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Rug Care Tips: Preventing Mildew and Dry Rot in Rugs

Posted by Paul Iskyan on Thu, Mar 21, 2019 @ 12:09 PM

When rugs stay wet too long, they become mildewed and, eventually, suffer dry rot. The classic example is dry rot caused by a potted plant placed on a rug. The typical result is a horribly rotted circular area in a carpet that is otherwise in good condition. Don’t even think about putting a potted plant on a rug. No matter how clever you are or if you use a glazed pot or saucer, it may not work. Whether you put a vapor barrier between the saucer and the rug, the rug will get wet. Most importantly, it will stay wet. And unbeknownst to you and will become a rotten mess in an area about one foot in diameter.

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Another typical situation comes up when rugs are stored poorly. Therefore, when they are stored in a garage and become wet without anyone realizing, this can become an issue. Even though dry rot is not inevitable in such cases, a mildew smell is, and sometimes the smell of mildew simply cannot be removed. I have seen several occasions when moisture under a house has caused rugs on the floor above to mildew.

Caring For Your Rugs


Please do not worry needlessly, though. A little water on a rug, or even a lot of water, will not cause it to mildew unless the rug stays wet too long. For instance, when a rug is stepped onto after a shower or bath rarely are hurt by water because they have time to dry out between bath times. And don’t panic if you spill a glass of water on a rug. Lastly, just dry it as well as you can with towels.

Unfortunately, besides causing mildew and dry rot, water sometimes causes dyes in rugs to bleed or run. All you can do in this situation is to get the rug dry as soon as possible and to send it to an expert rug washer. If a rug is just a little wet, as from a spilled glass of water, do what I suggested above. Merely soak up as much water as possible with a towel or paper towel and everything will probably be just fine. If you are worried about the floor underneath, elevate the wet spot until it dries.

When All Else Fails


A rug that is thoroughly wet is another matter. The goal is to dry it before it mildews in about four or five days. If you have a Shopvac or other vacuum that will take in water, vacuum out as much water as you can. If you have sunlight and a place to lay the rug, open it and let it finish drying outdoors. Or, if you know that the rug is dirty as well as wet, dry it enough so that you can get it to an Oriental rug cleaning specialist.

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Tags: rug cleaning, rug care, oriental rug care, mildew, dry rot

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!

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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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Tags: carpet cleaning, rug cleaning

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Posted by Paul Iskyan on Thu, Jan 10, 2019 @ 12:53 PM

At Rug Renovating, we appreciate your patronage and like to share our knowledge of the carpet and rug cleaning industry with our audience on social media, especially Facebook!

To keep updated with the latest news, specials and happy home tips, please visit our Facebook page and give the page a like by clicking here and hitting the thumbs up!

Thank you for your loyalty and continued business! And for those just joining us, Welcome to the Rug Renovating Community!

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We offer a full line of carpet and rug services, providing homes with cleaner, great-looking furnishings. We handle cleaning and restoration of all types of domestic carpets to more specialized furnishings, such as oriental and antique rugs. Our commitment to quality services has helped us gain a reputation in rug repair and carpet cleaning in NYC.

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Tags: rug repair, rug cleaning, rug restoration, expert rug cleaning

The Big 3 Holiday Spills

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

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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: carpet cleaning, rug cleaning, holiday spills, 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.

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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

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A Rug Cleaning Will Make Your Rugs Look Like New Again

Posted by Paul Iskyan on Thu, Oct 25, 2018 @ 10:33 AM

Rugs of all sorts are perfect for living room and dining room areas and several other areas of your home. Heirloom Oriental and Area rugs add warmth, color and heaps of comfort to the floors of your home for you and your family. Therefore, small ones make great entryway décor. Ones for the bathroom provide comfort to the feet as you get cleaned up. The places and uses you can have for area rugs within the home are endless. Rugs can collect dirt, odors, allergens, and discolorations from the ongoing foot traffic it endures day in and day out. Rug cleaning is essential.

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Frequent vacuuming and spot treatment is helpful. However, it is imperative to have a skilled technician do comprehensive maintenance every now and then. The more foot-traffic it is exposed to, the more often it will need a good cleaning. Hiring professional rug cleaners for a rug cleaning is the best way to help get them clean and looking almost brand new.

Best of all, receiving area rug cleaning services will help the rugs last longer so the constant need to buy new ones does not need to occur, which will keep money in your pocket for other things needed for your beautiful home.

Your rugs, whether hand-knotted, family heirlooms or modern accent pieces - are representative of your style and your home. They are an investment and require proper care. Call today to schedule an appointment!

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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:

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

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

Rug Weaving: How Long Does It Take To Weave A Rug?

Posted by Paul Iskyan on Thu, Aug 16, 2018 @ 11:26 AM

Before you begin weaving your own Oriental rug, consider this. Rug weaving is an art. A skilled weaver in India can tie about 6,000 knots per day. Thus the time for one person to knot a 9′ x 12′ rug in several common qualities works out like this:

(Note that usually more than one person works at a time on rugs from about 4′ x 6′ and larger. To get the actual weaving time for a carpet, you’d need to divide the “Time required” shown here by the number of weavers working simultaneously on the rug).

 Quality

Knots/sq.in.

Knots/sq.ft.

Days/sq.ft.

Knots in a
9′ x 12′
Carpet

Time required to knot a
9′ x 12′ Carpet

“6/40”

60

8,640

1.4

933,120

151 days
(5 months)

“7/52”

91

13,104

2.2

1,415,232

237 days
(7.9 months)

“9/60”

135

19,440

3.2

 

2,099,520

346 days
(11.5 months)

“12/60”

180

25,920

4.3

2,799,360

464 days
(15.5 months)

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Remember that these estimates do not include the time needed to prepare the wool (for wool clipping, carding, spinning, and dyeing), to map the design (about 8 days for a 12/60 quality rug), or to wash and clip the finished carpet (more than 15 days for a 12/60 quality 9′ x 12′ carpet).

Rug Renovating know you cherish your household treasures. To keep those treasures spotless we offer a wide variety of cleaning and restoration services that will help promote good indoor air quality and extend the lifespan of your home furnishings.

Source: https://jacobsenrugs.com/blog/how-long-does-it-take-to-weave-a-rug

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