Regular Carpet Cleaning Helps with Allergies and Asthma

Regular Carpet Cleaning Helps with Allergies and Asthma

Your home’s indoor air quality is important. Especially if you or someone in your family have allergies or asthma. Some people believe that having zero carpet reduces allergies in the home. That may or may not be true, as other experts have indicated that carpet increases air quality because it traps known allergens and keeps them out of your home’s air space. Whichever is actually true in your home and for your family, if you do have carpet, keeping it clean is the best way to reduce the annoying sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes, etc., of allergies and may even help reduce asthma issues as well. The first step is yours: be sure to regularly vacuum your carpets. The majority of loose, dry soil and other materials can be removed with regular vacuuming. Your next step is regular deep carpet cleaning. As we indicated in a blog post last year, a good rule of thumb for homes with pets and families is to have your carpets cleaned every 6-12 months. Keeping your home’s air quality at its best depends on a lot of factors. Cleaning your carpets regularly is a great step to improved air and hopefully less...
Protect Your Entryway!

Protect Your Entryway!

Last December, I blogged about protecting the entryway of an office or commercial building with mats to help keep the area clean and to protect the floor of this high-traffic area. Your home deserves the protection  too! Nothing says “home” like a welcome mat in front of the front door. But does the welcome mat really do its job in protecting your foyer floor once you head indoors? The solution is simple and affordable. Protect your high-traffic area – the entrance to your largest investment – with an indoor rug or mat. Problem solved! Obviously, a gorgeous area rug sounds glamorous compared to the words “entryway mat,” but the results can be the same: keep your home’s entry inviting and clean with a properly sized floor covering of your choice. If you have children who are in and out all day with their friends, you probably want to hold off on an expensive or antique rug in your foyer. Luckily, entryway rugs or mats can be found in discount stores all the way to high-end boutique settings. So, your choices are endless! Have fun perking up your home decor while protecting your flooring at the same...
Tips for Storing an Area Rug

Tips for Storing an Area Rug

Lots of people ask me how to store an area rug. Either they want to redecorate and don’t want to get rid of a favorite rug or they are moving and need to temporarily store it away — whatever the reason, there are a few things you should know before you store your rug — whether it’s in an attic, basement or in a storage unit. Never store away an unclean rug.  Never, ever. First of all, you don’t want to attract any bugs or pests with an unclean run. Finding a pest infestation in a rug you painstakingly stored is a nightmare. Be sure to have the rug cleaned to remove all dirt, soil and grime. This not only helps repel any insects but it also saves the rug fibers. Storing a rug that has been properly cleaned also helps protect against dry rot. The key word here is properly. If you DIY, be sure there is no type soapy residue left in the fibers. Lastly, please never, ever store a rug that is damp in any way. This will lead to mold, mildew, odor and big trouble. To roll or not to roll? Depending on the space you have to store your area rug, you will need to face the decision: to roll or not to roll the rug. Folding rugs can help save on storage space but can also cause major stress to the rug fibers. If you absolutely have to fold a rug, you can try to minimize the stress by having the rug folded with fibers facing outward which means the foundation will bend a little...

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