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December 2015

How to Remove Odors from your Area Rug or Office Carpet

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A survey commissioned by the IICRC indicates that 81 percent of U.S. homeowners agree that the health of their family is directly related to the cleanliness of floors in the home. While a key component to improving air quality is eliminating carpet and rug odors, which in many cases requires regularly cleaning these surfaces, only 15 percent clean their carpet at least once a year.
According to the IICRC, the following four-step process is the best way to successfully remove odor from your area rug carpet or office carpet:
1. Remove the source of the odor, as practical (absorb liquids, scoop solids)
2. Thoroughly clean odor-affected surfaces and materials. Cleaning is basic to deodorizing
3. Treat the odor source with an appropriate odor counteractant (sanitizer, disinfectant, enzyme)
4. Seal restorable surfaces, such as subflooring, if practical
Many sources of odor, including pet urine and tobacco smoke, require specialized procedures and techniques and are best addressed by a certified professional.

To get your area rugs or commercial carpet done, give Blackburn Pro Cleaning a call at 860-443-5007!
Portions of this information was taken from (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification)shih-tzu-dog-on-the-carpet-wallpaper

Tips for Prolonging the Beauty of your Upholstery

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– Control soil by using arm caps and rotating seat cushions frequently to prolong life and appearance of areas prone to wear and tear
– Remove dry soil by vacuuming and depending on the fabric, brushing to remove dust and soil particles

Q: How often should upholstery be cleaned?
A: To keep your furniture clean, it is necessary to conduct routine maintenance including vacuuming and immediate attention to spills, coupled with periodic cleaning by a certified technician every 1-2 years. Regular cleaning by a certified technician can help restore your furniture’s appearance, extend its life and keep it looking like new.

Q: How often should upholstered office chairs be cleaned?
A: Commercial upholstery, unlike residential, experiences a lot more daily soiling, wear and tear. Commercial upholstery should be cleaned at least annually by a professional cleaning service. The increased use life of the upholstery and the savings in productivity will pay for the cost of the cleaning.

This information was taken from
Blackburn Pro Cleaning is certified by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification)

5 Reasons Rugs Wrinkle

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1 .Wrong Floor Underneath
Rugs are not meant to cover soft surfaces.

2. Weaving Tension Change
If the weaver changes weaving styles, this can create wrinkling in those areas of structural change.

3. Bad Product
Some rugs wrinkle because they are made poorly. Most of today’s poorly made, cheaper wool rugs come from India and are sold through many of the mass-market rug stores.

4. Shrinking & Swelling Fibers
Sometimes fibers can shrink during cleaning to create wrinkles and sometimes they can swell from the moisture and create curling or buckling. With shrinking, sometimes stretching can help return the rug back to its original shape if the amount of shrinking is not severe. Often inspecting the back of the rug can give you clues. With swelling fibers, you can see curling and buckling that will correct itself when dry again.

5. Bad Rug Cleaning
Wrinkles and lumps from hanging a rug up while too wet may be reversible with pressing if the rug was not structurally damaged from the weight load. Tufted rugs will keep their shape best when dried out flat. Natural fiber rugs are meant to be washed in a rug cleaning facility.

(Information has been quoted from Lisa Wagner, NIRC Certified Rug Specialist)

Area rugs may develop wrinkles like this (see reason #2)