Monday, November 30, 2009

How to prepare for your carpet cleaning with Pearson Carpet Care

Thank you for trusting Pearson Carpet Care with your carpet, upholstery, mattresses, draperies and tile and grout cleaning needs. Below are some suggestions to help both of us as you prepare for our arrival.

Please remove any small items such as dining room chairs, magazine racks, floor plants, boxes, etc. from any areas that are going to be cleaned.

Please remove all breakable items from furniture which will have to be temporarily moved, cleaned under, and put back in place on foam blocks or plastic tabs.

Please pin or hang up any full-length draperies so they will be at least 6 inches from the floor.

Computer equipment, china cabinets, entertainment centers, large beds with middle legs, antique and fragile furniture cannot be moved. However, carpet underneath such items can be cleaned where sufficient room is available, or we can edge right around the base.

During the inspection with the technicians, please advise them of any special instructions to follow when moving your furniture. It is helpful to know about weak legs, loose tops or previous repairs.

Please, call attention to any spots or stains which you may be particularly concerned about.

Pet Odors:
We do everything possible to reduce or eliminate pet odors. However, due to the depth of contamination, 100% success may not be attained in all cases.

Care after cleaning:
Any air movement going across the carpet will help it dry out faster. Typically our dry times are 2-4 hours anyway but you could be on the low side of that with some fans or ceiling fans left on.

Please leave your plastic tabs and foam blocks under your furniture for at least 24 hours after cleaning.

Please use extreme caution when walking from the damp carpet to any hard surface area.

Please feel free to visit our website to learn more about carpet and oriental rug cleaning from Houston's Best Cleaner.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Why waiting to clean your rugs can destroy their beauty and value.

Why waiting to clean your rugs can destroy their beauty and value.

                           Pet stains – If pet stains are not dealt with right away it could damage the rug and make it unsanitary.  Pet urine and vomit are both acidic in nature which causes them to penetrate rug fibers and it can literally dye the rug.  Most rug dyes are acidic so it is important that you act fast to prevent a permanent “yellow” stain.
           Carpets, area rugs, and hand made rugs all act like your air conditioner filter, in that they trap dirt, insects, dander, pollutants, bacteria, and other air born things.  Without proper and consistent cleaning the indoor air quality in your home will be affected.
            Lastly, an unclean rug could have pounds of dirt in it.  Then every time you walk on it you are grinding the dirt particles in to the rug which causes the fibers to be scratched and cut and generally show wear before it should. Over time this will not only affect the rugs appearance, but also its value.  

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Myths About Oriental Rugs from Ellen Amirkhan


Are oriental rugs are identified only by design?

Design is only one of many components used to identify oriental rugs. We identify rugs by technical analysis that includes observation of the rug's materials, construction, dyes and design.

Do all oriental rugs appreciate in value?

Most post-World War II rugs do not appreciate in value, nor will most rugs purchased new today appreciate in value. Consumers most likely paid more for some rugs in the 50s, 60s and 70s than they are worth today.

Are all old rugs are worth a lot?

Age and condition are important when determining a rug's value. However, an old rug in poor condition is just an old rug. Also, an old rug in good condition may also be without value if it lacks artistic merit. Some old rugs are worth repairing and their value will increase with proper restoration.

Are Persian (Iranian) rugs are better than rugs from other countries?

Some older, traditional Persian rugs (pre-WWII), such as Ferahan Sarouk, Motashem Kashan, Tabriz, Bijar and Heriz tribal pieces, and other noteworthy examples will always have a market in the right conditions. Since the fall of the Shah of Iran in 1979 and the embargo on Persian goods in 1987 (lifted March 1999), other countries have improved and increased their output of rugs. The quality of Persian rugs since the 1960s has gradually deteriorated. It is my opinion that the quality will return slowly in smaller quantities and higher prices. They have a lot of catching up to do.

I've heard you should never clean or vacuum oriental rugs.

About 80% of soil in rugs is dry particulate matter. This dry matter acts as sandpaper against the wool fibers and wears out the rug. Also, because some rugs are thick, if they are not regularly vacuumed and cleaned, the soil will become so embedded that it is impossible to remove all of it. Beware of any rug seller who says a rug should not be cleaned. What they are really telling you is the rug will not withstand cleaning due to its condition, foundation painting, or some other hidden defect.

Is knot count is the best indication of value?

The value of only a few traditional Persian rugs is partially determined by knot count. Examples are Nain and Isfahan. The value of silk rugs is also partially based on knot count. New, mass-produced rugs from China, India and Pakistan come in a variety of qualities and designs. Generally speaking, the more knots per square inch, the higher the price per square foot. Once these mass-produced rugs are used, their value in the secondary market is not based on knot count.

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