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Homemade Carpet Cleaning Solutions

Posted by Paul Iskyan on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 @ 01:22 PM

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We’ve all accidently spilled drinks on our carpets, or stained them by tracking dirt in from outside. What most of us haven’t done, however, is buy a professional carpet cleaning solution to use in these situations. Fortunately, you might not have to buy anything at all to get your carpet looking like new again. You can make your own homemade carpet cleaning solution with a few household items. Here are a few ways to get started:   

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Note: Dip a white cloth into these solutions and apply to the stain. Never pour the solutions directly onto carpeting.  
  • Detergent solution: Mix 1/4 teaspoon of a translucent liquid dishwashing detergent, such as Dawn or Joy, into one cup of lukewarm water.
  • Vinegar solution: Mix one cup of white vinegar with two cups of water.
  • Solvent solution: Use an oil solvent. Or substitute nail-polish remover, such as Cutex Quick & Gentle non-acetone polish remover.
  • Ammonia solution: Mix one tablespoon of clear household ammonia with 1/2 cup of lukewarm water.
  Other Solutions 
  • Baking soda works to remove pet stains. Just sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda over the soiled section, and then let it sit for a couple hours before vacuuming.
  • Club soda also works well, but may have to be applied with a cleaning solution several times before a stain is removed. Start by blotting the section before pouring the club soda over it. Once the solution has stopped fizzing, immediately blot the spot again, repeating as necessary.
  • Diluted bleach can help too. Just use 10 parts water to one part bleach. Spray the solution on the stain, and then let it sit for 15 seconds before thoroughly rinsing the area with warm water. If you can still see the stain, repeat the process until the spot is gone.
Considering these homemade stain remedies is a great way to save money!  
If these solutions do not work for your stains or if you would be more comfortable allowing professionals to handle this for you, call us anytime!
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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 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.
Want to know more about our Fiber-Guard treatment? Contact us today!
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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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