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By thecleante46781938, May 5 2016 04:28PM

Carpet Keeps Allergens Out of the Air

There is a misconception that asthma and allergy sufferers should avoid carpet. In fact, the opposite is true. Studies have shown that carpet actually improves indoor air quality. It acts like a trap, keeping dust and allergens out of the air we breathe. Simply put, what falls to the carpet (dust, pet dander and many other particles) tends to stay trapped until it is removed through vacuuming or extraction cleaning. Smooth floor surfaces allow dust and other allergens to re-circulate into the breathing zone. Additional research

The Lowest Emitter of VOCs

Carpet has the lowest volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions of common flooring choices. In fact, it’s one of the lowest emitting products used in new construction and renovation. What VOCs new carpet emits are short-lived and largely dissipate within 24 to 48 hours – even faster with fresh air ventilation.

CRI’s Green Label Plus standards, which have been adopted across the industry, serve as the benchmark for low VOC emissions. The Green Label Plus symbol indicates:

• The manufacturer voluntarily participates in the program.

• The manufacturer is committed to developing ways to minimize any adverse effects on indoor air quality.

• A representative sample of the product type is tested by an independent laboratory and meets the established emissions requirements.

Carpet Puts You On Safer Ground

Carpets and rugs provide better traction than other flooring options, preventing falls. This is true everywhere, but even more important in areas where there is a lot of rain and snow. And when falls do happen, the softer surface reduces their impact. Whether you are in a business, school or hospital, fewer falls and less severe injuries are one more reason carpet is a choice you can feel good about.

Less Noise, More Productivity

Carpet is significantly more efficient at reducing noise, compared with other flooring. So everyone from employees to students gets a quieter, less distracting environment where they hear more, concentrate better and perform their best.

Article and more information can be found on www.carpet-rug.org.

By thecleante46781938, Mar 22 2016 07:16PM

As a disclaimer - We are NOT pest control specialists. We are RUG specialists.

RUG STORAGE TIPS

If you are placing a rug into storage, here are the preparation guidelines for proper care of the textiles if they are natural fiber (wool, silk, cotton).

1) Wash the rug thoroughly.

Washing not only removes potential bug hitchhikers in the rug fibers, but it removes all of the soil and contaminants from the foundation fibers of the rug as well. Compacted, ground in soil in a rug over time can dry out cotton foundation warps and wefts in a rug and lead to dry rot.

A proper rug washing facility, such as ours, will also have "insect repellents" that can be used as a final application on the rug, front and back, that will leave the rug "not tasty" to bugs so they will go elsewhere.

2) Roll and wrap in Tyvek paper.

Folding rugs is something you will see done in many rug galleries in order to conserve space, but can cause undue stress on the foundation fibers of rugs over time. (You can lessen this stress by folding the rugs with the fuzzy pile OUTWARD which allows the foundation fibers to bend less, but it also gets the rugs dusty easier)

Ideally rugs should be completely cleaned, insect repelled, and then rolled for long term storage. You roll the rug from the bottom end first to create a tight roll.

(To know which end is the bottom end, pet your rug and see which direction when you pet is going WITH the nap, and which is going AGAINST it. When you are petting WITH the grain it takes you to the bottom end. This is the end where the weaving began. Roll from this end.)

With silk rugs, or more fragile older wool rugs, you can roll the rug with the pile pointing outward to allow for less strain on the foundation. Also big shaggy rugs roll tighter with the long shaggy fibers pointing outward as well.

Wool and plastic should NEVER be combined in storage. Wool has a natural high moisture content (this is why it is flame resistant, it self-extinguishes with flame), so this means if wrapped in plastic and with no airflow, the fibers can "sweat" and create a problem in storage.

3) Elevate when storing. Don't stack heavy items on top of them.

Keeping rugs off the floor allows you to easily see if there are any potential problems with rodents more easily in a storage unit, and since storage facilities seems to often be built in low lying regions, if there are floods keeping the rugs elevated can keep them safer. Not stacking heavy items on top of them can keep strain from causing foundation damage to the rug.

4) Check the rug annually.

If possible, check your rugs in storage once a year to make sure the packaging is secure. If the rug was professionally cleaned, and the insect repellent applied, you can extend your check up of opening up the rug packaging, but it may need to be reapplied after 2 or 3 years.

If you have used Tyvek paper it can be unwrapped and the same paper reused because it is tear resistant. Clear packing tape works best with the Tyvek paper.

Tips To Prevent Unwanted "Guests" In Your Rugs!

Rugs should be regularly vacuumed to prevent dust and grit from working its way into the foundation of a rug. Weekly vacuuming is a must for rugs under consistent foot traffic. You do not need a heavy beater bar vacuum, you just want to "lift up" the settling dust that gets on the tips (the same dust that settled on your hard floors and needs to be swept up weekly). Just a quick "sweeping" of the tops of the fibers is all you need.

But quarterly, rug owners should be more invasive with their dusting, and with the upholstery attachment on their vacuum - or if they have a canister vacuum - pull back the corners of rugs and vacuum the floor underneath and the back of the rug corners.

Carpet beetles and moths like to settle around the edges of rugs, and usually will eat from the backside of the rug where it's dark and undisturbed.

A quarterly "dust and disturb" routine will keep them from finding the rug a nice place to sit. They want to place their eggs in a safe spot to have a meal as they grow. If you disturb them, they will move somewhere else.

Rugs under regular foot traffic should be washed every 18-24 months. If the foot traffic is heavy (or there are pets and kids on the rug a lot) then once a year is recommended. If the rug gets light or no traffic and is regularly vacuumed, then closer to 3 years is not unreasonable.

Rugs that are regularly washed rarely have bug problems, because nothing is more DISTURBING to bugs than having the rug rolled up and taken on a trip for a full service wash.

If you would like one of our rug specialists to assess your rugs, give us a call.

781-585-4678

We can provide all these services listed above.

Follow this link to learn more about our Oriental & Area Rug cleaning services.

Information and tips taken from therugchick.com

By guest, Jan 26 2016 03:13PM

In recognition of Valentine's Day - we wanted to pass along some steps you can take to remove candle wax from your carpeting or area rugs. It is fairly easy.

So you're about to enjoy your favorite day of the year, Valentine's Day ... until that candle gets knocked over and wax goes all over the carpet. Believe it or not this is a common problem we face every year in February. Here are a few steps to remove the wax from your carpet or area rugs.

1. First take a spatula or a knife to remove the excess wax by scraping it off gently making sure not to cut or abrade the carpet.


2. Get an iron and set it in on the lowest setting. Cover the wax with a piece of plain paper, either brown paper bag or white with no lines or ink.


3. Using the iron go slowly back and forth and you will notice the wax melting into the paper. Make sure you are checking the carpeting to make sure it is tolerating the low heat.


4. Move the paper so that the wax can melt into a new area with each pass. Do this for as long as you are removing wax.


5. Once you are not seeing any wax transferring then you can blot the spot with mineral spirits. Never pour product on your carpeting. This should remove any remaining wax. It is important that you do not set the iron too high as some carpet fibers will melt.


If you are too nervous to try it yourself - we are always a phone call away to schedule a service appointment. 781-585-4678


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