Awareness Messages · Educational

At Least Seven Things You Need to Know About Rug Cleaning.

At Least Seven Things You Need to Know About Rug Cleaning.

First, Not all rugs are made the same. There are many different fibers used for the warp and weft yarns as well as the face fibers. Blended fibers are used for many rugs for feel, look, cost and a host of other possibilities in rug making. Most high quality rugs will be woven construction, while many lesser quality rugs will be tufted. Handwoven and tufted are different than machine woven or tufted. The value of a rug is determined by all of the variables described and also by who and where the rug will have been made, its age, sentimental value and much more.

Second, All of the variables, due to the structure and fibers used to complete a said rug, have a huge bearing on the cleaning process, that will be most effective to thoroughly clean the face fibers and the woven construction of most rug backings.

Third, Color stability is always something that has to be determined before a rug is cleaned. Dyes are not always the same and the use of dyes are varied with different fibers, making some stable, while others, subject to bleeding or crocking.

Fourth, Quality of a rug in relation to all the above, relates to the original cost of the product. Many times, the cost to clean an area rug purchased, is as much or more than the piece will have been purchased for.  The cost of cleaning a textile is not subject to the the value of the piece and only relates to the required process to clean the piece properly.

Fifth, Not all cleaning services provide a proper cleaning process for rugs. Having a rug, cleaned on site when other cleaning is being done is a topical clean only, leaving the soil trapped and muddied in the woven base of most rugs. Thus when handled, rolled up and repositioned, a lot of fine sand and the like will be seen coming out of it onto the floor, or be on the floor already, to be seen as the piece is rolled up.

Sixth, All rugs need more than one process to be thoroughly cleaned to reduce the trapped dust and dirt in the tightly woven backing. Dust and dirt in rugs can amount to pounds trapped that needs to be removed, depending on size and duration of use between proper cleaning and if the cleaning processes, if any in between have in reality, added to the soil trapping, making a stiffened, mud filled woven back.  After a thorough cleaning, a small trace of fiber dust may be visible due to handling, however very little if any, heavy dust.

Seventh, Many fine rugs may need to be dry-cleaned to preserve coloration. this process costs more, however, should be done before a rug gets heavily soiled, as it is not an immersion process. As a result, appearance is the first requirement, and the face fibers are the focus, thus a woven backing may still have dust trapped that will fall out during handling. This dust is fine and will not re-soil the rug. Dry vacuum the rug prior to use once placed and your good to go til next cleaning. Remember to have the rug cleaned more regularly for best care.

Awareness Messages · Educational

Bed Bugs, How to Deal With Them

Brooks Vacuum and Flooring Products

Many of us are concerned when it comes to traveling or even visiting about bedbugs. We have clients calling us about this many times asking about How_To_Get_Rid_Of_Bed_Bugs.

The transfer of bedbugs is something to think about. Taking the sofa that is free, or the bed set that is for sale may not be a good idea. If we have been visiting, where have we been and how did we handle our clothing, suitcases and other things that could attract bedbugs? If we know about a bedbug issue where we are going, we want to be sure to check things out before taking accommodation or possession of potentially infested places or items.

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Awareness Messages · Educational · Restoration

Consumer Guide to Carpet Cleaning

Choosing a carpet cleaner is not easy.

Why? Simply you and I are bombarded with misleading advertizing, confusing claims and simply bad information.

From, super low prices and high pressure sales to inexperienced technicians applying near worthless methods. How do you ever find a qualified, competent, professional carpet cleaner?

You start by reading this consumer guide. In this fact-filled guide, you’ll discover how to avoid four carpet cleaning rip-offs,

Educational

Money Saving Tips For Vacuum Care

“Tips To Keep Your Vacuum in Good Operating Condition”

Keep your vacuum at peak operating performance by following these helpful tips.

Bags 
Change your vacuum bag when it’s 2/3 full or once a month, whichever comes first. An overfull bag reduces your vacuum’s ability to clean.
Always use HEPA media bags, or High Filtration Rated Bags, to maximize your vacuum’s filtration effectiveness.
Filters
 Change your vacuum filter(s) every 3-6-12 months as per frequency or extended use time . If someone in your home suffers from allergies, change filters regularly to help them breathe a little easier. Do not wash and reuse filters unless rated as washable and be careful handling to avoid damage.
Belts
 Unless your vacuum has a Lifetime Belt, check your belt periodically for excessive wear and replace it as needed. Refer to your vacuum owner’s manual, or take your vacuum to your nearest authorized service dealer for belt replacement.
Brushroll
 Check your brushroll periodically by turning the vacuum over and ensure the brush turns freely. Clean out thread, hair, and string by gently cutting it with a seam ripper or small scissors.
Power Cord
 Avoid running over your power cord. This is a top reason for cord replacements, and it is not covered under warranty.
Do not yank the power cord from the outlet or let it whip into place using the cord rewind button, control it as it rewinds.
General Tips
 It is recommended to use Genuine  replacement parts, including bags, belts and filters. Some after market parts can cause permanent damage to your vacuum and will void your warranty.   Manufacturers, bags and filters are made specifically for the best fit and performance of  vacuums.
Before you vacuum, straighten the area you plan to vacuum. Pick up anything that could become lodged in the brushroll, and avoid liquids or hard metal items, and the like, that could damage the vacuum. Please refer to your vacuum owner’s manual for specific items to avoid vacuuming.
Store your vacuum in a clean and dry location, such as a closet, and avoid places with great humidity or extreme temperatures, which could affect the plastic and wear the rubber parts faster.

Service recommended once per year minimum by your authorized dealer.

Restoration

Counteraction of Fire Smoke and Other Odors.

When it comes to the counteraction of smoke related damage, be it from a fire, involving, burnt structural components, contents, protein, or simply cigarette smoke and many other smoke related odors, a thorough removal of the physical damage takes place first. This involves, removal, washing, vacuuming, chemical sponging, carpet, upholstery and drapery cleaning and a host of contents and structural fire damage and smoke removal processes to be done as quickly as possible, thus reducing potential secondary damage.

Once all the accessible surface residuals are cleaned up and treated with special washing and chemical spray techniques, in many cases, a final process known as Thermal Fogging is done.

Thermal Fogging is a process that duplicates the fine smoke particle produced by a fire and is used to get into the small cracks, crevices, pores and textiles, in the same manner the original smoke deposits get into these inaccessible spots.

Thermal Fogging is a process that requires understanding and is best conducted by a trained company in fire restoration procedures.

Each type of smoke as a result of different fires a building can be subjected to, require different measures of decontamination, deodorization and restoration approaches and includes a variety of Thermal Fogging treatment products, each designed, for each case.

The building needs to be occupant free, including pets, for these procedures and can be reaccessed after an air purging, also done in different ways with various equipment, if open air purging is not appropriate. Until all processes are complete, client safety is put first and access will be deemed safe once purged.

In some cases, additional purging or ventilation may be needed due to sensitivities. It takes time for complete purging of all induced odors or odor counteraction products to be completely stabilized, just as is, the case with new paint or carpet. This ventilation may be as simple as keeping air flow constant by means of a furnace fan set to on, or having a breeze from outside air controlled through use of windows. Other procedures may be recommended by the restoration professional as need may present itself.

Once all is done, the process is unmatched for effectiveness in fire and smoke restoration and counteraction.

Awareness Messages · Educational · Human Interest Articles · Restoration

Alberta Outlaw in Sundre

On December 6th. we were driving through Sundre Ab, heading to the Tim’s and I spotted a man riding a horse. Kind-a-nice to see I said to my wifee and daughter as I acknowledged his existence. I wasn’t sure my bride of 30 3/4 years and daughter, almost 18, had seen him. This was short lived, as I saw him now coming through the door of the Tim’s we had just settled down in to have a bite and coffee. I saw this darkly clad fellow saunter through the door and I say, that’s the guy. He heads in toward the counter, out of site from where we sat, then all to our surprise, there he was, looming over my daughter and wife, quite friendly in his introduction. I could tell he had gotten used to coming up to folk, just as he was doing now and I settled into hearing his story as it poured from his conviction in purpose. He was on a ride to raise awareness of mental disease that in our research, we agreed was a very important cause to understand, as we had just read, one in four are affected by this and is most commonly major depression, that becomes life threatening. He himself had gone through it and was now, after, realizing how his life had almost come to terms, was spared and now was the time to live for purpose and help those with or without the disease come to be understanding. He Road into a local Restaurant with his horse, Drifter and laid down under, right at the reception desk. A nice show for the people. The excited children, made it worth the outlaws time. He road back out to the parking lot where the owner and others could get acquainted and have some pictures.

IMG_20141206_172521IMG_20141206_172412 At Tim’s,

IMG_20141206_175819 On His way to the Restaurant, Getting seen.

IMG_20141206_180117IMG_20141206_180122Riding into the Restaurant.

IMG_20141206_180136IMG_0083 Getting ready for a little show to excite the patrons. Kids loved it!

IMG_20141206_180222IMG_0088 Down under, Camera’s are out, Picture time!

IMG_20141206_180244IMG_0082 Show over inside.

Pictures were taken out in the parking lot by those who desired.

Awareness Messages

Are We Honest in our Business Dealings?

In the design industry we have many challenges besides meeting the concerns wants and needs of our precious clients.
One of the challenges most noteworthy is the perception of value that is created for our trades. For a certainty, most trends are to downplay, for market segmenting purposes, the true value of truly reputable trades. In our industry, so many sales are made without realizing that no sale is really made until a successful installation or service has been provided for the paying, trusting client, who in turn may or may not be a super advocate for our business success.
It is tantamount to lying to present trade services as something that can be commoditized for less than or free just to get a client from a reputable business or designer who represents the true costs for services rendered.
Bate and switch tactics are used all the time by many larger corporations and have severely damaged, flooring, renovation, carpet cleaning, vacuum sales and services, design agent services and the like, leaving well intentioned clients in a quandary of who, why and what they can trust.
All operations that work on lowest price marketing, set everyone up for failure and feed our waste facilities with massive amounts of materials due to bad decisions made as a direct result of uncaring enterprises, be it manufacturers, distributors, retailers, advantage driven designers and sales persons.
It would be a great start for our industry to stop feeding the greedy price shopper mentality created by corporate opportunists and smaller businesses who buy into this sick mentality, by reflecting on true value all the way around. Today many are thinking in line with, save the planet. Let’s save our businesses and services while we are at it.

Read more articles here, by Ron Preston

Educational

At Least Seven Things You Need to Know About Rug Cleaning.

First, Not all rugs are made the same. There are many different fibers used for the warp and weft yarns as well as the face fibers. Blended fibers are used for many rugs for feel, look, cost and a host of other possibilities in rug making. Most high quality rugs will be woven construction, while many lesser quality rugs will be tufted. Handwoven and tufted are different than machine woven or tufted. The value of a rug is determined by all of the variables described and also by who and where the rug will have been made, its age, sentimental value and much more.

Second, All of the variables, due to the structure and fibers used to complete a said rug, have a huge bearing on the cleaning process, that will be most effective to thoroughly clean the face fibers and the woven construction of most rug backings.

Third, Color stability is always something that has to be determined before a rug is cleaned. Dyes are not always the same and the use of dyes are varied with different fibers, making some stable, while others, subject to bleeding or crocking.

Fourth, Quality of a rug in relation to all the above, relates to the original cost of the product. Many times, the cost to clean an area rug purchased, is as much or more than the piece will have been purchased for.  The cost of cleaning a textile is not subject to the the value of the piece and only relates to the required process to clean the piece properly.

Fifth, Not all cleaning services provide a proper cleaning process for rugs. Having a rug, cleaned on site when other cleaning is being done is a topical clean only, leaving the soil trapped and muddied in the woven base of most rugs. Thus when handled, rolled up and repositioned, a lot of fine sand and the like will be seen coming out of it onto the floor, or be on the floor already, to be seen as the piece is rolled up.

Sixth, All rugs need more than one process to be thoroughly cleaned to reduce the trapped dust and dirt in the tightly woven backing. Dust and dirt in rugs can amount to pounds trapped that needs to be removed, depending on size and duration of use between proper cleaning and if the cleaning processes, if any in between have in reality, added to the soil trapping, making a stiffened, mud filled woven back.  After a thorough cleaning, a small trace of fiber dust may be visible due to handling, however very little if any, heavy dust.

Seventh, Many fine rugs may need to be dry-cleaned to preserve coloration. this process costs more, however, should be done before a rug gets heavily soiled, as it is not an immersion process. As a result, appearance is the first requirement, and the face fibers are the focus, thus a woven backing may still have dust trapped that will fall out during handling. As dry-cleaning solution does not muddy the dust, this dust is fine and will not re-soil the rug. Dry vacuum the rug prior to use once placed and you’re good to go till next cleaning. Remember to have the rug cleaned more regularly for best care.