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Removing Blood Stains from a Sofa

Cleaning Bood Stains - Before

Blood Stains on a Sofa – Upper West Side

 

People don’t tend to think about cleaning blood from our sofas until they face this scene. It usually comes as a side-effect of another stressful situation: an accident at home, a medical condition (nosebleeds are very common among children) or a female dog in heat. With more important things on your mind, it’s quite common to start cleaning after the blood is absorbed and you’re facing an ugly stain.

 

Why Should I Call a Professional?

Cleaning Bood Stains - After

Upper West Side Sofa – After Cleaning

While blood type does not affect stain removal methods, it is crucial to know how your cleaning method impacts the type of your upholstery. A common cleaning agent may work perfectly with some fabrics and turn out to be destructive for other upholstery materials. This is why when doing-it-yourself you must check your detergent on a hidden spot.

 

Doing it Professionally

With more than 18 years cleaning upholstery, we have the capabilities to beat every spot and stain around. With blood stains, our cleaning method in hot water extraction. Our professional-grade heavy-duty machines are accurate and powerful, and our technician are seasoned enough to eliminate blood spots and stains without damaging your upholstery.

 

The Matter of Chemicals

Before Sofa Cleaning

Before Sofa Cleaning

It is important to keep in mind that household cleaning agents are chemicals nonetheless. Some of them are as strong as professional grade detergents. Do not use a cleaning solution if you don’t know its effects on your and your family’s health. Don’t mix cleaning agents, as they might not react well with one another. When in doubt, call a professional.

 

Going Green: a Better Deal for Everyone

After Sofa Cleaning

After Sofa Cleaning

Health issues aside, another downside of using chemicals for cleaning your home is the damage to the environment. Chemicals that go down the drain are a major polluter. This is why we only use non-toxic, biodegradable cleaning materials, assuring that both your family and our planet are safe and healthy. Look at this sofa we cleaned at an apartment at the Upper West Side and judge for yourself.

 

How to Get Rid of Blood Stains

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Fixing a Worn Oriental Area Rug

The world of rug repair and restoration is full of challenges, as different rugs age differently and come to our doorstep with a variety of issues. This unique oval circa 1940 Art Deco rug originates in China  and was designed with bubble gum color combinations. It is made of wool and has arrived to the Flat Rate Carpet warehouse along with an identical rug, looking like this:

The Rug - Before

The Worn Oriental Rug

The Mystery of the Small White Dots

In order to understand what these white dots are, let’s take a leap back. The time is around 1940 and the place is a rug weaving workshop, somewhere in not-yet-communist China. An expert weaver can spend months working on a single rug, tying together the lengths of yarn when the length they are using is at its end. In order to save time, most weavers would not trim the end of the knots closely, leaving small, white nubs that hide inside the thick rug. As years go by, the rug wears and gets thinner, sometimes by as much as half of its original thickness and the knots become visible, dotting the rug and damaging its beauty.

A Closer Look at the White Dots

A Closer Look at the White Dots

How to Turn Back Time

This is where we come into play. Every restoration and repair process begins with thorough cleaning: The rug was dusted and shampooed, regaining its softness cleanliness. Our wool restoration team worked on this rug in three stages. First, we trimmed the end of the knots close to the base of the rug, making it tighter and shorter so it doesn’t stick out. The second stage involved adding more wool to the rug, making it thicker and nicer and lastly, we colored it using natural vegetable dyes, restoring its original looks of the rug.

The Rug - After

The Rug – After

Get Your Rug Restored

This restoration operation is just a taste of the elaborate jobs we perform regularly at Flat Rate Carpet. This kind of job takes about 5 days it costs between $370 – $440.

For more information about our rug restoration and repair process and other services, call us at (866) 466-4576 or contact us using this form.