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Tips on Cleaning and Maintaing Your Carpets and Area Rugs

How to Store a Rug

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How to Store a Rug

Gatesway Cleaning & Restoration recommends a professional carpet cleaning before any long-term storage of an area rug. If you are planning on moving or using temporary storage use these helpful carpet storage tips to ensure you do not ruin your family heirloom. The biggest dangers for rugs placed in storage are bugs, floods, and thugs. Whether you place your rug into a corner of a closet, hidden away in the garage or even in a local storage unit insect, flood or mildew damage, and theft are the most common problems we hear from clients. Many place their high value oriental rugs into a storage unit or tucked away in their home, often when remodeling a home, during summer sunlight, or even to for safe keeping for a loved one. You want to make sure you are not actually causing damage by incorporating the wrong storage procedures. Safe Area Rug Carpet Storage Tips Do clean and moth-repel rugs before wrapping for storage. You must clean your area rugs of food and liquid material because though moths are normally the storage ‘bad guys’ any insect will eat sugars and other food materials, and they will eat the wool fibers that are holding this meal for them too. An insect repellant, safe for carpet fibers, will make your rug unappetizing to moths. Do roll your rugs starting at the bottom to the top end, fuzzy side inside. To find the bottom end of your rug, you want to ‘pet’ your rug to determine when you are going with the nap and against the nap. When you run your hand with the nap, it will take you to the tassels of the bottom of the rug (where the weaver began weaving your rug). Roll from this end. Folding rugs causes cracking over time, so do not fold rugs being put in storage. Do roll your silk rugs with the fuzzy side outside. Wool and cotton rugs have more five to them than silk rugs, so when placing silk rugs into storage, roll them with their fuzzy silk side outside. Do wrap your rugs in Tyvek® or brown acid-free paper. Wool has a moisture content even when it is dry, so changes in heat will cause it to sweat. Because of this you can never wrap wool rugs in plastic or you will create a mildew problem. Tyvek® paper is best as it is tear and water resistant. Do elevate your rug packages off of the ground. Many storage facilities are built in lowlands that have a tendency to flood during bad weather, wo whether in your home or their location you want to keep rugs at least six inches off the ground in case flooding occurs. Do make certain nothing heavy is stacked on top of your rugs. Heavy items can cause damage to the rug’s foundation. This damage is near impossible to repair. If you have questions on carpet storage or how to roll a rug, please do not hesitate to ask us. If you need your area rug professionally cleaned and prepared for storage please call...

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Helpful Rug Care Tips

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Helpful Rug Care Tips

> Rotate your rugs. Rotate your rugs to even out any possible sun fading, and to also not allow one specific area  to get all the foot traffic wear. Rotate small rugs every  3 to 6 months: larger rugs every time it goes for a bath put it back down in the opposite direction. > Inspect your rugs Quarterly you want to inspect your rugs closely for any insect activity. Moths and carpet beetles generally begin feasting in areas that have little light and little air flow, this means they prefer the back of the rug, or places under furniture. The larva looks like “sticky lint”, so flip over the corners of the rug to see if you have any activity   American Indian weavings hanging on the wall are particularly vulnerable, so take them down bi-annualy to shake and dust them, and look for bugs You also want to check the ends and sides of your rugs to make sure that they are not in need of repair. When fringe tassels become worn and torn, the wool ( or silk ) knots of the rug begin to pull away from the rug, and if this is caught early it is a much cheaper repair then reweaving a section of the rug down the road. Look at the Back of the rug to clearly see if all the knots are tightly and securely in place. >Protect your Rugs. Many newar rugs, especially Chinese rugs, are chemically washed to give them a nice “sheen”. This chemical process makes these rugs sensitive to sunlight and they will fade in a period of a few short years. If this concerns you , consider treating your windows with UV- filter coating, or use thicker window coverings to block out the rays during peak hours. > Never use Carpet spot removers or baking soda on your rugs. Folex and Resolve are meant for Synthetic carpet, and not for wool or silk rugs. These chemicals ( and even Woolite ) are too strong to use on rugs and they will either cause a chemical distortion or it will bleach ou the rug dyes completely. Baking soda also causes damage by yellowing the fibers. This damage is permanent, and will devalue your rug, so please stick to Club soda and corn starch if you need to pack a spill with absorbant compound. >Never have your valuable oriental rugs surface cleaned in your home Wall -to wall carpet cleaning chemicals and equipment are meant for wall-to-wall carpet, not oriental and specialty rugs. This equipment cannot thoroughly rinse your rugs clean  (especially  when there is a nice floor underneath that cannot get wet.) so you are left with a rug that has a great deal of chemicals( and dirt ) still left in the fibers. This chemical residue can lead to many problems from quicker re-soiling (because the residue is sticky) yellowing of wool,dye migration and bleeding, and fading. Rugs, especially WOOL rugs, are meant to be washed at a proper rug cleaning facility.   Do you have a rug that isn’t looking at it’s best? Give Gatesway Cleaning & Restoration a call and we can repair your rug for lasting...

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Using Corn Starch to Absorb Carpet Stains

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Using Corn Starch to Absorb Carpet Stains

As we mentioned before you want to avoid baking soda when using DIY carpet cleaning products for absorbing liquids and odors from your carpets. In this video he shows you how to use corn starch to absorb a carpet stain from cat urine. If you are unsure if you are doing this correctly or the stain and odor resurfaces give your Warren carpet cleaners a call (814) 726-2730 and we will come to your home to professionally access and clean the cat urine from your carpet and hardwood...

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How To Clean An Area Rug

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How To Clean An Area Rug

If you have hardwood or tile floors chances are you have an area rug in your home. Area rugs (especially delicate oriental rugs) need special care and treatment, Gatesway Cleaning & Restoration recommends that if you are unsure of the fibers or question your care techniques to contact a carpet cleaning specialist before you take action to prevent permeant damage to your area rugs. How to Clean Area Rugs Take a moment and think about the dust that settles on your hard surfaces – bookcases, hardwood floors, etc. This same dust settles on your rugs and needs to be removed, otherwise it works its way into the fibers and causes damage you cannot correct. However, you do not want to overly “brush” these fibers, so we recommend a standard vacuum or upholstery attachment. Just like sanding or staining wood you want to vacuum with the nap of the rug’s ‘fuzzy’ side. The rug’s fibers are similar to your pet’s fur – you know when you are petting with the nap, and when you are not. Going ‘with’ it causes less friction. For your entry rugs or other high traffic areas, then turn these rugs fuzzy side down and run an upright vacuum along the back side. This “shakes” the dirt out of the base of the area rug’s foundation. Then flip the rug over and vacuum away all of the now shaken dust, dirt, allergens, mold spores, bacteria, and other “unmentionables” that have been brought into your home by shoes, feet and paws. Entry rugs with high traffic should be “dusted” twice a week (or more) with your canister or upholstery attachment. Rugs with moderate traffic should be dusted weekly. Even rugs in areas with no traffic will still have dust settling on them daily, so attend to them bi-weekly. A consistent dusting routine will help keep your rugs cleaner and healthier longer. It will also (especially when using a HEPA-filter vacuum) help keep your indoor air cleaner. Rug Maintenance Entry High Traffic Rugs: Vacuum 2+ times per week/Wash every 1-2 years Medium Traffic Rugs: Vacuum weekly/Wash every 2-3 years Low Traffic Rugs: Vacuum bi-weekly/Wash every 3-4 years If you don’t remember the last time you washed your area rugs then it may be time to get it done. Gatesway Cleaning & Restoration can help you with your carpet cleaning needs and make sure that your oriental area rugs last from generation to generation. Area Rug Care Tips Rotate Your Rugs In order to eave out any possible sun fading and to also not allow one specific area to get all the foot traffic wear; rotate small rugs every three to six months, larger rugs every time it goes for a bath put it back down in the opposite direction. Inspect Your Rugs Look closely quarterly for any insect activity. Moths and carpet beetles generally begin feasting in areas that have little light and air flow – this means they prefer the back of the rug, or places under furniture. The larva looks like ‘sticky lint’, so make sure to flip over the corners of the rug to see if you have any activity. American Indian weavings hanging on the wall are particularly vulnerable, so take them down bi-annually to shake, dust and look for bugs. Use this time to check your area rugs for signs of repair or pet urine stains. Worn fringe tassels begin to pull away from the rug and if they are caught early enough they can be repaired. Again, you need to look at the back of the rug for wear and if all the knots are tight and securely fastened to the area rug body. Protect Your Rugs Chinese rugs and other newer area rugs have been chemically washed to give them a sheen. This process makes your rugs extremely sensitive to sunlight and you’ll see fading quickly. Take care to place these rugs in area away from direct sunlight. If this is not possible you may want to treat your windows with a UV-filter coating or close your drapes during peak sunlight...

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Best Rug Pads for Hardwood Floors

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Best Rug Pads for Hardwood Floors

Worried that your oriental area rugs are ruining your hardwood floors? Call Gatesway Cleaning & Restoration and our certified restoration technicians will assess the damage, rejuvenate your floors, and recommend the best non slip rug pad for your floor needs

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Avoid Carpet Cleaning Scams

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Avoid Carpet Cleaning Scams

Every day there is another post or mention on Facebook or Twitter about someone being disappointed or scammed by a cleaning claim. A knowledgeable consumer is a smart consumer. By knowing some of the things to look for when searching for a reliable carpet cleaner in your area. Top 4 Rip-Off Scams by Carpet Cleaners   Unbelievable Low Price. To some degree, all of us are attracted by low price because we want to work within a budget. But some carpet cleaners use price as the bait for their false and misleading advertising. They offer a cheap price- usually between $3.95 and $9.95 per room- and then, once they’re in your home, they pressure you into buying “add-ons.” It’s as if you were buying a car and found that the dealer was charging you extra for the tires and steering wheel. Carpet Cleaning is not as cheap as some unethical carpet cleaners would like you to believe. Bait and Switch. Dual Process carpet cleaning describes the process of shampooing and heavy preconditioning, followed by hot water extraction cleaning. Unfortunately ,unethical carpet cleaners often use duel process as a bait and switch tecnique. Here’s how it is done: first, they “bait” you with a basic cleaning ( single process ) at an unbelievable low price. Then when you call, they try to switch you to more expensive dual- process cleaning. If you don”t fall for their switch and choose their basic service, you:ll likely receive poor workmanship using little or no chemical and they will not quarentee their work. Unsupported Claims. “This Cleaning is the best.” You”ll read this in almost every ad. You’ll hear this from virtually every carpet cleaner. Remember this- the method that is the best for you is the method that acheives your goal. If you want a method that dries quickly, then a method that takes a long time to dry isn’t the best for you So before you choose a carpet cleaner, idenify your objectives. Then select the method that reaches your objectives. Outdated Beliefs. “Hot water damages carpet.” Years ago many people believed this was true because their carpets were damaged by “technicians” who didn’t know how to properly clean using hot water. But today, we all know it’s false. By washing and then rinsing your carpet with hot water, your carpet is thoroughly cleaned. Just like in the same way that a person who showers and then rinses off the dirt and soap will be much cleaner than the person who only takes a sponge bath.   Obviously, each carpet cleaner will be biased to their own method. And each method does have it’s advantages. So I suggest you look at what the carpet manufacturers say. Shaw Industries, the world’s largest carpet manufacturer in the world, recommends only hot water extraction with a truck-mounted unit used by firms that are IICRC certified. Gatesway Cleaning & Restoration not only has trained technicians but we also hold several certifications in cleaning and restoration. Because of our expertise and quality of customer service we have been awarded the Readers Choice Award from the Warren Times-Observer six times in a row. We’d love to discuss with you our cleaning practices for your Chautauqua or Warren area home and...

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