also sew on fabric and leather borders as well as machine binding and serging the sides or ends of the rug.

5. Finally, we can Fiber-Guard your family heirloom, in efforts to protect it from stains, soil and wear. It is a safe, non-toxic, invisible stain protection for all soft surfaces. It provides superior top-to-bottom protection on each and every fiber in handmade rugs and carpets, wall-to-wall carpet, fabric and leather furniture, wall fabrics and draperies. Fiber-Guard will not wear off like other stain repellents and it will leave your fabric's color, feel and texture unchanged while remaining safe and non-toxic.
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Green Focus. Green Carpet Cleaning.

Posted by Paul Iskyan on Wed, Nov 07, 2012 @ 09:58 AM

In addition to being the world’s largest cleaninRug Renovating uses only green rug cleaning techniquesg and restoration factory, this past April we became the world’s greenest as well. GeoGenix, an established industry leader in residential and commercial solar installations in the mid-Atlantic region, installed a rooftop solar photovoltaic system at our 55,000-square-feet headquarters in East Orange, NJ.

          The $1.4 million system consists of 1,200 solar panels that produce about 363,000 kilowatts-hours of electricity, which is enough to onset 90 to 100 percent of the building’s electricity load.

 “We are thrilled to be partnered with such an environmentally responsible company as Rug Renovating,” said Gaurav Naik of GeoGenix. “They have a keen understanding of the benefits and importance of solar, and their dedication to bettering the enviroment and preserving it for future generations is part of its corporate philosophy.”

This isn’t our first green responsibility initiative either. In 2007, we invested $33,000 to replace all the lighting in the facility with new florescent bulbs that are Energy Star rated. This reduces our facility’s electricity for lighting by 40 percent. In addition, in 2009, we spent $300,000 to replace our roof with Energy Star-rated roof.

“Going green” is a hot topic in today’s society. Likewise, “green cleaning” is a big buzzword in the cleaning services industry. It minimizes the exposure of harsh cleaning compounds to your family or pets, and the impact of cleaning solutions on the enviroment.

In order for a rug cleaning service to be truly green, we believe that a rug cleaner’s responsibility should include the entire cleaning process, such as incorporating equipment, cleaning procedures, waste collection and disposal.

Dr. Michael Berry, Ph.D is the former EPA head of EPA’s Indoor Air Quality Studies and author of Protecting the Built Enviroment: Cleaning for Health. He gives these four pieces of information when it comes to “green cleaning”:


1. “The number one cause of an unhealthy environmental is Cleanliness.”

2. “Green is a process, not a chemical.”

3. “We must have science that supports the effectiveness of the ‘green’ solution.”

4. “Green and cleaning are synonymous terms- proper removal, collection and disposal of unwanted matter.”


We use the proper disposal techniques when it comes to cleaning oriental rugs and area carpets. All of the water and cleaning detergents are released into our sanitary sewer, which then travels through the sewer system to the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission (PVSC), where it is treated and released into New York Harbor. The PVSC operates one of the country’s largest treatment plants for the wastewaters of northern New Jersey.

          Dr. Steve Spivak, Ph.D is the chairman of the Science Advisory Council for the Cleaning Industry Research Institute and is an internationally known expert in the cleaning industry. He defines “green cleaning” as: “Cleaning green, a preferred term otherwise known as ‘green cleaning,’ comprises environmentally responsible management with care, maintenance, cleaning and renovation procedures. It is achieved by employing products, formulations, equipment, procedures or systems intended to minimize any harmful environmental impact and maximize sustainability of natural and built environments.”


Call us today at 1-800-342-1278 or book online today and experience our green cleaning process first hand!

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Green Rug Cleaning Keeps Your Family Healthy and Safe

Posted by Paul Iskyan on Wed, Feb 22, 2012 @ 04:01 PM

“Green cleaning” is today’s big buzz word in the cleaning services industry. Customers are more environmentally aware than ever before which has made green cleaning NYC a popular customer choice. When requesting green cleaning services, most customers do so for two reasons:

  1. in home cleaningTo minimize exposing their family, children and/or pets to harsh cleaning compounds
  2. To minimize the impact of cleaning solutions on the environment.

Often incorrectly, rug cleaning NYC customers assume that a service provider’s green cleaning services will meet both criteria. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Everyone from laundry services to maid services to rug cleaners are offering “green” cleaning services, but pinning down exactly what a service provider means by “green” can be difficult and not a little confusing. In the absence of an industry-wide standard, each service company defines “green cleaning” in its own unique way.

Some rug cleaning NYC services define “green” rather narrowly, limiting their definition to the use of cleaning solutions that are environmentally-friendly. These firms may clean your rugs using eco- friendly cleaning solutions, then turn around and irresponsibly dump the chemically-laden wastewater into the storm sewer after they leave your home. To be truly “green,” Rug Renovating believes that a rug cleaner’s environmental responsibility should extend beyond the selection of eco-friendly cleaning solutions to include the entire cleaning process, including equipment, cleaning procedures, and waste collection and disposal.

At Rug Renovating, we adhere to the definition of green cleaning developed by Dr. Steve Spivak, PhD, chairman of the Science Advisory Council for the Cleaning Industry Research Institute and an internationally-known expert in the cleaning industry:

“Cleaning green, a preferred term otherwise known as ‘green cleaning,’ comprises environmentally-responsible management with care, maintenance, cleaning and renovation procedures. It is achieved by employing products, formulations, equipment, procedures or systems intended to minimize any harmful environmental impact and maximize sustainability of natural and built environments.”

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