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The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) – Debunking Carpet Cleaning Myths

http://www.carpet-rug.org/About-CRI/CRI-Blog/December-2013/Debunking-Carpet-Cleaning-Myths.aspx

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To Fill our Land Fills or Not to Fill

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Eighteen years and still going.
The canister still operates like new.
This unit was brought in for a power brush repair.
The $700.00 investment,   at the local vacuum dealer saved hundreds that would have been spent on a door to door sold unit averaging $2500.00 at the time.
All vacuums need repair from time to time, however, not all are repairable due to cost verses value of the unit. Many box store models are made and sold with disposability as the end game.
Most will be replaced very quickly as they are not made to take the rigorous task expected of a vacuum. The one pictured above is a farm duty unit and is still operating as it should. Who knows how many more years it will do the job it was originally purchased to do?
How many vacuums do you buy and throw out before it is a wise choice to invest in a unit like this.
This investment supports your Ma and Pa shop as well as keeps the service open for repairs.
No investment in your local vacuum repair shop, not enough value in a box store vacuum to make repairs an option, filled landfill’s add up to closed doors and environmental damages.

It’s up to you!

Make a good investment today, save a needed service, minimized waste and support a healthy environment for upcoming generations.

It could be that simple.

Have fun and see you soon. Coffee can be put on.

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Money Saving Tips For Vacuum Care

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“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…

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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.

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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.

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Bed Bugs, How to Deal With Them

Bed Bugs, How to Deal With Them.