Sharing is Caring, Especially When It Comes to Cleaning

Holy Summer Hurricanes, East Coast

Since the outbreak of Hurricane Irene, we have been working tirelessly to help people clear the water from their homes. Our phones are ringing off the hook, all day, with people desperate for flood relief and water damage services. We continue to work our hardest to create a safe, stable and clean living environment for all East Coasters affected by the hurricane. We’re like Batman whooping into save the distressed New York victims of Irene.

As Hurricane Irene continues to cause damages, problems and stress throughout the east coast, we remind you to stay safe because we’re not out of the weeds yet.

As electricity starts coming back in homes and offices, remember to stay clear of rooms with any level of standing water present. Beware of electrocution in your damaged home. Loose power lines and water create fatal environments for humans and animals.

Also remember to always call professionals for help with removal and clean up. There is a reason we are professionals. We have experience with clean up and disaster relief.  We’re here and happy to help.

Summer Cleaning for Your Home Part I

Spring-cleaning can seem a daunting task to any house owner, especially if the house has been neglected throughout the colder winter months. Here are some helpful hints for getting the job done faster, and with less stress!

Preparation and Organization:

  • Organize a plan for all rooms in your house. Decide what rooms need what cleaning, then tackle them one at a time
  • Make a week-long or weekend long schedule of what needs to be done and when you intend to do it
  • Dole out tasks to other members of the family so you don’t have to hack it alone
  • Start by organizing a room, returning objects to their proper places, and cleaning out papers that have piled up over the year along with little knick-knacks that have been around since the holidays

Now that you have begun to organize your house and prepare it for soap and scrubbing, keep an eye open for our next post about sudsing up and getting your home squeaky clean!

Carpet Use Throughout History

Though carpets are most commonly used today as home floor coverings, historically, they have had an
array of other uses that have contributed to their rich history.

The practice of hanging and displaying carpets as treasured artwork originated prior to the 17th century when carpets hung from castle walls as decorative pieces, and lay flat on tables, benches, and trunks as artistic coverings.

Other historical sources point out that carpets and rugs were used as curtains, blankets, canopies, saddle covers, and even tomb covers for those that could afford the fine art.

In addition, carpets also had many regal purposes as their value and intricate weavings were highly prized by aristocrats and royalty. In such cases, carpets were sometimes used as tribute money, gifts from one state to another, and ground coverings for special ceremonies.

In the US, during the 19th century, a new use for carpets came about along with the term “carpetbagger.” This term, designated for opportunist Northerners arriving in the Southern US with their belongings in bags made of old oriental carpets, has remained a term still in use today. Along with this term, the trend of using old carpets as material for bags and luggage has continued in women’s fashion.

A departure from these traditional uses of carpets, today, different types of carpets are used for soundproofing music studios, Astroturf carpet is used in stadiums and other playing fields in replacement of grass, and cat-scratching posts for beloved pets.

How do I recognize a moth infestation?

Moths can be a real trouble, especially if they are not discovered early on as they can make a lot of damage. Female moths lay hundreds of tiny eggs each, and the eggs hatch into larvae that consume wool, fur, feather, silk and other fibers. Moths and their larvae thrive in dark, undisturbed areas such as cupboards dark corners and under furniture, where a rug gets little traffic and is not often vacuumed.

Moth larva leaves a cobweb-like veil in the area of the damage, along with fine, sand-like debris. Sign to look out for:

  • Adult flying moths
  • Bare spots in the carpet pile, as larva might prefer a certain fiber or color, a carpet will show “bald patches” when infested with larva
  • Webs – White webs on the carpet may be found in serious cases of moth infestation
  • Cocoons – they are very hard to spot, but they are a sure sign of moth trouble
  • Larva in the pile
  • Sand like debris, left over by the larva
  • Broken pile

If any of these signs appear call a cleaning service immediately!

The mose expensive carpet in the world!

A few weeks ago someone asked me  what the most expensive rug in the world was.

I wasn’t sure, so I started researching the subject.  Although there are all different claims, there seems to be a general agreement that a rare mid-17th century Persian carpet sold by Christie’s Account House to an anonymous buyer is the record holder. It was sold for the amazing sum of £6.2 million.
Christie’s said the quality of the rug reflected the great talent of the weavers of the Iranian city of Kirman – “arguably the most inventive and influential of all carpet designers”. The Kirman ‘Vase’ Carpet measures 11ft 1in by 5ft. (seems small for that price don’t you think?).

The Kirman ‘Vase’ Carpet is the most expensive carpet in the world, beating the previous world best of $5.5 million (£3.6 million) set by the famed Pearl Carpet of Baroda.  It’s silk, Persian and 400-500 years old, but does it really tie the room together ?