Area Rug Care

Caring For Your Fine Area Rugs

Proper rug care, whether yours is a contemporary, antique or heirloom rug, can help extend its useful life. Padding, regular vacuuming, and quick attention to spills and other damage can add years of enjoyment for you and your cherished rugs. Use Padding This is particularly true if your rug has no substantial backing of its own. Padding will help keep your rugs in place and protect them from premature wear. Talk to your local rug dealer to determine the best[…]

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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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Pet Odour Removal

Noticeable odour is a common problem in homes with pets, particularly cats.  Accidents frequently happen and their accompanying smell is almost inevitable.  Unless the cat urine can be completely removed from the actual fabric itself, complete pet odour removal is unlikely. Television ads and supermarket shelves are full of retail products that promise to combat pet odours, but they usually merely mask the odour, often just temporarily.  The odour will almost always return, sending you to the store to purchase[…]

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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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Why Winter is the Perfect Time for Carpet Cleaning

When the temperatures plummet and the kids are back to school after their winter break, taking care of major cleaning tasks might be the last item on your mind. After all, you’ve just finished a busy holiday season. If you hosted the holidays at your house this year, chances are someone spilled a bit of wine or your great aunt’s dog left behind some reminders of his presence. After a season of hosting events, you don’t quite feel like spending[…]

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7 Carpet Cleaning Misconceptions for DIYers

The internet is full of all kinds of information about carpet cleaning, some of it useful but some can cause more harm than good.  In fact, you can do serious damage to your carpet by falling victim to any of these carpet cleaning misconceptions. Carpet Cleaning Misconception #1: – You Need Not Clean New Carpet Dirt and soil particles sink down into the fibers so that even if a carpet looks clean, it may still be dirty.  While it is[…]

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General Upholstery Care

The useful life of upholstered furniture can be increased if the consumer follows a few simple fabric protection rules. Vacuuming Weekly vacuuming or light brushing helps to remove soil and protect fabric from the embedding of dirt or grime between fibres which can increase abrasion and wear. Cushion turning The life of upholstered cushions can be increased through periodic turning.  The weekly reversal of loose cushions will allow even distribution of wear over time. Fabric protection Fabric protection helps to[…]

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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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