Dirty means time to clean not replace

After a dull, wet winter our area rugs have taken a beating. They have trapped in lot of loose dirty, salt, sand, and mud and after a few months of this they look really grubby. At Luv-A-Rug, in Victoria BC, we clean area rugs that barely look dirty to ones that are more dirt than rug.

Here is one runner that came in very dirty, you can barely see the original colours of the rug. This rug will get a lot of badgering (which is where we vibrate your rugs upside down to remove the deep down dirt), and many cleanings to restore this rug.

After we clean this rug I will do a follow-up blog post to show how it cleans up.

Luv-A-Rug understands that you can be embarrassing by the shape of your rugs, don’t be, we have seen rugs in all states of dirtiness. We care about restoring your rugs to a lovable state and making you happy. We take care of every type of spill, pet accident, moth damage, mold, odours, and dirt.

We are Woolsafe approved company and highly recommended by Persian Rug Guide Cleaners.

Thanks for reading, RugloverMary- caring for all types of rugs in Victoria BC

Is my rug worth cleaning?

“Is my rug worth cleaning?”

This is one of the most asked questions we get here at Luv-A-Rug. Our answer is this:

If you like the rug and have a place to use it than any rug s worth getting cleaned.

Price enters the equation when you think about the cost of replacing the rug. We also honestly let you know when it is not worth cleaning or repairing. Some rugs do get past the point of restoration.

Here is a recent example of a rug that is getting near time to replace an why the client is not doing so just yet.

Today we picked up a 8×12 synthetic area carpet for cleaning from the Fairfield area of Victoria. When I did my inspection of the rug the first thing I noticed was the latex backing of the rug was weak, crunchy sounding and shedding a fine white dust. It also had furniture indents and the pile of the carpet was flattened from walking on it for years.

This is not the first time we have cleaned this rug for the clients, we receive it for cleaning once a year. When I called the client to let them know the cleaning expectations and final cost I asked her if she noticed any white dust on the floor after they rolled up the rug. She responded that there was so much dust it looked like she had a beach in her living room. She asked if there was anything that could be done except replace the rug. Unfortunately there is not anything that can stop the latex from further shedding.

They do not want to get a new rug at this time because they have dogs and they like to lay on the carpet. The dogs are in their mature years and the clients want to wait until they pass on to invest in a new rug. Luv-A-Rug hears that a lot from pet owners that they are waiting until their pets either get older or until they pass on before investing in a new rug.

She also said that she absolutely loved us, just loved us that we make her rug look good every time we clean it and she was happy that it cost the same to clean it as last year.

Most of us may have given up on a rug that sheds latex glue and looks dull where it is used, but instead of just tossing a rug sometimes a little love will make it useable again. Luv-A-Rug sees a lot of rugs that look like they are unusable, but after some good old fashion cleaning and maybe some repairs a rug can have a new lease on life.

Here is a video I did highlighting a rug that again most of us wouldn’t bother with, but it was sentimental to the client

If you have such a rug that you think is not worth it because it is too dirty or the sides are fraying bring it to Luv-A-Rug at 445 Beta St, Victoria BC and we will give you an evaluation on how it can be made loveable again. 250-590-6210/800-886-2802 www.luvarug.com.

Thanks for reading RugloverMary

Big Bang……………Why?

I am standing on my soap box!

Last night as I am putting away the mountain of laundry that has accumulated I hear on the radio that Sept 9 may have been our last day on earth. Huh! Okay so tomorrow I may not wake up, that kinda sucks since there is a lot I still need to accomplish. That got me thinking about how I would spend my last few hours on earth if that was the case. I cannot share what I would do, but what I did do was finish matching up all the socks and cuddled with my two dogs and went to sleep hoping that there would be no engulfing black hole. I then thought of the pandemonium such an occurrence would cause.

We as humans have some very stupid tendencies. As I read a news report on the experiment that took place last night/ this morning I remembered watching a show on the Discovery channel about them building the machine and I had the same thoughts now as I did when I watched the show a few months ago.

WHY? Am I ignorant of something, did I fall asleep in class that day?, I don’t think so. I don’t understand why we need to spend up to, but probably beyond, 9 billion, yes billion, dollars to have particles smash into each other. Human males do it for free all the time.
I am obviously wired differently because I can think of 9 billion other ways to spend 9 billion dollars like getting rid off hunger,poverty, war, saving the earth from all the damage we have caused or maybe designing a pair of pantyhose that don’t run. Okay maybe not the pantyhose, but you get me drift. I read the report a couple of times to find out the reason why they are doing this. This is the reason I found and it may cause some disagreement, but it is after all my and all my opinion; Physicists are looking for a never-before-seen particle called Higgs boson that apparently impacts every other particle out there. Basically they are out to prove to everyone that the reason they spend their life doing what they do isn’t in vain. I am sorry, but that seems silly.

I may have interpreted the reason incorrectly, but it does seem like a big waste of time and resources just to make particles collide and the physicists don’t even know what they will learn from this. This time they learnt that they didn’t make a black hole happen, yippee for the human race!
I should make this fit into area rug cleaning,and have written and deleted everything I have tried to fit into the big bang topic. I could say that it is not likely that most people would not spend 9 billion to find out how an area rug was made. I am going to stop writing now.
Thanks for reading RugloverMary

Another day in Beautiful Victoria BC

Today is another beautiful sunny day in Victoria, BC. I can feel autumn in the air with a hint of expectation. Expectation for a change with work if the boss can work out the details. When or if something happens I will let you know. With it being a short week for me,(I had Monday and Tuesday off) I keep thinking it is the wrong day.
Today was a steady day of dropping off dirty area rugs for cleaning, not so much for rug pick ups. With the getting back to school routine picking up their area rugs seems to be the last thing on people’s mind right now. I miss the back to school routine, probably because I don’t have to do it. No children have I.
I did something new today, my boss got me to put an ad on www.kijiji.com. It is a free ad site for what seems to be everything. Word of mouth is the best form of advertising, but it never hurts to get your business name out there on the Internet. It is kind of funny how the Internet used to be called the way of the future and now it is the best way to reach clients.
Not much else has been happening today, I caught up on some loose ends, wished it was Saturday, broke the tape measure, got tape measure replaced and wrote this blog. All in all just another day at Luv-A-Rug.
Thanks for reading RugloverMary

I should have paid more attention in Chemistry class

I wanted to title this post: Today’s Dinner Special-Annoying Cough with Scratchy Dry Throat, but I figured it should reflect something about area rug cleaning.
Back in December 2007 I took a carpet and upholstery cleaning course. I did very well considering that I don’t clean either of them. The key to getting carpet, area rugs, and furniture very clean is not more power, it is chemistry. Too many moons ago I aced Chemistry 11 and 12, I loved the periodic table and finding out how chemicals reacted together. Today I cannot remember much from those fun fill classes, but rug cleaning is bringing a little of it back.
Cleaning is all about neutralizing, bring the area rug back to a pH level between 4.5 and 8.5. I wish there was an easy way to educate and re-program our clients about spot removal. I cringe when I hear that someone used baking soda on their wool area rug. Club soda isn’t as nasty as I thought, but it does depend on the spill. I am pretty sure that people are not pH testing their spills to see if it is acidic or alkaline, be great if they did though.
Thanks for reading, RugloverMary