Fine Rug Appraisal

Fine Rug Appraisal Tips

Many appraisers only estimate the replacement value of your rugs, and while appropriate for insurance purposes, such a rug appraisal can be misleading when it comes to selling your rug. Reliable will provide you with replacement value and resale value estimates for your antique, heirloom, and generational rugs.

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Buying An Oriental Rug

The purchase of a few oriental rugs can create that cozy feeling in your home at a reasonable price.  At the same time, the rug’s origin whether it’s a factory, a workshop, village or nomad rug, provides a feeling and mood from a society totally unlike the Western one. Considerations for the purchase of a rug should include: whether the rug is to be used under a table or freely in an elegant living room. the surroundings of the rug,[…]

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Rug Care Tips

Vacuum Regularly Rugs must be vacuumed regularly (at least weekly) to remove grit and dry soil which has a sandpaper effect. This dry soil will wear down the fibres over time and is the biggest risk to your valuable rug. Always vacuum in the direction of the pile and be very careful near fringes. Deep Soil Removal Occasionally a more thorough vacuuming will be needed to remove any soil which has worked down into the foundation. To do this vacuum[…]

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Top 10 Spring Cleaning Tips

Yes, it’s time to start thinking about spring cleaning your home again. You owe it to yourself and family to enjoy a clean that’s more than dirt-deep. Think allergen-deep.  And spring cleaning isn’t something to dread—just follow our easy spring-cleaning tips and tricks. 1. Make a Spring Cleaning List and a Schedule Scope out your home: What areas need the most work? Where do you skip during routine cleaning? (Be honest.) Those are the best places to start. Regardless of[…]

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Silk or Art Silk

We’re sorry to say it, but when someone says they have a silk rug I seriously doubt that fact.  Silk area rugs are few and far between. Most of the time it is a Faux Silk or “Art Silk”. Most fake silk rugs are made with: Art Silk (ARTificial) or Faux Silk Mercerized Cotton Rayon or Viscose Man-made Silk If you see a label that says man-made silk, it is not real silk. Only silk worms can make silk.  Also,[…]

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Six Ways to Ruin Your Upholstery

 1) Unzip People figure that because they can unzip their upholstery, they can just take it off and take it to the dry cleaners.  In fact, zippers are put in for the convenience of the manufacturer, not the customer.  Upholstery should be cleaned on the frame or cushion so that it will retain its shape.  Also, dry cleaners use different materials and techniques than upholstery cleaners, which can shrink and/or damage upholstery.  Surprise – the fabric doesn’t fit anymore!  2)[…]

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Carpet construction and characteristics

Are you in the market for new carpet for your home? There are so many choices, it’s hard to know where to start. The following may help you understand the types of carpet and which may be best for you. Popular Carpet Construction Types: Textured Plush Pile Textured Plus is the most decoratively versatile type of cut-pile carpet.  Its textured surface is good for hiding vacuum marks and footprints, and even looks terrific between vacuuming.  Textured plus adds a casual[…]

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