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Your Reference Guide to Carpet Stains

Posted by Paul Iskyan on Wed, Feb 27, 2013 @ 10:00 AM

No one is immune to the variety of carpet stains that can happen daily in one's home.  We get a lot of questions asking how best to remove these everyday stains.  So, we put together a reference guide that outlines helpful and useful information when it comes to combating damage on your beloved rugs.

Rug Renovating sells a spotting kit

 

Must-Have Cleaning Solutions:

The following three solutions will be required as well as a dry cleaning solvent and some white absorbent cloth or tissue.  You can make them yourself using the below directions, or you can purchase Rug Renovating's Spotting Kit which has everything you need!

1. Detergent solution- one teaspoon of neutral detergent, such as “Woolite,” to ½ pint (1/4 liter) of warm water.

2. Detergent/Vinegar Solution- Add one teaspoon of white vinegar to the detergent solution.

3. Ammonia Solution- One teaspoon of household ammonia to one cup of warm water. Test the solution on a small out-of-the-way area, then tackle the stain by working from the outer edge towards the center. Check for color fastness prior to carrying out any wet process on your carpet.

 

Quick Reference Guide for Common Spills:

  • Alcohol/Wines: Blot up surplus spillage. Use the Detergent/Vinegar solution. Work from the outer edge of the stain, using a little at a time and blotting with dry cloths frequently.
  • Chewing Gum: Scrape up with a blunt knife. Use Dry Cleaning Solvent followed by Detergent/Vinegar solution. Blot dry.
  • Coffee: Blot up surplus spillage. Use Detergent/Vinegar solution. Work from the outer edge of the stain, using a little at a time and blotting with dry cloths frequently.
  • Glue: Scrape up excess with a blunt knife. Use Detergent solution, starting with outer edge and blot dry. Follow with Ammonia solution. Blot dry.
  • Ice Cream: Scrape up excess with a blunt knife. Use Detergent solution, starting with the outer edge and blot dry. Follow with Ammonia solution. Blot dry.
  • Soft Drinks: Blot up excess with blunt knife. Use Detergent/Vinegar solution. Work from the outer edge of the stain, using a little at a time and blotting with dry cloths frequently.
  • Urine: Blot up excess with blunt knife. Use Detergent/Vinegar solution. Work from the outer edge of the stain, using a little at a time and blotting with dry cloths frequently.
  • Solids: Scrape up with a blunt knife. Use Dry Cleaning Solvent followed by Detergent/Vinegar solution. Blot dry.
  • Chocolate: Blot up the surplus spillage. Use Detergent/Vinegar solution, starting with the outer edge and blotting dry. Follow with Ammonia solution. Blot dry.

 

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Carpet Care Tips for Every Household

Posted by Paul Iskyan on Wed, Feb 13, 2013 @ 11:33 AM

carpet care tipsDo you know how to properly maintain your fine rugs, carpets, furniture and drapes?  We do! 

Check out Rug Renovating's carpet care tips:

 

 

1. Never clean handmade or machine-made rugs in your home no matter what anyone tells you, even if it is inexpensive.

  • Handmade Oriental and machine made carpets should be cleaned every 2 to 4 years, as suggested by Dan Hodges, President of the Oriental Rug Importers Association.
  • Never ever allow a wall-to-wall carpet cleaning firm to clean an oriental or area rug in your home.

2. Always have your area rug taken out of the home and cleaned by a professional company that specializes in Oriental rugs.

  • “Over time grit and dirt become embedded so deeply that professional cleaning is required. Oriental rugs and other area carpets should be taken out of the home for proper cleaning.”- Dan Hodges.
  • The cleaning will remove the grit as well as the surface soiling that gradually dulls the appearance of the carpet.

3. Protect your wool rugs and carpets from stains and soil. Wool handmade and machine-made rugs and carpets are sold without any type of stain protection. Wool as a fiber is very absorbent. We have seen countless incidents where a spill or an accident has irreversibly stained a beautiful rug. Stain protection is a must for any rug or carpet.

  • Fiber-Guard provides a 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.
  • It will not wear off like other stain repellents and will leave your fabric’s color, feel and texture unchanged while remaining safe and non-toxic. It helps prevent all types of oil and water based stains and spills.

4. Spills and accidents should be addressed immediately. Have the proper tools on hand so you will be ready to act.

  • You can order the finest spot and stain remover kit from us which includes a bottle of Detergent Solution, a bottle of Dry Cleaner Solution, a bottle of Absorb-A-Spill, our Interior Care & Maintenance Guide, One Personal Spotting Towel, Instructions on Proper Usage, and an Easy to Use Reorder Form.

5. Padding is a must to protect and prolong the life of rugs and carpets.

  • Carpet padding greatly prevents wear.
  • We carry a full line of carpet padding that can be delivered to you when we return your cleaning order. We can also ship the right pad for your needs via UPS.

6. Don’t wait for a small repair to become a major restoration.

  • Our master craftspeople can do almost any type of repair on both antique and cotemporary handmade rugs, custom made rugs, machine made rugs such as Karastans and Couristan and broadloom carpet.
  • We can expertly reweave holes, renap worn areas, restore moth damage, repair seems, reduce a rug’s size, rewrap the binding on the side, reweave worn missing fringes, sew on artificial fringes, unravel and overcast worn fringes and patch holes.

7. Vacuum your rugs and carpets frequently.

8. Rotate your rugs 180 degrees at least once a year.

9. Installed Broadloom Carpet should only be cleaned using the steam soil extraction method.

  • The main ways to clean a carpet is through shampoo, carbonated water, bonnet, dry powder and steam extraction.
  • We use steam cleaning and we aren’t the only ones who recommend it. Shaw Carpet, the largest manufacture of broadloom carpet in the world, recommends the hot water extraction system, which research indicates provides the best capability for cleaning.

10. Wall-to-wall carpeting should be cleaned every 18 months according to Dupont, the leading producer of carpet fiber.

  • On your rugs and carpets, we suggest that you use a good vacuum cleaner with a motor driven brush and beater bar.
  • Be careful not to get the fringe of a handmade rug caught in the brush of the vacuum.
  • Use the hose connection on the vacuum to thoroughly clean all upholstered furniture, drapes and other window treatments.

11. Clean for your health all soft surfaces, rugs, carpets, furniture and drapes. Cleaning will absorb dust and dirt and keep it out of the air you breathe. If you don’t periodically clean these surfaces, dust and dirt may contribute to certain health problems.

  • When our technicians arrive at your home or office they will pre-spot the problem areas, move the furniture that can be moved, thoroughly clean the carpet, replace the furniture to its original location, and put foil pads under the legs of the furniture to protect the furniture.
  • We also have an even better process that we call Ultra Clean. With it, we will apply an anti-microbial treatment to your furnishings and follow this with an application of carpet protector.

 

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New Oriental Rug Purchase - Now What?

Posted by Paul Iskyan on Fri, Jan 25, 2013 @ 04:04 PM

 

oriental rugs 000015941364XSmallOriental rug prices have risen significantly in the last decade, due to their long-term durability.  A rug of even modest quality will most likely outlive you and your children; therefore you should definitely consider these steps towards caring for the valuable and beautiful addition in your home.

 


  • Handmade oriental rugs should be cleaned every two to four years.
    • Dan Hodges, President of the Oriental Rug Importers Association says, “Over time grit and dirt become embedded so deeply that professional cleaning is required. Oriental rugs and other area carpets should be taken out of the home for proper cleaning.”
    • The cleaning will remove the grit as well as the surface soiling that gradually dulls the appearance of the carpet.

 

  • Never ever allow a wall-to-wall carpet cleaning firm to clean an oriental rug in your home.
    • It may sound like a great idea, but nothing could be more harmful to your precious investment.  When a cleaner attempts to clean a rug in the home with a hot water extraction machine, the top half of the rug becomes saturated with detergent while the bottom half remains untouched. As quickly as the solution is sprayed onto the rug, it is extracted by the machine’s vacuum. This process never gets the dirt and grit out of the bottom half of the rug’s foundation.

 

  • Have us pick up your oriental rugs for cleaning.
    • When your rug is lying flat on the floor, the foundation never has the opportunity to dry properly. This will lead to mildew and dry rot, either ruining the rug or drastically reducing the rugs longevity and value.
    • Here at our facility, we dry your rugs as we clean them. The drying process is a crucial part of the cleaning process. Our dry-rooms are state of the art; we are able to control the amount of heat and humidity so that the rug dries under optimal conditions. Many rugs are dried in a vertical, hanging fashion allowing air to circulate on both sides of the rug, which quickens the drying process.

 

  • Protect your oriental rugs from stains and soil with Fiber-Guard.
    • Fiber-Guard provides a superior top-to-bottom protection on each and every fiber in handmade rugs and carpets.
    • It will not wear off like other stain repellants and will leave your rug’s color, feel and texture unchanged while remaining safe and non-toxic.
    • It helps to prevent all types of oil and water based stains and spills.

 

  • Rug padding greatly prevents wear.
    • We carry a full line of carpet padding that can be delivered to you when we return your cleaning order. We can also ship the right pad for your individual needs via UPS.
    • All pads we offer are custom-cut to fit your rug or to your exact specifications.
    • Types of pads include: Dura Hold, Non-Skid, No-Muv, Rug-Lock, Ozite, and Summit padding.

 

  • Don’t wait for a small repair to become a major restoration. Look into our repair services and reweaving for your oriental rug.
    • 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.

 

  • Vacuum your rugs and carpets regularly.

 

  • Rotate your rugs 180 degrees at least once a year.

 

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*For more on buying a rug, refer to Consumer Reports Magazine- August 1999 issue, which is a must read for anyone interested in purchasing a rug, or for anyone who is simply interested in addition information

Tags: New York Rug Cleaners, Professional Rug Cleaning, Oriental Rug Cleaning, carpet cleaning, Green Rug Cleaning

Rug Cleaning Tips by Rug Type

Posted by Paul Iskyan on Thu, Jan 10, 2013 @ 02:54 PM

carpet cleaning tipsThe following provides tips on the frequency of rug cleaning by rug type. Please keep in mind that the frequency varies with usage, type of rug, and environment. For instance, a rug in your family room needs to be washed more frequently than a rug in a guestroom or an attic.

Wall to Wall: The EPA recommends carpet in your home to be cleaned every six months using the hot water extraction method. Use a firm that is certified by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification) and is trained in cleaning not only for appearance but for health also.

Methods Used:

  • Shampoo Cleaning: A soap detergent is scrubbed into the carpet with a rotary machine. After it dries, the soap residue is vacuumed up and captures the dirt.
  • Carbonated Water: This starts out with a pre-spraying of a solution onto the carpet, followed by a rotary machine with a bonnet attached to the bottom. It is passed over the carpet to transfer soil from the carpet to the pad.
  • Dry Powder: Accomplished by sprinkling a cleaning compound on the carpet, brushing it in and then vacuuming it out.
  • Steam Cleaning: Uses a soap solution that is sprayed onto the carpet and then is lifted out or extracted removing the soap, water and dirt.

 

Handmade Rugs and Area Carpets: Should be cleaned once a year. Never clean these items in your home. They should be removed and cleaned in a professional cleaning facility where rugs and carpets can be thoroughly cleaned than in the home. Dust and dirt can be removed before washing. The washing process uses hundreds of gallons of water to remove the most embedded soil and the rugs can be properly dried in a controlled environment.

Methods Used:

  • Luster Wash: The ultimate cleaning for most rugs and carpets.
  • The carpet is completely immersed with water and our own exclusive cleaning formulas.
  • Specially designed washing equipment allows solutions to penetrate freely to the deepest layer of the rug’s nap. This process removes ground-in dirt, gently, without crushing the wool, and in most cases restores the original look and texture.

 

Oriental Rugs: Should be cleaned every two to four years. Dan Hodges, President of the Oriental Rug Importers Association says over time, grit and dirt become embedded so deeply that professional cleaning is required. Oriental rugs and other area carpets should be taken out of the home for proper cleaning. Never allow a wall-to-wall carpet cleaning firm clean an Oriental or area rug in your home. Nothing can harm your rugs more than this.

Methods Used:

  • Soap Wash: A systematic cleaning process that we use on area rugs, broadloom carpeting and many types of Oriental rugs. The rugs are first lathered with our own soap formula and water then put through an automatic washing machine that again washes, rinses and rings out excess water.

 

Silk and Exotic Rugs: These rugs need to be cleaned more frequently because they are cleaned less aggressively than other types of rugs.  Should be washed once every year or two.

Methods Used:

  • Hand or Dry Rug Cleaning: This process in which we clean the rug with a dry cleaning method. All work is done by hand. This process is recommend for silk rugs, extremely fragile textiles, or rugs that have “fugitive” dyes which may tend to run in a wet cleaning method.
  • A quick tip for any type of rug you may own: Protect your installation from stains, soil and wear with Fiber-Guard. It provides a 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 can also be applied to Wool, Cotton, Leather, Silk, Velvet, Suede and all other fabric blends.

 

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Tags: Professional Rug Cleaning, Professional Rug Cleaning, Oriental Rug Cleaning, rug maintenance, carpet cleaning

Rug Cleaning for Hurricane Sandy Victims

Posted by Paul Iskyan on Wed, Dec 19, 2012 @ 12:19 PM

Weeks ago, the East Coast prepped their homes and collected batteries and bottles of waters for Hurricane Sandy. The storm left thousands of homes flooded, millions lost power and more than one hundred people died.

 

Rug Renovating can professionally clean your Hurricane-damaged rugsStatistics on Hurricane Sandy:

  • 25,000,000,000

Estimated dollar value of the lost business activity due to the storm (according to IHS Global Insight).

  • 8,100,000

Number of homes that lost power.

  • 124

Number of years since the New York Stock Exchange was closed for two consecutive days because of weather.

  • 20,000,000

Approximate number of tweets sent about Sandy between the onset of the storm and the initial recovery.

 

New York City, New Jersey, and Connecticut are the areas that were hit hardest during Hurricane Sandy and the rugs and furniture in our homes may have also been severely damaged from the hurricane. If they weren’t directly affected, there’s still mildew, bacteria, allergens, and toxins that can be released by the water. This can settle into the rugs and carpeting and if this is the case, they must be cleaned because it will lead to air pollution in the home.

The air outside of our homes is actually cleaner than the air inside. Air pollution has reached epidemic levels in the United States and symptoms such as watery eyes, frequent colds, flu, sore throats, stuffy noses, allergies, lack of energy, and asthma have been linked to indoor air pollution. That air pollution is particularly high due to Hurricane Sandy.

Rugs, carpets, furniture and window treatments play an integral role in affecting our indoor air quality because they act as giant health filters that capture dust, dirt, pollen, dust mites and all of their byproducts, including bacteria and other pollutants. The soft surfaces in our homes will keep the pollutants from being air-borne until a certain point when they stop holding them and start contributing to the problem.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the professional cleaning of rugs, furniture, and window treatments significantly improved the quality of indoor air. Proper cleaning can get your rugs and carpets up to 1500% cleaner. It can take the mildew, bacteria, allergens, and toxins out of your rugs as well. The EPA highly recommends that you clean your carpets and rugs by using a firm that is certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, and is trained in cleaning not only for appearance but also for health.

In order to eliminate moisture, mildew, and salt water from your rugs and the other soft surfaces in your home, our cleaning process can salvage and restore them. For your homemade rugs and area carpets, they will be removed and cleaned in our professional cleaning facility where they can be more thoroughly cleaned than in the home. Dust and dirt can be removed before the washing process, which uses hundreds of gallons of water to remove the most embedded soil, and the rugs can be properly dried in a controlled enviroment. For your wall-to-wall carpets, we will come to your home and use the hot water extraction method.


Washing processes used to eliminate moisture, mildew, and salt water from the hurricane:

  • The ultimate cleaning for most rugs and carpets is the Luster Wash. The carpet is completely immersed with water and our own exclusive cleaning formulas. Our specially designed washing equipment allows solutions to penetrate freely to the deepest layer of the rug’s nap. This process removes ground-in dirt, gently, without crushing the wool, and in most cases restores the original look and texture.
  • The basic cleaning for many rugs is the Soap Wash, which is a systematic cleaning process that we use on area rugs, broadloom carpeting and many types of oriental rugs. The rugs are first lathered with our own soap formula and water then put through an automatic washing machine, which again washes, rinses and rings out excess water.
  • The Hand or Dry Rug Cleaning is a process in which we clean the rug with a dry 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 tend to run in a wet cleaning method.

 

Getting your damaged rugs cleaned after the hurricane will keep your home healthy and the benefits of that are well worth it. You and your family will ultimately feel better and live a healthier life. Your home will also look dramatically more beautiful.

We are here to assist after our most recent natural disaster as well as throughout the year. For a complete list of our services and to schedule a cleaning of the rugs or fabrics in your home visit us at www.rugrenovating.com.

Tags: Professional Rug Cleaning, carpet cleaning, Hurricane Sandy

Rug Cleaning Tips for Your Home and Holidays

Posted by Paul Iskyan on Fri, Dec 07, 2012 @ 04:44 PM

snow flake clipart 7With the holidays quickly approaching, you want your rugs looking clean for the guests you entertain in your home. It is also important to frequently have your rugs cleaned, in order to avoid further damage. Rugs and carpets will look their best and last longer when they are properly maintained.

Here are some important carpet care tips you should keep in mind that will help your rugs and home look beautiful for your family and holiday guests during those special celebrations:

1. Handmade Oriental and machine made carpets should be cleaned every two to four years.

Dan Hodges, President of the Oriental Rug Importers Association says, “Over time, grit and dirt become embedded so deeply that professional cleaning is required. Oriental rugs and other area carpets should be taken out of the home for proper cleaning.”

This type of cleaning will remove the grit as well as the surface soil that gradually causes the carpet to take on a dull appearance.

2. Never allow a wall-to-wall carpet cleaning firm to clean an oriental rug in your home.

It would probably be easier and cheaper, but this could seriously harm your rugs.  When a cleaner cleans a rug in a home with a hot water extraction machine,  known as steam cleaning, the top half of the rug becomes saturated with detergent and the bottom half remains untouched. This process does not get the dirt out of the rug’s foundation.

If a rug is cleaned at the home, it is lying flat on the ground, and this causes the foundation to never have the opportunity to dry properly. This could lead to mildew and dry rot, which will either ruin the rug or drastically reduce its longevity and value.

Another problem with in-home cleaning is that the cleaning chemical is never properly rinsed out of the rug. The soap and moisture that is left in the rug attains a very high pH level. As the rug dries, it leaves the pile heavily laden with soap residue - we use the analogy of washing your hair without rinsing it. 

3. Protect your installations from stains, soil and wear with Fiber-Guard.

Fiber-Guard provides a superior protection on each and every fiber in handmade rugs and carpets, wall-to-wall carpet, fabric and leather furniture, wall fabrics and draperies.

It can be applied to wool, cotton, leather, silk, velvet, suede, and all other fabric blends.

It will not wear off like other stain repellants and will leave your fabric’s color, feel and texture unchanged.

It will always be safe and non-toxic.

4. For your wall-to-wall carpeting:

Wall-to-wall carpeting should be cleaned every eighteen months, according to Dupont, the leading producer of carpet fiber.

We use steam cleaning just like Shaw Carpet, which is the largest manufacture of broadloom carpet in the world. They also recommend the hot water extraction system, which research indicates provides the best capability for cleaning.

Our technicians will pre-spot the problem areas on your carpets, move the furniture, thoroughly clean the carpet, and replace the furniture to its original location.

It will take six to twelve hours for the carpet to dry.

5. Vacuum your rugs and carpets frequently. Click here for proper instructions.

6. Rotate your rugs 180 degrees at least once a year.

7. Check out this Carpet Cleaning Frequency Guideline from the EPA: http://www.greatcampdetailing.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/EPA-Guidelines.pdf


Tags: Professional Rug Cleaning, Oriental Rug Cleaning, rug maintenance

Our Customers love our Professional Rug Cleaning Services

Posted by Paul Iskyan on Mon, Nov 19, 2012 @ 11:15 AM

Rug Renovating is the most professional rug cleaning company in NYCWith 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.
At Rug Renovating we pride ourselves on our state of the art rug cleaning factory, level of thorough service we deliver and the experienced staff who is responsible for all of these steps.  If you would like more information about our company and the services we deliver please visit our website for information and an inside view of our factory.

 

 

 


 


 

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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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Don’t be Scared! Use Soil and Stain Protectant

Posted by Paul Iskyan on Wed, Oct 31, 2012 @ 08:00 AM

jack o lanternFor many of our customers the thought of spraying a “spooky” stain protection on their beloved rugs may be scary, but have no fear!  At Rug Renovating we apply Fiber-Guard,  a safe and non-toxic protection for any of the soft surfaces in your home. It is the finest stain and soil protectant out there. Applying Fiber-Guard to your rugs will create an invisible shield and provide an all over protection on each fiber in handmade rugs and carpets, wall-to-wall carpet, fabric and leather furniture, wall fabrics and draperies.

Fiber-Guard is the best protectant for wool, cotton, leather, silk, velvet, suede, and all other fabric blends. It will definitely leave your fabric’s color, feel and texture just as it was before you applied it and will not wear off. Fiber-Guard helps prevent oil and water based stains and spills as well.

For homeowners who have wool rugs, the use of Fiber-Guard is recommended as it is Wool Safe. This Wool Safe designation identifies Fiber-Guard as approved for use on wool rugs and carpets. Wool is an excellent fiber for making rugs and carpets and it’s a coarse fiber by nature. Because it is rough, it contains two times the amount of dye sites compared to nylon. Beautiful colors are well received by wool. Wool is very absorbent so if it’s not protected, the wool fiber in the rug or carpet will readily absorb spills.

Although strong, stain protectors are not bullet proof. They do not work on bleaches, dyes or acids. Once the stain protection is applied, the homeowner still has to address spills and accidents right after they occur to help minimize staining.

Kids, pets, eating, spilled drinks, soil, greasy matter, and especially Halloween candy, are all enemies of the homeowners soft surfaces, such as rugs, carpets, draperies, upholstery and leather. If these are important to the homeowner, then considering a stain protection treatment may be just the extra step you should take to protect your interior furnishings and carpets.

Call us today and have Fiber-Guard applied in your residence or business by our trained personnel or check out www.woolsafe.org for more information on wool rug protection.

Refer to our Spotting Guide to assist with the first steps when an accident does happen.

Tags: Professional Rug Cleaning, Oriental Rug Cleaning

The Benefits to a Healthy Home

Posted by Paul Iskyan on Wed, Oct 24, 2012 @ 10:30 AM

“The secret to a healthy enviroment is a clean enviroment.”
- Dr. Michael Berry from the Environmental Protection Agency

factoryAccording to statistics, people spend up to 90% of their time at home. What many people don’t realize is that the air outside their homes is actually cleaner than the air inside. Indoor air pollution has reached epidemic levels in the United States, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Everything from chronic fatigue to headaches have been linked to this air pollution. Other symptoms include watery eyes, frequent colds, flu, sore throats, stuffy noses, allergies, lethargy, and asthma.

Rugs, carpets, furniture and window treatments act as giant filters for dust, dirt, pollen, dust mites, and bacteria, because their soft surfaces capture these unwanted items. Once they become full of pollutants, they will release them back into the air, and contribute further to the problem.

Steps you can take that can improve the quality of air you and your family breathe:

  • Use a vacuum cleaner that has a Hepa Filter. Be sure to clean or replace the bag when it’s half “full.”
  • Use a beater bar when vacuuming rugs and carpets, as it will make your work much more effective.
  • Use the hose connection on the vacuum to thoroughly clean all upholstered furniture, drapes and other window treatments.
  • Change the filters in your HVAC system regularly and use air cleaning devices inside your home.

Dr. Michael Berry, from the Environmental Protection Agency, believes that professional cleaning and removal of leading pollutants on indoor furniture, rugs, and so on, have improved the quality of indoor air remarkably. Professional cleaning can make your rugs and carpets up to 1500% cleaner.

Regular cleaning of the soft surfaces in your home school should be scheduled with a professional cleaning company that is certified by the HCRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification), like ours. It is also important to look for firms that are trained in cleaning for health, in addition to appearance. A wall-to-wall carpet cleaning is recommended every six months, by using the hot water extraction method, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. 

When it comes to your handmade rugs and area carpets, keep the cleaning treatment to once a year. These pieces should be removed from your home and brought to a professional cleaning facility, where they can have a more thorough cleaning. The washing process in these facilities use hundreds of gallons of water, removing the most embedded soil, which is then followed by a proper drying process in a controlled enviroment.

graphIn addition to your handmade rugs and area carpets, upholstered furniture and window treatments should also be cleaned once a year. Your favorite couches and chairs, which are used more frequently, should be cleaned twice a year. Most of this cleaning can actually be done in the convenience of your home.

The benefits of keeping your home clean and healthy outweigh the continuing challenges it may bring. It is scientifically proven that you and your family will ultimately feel better and live healthier. Your cleaner rugs, carpets, furniture and window treatments will make your home look significantly more beautiful.

Click here to download our 10 Simple Tips for keeping a healthy home by improving air quality and reducing allergens.

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