Dust Mites?

Dust Mites?

One of the reasons we clean our rugs is to help control something we cannot even see: dust mites. This blog post will tell you what dust mites are, why they are unwanted, and what can be done to control them.

Dust mites can be found in most homes. They are microscopic, so you cannot see them. They have eight legs, and a are a relative of spiders. They live on mattresses, begging, furniture, carpets, rugs, curtains, etc.

We cannot see dust mites, and they do not bite us, or burrow under our skin, as some myths suggest. So why do we want to get rid of them? A lot of people are allergic to dust mites, so they can indeed affect the quality of our lives.

So what can we do to control dust mites? Contact someone who specializes in Orlando rug cleaning–Persian River Rug Cleaning–to come out and steam clean your rugs at least once a year. If you are more allergic, you may want to consider getting them cleaned more frequently. Carpet cleaning ends up serving a similar purpose as changing your air filters, which is done far more often. Air filters remove allergens and other things from the air, but if you let them go too long without changing them, they are so full that they no longer become effective. So, if you notice yourself having allergy symptoms more often than usual, consider whether you need to get your carpets cleaned.

Kids…

Kids…

Kids. They are our pride and joy, but they can wreak havoc on our homes. Especially our rugs. Whether it is a leaky diaper, juice from their sippy cups, or crayons and markers used to create the masterpieces that we hang on our fridges, some of the worst stains our rugs sustain come from our kids. This blog post will present ways to protect your rugs from your kids.

  1. Create a no-shoe rule. If you start this when they are young, they will grow up with the habit and it will be more likely to stick. Shoes track in all sorts of things that are hard on rugs, and kids’ shoes track in even more. You can prevent this by having all shoes removed at the door. Another way to help prevent the things that get tracked in is by using door mats.
  1. Vacuum often and get your rugs cleaned regularly.
  1. Consider scotchguarding your rugs. Much like the paints that you can use for your wall that let you just wash off the marker or crayons, scotchguard, or similar products, can help your rugs resist the stains from spills that inevitably will occur.

To schedule your carpet cleaning, call your Orlando rug cleaning specialists–Persian River Rug Cleaning–today!

Administrative Professionals Day

Administrative Professionals Day

Tomorrow is administrative professionals day! Have you thought about what you are going to do to show appreciation to the administrative professionals in your office? Consider a practical gift that is something that everyone will appreciate, but rarely buy for themselves: a rug cleaning service from Persian River Rug Cleaning—your Orlando rug cleaning experts.

Our rugs need regular maintenance in order to increase their longevity, yet they frequently get neglected. Over time, dirt and debris build up in the fibers, and normal vacuuming cannot get them out. The longer you go between professional cleanings, the more damage (through wear) the rug will sustain. What better way to show your appreciation to the administrative professionals in your life than by making it easy for them to do something that has probably been on their to-do list for a long time, but keeps getting put off?

Persian River Rug Cleaning will work with your schedule to come out and professionally clean your rugs. We provide additional services, too, so if the recipient of your gift isn’t in need of a cleaning (unlikely, but possible), there are other services that he/she can take advantage of. Call us today to arrange to provide the administrative professionals in your life with a rug cleaning service.

Rug Placement

Rug Placement

An area rug’s purpose is two-fold. First, it helps to define a space—it unifies whatever furnishing are placed on it. This is especially helpful in rooms that are larger and are serving two functions—like maybe a dining room and a living room that are technically one large room, or a living room and a game area. Second, it enhances your décor through its pattern and colors. An area rug can really finish a room for you.

 

There are two primary ways that people place their furniture when using an area rug: either with the furniture sitting along the outer perimeter of the rug, but not actually on the rug, or with the front legs of the furniture on the rug. While designers will advocate the first option, there are benefits to both, and, as with so many things in life, it depends on the circumstances.

 

If you have a room that you want to make appear larger, having the rug tucked under the furniture (like in the second option) gives the appearance that the rug continues and gives the perception of a larger room.

 

For bedrooms, the placement of the bed makes a big difference. If you have the bed coming out from the wall into the room (with the head of the bed against the wall), the most common placement is to have the rug under the bottom two-thirds of the bed, with it extending out along the sides and the bottom. If you have a twin bed or a day bed against a wall, however, a rug about the size of the bed laid right next to the bed accentuates the space, well.

 

Regardless of how you decide to layout your rooms with area rugs, your rugs require regular care. Call Persian River Rug Cleaning—your Orlando rug cleaning experts—to schedule your service today!

Treat Your Rugs to a Professional Cleaning

Treat Your Rugs to a Professional Cleaning

“In this world, nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes.” –Benjamin Franklin

Today is the last day to file your taxes, so if you have not done them yet, take the time to either get them in the mail, or file for an extension. Meanwhile, if you are expecting a refund, take some time to think about what you will use it for. Maybe a project around that house that you have been wanting to get done? Maybe a down payment on that new (or new-to-you) car? Maybe paying off one of your student loans? There are a lot of options. Another thing to consider is getting your rugs and upholstery cleaned.

Take a little bit of that refund and put it toward something that is likely overdue: a professional cleaning of your rugs and/or upholstered furniture. Regular professional cleaning is important for the maintenance and upkeep of your rugs and furniture. Over time, dirt and debris builds up in the fibers of the rug, and a deep cleaning is important to get those things out, before they degrade the quality of the fibers.

Call Persian River—your Orlando rug cleaning specialist—to schedule a service appointment today!

What to Expect, in a Nutshell

What to Expect, in a Nutshell

Professional cleaning is important for the upkeep of your carpets. Over time, dirt and debris accumulate in the rug fibers, despite regular vacuuming. A professional cleaning provides the deep cleaning your rugs occasionally need.

 

What to expect when the Orlando rug cleaners arrive:

 

The cleaners will go over the carpet cleaning options with you, and help develop a plan to address your needs. The carpet cleaning process itself will take 1-2 hours, depending on how many rooms you are having cleaned, and can be noisy. If you have children or pets, be sure that they are out of the way—maybe playing in the back yard?

 

What to expect after they leave:

 

The rugs will still be a little damp. You can speed up the drying process with fans and/or air conditioning, but it is okay to let them air dry naturally. If there are any protective pads or foam blocks, leave them in place until after the carpets dry. They are there to protect the carpet as it dries. Be careful as you move from the damp carpet to a hard surface—it is easy slip and fall if you aren’t prepared for it.

 

Call Persian River Rug Cleaning today to schedule your rug cleaning service.

Stay Put!

Stay Put!

One of the biggest struggles people have with their area rugs is keeping them in place. Some rugs shift or slide, and become displaced, making the room they are in seem a little off, design-wise. Here are some tips from your Orlando rug cleaning specialists for keeping your rugs in place:

 

-The heavier the rug (meaning the higher the knot-density), the less likely you will have this problem. It is the more lightweight rugs that tend to shift.

 

-If you have the area rug laid on top of a non-carpeted flooring, like tile or hardwood, you can buy a non-slip rug pad to put underneath it. This pad will add friction, securing the area rug to the place where it was laid.

 

-If you have the area rug laid on top of a carpeted flooring, it is a little more difficult to prevent the shifting. The non-slip rug pad only works effectively on hard surfaces. The only effective thing that we have found to help resolve the shifting issue is to anchor the area rug by putting the edges of the rug under pieces of furniture. Keep in mind, though, that if the carpet does shift, it will likely have small buckles in the rug. Be sure to flatten these immediately, or they turn into creases.

 

For more information about the care and maintenance of your Persian rug, contact Persian River Rug Cleaning today!

The Persian Rug

The Persian Rug

If you are buying a rug for the first time (or buying one after doing some research for the first time), you have probably discovered that there are a wide variety of rug styles and types. From Persian to Beljik rugs, there is a rug that fits everyone’s needs. This is the final post in a series of five posts, each featuring a different style. This post will introduce you to the Persian rug.

 

Persian rugs are the quintessential Oriental rugs. While called a “Persian” rug, it actually hails from Pakistan, not Iran, the area that Persia originally covered. They are known by their intricacy, knot-density and symbolism. They use 15-25 colors in each rug to create the intricate floral design and a pronounced center medallion. There is also an intricate repeating pattern throughout the background of the rug.

 

Between the floral design the medallion and the intricate background, there is so much detail that a high knot density is required, which results in a very high-quality rug. It generally has over 500 knots per square inch, sometimes reached numbers of 800-1250 for specialty rugs. It would take 4-5 experienced artisans 8-12-14 months to create a 9’x12’ rug, if they worked 5-6 hour days.

 

For more information about the care and maintenance of your Persian rug, contact Persian River Rug Cleaning today!

Chobi Rugs

Chobi Rugs

If you are buying a rug for the first time (or buying one after doing some research for the first time), you have probably discovered that there are a wide variety of rug styles and types. From Persian to Beljik rugs, there is a rug that fits everyone’s needs. This is the fourth post in a series of five posts, each featuring a different style. This post will introduce you to the Chobi rug.

Chobi rugs are a type of Persian rug. It is handmade in Afghanistan, near the Pakistan border. They were developed in response to the North American style, which favored more muted colors than the traditional bold, rich colors of the Persian rugs. They are hand knotted with spun wool, using vertical looms, and are made to last. They are passed down from generation to generation.

Chobi rugs have a consistent design pattern: a border containing floral motifs, and the central field of the rug features a larger floral pattern. As noted above, the colors used are more muted—soft, warm reds, browns and greens mixes with beige or cream colors.

For more information about the care and maintenance of your Chobi rug, contact Persian River Rug Cleaning today!

Beljik Rugs

Beljik Rugs

If you are buying a rug for the first time (or buying one after doing some research for the first time), you have probably discovered that there are a wide variety of rug styles and types. From Persian to Beljik rugs, there is a rug that fits everyone’s needs. This is the third post in a series of five posts, each featuring a different style. This post will introduce you to the Beljik rug.

Beljik rugs are known as one of the finest of all tribal-style rugs. They have more than 400 knots per square inch and are composed of Senna knots, using finely-spun wool. One characteristic of a Beljik rug is the color—they are made using 4-7 colors, consisting of various shades of deep reds, blues and blacks. They have 2 fringe edges and 2 bound edges, and sometimes have detailed needlework along the edges.   The rugs themselves have intricate geometric patters, and the borders are complex.

Beljik rugs take a while to produce. 4-5 experienced artisans working 5-6 hours a day will take approximately 18 monts to complete a 9’x12’ Beljik rug.

For more information about the care and maintenance of your Beljik rug, contact us today!