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The High Cost of Cheap Rugs

The High Cost of Cheap Rugs Every now and then we will receive an inquiry about cleaning a cheap rug that was purchased from Home Depot, Overstock.com, Costco, etc. While we can absolutely clean these rugs, there is a common misconception that because they were inexpensive, that they should be a low cost to clean. It is quite the opposite. Unfortunately, cheap rugs today are not built with quality in mind. In order to cut the cost to the consumer, they must cut corners to create the product. Many times these issues...

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How are we certified? Who certifies us?

How are we certified? Who certifies us? Recently we received this great question: Who and what makes us “certified” to be a professional cleaner? With my answer, rather than looking only at certifications I’ll cover equal, and in many cases more important subjects. Before I begin, it’s imperative to know that carpet cleaning is not a licensed trade, like say a builder’s license. Many states require a business license, but none require a cleaning or restoration-specific trade license. This is important because...

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Viscose Rugs – A Big Problem

Viscose Rugs – A Big Problem Here at Rendall’s, we receive a wide variety of types of area rugs. Recently, there is one type in particular that has made us internally scream. Judging from the title of the blog post, you can probably guess which one! Yep, Viscose rugs. And there are many aliases for it too. It is also named “banana silk”, “art silk” (A/S), or “rayon”. They’re all the same, just different marketing names. Before we go any further, you might be wondering...

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Avoid Using Powdered Carpet Deodorizers

Avoid Using Powdered Carpet Deodorizers Why should you avoid using Powdered Carpet Deodorizers? The carpet powder deodorizer instructions say, “sprinkle on carpet and simply vacuum it up!” However, sprinkle deodorizers can not only set stains, they can also cause wicking, crocking, and even potentially ruin your carpet or rugs. What are Powdered Carpet Deodorizers? You may have seen these little cans in stores called “Carpet Deodorizer” that instructs you to sprinkle this powder onto your carpet wherever there...

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Karastan Rug Cleaning Specialists

Karastan Rug Cleaning Specialists Karastan rug cleaning is important to maintain the beauty and longevity of your Karastan rugs. First, though, let’s go over a little bit of Karastan rug history. Karastan Rugs – a brief history In the 1920’s The Marshall Field Company modified an Axeminster weaving loom to create the world’s first machine-made rug. In 1928 Karastan Rugs was born, initially to skeptics who wondered how this “Mystery Rug” made by a machine would hold up to wear compared to...

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What do our cleaning products smell like?

What do our cleaning products smell like? “What do your cleaning products smell like?”, the nice woman inquired over the phone recently. She continued, “the last carpet cleaner used something so strong we had to air out the house for a week!” This is an awesome question and one we hear often. I’d like to share a story with you, dear reader. When I was a new Cleaning Craftsman apprentice many years ago, I remember one of the first questions I fielded. A nice lady by the name of M. Brown, whom we still work...

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5 things you need to know about your oriental rugs

5 things you need to know about your oriental rugs Oriental rugs can make a room really “pop”, whether the look you’re going for is formal, informal, or somewhere inbetween. Good quality oriental rugs are designed to last for many years, or even decades. It’s important to note that not all oriental rugs are the same. They are comprised of different structures, different fibers, some with fringe, some without, some with integral fringe, some with fringe that’s sewed-on, some are tufted, and others are woven. There...

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