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The Summertime Survival Guide for your Rug

Posted by Paul Iskyan on Wed, Jul 02, 2014 @ 10:11 AM

Summer SunIt’s summertime. It’s hot, it’s sunny, and it’s humid. This time of year conjures up memories of mom or dad trying to slather the sunblock on you before you left to catch the bus to camp or left with your friends for the beach.

However, your skin isn’t the only victim of the damaging effects of the sun’s UVB rays. Remember the rug in your living room? You know, the one your parents would yell at you for getting all wet when you came inside from the pool party? The heat and sun can rough those up as well. No matter what the color of your rug or carpet is, UV light will fade colors over time.  Certain colors, especially red and blue, are prone to sun-fading and chemical damage from various detergent cleaners.

You may be thinking, “It’s fine. I can turn on my air conditioning to keep the house cool.” Well, that may work in the short term, but once you rack up a sky-high energy bill, you’ll think twice about that strategy.

Here are some quick, cost-effective ways to keep your rugs and furniture in top shape during the sweltering summer months:

1.)   In the morning, before you leave the house, shut the windows, and close the blinds or drapes. If you must, turn the A/C on low. The house is the coolest in the early morning, so the air conditioning unit won’t have to work as hard since the house is already cool. This will save you money.

2.)   Use protective window treatments, such as ultraviolet blocking window shades and coatings. These are available at stores like Home Depot and can be purchased online for as little as $40.

3.)   Use carpet/rug protectors, such as Rug Renovating’s Fiber-Guard UV. This offers another layer of protection for your carpets and rugs, especially from any stains resulting from spilled liquid from the pool party cocktail table, dirty shoes from the baseball field, or sandy feet from the beach.

4.)   If all else fails, simply try keeping your prized rugs, carpets, or furniture away from direct sunlight. Even if the floor coverings are in the middle of the room, it’s better than having them directly next to the window.

So there you have it. These are just a few tips to ensure that your rug won’t suffer the same fate as your skin during the summer months. 

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How to Decrease In-Home Allergens

Posted by Paul Iskyan on Tue, Jan 14, 2014 @ 01:13 PM


As stated by an Environment Protection Agency (EPA) expert, Dr. Michael Berry: "A clean home is a healthy home. Cleaning will remove fungi, bacteria, dust, pollen and other pollutants that can aggravate and trigger problems for allergy and asthma suffers." Most people spend a lot of time in their homes. What we don't realize is that the air outside of our homes is actually cleaner than the air inside of our homes. According to the EPA, indoor air pollution has reached epidemic levels in the United States over the past ten years. Indoor air pollution can lead to watery eyes, frequent colds, flu, sore throats, stuffy noses, allergies, lack of energy and asthma. The soft surfaces that make up your rugs and furniture are a critical part of affecting indoor air quality. They capture dust, dirt, pollen, dust mites and all of their products including bacteria. Once your rugs and furniture get full of those pollutants, they stop holding onto them and release them back into the air. The EPA has determined that proper cleaning can get your rugs and carpets up to 1500% cleaner. Keeping your home clean will make you and your family live a healthier life and it will ultimately leave your home looking more beautiful. 
Steps to take to help decrease in-home allergens:
  1. Use a vacuum cleaner that has a Hepa Filter. 
  2. Be sure to replace the bag when it is half full.
  3. Use a beater bar when vacuuming rugs and carpets as it will make your work even more effective.
  4. Use the hose connection on the vacuum to thoroughly clean all upholstered furniture, drapes and other window treatments.
  5. Dust mites and mold thrive in moisture. Keep humidity in your home lower than 50% with a dehumidifier, air conditioner, or heating system.
  6. When you buy furnishings, try to choose ones that are washable or made from materials such as wood and leather. Allergens can collect in places like upholstered couches and chairs, curtains and blinds. 
  7. When you do laundry, soak your blankets, sheets, and pillowcases for four hours in warm water, detergent, and bleach. Then wash with detergent in water that is at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit.
  8. Clean your home frequently. Vacuum, dust, and wipe down flat surfaces with a damp cloth. 
  9. Clean the air in your home naturally. Skip the plug-in air fresheners or electric air cleaners and instead, open your windows or turn on exhaust fans that vent to the outdoors. 
  10. If you realize you or one of your loved ones are allergic to your pets, keep him or her out of your bedroom. Bathe pets once a week and always wash your hands after touching them.

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Why you should invest in an eco-friendly carpet cleaning treatment

Posted by Paul Iskyan on Fri, Dec 13, 2013 @ 02:47 PM

You should invest in an eco-friendly carpet cleaning treatment because experts have stated that "going green" is an important factor when it comes to cleaning. And our factory's cleaning processes are as responsible as you can get. If our client would like us to use cleaning products that are environmentally more friendly, we are happy to do so. We can explain to you the type of products that we offer and how they can benefit you and your home. Some chemicals used in cleaning products have been linked to health problems varying rom asthma and allergies to attention disorders and possibly cancer. Eco-friendly carpet cleaning treatments are important because it can provide health benefits for your family and pets. For the planet, eco-friendly cleaning can reduce our carbon footprint on the planet as well. We believe it is practical for us to be earth friendly and conscious while making your home beautiful. You will feel better about having your rugs cleaned knowing that it's helping the environment. 

Oriental rugs or area carpets can act like an air filter, which will collect dust and dirt particles in their fibers. Like a filter, they need to be cleaned or it could lead to indoor health hazards. In order to do so the safest way, eco-friendly cleaning is the way to go because it eliminates any type of harsh chemicals in your home and around your family. Keeping your home clean and healthy will keep you healthy. Indoor air pollution can lead to watery eyes, frequent colds, flu, sore throats, stuffy noses, and a lack of energy. Rugs and carpets play an essential role in affecting indoor air quality. When they capture dust, dirt, pollen, dust mites, and bacteria, they can only hold them in their soft surfaces for so long until they become too full of pollutants and release them back into the air. This contributes to the problem and the only way to combat it is by getting your rugs and carpets cleaned professionally every year. You and your family will ultimately feel better and live a healthier life, while your home will look dramatically more beautiful. 

Not only do we take eco-friendly measures when cleaning your rugs and carpets, but we also take steps afterwards to continue to help the planet. We will never dump any type of environmentally friendly solution down the storm sewer after we leave your home. We use proper disposal techniques after cleaning oriental rugs and area carpets in our facility. All of the water and the cleaning detergents are released into our sanitary sewer, which then travels through the sewer system and into the Passaic Valley Sewerage commission where it is properly treated and released into the New York Harbor. We turn to the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission (PVSC), which operates one of the country's largest treatment plants for the wastewater's of Northern New Jersey. We were presented with an award from the PVSC for our compliance with pretreatment requirements. 

Quick Tips for Eco-Friendly Cleaning at Home: 

  1. Vacuum at least once a week. 

  2. Have your carpets professionally cleaned at least once a year by a qualified specialist.

  3. Wipe your shoes before entering your home with an outdoor mat, removing up to 83% of soil.

  4. In order to avoid any chance of mold, get water leaks fixed when broken.

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Carpet Care Tips for Every Household

Posted by Paul Iskyan on Wed, Feb 13, 2013 @ 11:33 AM

carpet care tipsDo you know how to properly maintain your fine rugs, carpets, furniture and drapes?  We do! 

Check out Rug Renovating's carpet care tips:



1. Never clean handmade or machine-made rugs in your home no matter what anyone tells you, even if it is inexpensive.

  • Handmade Oriental and machine made carpets should be cleaned every 2 to 4 years, as suggested by Dan Hodges, President of the Oriental Rug Importers Association.
  • Never ever allow a wall-to-wall carpet cleaning firm to clean an oriental or area rug in your home.

2. Always have your area rug taken out of the home and cleaned by a professional company that specializes in Oriental rugs.

  • “Over time grit and dirt become embedded so deeply that professional cleaning is required. Oriental rugs and other area carpets should be taken out of the home for proper cleaning.”- Dan Hodges.
  • The cleaning will remove the grit as well as the surface soiling that gradually dulls the appearance of the carpet.

3. Protect your wool rugs and carpets from stains and soil. Wool handmade and machine-made rugs and carpets are sold without any type of stain protection. Wool as a fiber is very absorbent. We have seen countless incidents where a spill or an accident has irreversibly stained a beautiful rug. Stain protection is a must for any rug or carpet.

  • Fiber-Guard provides a superior top-to-bottom protection on each and every fiber in handmade rugs and carpets, wall-to-wall carpet, fabric and leather furniture, wall fabrics and draperies.
  • It will not wear off like other stain repellents and will leave your fabric’s color, feel and texture unchanged while remaining safe and non-toxic. It helps prevent all types of oil and water based stains and spills.

4. Spills and accidents should be addressed immediately. Have the proper tools on hand so you will be ready to act.

  • You can order the finest spot and stain remover kit from us which includes a bottle of Detergent Solution, a bottle of Dry Cleaner Solution, a bottle of Absorb-A-Spill, our Interior Care & Maintenance Guide, One Personal Spotting Towel, Instructions on Proper Usage, and an Easy to Use Reorder Form.

5. Padding is a must to protect and prolong the life of rugs and carpets.

  • Carpet padding greatly prevents wear.
  • We carry a full line of carpet padding that can be delivered to you when we return your cleaning order. We can also ship the right pad for your needs via UPS.

6. Don’t wait for a small repair to become a major restoration.

  • Our master craftspeople can do almost any type of repair on both antique and cotemporary handmade rugs, custom made rugs, machine made rugs such as Karastans and Couristan and broadloom carpet.
  • We can expertly reweave holes, renap worn areas, restore moth damage, repair seems, reduce a rug’s size, rewrap the binding on the side, reweave worn missing fringes, sew on artificial fringes, unravel and overcast worn fringes and patch holes.

7. Vacuum your rugs and carpets frequently.

8. Rotate your rugs 180 degrees at least once a year.

9. Installed Broadloom Carpet should only be cleaned using the steam soil extraction method.

  • The main ways to clean a carpet is through shampoo, carbonated water, bonnet, dry powder and steam extraction.
  • We use steam cleaning and we aren’t the only ones who recommend it. Shaw Carpet, the largest manufacture of broadloom carpet in the world, recommends the hot water extraction system, which research indicates provides the best capability for cleaning.

10. Wall-to-wall carpeting should be cleaned every 18 months according to Dupont, the leading producer of carpet fiber.

  • On your rugs and carpets, we suggest that you use a good vacuum cleaner with a motor driven brush and beater bar.
  • Be careful not to get the fringe of a handmade rug caught in the brush of the vacuum.
  • Use the hose connection on the vacuum to thoroughly clean all upholstered furniture, drapes and other window treatments.

11. Clean for your health all soft surfaces, rugs, carpets, furniture and drapes. Cleaning will absorb dust and dirt and keep it out of the air you breathe. If you don’t periodically clean these surfaces, dust and dirt may contribute to certain health problems.

  • When our technicians arrive at your home or office they will pre-spot the problem areas, move the furniture that can be moved, thoroughly clean the carpet, replace the furniture to its original location, and put foil pads under the legs of the furniture to protect the furniture.
  • We also have an even better process that we call Ultra Clean. With it, we will apply an anti-microbial treatment to your furnishings and follow this with an application of carpet protector.


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Quick Repair Can Minimize Oriental Rug Damage

Posted by Paul Iskyan on Fri, Mar 02, 2012 @ 10:06 AM

A well-crafted Oriental rug is made to last. The world is graced with exceptional Oriental rugs that have stood the test of time and continue to beautify their surroundings well over a century after artisans tied the final knots. But ancient rug makers did not envision the chemicals, pollutants and abusive wear to which Oriental rugs may now be commonly exposed. Even the strongest natural fibers and most expert craftsmanship are no match for some of the modern perils that can damage Oriental rugs in New York City, Long Island, Connecticut and New Jersey.

  • Water Damage RugsWater damage, most frequently caused by poor rug-cleaning methods, flooding or leaking potted plants, can rot the cotton fibers that serve as the rug’s foundation. To avoid damage, do not place potted plants directly on rugs; place them on rolling stands and check pots for leaks. Avoid placing Oriental rugs directly on cement floors where moisture accumulation can cause damage.
  • Insect damage, which is primarily caused by feeding moth and carpet beetle larvae, can be repaired by an expert reweaver. To prevent damage, vacuum the surface of the rug weekly and the reverse at least twice a year.
  • Chemical damage is most often caused by poor rug cleaning. Some rug cleaning companies bleach rug fringe which weakens the fibers. Expert rug renovators can refringe damaged rugs.

Prompt Oriental rug cleaning NYC by a skilled professional rug cleaning company can prevent permanent damage to your cherished Oriental rug. When shopping for Oriental rug cleaning services, choose one that also offers expert rug repair NYC by master craftspeople. When damage occurs, prompt professional cleaning and restoration of your Oriental rug will protect your investment and ensure that you and your family will be able to enjoy your rug for generations to come.


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Why Oriental Rugs Should Be Repaired by a Master Craftsperson

Posted by Paul Iskyan on Wed, Feb 29, 2012 @ 03:00 PM

The value of an Oriental rug is in its beauty and craftsmanship. The rich colors and intricate pattern of the design are what make fine Oriental rugs a delight to own and display. But the investment value and ultimate longevity of exquisite handmade rugs is embodied in the superb quality of the materials used to create the rug and the expert skill of the craftsperson who ties the knots. When Oriental rugs become worn or are damaged, their value can be significantly reduced if they are inexpertly repaired. To protect your investment and maintain the resale value of your Oriental rug, you should only entrust Oriental rug repair NYC to master craftspeople.

Oriental RugRepairing a quality Oriental rug transcends the repair of an ordinary rug. The expert craftsmanship, time and intricacy involved in creating an Oriental rug and the remarkable longevity of these incredible works of art elevates their repair to the level of historic preservation. Even Oriental rugs of recent vintage should be treated with extreme care and only entrusted to Oriental rug cleaning NYC experts when cleaning or repair is required for they are the treasured family heirlooms of tomorrow.

The master craftspeople at Rug Renovating understand the monetary and heirloom value of finely-made Oriental rugs NYC and will treat your Oriental rug with the reverence it deserves. Our master craftspeople have the well-honed skills to repair your Oriental rug using the same exacting techniques that have been passed down through the ages. Our Oriental rug repair NYC experts can reweave holes, renap worn surfaces, restore moth damage, repair seams, rewrap binding, reweave missing or worn fringes, patch holes and restore your prized Oriental rug to its original beauty.

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Benefits of Professional Rug Cleaning

Posted by Paul Iskyan on Fri, Feb 24, 2012 @ 04:17 PM

If you were planning to have your hardwood floors refinished, you wouldn’t allow some unknown handyman with a circular sander in his truck to touch the exquisite grain on your floors. Likewise, you wouldn’t entrust your fine Oriental, Persian or antique wool rugs to your average rug cleaner NYC. The typical New York City rug cleaner may clean thousands of yards of wall-to-wall carpeting in Brooklyn condos and suburban Long Island residences each month but rarely see a fine, hand-knotted rug. Finely-made, handcrafted rugs require expert handling and professional rug cleaning NYC processes to protect their delicate colors and fibers and ensure a long life that justifies your investment and maximizes your pleasure in their ownership.

professional cleaningIf you were planning to have your hardwood floors refinished, you wouldn’t allow some unknown handyman with a circular sander in his truck to touch the exquisite grain on your floors. Likewise, you wouldn’t entrust your fine Oriental, Persian or antique wool rugs to your average rug cleaner NYC. The typical New York City rug cleaner may clean thousands of yards of wall-to-wall carpeting in Brooklyn condos and suburban Long Island residences each month but rarely see a fine, hand-knotted rug. Finely-made, handcrafted rugs require expert handling and professional rug cleaning NYC processes to protect their delicate colors and fibers and ensure a long life that justifies your investment and maximizes your pleasure in their ownership.

Before allowing a service provider to cross the threshold, discerning consumers should vet the company’s credentials. In selecting a professional rug cleaning NYC company, savvy consumers should look for professional expertise, long-term experience, professional certification, proven cleaning processes, solicitous customer attention and, most importantly, superior customer satisfaction. When valuable possessions need to be cleaned, you want someone on the job who understands your love of fine things and will value and protect the investment you have made in your most prized possessions.

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Green Rug Cleaning Keeps Your Family Healthy and Safe

Posted by Paul Iskyan on Wed, Feb 22, 2012 @ 04:01 PM

“Green cleaning” is today’s big buzz word in the cleaning services industry. Customers are more environmentally aware than ever before which has made green cleaning NYC a popular customer choice. When requesting green cleaning services, most customers do so for two reasons:

  1. in home cleaningTo minimize exposing their family, children and/or pets to harsh cleaning compounds
  2. To minimize the impact of cleaning solutions on the environment.

Often incorrectly, rug cleaning NYC customers assume that a service provider’s green cleaning services will meet both criteria. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Everyone from laundry services to maid services to rug cleaners are offering “green” cleaning services, but pinning down exactly what a service provider means by “green” can be difficult and not a little confusing. In the absence of an industry-wide standard, each service company defines “green cleaning” in its own unique way.

Some rug cleaning NYC services define “green” rather narrowly, limiting their definition to the use of cleaning solutions that are environmentally-friendly. These firms may clean your rugs using eco- friendly cleaning solutions, then turn around and irresponsibly dump the chemically-laden wastewater into the storm sewer after they leave your home. To be truly “green,” Rug Renovating believes that a rug cleaner’s environmental responsibility should extend beyond the selection of eco-friendly cleaning solutions to include the entire cleaning process, including equipment, cleaning procedures, and waste collection and disposal.

At Rug Renovating, we adhere to the definition of green cleaning developed by Dr. Steve Spivak, PhD, chairman of the Science Advisory Council for the Cleaning Industry Research Institute and an internationally-known expert in the cleaning industry:

“Cleaning green, a preferred term otherwise known as ‘green cleaning,’ comprises environmentally-responsible management with care, maintenance, cleaning and renovation procedures. It is achieved by employing products, formulations, equipment, procedures or systems intended to minimize any harmful environmental impact and maximize sustainability of natural and built environments.”

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Regular Cleaning Is Key to Making Oriental, Antique Rugs Last Longer

Posted by Paul Iskyan on Mon, Feb 20, 2012 @ 09:46 AM

With proper care and cleaning, high-quality oriental, hand-knotted and wool rugs can last from 50 to 100 years and often longer. Weekly vacuuming, prompt attention to spills and other damage, and regular professional rug cleaning NYC by an experienced rug restoration and refinishing company are the three keys to maintaining the beautiful appearance and ensuring the long life of fine-quality rugs.

dirty rugAccumulated dirt causes rugs and carpeting to wear prematurely. Regular weekly vacuuming with an electric vacuum cleaner removes surface dirt, preventing it from sifting through rug fibers and settling at the base of the pile. As dirt particles accumulate in a rug, they act as a corrosive force, abrading and tearing the more delicate pile fibers. Every time you walk across your rug, the force of your step grinds dirt particles against the fibers, eventually causing them to break down. The damaging effects of dirt build-up can be easily seen in high-traffic areas where constant exposure to dirt accelerates carpet wear.

Regular vacuuming will remove much of the surface dirt that is tracked onto rugs and carpets, but over time dirt particles will begin accumulating and your rug will require professional rug cleaning NYC. As a rule of thumb, rugs and carpets that receive average wear should be cleaned every 18 to 24 months. More frequent cleaning may be required for rugs in heavily trafficked areas.

Voted Best Carpet Cleaner in New York by the readers of New York magazine in 2003, Rug Renovating Co. in East Orange, New Jersey has been caring for high-quality rugs since 1896. Rug Renovating’s exceptionally-skilled rug cleaning NYC experts understand the considerable financial investment involved in purchasing quality oriental, wool, hand-knotted and antique rugs. Backed by four generations of hands-on experience, Rug Renovating offers customers in the Greater New York City area superior rug cleaning NYC, rug repair NYC, and rug restoration NYC services.


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