Spring cleaning is a tradition that allows us to freshen up our homes and get a head start on the hectic seasons of spring and summer. It is an opportunity to throw open the windows, let some fresh air in, and make our homes clean, happy and efficient spaces. The tips below outline basic techniques that will help you clean almost every surface in your home.
Dust Your Home Thoroughly: This includes hard-to-reach places, such as the tops of ceiling fans, bookshelves and cabinets. Always work from the top of a room down.
Wipe Walls and Trim: Use a vacuum to remove dust and then wipe walls and trim with a microfiber cloth dampened with water and mild dishwashing liquid. Use a solvent-free degreaser to work on stubborn spots, especially those in the kitchen.
Wash Window Screens: Using warm water and a mild dishwashing liquid, scrub each screen with a brush; rinse thoroughly.
Work Window Treatments: Wipe wooden blinds with a damp cloth; warm water mixed with a mild dishwashing liquid is safe for metal and vinyl blinds.
Clean Upholstered Furnishings: Take cushions outside and gently beat them by hand to remove dust. Use a vacuum’s upholstery and crevice tools to clean under seat cushions. This will prep also the fabric for a professional upholstery cleaning.
Have Hard Surfaces Cleaned: Tile, stone, and grout will eventually deteriorate without proper maintenance. Using a professional will ensure that you are taking all the right steps when cleaning tile & stone and using only the best products to protect your investment by keeping it properly maintained and attractive.
Carpet and Rug Cleaning: Leave this task to the professionals. Improper cleaning can cause mold and damage that cannot be undone. A professional carpet and rug cleaning will also save time for the other tasks at hand.
Wax Wooden Furniture: Wipe surfaces with a soft cloth dampened with water and mild dishwashing liquid. Apply paste wax, such as Butcher’s wax, a few feet at a time with a cotton rag folded into a square pad. Let wax dry; buff with a clean cloth.
Clean Hardwood Floors: Hardwood floors become dull and dirty over time just like carpet. A professional cleaning will bring back the shine and extend the life of your floors.
Ensure Fire Safety: Change batteries in smoke detectors (this should be done twice a year), and make sure units are free of dust. Teach everyone in your household how to use a fire extinguisher, and review escape plans.
Heirloom Oriental Rug Cleaning cares for the finest to the most basic rugs from around the world. We will pick-up and bring your rugs back to our special cleaning facility where they will go through our thorough cleaning process for maximum soil and spot removal.
Glynn P. said on 02/24/2016 in Customer Lobby:
Heirloom Oriental Rug Cleaning were great. This was my first time using them. They were very quick and very professional. They were here when they said they’d be here and they returned it when they said they’d return it. Best of all, they remembered my dog. He was sick when they first came and when they came back he was bouncing all over the place. They noticed he’d recovered. Very personable.
- Rotation – To insure even wear, your rug should be rotated once a year. Depending on the traffic, the rotation may vary from six months to two years.
- Vacuuming – Oriental rugs, like most carpeting, should be vacuumed on a regular basis to remove dirt and restore life to the fibers. Be sure not to vacuum the fringe with your beater bar! Use the end of a vacuum hose from a canister vacuum.
- Padding – A quality pad used under your rug helps protect it from dirt, wear and slippage.
- Washing – Having your Heirloom Oriental rug professionally cleaned will ensure it is done properly and with care to protect your investment.
Dry cleaning methods do not include using water of any kind to rinse or wash your Oriental and specialty rugs. Dry chemicals are applied to the surface of the rug where they remain and form a residue. This residue will attract dust and dirt making the “cleaning” irrelevant. Further, whether the chemicals sit on the surface or go deep within the pile, they will contribute to poor indoor air quality in your home. Any pets or children who play on the rug will be exposed to the toxic chemicals.
For a rug to be thoroughly cleaned, it must be done by a professional rug cleaning company to keep your family healthy and to protect your investment. If your dry cleaner has a referral program with the local rug cleaning company, you can also ensure your rug is getting cleaned properly. To learn more about Heirloom Oriental Rug Cleaning‘s rug cleaning process, click here.
Heirloom Oriental Rug Cleaning is excited to be offering this amazing deal for January and February of 2016. Our customers are what keep us going and we are proud to be of service. As a thank you for supporting and trusting us with your valued oriental rugs, we are offering Bonus Cash Back and an additional discount on top of that. This offer will not repeated in 2016!
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We all love our pets, but do we know what they bring into our homes?
Saliva: A dog has at Least 20 species of bacteria in its mouth. All of these bacteria are left behind when your pet slobbers on your upholstery or rugs.
Pet waste: There are 20 million fecal coliform bacteria in a single gram of pet waste – urine or feces! These bacteria remain on rugs even after you clean up the waste.
Dander: An estimated 30 million Americans are allergic to animals with pet dander being the main cause! Simply vacuuming may not get rid of all of the allergens.
Dirt: Studies show that dirt carries many different forms of bacteria and a square foot of carpet can harbor up to 1 pound of dirt! Our rug cleaning system will deep clean your rugs, removing the places bacteria can hide.
The EPA recommends that homes with pets have their rugs and carpets professionally cleaned every 3 to 6 months for the most effective cleaning and removal of pet hair, odors, dander, and dirt or soil.
Don’t take our word for it. See what our customers have to say!
Check out this great review with Customer Lobby:
Excellent customer service from both sets of people that came.
They weren’t in a hurry. People usually come in and out and don’t listen, but Heirloom isn’t like that. I had questions about the quality of the rugs I was cleaning and the two men that came to get the rugs took the time to explain to me how to tell whether the rug is a low, medium, or high quality. He said mine was a medium quality and showed me the reasons why. If I ever wanted to buy higher quality, certain things need to be apparent, and now I know what they are. I appreciated that. He said it would about two weeks to return the rugs, dependent on weather, etc. There was no rush. They called when they were about twenty minutes away. They accommodated me and the timing coordination with my doctor’s appointment. I appreciated it. The gentlemen that brought back the rugs were very nice as well. They made sure I was happy with the way it looked when they laid it out. They weren’t in a hurry either. You could argue that yes I was paying for it, but I have had many people who rush in and out. These men did a good job and I tipped them accordingly. I highly recommend Heirloom.
Have houseguests coming? Get a handle on the holidays with these great ideas for keeping dirt and chaos under control with company in mind.
Guest Bedroom: This is the most likely the first place your company will go to plop themselves and their belongings down. Before they arrive, wash the bed sheets in warm or hot water with a capful of white vinegar to ensure they are fresh. While the sheets are in the dryer, give the room a quick one-over, like dusting the side tables and setting out clean towels. And then to finish, replace the bedding and fluff the pillows to make your next guests feel comfortable and welcome.
Burst Cleaning: If a room is mostly picked up go in, scan the room and pick up those little overlooked things and see what a difference it makes in the room. You will be surprised how many little things there are laying around and out of place in your house. If everything has a place, then you will quickly notice what needs to be moved and where.
Clean the Three T’s: Toilets, Tabletops, the Television. What? The television? That’s right! Most living rooms are centered around your tv and the amount of dust that hangs on it, your netflix stack and dvd box set pile that’s off to one side could be tell tale signs of why the rest of your house isn’t exactly spotless. Plus if you sit chatting in the living room, you’ll be staring at it wishing you would have moved it. Toilets and tabletops are a bit more self explanatory, but important none the less.
Think Sink: Stop pretending you’re going to rinse those dishes piling up on the counter, and load them in the dishwasher (or if not, at least stack them neatly in the sink). Run some water over drippy detergent bottles, then stick those, pot scrubbers, and rubber gloves under the sink.
Of course, we all have better things to do than deep clean the house – like spending time with family and friends. So call the experts, this holiday season, to give your home that professional clean feeling. Request a free estimate for a rug cleaning from Heirloom Oriental Rug Cleaning today! (386) 530-4621
Approximately 40 million people in the U.S. suffer from indoor and outdoor allergies, which can be caused by allergens ranging from pet dander and mold spores to ragweed and pollen. The cold, dry air of fall and winter irritate many allergy sufferers, but there are steps you can take to lessen the effects of seasonal allergens.
Firstly, the most important step is to have your carpet, upholstery and rugs professionally deep cleaned. A deep cleaning can remove up to 98% of common household allergens and bacteria.
Click the infographic below for more ideas to help ease your allergy symptoms:
A rug’s pile refers to the density of fibers. The pile height or thickness of the rug and the length of the fibers in the weave combined determine the pile of a rug. They can range from a flat/short pile or long and shaggy.
Pile Height To Consider
Pile heights vary: less than 1/4″ (low); 1/4″ to 1/2″ (medium); 1/2″ to 3/4″ (plush); some shags can be even longer.
High Traffic Areas
Thick pile does not necessarily equate to quality. Some very fine rugs are thin. That said, high-traffic areas can benefit from rugs with some density.
Short and Durable
Shorter pile rugs will, as a rule, last a bit longer than longer piles. Low pile rugs are extremely easy to maintain because they are usually more durable and thus simpler to clean.
Think About Furniture
Longer-pile rugs can feel softer, but their threads and fibers are prone to twisting, matting, or being crushed. The legs of furniture will more easily leave indentations. Thinner rugs are better for dining rooms because the low pile makes the movement of chairs easy.
Proofs In The Pile
High pile rugs are softer and definitely fluffier looking than low pile rugs. They have longer threads, giving them a gorgeously luxuriant appearance.
Clean with Care
Shags and other longer-pile rugs can get caught in the rotating beater bar of your vacuum cleaner. Either turn it off or use an attachment without one. When in doubt, contact a professional rug cleaning company and they can point you in the right direction.