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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

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 Summertime Survival Guide for your Rug

Posted by Paul Iskyan on Wed, Jul 02, 2014 @ 10:11 AM

Summer SunIt’s summertime. It’s hot, it’s sunny, and it’s humid. This time of year conjures up memories of mom or dad trying to slather the sunblock on you before you left to catch the bus to camp or left with your friends for the beach.

However, your skin isn’t the only victim of the damaging effects of the sun’s UVB rays. Remember the rug in your living room? You know, the one your parents would yell at you for getting all wet when you came inside from the pool party? The heat and sun can rough those up as well. No matter what the color of your rug or carpet is, UV light will fade colors over time.  Certain colors, especially red and blue, are prone to sun-fading and chemical damage from various detergent cleaners.

You may be thinking, “It’s fine. I can turn on my air conditioning to keep the house cool.” Well, that may work in the short term, but once you rack up a sky-high energy bill, you’ll think twice about that strategy.

Here are some quick, cost-effective ways to keep your rugs and furniture in top shape during the sweltering summer months:

1.)   In the morning, before you leave the house, shut the windows, and close the blinds or drapes. If you must, turn the A/C on low. The house is the coolest in the early morning, so the air conditioning unit won’t have to work as hard since the house is already cool. This will save you money.

2.)   Use protective window treatments, such as ultraviolet blocking window shades and coatings. These are available at stores like Home Depot and can be purchased online for as little as $40.

3.)   Use carpet/rug protectors, such as Rug Renovating’s Fiber-Guard UV. This offers another layer of protection for your carpets and rugs, especially from any stains resulting from spilled liquid from the pool party cocktail table, dirty shoes from the baseball field, or sandy feet from the beach.

4.)   If all else fails, simply try keeping your prized rugs, carpets, or furniture away from direct sunlight. Even if the floor coverings are in the middle of the room, it’s better than having them directly next to the window.

So there you have it. These are just a few tips to ensure that your rug won’t suffer the same fate as your skin during the summer months. 

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How to Protect Your Rugs from UV Fading

Posted by Paul Iskyan on Fri, Oct 25, 2013 @ 01:42 PM

Everyone knows that UV rays can damage your skin. But did you know that it can be harmful to your rugs as well? Your beautiful Oriental rugs may be the statement piece in your living room, dining room or family room, but being exposed to the sunlight that streams through your windows can damage them. No one wants their beloved rugs to develop ugly fade marks or for them to lose the vivid and gorgeous colors that make them unique.  In addition, sunlight can ultimately bring down their value as well. UV rays can affect different types of rugs in different ways - depending on the quality of the rug and what it is made of. Some rugs are more resistant to UV rays than others.

For example, rugs that are made of wool can stand up to sunlight better and will not fade as easily. Also, fibers, such as acrylic and polyester, are very resistant to sunlight too. Sun fading will most likely affect colors that have reds as a dominant element.

There are easy (and inexpensive) steps to help protect your rugs from UV fading:
1. It is recommended to close your blinds whenever possible, or lower the shades when you aren't at home during the day, as this will block out the sun's harmful UV rays.

2. You should rotate your rug at least twice a year in efforts to ensure that rug is being used on both sides evenly. This will also guarantee that the rug is exposed to the sun in equal amount on both sides.

3. Add UV tint protection to your windows. There are a variety of window films for different levels of UV ray protection.

4. Don't use UV products because they are made up of heavy chemicals that will harm the surface of your rugs and won't allow them to breath.

5. For an exterior option, awnings can be a great way to provide sun protection and even add some curb appeal to you home. 

6. Have your rugs treated with MicroSeal, which helps to prefent fading and staining.

Although large windows let in beautiful, bright light, they will also let in harmful UV rays that will hurt your oriental rugs. Follow the steps above and you will be on your way to safely reducing incoming sunlight by also preserving your favorite rugs! Rug Renovating can also help you prevent UV fading by MicroSealing your rugs.  Call today to ask about MicroSeal!

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