How Dusty is my Rug?

It’s been a while since I posted a blog here. My apologies for this. We want to thank everyone for making 1017 an incredible year. It’s been so busy here.

Have you ever noticed how much dust, sand, and tiny particulates gets into foundation yarns of your area rug. Here’s a test. Lift the corner of the rug about 18″-24″ off the ground, then slap the back. Observe the dust. Next, take your rug and place it upside down on the floor. With a beater bar vacuum, vacuum it well on the back side. Now lift up the rug and notice the sand that is now on the floor. Really!! It’s been holding dust and sand  that you couldn’t see.

Rug Tumbler

Rug Tumbler

Sand and small particulates actually cuts the fibers at the base of the rugs. This is why it’s important to have a way to completely empty your rug. It would be great to be able to do this in home, but the results are limited at best.

Before we wash any rug, we perform a thorough dusting process. Our large rug tumbler gently and safely tumbles your rug as the dust falls through the perforated canister. Rugs that are heavily compacted with years or decades of sand and dust are revived back to a beautiful, “empty” state. In fact, rugs are physically lighter after the process.

If you have any questions regarding the dusting processes, feel free to contact us. We would be more than happy to help you with your rugs.

 

 

My Rug Smells…But Why??

Our carpets and rugs change the atmosphere in a house turning it into a home. They create a warm, comfortable feeling in a room that makes us want to curl up and read a book, unless of course the game is on. The colours, smelly rugtextures and style of our rug ties our furniture, pictures, and accessories together to make a classic, contemporary or even an eclectic result.

However, what can make a room less desirable, even though it looks beautiful and cozy is when there is an unknown odour coming from somewhere but not sure where. You say, “ I don’t have a dog, never had a cat, and I’m careful about my rug, but seems to smell. Weird! It must be the rug! The rug is starting to smell like burning rubber.”

This phenomena does not happen to all rugs, in fact in most rugs this will NEVER happen. However, certain tufted Indian rugs will start to smell, and that odour will in fact get worse with age. And it seems to only happen to carpets made in India. Why? This smell comes from the latex that binds the primary backing to the cloth back that you can see when you turn the rug over. We are not really sure what they put into their latex, and they won’t really tell us either. The latex is basically the glue that holds the carpet together. There is always a clay filler put into tufted rugs and carpet that creates a flexibility to it, which is great, but in India, they add other ingredients to the filler in SOME rugs that will start to really smell with age.

Why do they do this? That’s the age old question. The second question is, “ Can the odour be removed? The answer is…not really. If this is the cause of the odour, there is nothing that we can do in our rug wash plant to remove it. We can get your rug clean as a whistle, (where did that expression come from anyways??) but the odour will still linger like nicotine filled clothing.

So what does an tufted Indian rug look like? Pottery Barn sell truckloads of theses. They have recently been pressured to change their supplier. These rugs are very thick and meaty. Wool is on the course side, and the backing has a cloth cover with a 2-3 inch binding on the edges. The colour of the back is most commonly beige, but blue, green and pink are used as well.

I hope this help you, but if you have any questions regarding this, please feel free to call us at 613-232-5110

Protect Your Rug with a Pad

Your Beautiful Rugs Really Deserve Some Protection.

DID YOU KNOW that valuable area rug in your home are virtually crying out for some comfort from our walking on them?

When people start installing more hardwood flooring in their homes, the first thing many of them do is cover some of the floor with an area rug or two. Some of these rugs cost thousands of dollars, but they need their own special protection.

A rug pad designed and sized specially for your area rugs is the protection they need and deserve.

Why go with a quality rug pad? There are four reasons.

1. It adds cushioning and comfort for you.

2. A good pad can add years to the life of a rug.

3. Rug pads protect the flooring beneath the rug.

4. It prevents the rug from slipping and you from falling!

And besides a rug pad, your area rug needs periodic washing to protect it.

Don’t wait for your rug to cry out, “Please help!” It needs a pad of its own, right now. Give it the protection it needs, and enjoy that rug for many years to come. Feel free to call us, 613-232-5110 orhttp://www.peacockrugcare.ca/rug-under-pad/

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Need Your Furnace Cleaned and Inspected?

 

 

 

 Bowler Heating and Air Conditioning
For meticulous installation, service and maintenance of your hvac equipment. Along with clean carpets and rugs, a clean burning furnace is mandatory for good indoor air quality.

My name is Jonathan Bowler. Having been in the trade for 9 years now, I’ve had a lot of experience with different technicians. One of the big problems this trade faces is that it’s hard for a consumer to know what kind of technician is coming through their door. Is this technician lazy? Careless? Meticulous? Hard-working? Skilled? Unfortunately, even a trusted company can have a very difficult time knowing what kind of technician they’re sending out. Even if they’re very good, many technicians feel stressed to work faster and get things done in a hurry.

That’s why when I started working for myself, I made sure that I would give myself the time I needed to say with confidence to my customers that everything is working exactly as it should be. I’m known by my customers to be meticulous. And when someone is working on your equipment, isn’t that what’s most important? You need to have someone who will make sure your equipment is definitely working safely and efficiently.

Do you get annual maintenance on your heating equipment? If not, these figures may surprise you. In my first year working for myself, 47% of the homes I visited had gas leaks. Again, in my first year, almost 25% of these customers had other safety issues with their furnace that they would have never noticed without maintenance being done. Some could have become lethal over time and others ending in costly repairs.

For only 99.00$ ( reg.120.00$), you can have a full cleaning and maintenance on your heating equipment by a TSSA registered and fully licensed G2 technician.

This service includes:
A complete check of all safety switches on unit
A complete cleaning of all fan components including each individual fan blade
Cleaning of burners
Check and cleaning of flame sensor
Gas pressure safety and efficiency adjustment
Visual check on heat exchanger
Capacitor efficiency check
Thermostat operation check
Visual check of exhaust and intake venting
Condensate trap cleaning
Combustion analysis on entire system
Free minor repairs (including but not limited to minor gas leak repairs, some venting leaks, burner adjustment)

Call 613-769-0490 to arrange a convenient time to make sure your heating system is working the way it should be.

Services include: Free estimates, installation, repair service, maintenance, 24hr emergency service, Over-the-phone free diagnostics, and in home diagnostics on repairs for only $99.00*.

And if you find an equal service for less somewhere else, price matching is available.

Fully licensed and registered with TSSA for residential gas equipment and air conditioning equipment

*HST extra

Moths…The Rug Nemesis!

DSCF7259When it comes to area rugs, whether persian, oriental or machine made, if it’s wool, it’s a feeding target for moths. I had previously wrote a blog about moths and carpets, of which I won’t go into such detail, but am writing about this topic again for a time specific reason. Right now it’s winter. Winter is cold. Really cold. And moths can’t live in sub zero temps. In fact this is the best time of year to take care of your moth problem at you own home.

If you see patches in your rug where the wool is gone, otherwise known as a hole, but the backing structure is still intact, you probably have an infestation of moths. There are numerous ways to kill them with insecticides, but we have to be responsible about potential damage to the rug fibers and dyes, as well as indoor air quality. (Insecticides are toxic)

If you have an unheated garage, large shed, porch or a van, roll the carpet up and put it out in one of those areas. Outside may be good, but we don’t want the rugs stolen. Keep it out in the cold for two nights to commit total mothicide. (that’s my word). After you bring it back in, thoroughly vacuum both sides of the rug and you’re done.

However, you may want to check other textiles in your home for moths, and do a thorough cleaning of the rooms. Remember, moths don’t like clean rugs, so feel free to give us a call for a rug washing quote. After our washing, we can apply a non toxic moth repellant (not insecticide) that lasts for two years. If you have any other questions regarding moths or area rug cleaning, just give us a call. We would love to hear from you.

Before and After Rug Cleaning and Colour Restoration.

One of the biggest challenges that carpet cleaners and rug cleaners have is removing dye stains from rugs. After a rug is constructed, it usually is washed in a river to rinse the oils and excess dyes out. However, in many parts of the world, Afghanistan for example, the water is in such short supply that the rugs are sent to market without being rinsed. That is why on some rugs, you spill clear water and it leaves a blue or red stain. (or whatever the rug colour is) That’s the excess dyes still on the fibre. We are able to wash much of that away and colour correct the rug close to it’s original state. Here are just a few examples of work that we have done. If you have a rug that have colour damage, give us a call…maybe we can get the same results on your rug too.

 

Red wine spill on a Qashkuli rug.

Red wine spill on a Qashkuli rug.

 

After our spa treatment.

After our spa treatment.

 

 

Moroccan rug after dog vomited on it.

Moroccan rug after washing and colour restoration.
Moroccan rug after washing and colour restoration.

Red dye bleed into fringes and white white wool.

Red dye bleed into fringes and white white wool.

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Fido vs Pepe Le Pew!

Why would a rug washer be talking about skunks? Because victimized Fido panics and runs around the house. One of the worst odours to hit our noses has to be fresh skunk. And trying to get the smell out can be challenging. The odor is caused by a combination of chemical compounds which these animals can release from their scent glands when under str

ess or attack. In addition to smelling awful, the spray can cause vomiting and have effects similar to tear gas. As an interesting side note, the spray is also phosphorescent yellow, so it will glow in the dark.

The smell of skunk spray is caused by sulfurous compounds called thiols which combine to form a substance called mercaptan. These thiols have a strong odor, and mix with other chemicals which make the scent stick. This is why animals who have been sprayed sometimes have a faint odor for several weeks, because although the thiols have been mostly neutralized, trace amounts of them still cling to fur.

The formula is so pungent that it only takes a concentration of one in 10 parts per billion to cause us to stand to attention. However, while the impact may be insignificant in comparison, it’s interesting to note that the very same compounds are responsible for the bouquet associated with flatulence and bad breath in humans.

The following is sourced from Animal Planet. Many of the common recommendations, like bathing in a tub full of tomato juice, do little more than mask the unpleasant smell. The most effective antidotes are those that neutralize the spray’s main ingredients by changing them into different, non smelly compounds.

The reason that people think skunk spray and tomato juice cancel each other out is due to something known as olfactory fatigue, which is just another way of saying that your nose gets accustomed to a scent after a period of time. When your nose stops detecting the skunk spray, the strong smell of tomato juice tricks you into thinking it must have taken care of the problem. However, if another person were to enter the room, he or she wouldn’t be so easily fooled.

The only real way to get rid of the odor is to neutralize the thiols by changing them into compounds that your nose won’t recognize as being offensive. The way to do this is by adding oxygen in a process known as oxidation. When oxygen is added to the sulfur/hydrogen compound, odorless sulfonic acid is formed.

This may sound like a complicated process that only Bill Nye could successfully pull off, but it’s actually relatively simple. Many oxidizing agents, like hydrogen peroxide and baking soda, are readily available and safe enough to be used on people and pets. For things like clothing and furniture, regular chlorine bleach will get the job done.

So if curious Fido happens to frighten Pepe Le Pew, all you need to do is mix 1 quart  of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide, a quarter cup of baking soda and one teaspoon of liquid detergent and lather him up. After five minutes, rinse off your pup and he should be as good as new. Be warned: This potion may do a little more than take away the smell as it can also slightly change hair color. Also, you can’t store it in a closed container for the next time Pepe comes around because the mixture releases oxygen, that can explode the bottle.There are also a variety of commercial products available to eliminate skunk odors, but not all of them are safe for living things, so be sure to do your homework. Remember, it’s better to be smelly than sorry.

You Can Clean Your Leather!

One of the services that Peacock Rug Care does not usually perform is  upholstery leather cleaning. If you are looking for Ottawa Carpet Cleaning, or Ottawa Rug Cleaning, we are the company for you . We just don’t clean leather. There are so many types of leathers and manufacturer’s specifc warranties with specific cleaners, we have decided to just give general tips on leather cleaning. So we’ve put together a few tips on how to make your leather last longer.

Educate Yourself

Learn as much about the pieces as you can, as that directly affects how you care for it. If you’re just buying the piece, talk to the person at the store about the type of leather, how it was treated, and how it was protected. If you already have the piece, check the tag/warranty for that information as well as the manufacturer’s suggested cleaning and conditioning method. Follow the tips, as not doing so can void your warranty.
If there is not tag and you can’t get any information from the store you bought the piece at, this guide can help you determine what kind of leather you have.

Maintaining Your Leather

Before we get into how to clean your furniture, let’s look at how to best maintain it. There are four big tips you should follow:
1. Avoid Extremes: Keep the leather out of direct sunlight as it clean bleach the color. Keep the piece away from fireplaces, radiators, and heating/AC vents – the high temperatures can dry out the leather.
2. Rotate: One cushion will be used more than another, so swap cushions occasionally so they wear evenly.
3. No Sharp Things: Try to keep pets, toys, keys, or anything with sharp, hard edges off the leather.
4. Vacuum: Vacuum the piece weekly with a soft brush attachment. After that, dust it down with a clean, soft cloth. This will help fight off any dirt and oil buildup.

Cleaning Your Leather

When cleaning leather you must be careful. Peacock Rug Care recommends following the cleaning method listed on the warranty/tag and using a cleaner that furniture store recommends (they usually sell it in the store.) If you buy one of these cleaners, follow the instructions on the bottle.
For a home-remedy, try this:
1. After vacuuming and dusting the piece, get a quart of distilled water and mix in a drop of liquid soap. Mix it thoroughly.
2. Dip a clean, soft rag into the water and wring it out. Wipe the leather down.
3. Dip a clean, soft rag into distilled water (no soap) and wring it out. Wipe the leather down.
4. Gently but thoroughly dry the piece with a clean, soft rag.
5. Condition the piece with a manufacturer/store recommended conditioner.
We hope that this helps you out as you work to keep your leather furniture beautiful.. For carpet cleaning ottawa or rug cleaning ottawa, call Peacock Rug Care.

Removing Stains from Carpet

Ottawa Carpet Cleaning. DO NOT MIX CLEANING AGENTS.

PET STAINS (URINE AND FECES):

You want to start by removing any solid matter. Use a neutral  carpet cleaning solution to get rid of the stains. Pet stores  also sell cleaning solutions specifically for cleaning up pet urine. It’s very important that you clean up as much as you possible can because harmful bacteria will linger. If an odor is still left, use a carpet deodorizer to eliminate the strong odor.

MAKEUP
Both liquid and powder types of makeup will leave a stain on the carpet; you need to determine the makeup’s oil content in order to sufficiently remove the stain. Powder makeup is typically non-oily. Liquid foundation, lipstick, and mascara have oil in it. Majority of stains can be removed by spraying a household carpet cleaner. Allow the carpet cleaner to sit for 10 minute and break the stains down, and this will cut down on having to blot the carpet. After the stain is removed gently dab away the solution. For oil based cosmetics try using Goo Gone or rubbing alcohol. Take a clean white cloth and moisten it with the solvent, gently blot the lipstick stain. Don’t scrub!!!!!!!!!
FOOD & BEVERAGE STAINS
When cleaning simple spills try to remove all solids first, and pat dry with a clean towel .It’s important not to scrub, you can even fold up a towel and stand on it. For simple food stains use a good over the counter carpet cleaning solution. Coffee stains are very concentrated and will require a professional ottawa carpet cleaner.

PLANT STAINS

Dry Vacuum the remaining soil off of the area. Soak the carpeted area with a moistened cloth with warm water. It’s best to use a neutral carpet cleaning product, and make sure you let the area sit for at least 5 minutes before blotting it up with water.

 PAINT, OIL AND GREASE

If the stain is only a small, sizeable amount keep the area wet and covered with a moist towel to avoid drying. It is essential to keep the spot moist for as long as needed until the cleaners come. Call an Ottawa Carpet Cleaning professional immediately!

INK, CRAYON AND MARKER STAINS

Use an over the counter foam or dry chemical cleaner, and use as directed. If the stains haven’t set (dried) yet, the easier it will be to clean them up. You can also try using hairspray on the area, and wash after treating the area. For ballpoint ink use rubbing alcohol on the stained area.

VOMIT

Keep the spot moistened and covered until you can get a professional carpet cleaner to come, due to the biohazard that could produce harmful bacteria. You really need this extracted out of the carpet. Steam cleaning would be recommended because it will penetrate the surface and the bottom layers. Inplant rug washing is the best for rug cleaning.

RED WINE STAINS

Blot the liquid as much as you possibly can. Use an unflavored club soda to treat the area, carefully blot the club soda on and off, it’s important not to scrub the stain! Second, make a mild detergent solution (dishwashing soap) with warm water in a bowl.

UPHOLSTERY STAINS

First consider what kind of fabric your upholstery is, check with the manufacturer. For grease stains, first apply baby powder to absorb the grease. After the grease has soaked up, remove the powder then reapply. Before treating the stain, test a small piece of fabric to make sure it will not damage the furniture. After absorbing the stain, use a brush and gently massage the area with upholstery cleaner. Dishwashing liquid also can work well to eliminate the grease. Continuously blot the excess cleaner with a damp cloth, repeat as much as needed. If the stain will not come out, call a professional Ottawa carpet cleaning company that uses hot water extraction, this process will be the most effective and very gentle for majority of upholstery fabrics.


HIGH TRAFFIC STAINS
Before cleaning the area, make sure you thoroughly vacuum to get all the debris that is trapped into your carpet. If the area is small try wetting the area with a warm wet cloth. Use a specific over the counter carpet cleaning spray or high traffic powder to clean the designated area.

WATER DAMAGE

If the water that has leaked onto your carpet is sanitary you may be able to restore your carpet back to its original condition. If dirty, contaminated water has flooded your carpets need to be replaced as soon as possible. Call a professional for advice.

FIRE DAMAGE

In a house fire if a lot of plastic was burned, enormous amounts of an oil residue will be stuck into the carpet fibers. The burnt carpet will have to ultimately be replaced. It’s recommended to call a professional carpet cleaner that uses hot water extraction because this involves a gentle process that will work well with the different residues that have been burned into the carpet.

SMOKE DAMAGE

If only a small fire occurred ,all that’s needed is a thorough cleaning and deodorizing. If major smoke damage is left on the carpet and someone is able to salvage and professionally clean your carpet this would be the better choice. 

How large should my rug be?

People often end up purchasing a rug too large for their room.  Large rugs are beautiful, warm and adds a definite charm to the room, but the floor also should act like a picture frame. It should draw your eye to the rug. In fact, having several rugs in one room can help to create and delineate smaller areas inside a large room. This works fantastically in open concept rooms where you can have an office, living area and dining room all in one. All rugs can be of the same style, region, color etc., or change it up to create a statement for each area. When it’s all said and done, rugs add an appeal warmth and character unmatched by any other room decor item.