Oriental & Area Rug Cleaning

Don’t trust your valuable rugs to just anyone. Our Company cares for the finest rugs from around the world since 1988. Some area rugs can be cleaned in your home. Some cannot. Any loose rug with a woven backing should be cleaned in the plant. This includes all Orientals and machine woven rugs.

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For a thorough cleaning of your fine rugs our company will pick your rugs up and clean them in a specially designed facility. Plant cleaning offers the advantage of a more thorough cleaning and a controlled environment. Your rug will be cleaned according to the following important steps…

Step 1: Pre-Inspection and Pick Up. We will determine as much as we possibly can about the type of rug and inherent qualities that may affect cleaning. We will outline the expected results and cleaning “prescription”.

Step 2: Dry Soil Removal  Woven rugs, especially hand knotted rugs are designed to hide dry soil. A few years ago, the Eureka company did a study and found that a 9 x 12 could hide 85 pounds of dirt!! WOW! We use a variety of techniques to “dust” the rugs from the front and back.

Step 3: Pre-Condition Depending on fiber content and soiling type, the rug will be pre-treated to emulsify the soils.

Step 4: Pre-Spot and Fringe Preparation. Any potentially difficult spots will be pre-treated with special solutions to increase chances of removal. The fringe is also pre-treated for maximum soil removal.

Step 5: Shampoo  Most rugs are cleaned with an Oriental Rug Shampoo that is especially designed to get maximum cleaning while protecting sensitive natural fibers.

Step 6: Rinse or Wash  Depending on the type of rug it will be rinsed with extraction equipment on both sides or washed in a wash pit designed especially for Oriental Rugs.

Step 7: Speed Dry Once the soil is rinsed away, the rug is dried flat or hung to dry in a controlled environment. Proper drying is essential to avoid unnatural shrinkage. 

Step 8: Finishing When rug is dry, it is combed and finished with soft groomers made for specialty rugs.

Step 9: Post Inspection and Delivery  Our specialist will give the rug a final inspection and release it for pick up or delivery. Your rug will be wrapped to protect it from airborne soils until it is picked up or delivered. Upon delivery, we will lay the rug for you.

CASH & CARRY DISCOUNT! Save money by bringing your rugs to our facility or having our technician bring it in for you. *Rug must be small enough for tech to get on carpet cleaning van safely. This will save you the pick up charge. There will be a delivery charge, or you may pick the rug up.

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Carpet Spot Cleaning

 

Immediate spot removal is key to a clean carpet. Great care also must be taken in how spot cleaning is performed. When a carpet is new, or has sufficient protector on it, plain tap water will remove many spots. However for those spots that will not move easily with water, you must use a spot cleaner. Select a spot cleaner that is recommended by the carpet manufacturer or your trained, certified professional cleaner. Most spot removers that are purchased over the counter leave too much soap residue and can cause yellowing. Avoid using foam carpet cleaners or any product that is not made specifically for carpet.

 Apply spot cleaner sparingly to white terry cloth and gently massage spot causing it to transfer into the cloth. Never pour spot cleaner directly on carpet. If the product that you are using seems to cause the spot to re-soil after a few weeks, discontinue use. Any spot that you are not able to remove, and for pet urine or feces, call your professional cleaner immediately.

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Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite!

“The fact is, any home can have bedbugs… even yours.”

Once they get into your home, bedbugs have clever ways of escaping detection. They rarely come out into the light, hiding in nooks and crannies in or near the places that humans sleep, such as beds. Unlike lice, fleas and ticks, bedbugs quickly leave the host after feeding and return to their hiding place to digest their meal.photo_of_woman_sleeping

Mattresses and box springs are favorite hiding  places since they are closest to the food source.  However, as the bedbug population increases, the infestation spreads outward onto adjacent furnishings and carpets. They hide until a  meal arrives and only then do they come out to feed.

Adult bedbugs can survive for over a month without feeding, so leaving the room unoccupied for a period of time is not a reliable way to get rid of them.

The most proactive thing to do is check periodically. Bedbugs leave clues that belie their presence. When you change the sheets, take a careful look at the mattress for telltale signs such as brownish discolorations or black fecal pellets (digested blood) and their shed skins. Eggs are extremely small and very difficult to see. Look carefully at the seams of mattresses and even behind headboards. Check between mattress and box springs as well as on the bottom of box springs and on nearby wood furniture.

What should you do if you suspect that your home may have bedbugs? Call a professional pest control company.  They can do a thorough inspection and  come up with a control plan to eliminate the infestation.

Then, call us to thoroughly clean your carpets, draperies, upholstery and even your mattresses to remove residual contaminants left by the bedbugs. In extreme cases, it may be necessary to replace a mattress and box spring, but usually they can be treated and cleaned. Remember, there is no need for embarrassment; bedbugs can happen
to anyone.

 

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Ceramic Tile Cleaning & Grout Sealing

How to Care for Your Ceramic Tile

Purchase a good quality dust mop and sweep your ceramic tile floors daily. This is especially important in new installations where the grout has not fully cured. Dirt, mud, and sand tend to ground into the grout mortar from heavy foot traffic.

Dirt collecting carpet mats should be placed in frequently used entrance and shaken out weekly.

We do not recommend the use of floor waxes as they can be difficult to remove from ceramic floors. As long as your floors is properly sealed and maintained, you should find no need for these products.

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“Clean enough to walk on barefooted”

Shower stall and tub enclosures should have proper ventilation. Stagnant water breeds stain causing mildew as well as other fungi.

Many tile cleaners are acid based and their use should be limited. Always read the manufactures label to find out. All acids, no matter how weak, will etch marble surfaces. Natural marble is commonly installed as thresholds in doorways and is also installed in window sills and shower curbs. In addition, avoid any cleaner that contains harsh abrasives.

Mop or sponge your tile down 2 to 3 times weekly. Mix 1 capful of dishwashing liquid per gallon of hot water. Mop up excess water and allow to dry. Buffing with a dry towel will help to reduce spotting.

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How To Care For Your Oriental Rug

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.carpet12

Padding – A quality pad used under your rug helps protect it from dirt, wear and slippage.

Spots And Spill Procedures- Make sure that you safely and immediately clean up spots and spills before they set.

A) First, soak up the excess liquid by blotting with a clean absorbent material. Do not     brush or rub the stain.

B) Then spot-clean with a mild detergent- white vinegar- water solution. Do not over-wet

C) Rinse area thoroughly with water and a small amount of vinegar. Avoid wetting the rugs     backing.

D) Blot dry until most of the moisture has been adsorbed.

E) Allow to air dry. A fan or cool hair dryer can be used to hasten the drying process.

F) For stains that do not come out using these methods, ask our cleaning specialist.

 

 

 

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Removing Spots The Same Way It Got In!

Spot CleaningIf a carpet or piece of furniture has been stained for a long period of time, a simple, quick cleaning may not suffice. The longer it is soiled, the harder it can be to remove.

If hot coffee is spilled, no doubt the coffee expanded the fiber and worked its way into the fiber, making cleaning more difficult. By using hot chemicals, you are removing the stain the same way it got into the fiber. But by not succeeding during the process, you may be “pushing” the stain “deeper” into the fabric. It’s smart to completely finish a stain removal step when you resort to high heat.

As in odor control, you have to ‘recreate the crime’ in many stain removal projects. If a spot of oil is on fabric, you can’t expect to remove it with a tiny amount of solvent. The solvent has to be in such quantity to completely dissolve the spot. But don’t start dumping chemicals on spots or stains. Use flip-top bottles and open them part way, thus controlling flow. Or use a spotting towel and don’t put chemical directly on the fabric.

Removing spots on carpet can be as simple or as difficult as you make it . Spot removal is best performed when the spot is new. Visit our website at www.bpcarpetcleaning.com for additional spotting advice.

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5 Easy Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Carpet

  1.  Check the Warranty. Copies of specific warranties on your carpet purchase may be available from your carpet retailer. Stain resist warranties can vary from 5 to 20 years. ALL STAIN RESIST WARRANTIES REQUIRE REGULAR CLEANING AND IMMEDIATE SPOT REMOVAL.
  2. Vacuum, Vacuum, Vacuum! It is said that the three most important rules for maintaining carpet are vacuum, vacuum ,vacuum. Vacuum your carpet often. Once or twice a week at least. Vacuuming removes the sharp soil that can cut and slice the fiber causing premature wear. Much of this soil is not visible to the eye. Remove any loose particles such as loose food,leaves, pieces of crayon, bugs,etc. As these items can cause a spot on the carpet.

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  3. Have Your Carpet Professionally Cleaned Professional cleaning by a professional,certified firm should be done at least every 12 months according to DuPont and major carpet manufacturers. Heavy traffic areas may need it more often. Manufacturers warranties require professional cleaning at least every 18 to 24 months to retain texture retention warranties. Rule of thumb: Clean your carpet before it looks visibly soiled.
  4. Remove Spots Immediately Spots that are not immediately removed can turn into permanent stains very easily. Always use a spot cleaner that is recommended by carpet manufacturer or your trained, certified professional cleaner!   Many ”over the counter spotters leave too much soap residue that leaves a sticky residue behind that will make your spots return!
  5. Have Carpet Protector Re-Applied The soil resistor that is built into stain resistant nylon carpet is removed with regular foot traffic and harsh cleaners. To keep your carpet cleaner longer, have your protector reapplied each time you have your carpet professionally cleaned.

 

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How Often Should I Clean My Carpets, Rugs and Floors?

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Have you ever wondered if you are cleaning your floors and fabrics enough?  Or too much?  Are there frequency guidelines for professional cleaning?  If so, where do you find them? Surely you have heard “Wait as long as you can before you clean your carpet…” or “Once you’ve cleaned your carpet, it’s never the same…”

These widely used comments have stemmed from unfortunate encounter with uniformed cleaners that have left the carpet with an overload of detergent residue.  The consumer has assumed that this is the case with all carpet cleaning and resolved to wait until the carpet is in dire straights to clean it.

The good news it that a properly cleaned carpet will not re-soil as quickly and will actually stay clean longer.  Why?  Because damaging soils are removed with effective cleaning.  Soil that is not removed by vacuuming, even though it can rarely be seen by the naked eye, cuts and slices on the carpet fibers as the carpet is being walked on breaking down the carpet yarns in the traffic areas.  The result is that even with restorative cleaning at that point, it will not correct the damage that has been done to the fiber.  Fiber producers and carpet manufacturers recommend that a residential carpet should be professionally cleaned at least every 12 to 18 months for best performance.  Cleaning is recommended more often in heavily trafficked and heavy soiling situations.

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New Year’s Resolution: Take Better Care of My Carpet!

With the new year comes new resolutions.  Have you felt like you have neglected your carpet?  Maybe even felt a tinge guilty? After all, you wouldn’t  drive your car for 100,000 miles without changing the oil, would you?  Of course not.  Just like your automobile, your carpets, floor and fabrics represent a significant investment.  To keep your carpet “tuned-up” simply follow these 5 vital steps.

5 Easy Steps To Protect Your Investment

  1. Check Your Warranty:   All stain resist warranties require regular cleaning and immediate spot removal.
  2. Vacuum Your Carpet:  Vacuuming removes the sharp soil that can cut and slice the fiber causing premature wear.
  3. Have Your Carpets Professionally Cleaned:  Professional cleaning by a certified firm should be done at least every 12 months according to DuPont and major carpet manufacturers.
  4. Remove Spots Immediately:  Spots that are not immediately removed can turn into permanent stains very easily.
  5. Have Carpet Protector Re-Applied:  The soil resistor thatr is built into stain resistant nylon carpet is removed with regular foot traffic and harsh cleaners.  To keep your carpet cleaner longer, have your protector re-applied each time you have your carpet professionally cleaned.

 

 

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YOUR VACUUM CLEANER…AN OFTEN OVERLOOKED FRIEND

 

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When it comes to the care and maintenance of your carpeting, every fiber producer or carpet mill stresses the absolute importance of periodic vacuuming.  Most professionals recommend that you vacuum your carpeting at least twice a week.  Yet often, all that we know about our vacuum is how much it costs us and what the salesperson said about it.

Vacuums are like most anthing you buy– you do get what you pay for.  There is a difference in quality, workmanship, and performance.  Technology has changed vacuum cleaners.  Today, a high efficiency collection bag keeps smaller particles from simply being redistributed by the vacuuming process.  An upright vacuum with a beater bar or adjustable brush head seems to work the most efficiently.  Regular vacuuming can effectively remove up to 75% of the soiling that collects in a carpet.  This removal of abrasive soiling extends the carpet’s appearance and life.

It is important to concentrate vacuuming particularly on high traffic areas.  A proper functioning vacuum will allow you to do lower traffic areas less often.

We often make it a point to take a look at our customers’ vacuums.  Many times a poorly performing vacuum is not the fault of the vacuum itself.  Anything that restricts the flow of air through the vacuum reduces its ability to perform.  Keep your vacuum in good condition.  Make it a point to check your belt frequently.  Many homes’ vacuums have belts that have been broken for months.  Check and empty the collection bag often–it may be restricting airflow.

Periodic vacuuming will allow you to be confident in the performance of your carpet.  Combining proper vacuuming with regular professional cleanings will make your carpet look better, last longer, and most importantly, be healthier.  Carpets are designed to trap, hold, and hide soiling.  By the time you can see the soiling, it is already dirty.  So don’t neglect your vacuum.  We’ll be glad to help you.  Just give us a call.  Remember we are your carpet experts.

 

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