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How to Get a Red Wine Stain out of a Rug

Posted by Paul Iskyan on Mon, Jan 27, 2014 @ 03:44 PM

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You may not cry over spilled milk, but that could definitely change when a full glass of red wine is splattered all over your favorite oriental rug. What can you do to remove those deep red stains? Follow these steps in case of a wine emergency! 

  1. Right when the spill happens, take a wash cloth and dab the area in order to get the excess wine out of the rug.

  2. If you have it, reach for your favorite carpet shampoo or clothing stain remover, and clean as you would when removing dirt from your clothing. 

  3. There are wine stain solutions in stores such as "MacGyver" and "Wine Away" but you could even make your own by using everyday arsenal removers such as hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, soda ash, vinegar, club soda, salt, and white wine. 

  4. If red wine hits a light colored carpet, try to blot as much as possible, then spray the area with hydrogen peroxide and follow by sprinkling baking soda on it. Leave it on the stain for about 2-3 minutes and rinse with water. 

  5. Ironically enough, when red wine is spilled on a carpet, white wine can step in and be your true companion. White wine will neutralize the red wine, and that will make it easier to lift the redness out of your carpet. After you pour the white wine on the red wine, take a towel and blot (do not rub) the liquid up. 

  6. Adding salt or club soda can help to lift out the pigment in the stain. The salt will act as a buffer and will keep the stain from setting, while the carbonation in the club soda will help lift the stain from the fibers in the carpet. 

  7. Vinegar is also a useful resource when looking to neutralize the purple pigments in red wine stains. When combined with soap or club soda, it will become a stain-fighting force. Add laundry detergent to the vinegar, let it soak together for a few moments, and then apply it to the stain. Work from the outer edge of the stain, using a little at a time and blot up with dry cloths frequently.

  8. While you try and figure out which method you'll use to clean up the stain, immediately apply salt to the area in efforts to keep the wine from setting. 

  9. Refer to our Spotting Guide for additional tricks when it comes to other stains: http://www.rugrenovating.com/spotting-guide/ and check out our Spotting Kit so you'll always be prepared: http://www.rugrenovating.com/spotting-kit/ 

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How to Decrease In-Home Allergens

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

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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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