South NJ Craigslist? How can you trust who you hire: 5 tips

There are a million ways to find someone to do a service for you. But how can you be sure that you won't be stuck with problems afterwards? You want to find not just a carpet cleaning service that is priced right and who does a good job, you want to find a carpet cleaner in South New Jersey you can trust. Here are some tips for locating a reliable contractor for any service but especially for someone who is going to come inside your home. Don't be the next victim of a Craigslist scam! Protect your pets, your family and your things by choosing the right carpet and tile service company.

1. Ask friends who they recommend

Today this is easier than ever. With social networking the huge advantage is that you can quickly ask many people who they use. We mainly use Google+ and Twitter for our recommendations.

2. Are they insured and licensed?

This may seem like a no brainer but many today will run a carpet cleaning route with nothing more than a residential Home Depot carpet cleaner in the back of their truck. This is not going to get your carpets clean and without the proper water extraction it will also leave your carpet wet and damaged. He might be a nice guy but if something goes wrong and he doesn't use the right chemicals, he could do more damage than good to your carpets, rugs and furniture as well. Make sure that they are insured for peace of mind!

3. Are they locally and nationally certified?

Use someone who can be verified by a third party organization. We are a member of the IICRC and The Clean Trust. This will keep you clear of scammers and will also help to make sure you have someone safe working in your home.

4. Do they show up when they say they will?

We want to pick someone we can rely on. While things come up for everyone no matter how hard they try to be reliable. Ask: Is it the norm or the exception that they are there when they said they would be? This can signal a reliable quality company vs the alternative. 

5. Do other professionals recommend them?

 Use someone others have used and trust. Don't use an unknown guy or company. 

Use someone others have used and trust. Don't use an unknown guy or company. 

We get calls all the time from customers that tell us someone else in the industry recommended they talk to us. We are flattered and love this. It really is one of the best signs that a company is trustworthy. Why? Because whoever recommended you just put their reputation on the line. They wouldn't do this unless they were sure you could be trusted. 

Spring Cleaning Time! New Jersey's Best Deals on Carpet Cleaning Right Now.

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Spring time is here and this is the best time of the year to get your carpets cleaned!

Foggs Carpet Cleaning has the equipment and professional experience to make sure that you get the very best service. 

Don't let the kids play on nasty carpet that just survived one of the worst South Jersey Winters in some time. With all that salt and slop get them professionally cleaned today!

As one of the top carpets cleaning companies in New Jersey, Foggs will always make sure that you are satisfied with the work done. 

When you need tile and grout cleaned, oriental rugs or furniture make sure to call us first!

CALL: 609-645-1799

5 Truths About Carpet Cleaning You Should Know

1: You should wait as long as possible before cleaning your carpet

No. Dirt is an abrasive like sandpaper.  Every time you step on the carpet. you grind dirt into your carpet fibers. This cuts your carpet just as if you had used a knife, causing it to wear out faster. A dirty carpet will not last nearly as long as a clean carpet. And while  vacuuming helps by itself, it’s simply not enough.  The longer you wait to have your carpet cleaned the more damage you do to your carpet and the faster it wears out.

2: The only reason to clean carpets is to get out the dirt.

No. As you probably know outdoor air contains pollens, fungus, bacteria, air pollution cigarette smoke, car exhaust and hundreds of other chemicals.  When you and your  family members come into your home you carry those pollens , bacteria, and chemicals in your hair, on your skin, clothing, and shoes.  Not surprisingly all those chemicals, pollens and bacteria wind up, you guessed it, in your carpet because of gravity.

If you have allergies, asthma, emphysema, or other breathing problems , one major source  of your problem could be the pollens, fungus, and or chemicals caught in your carpet.

If you’re sensitive to cigarette smoke, you also might find that you’ll breath easier after you hire  a company to get those harmful chemicals out of your carpet.  So in addition to getting rid of dirt., another important reason to clean your carpet is to get  rid of residue from tobacco smoke.  Since, as you may know, tobacco smoke contains over 4000 different chemical  compounds, 43 of which cause cancer. So even if you don’t smoke, but somebody in the house does, those chemicals get left in your carpet.

3: One method of carpet cleaning is as good as another.

No. You can choose from two primary methods: Dry cleaning or Hot water extraction. First I’ll explain dry cleaning. Many people believe that dry cleaning your carpet is like dry cleaning you clothing. It’s not the same. All carpet cleaning methods use some water one form or another.

Here are the three methods of dry cleaning carpet

1 ) Dry foam method. When a carpet cleaner uses dry foam, he applies shampoo to your carpet, allows it to dry, and then sucks the dried shampoo into a vacuum.  Can you imagine applying shampoo to your hair, allowing it to dry and then removing the shampoo from your head with a vacuum?  This method can leave a residue in your carpet, which is one reason dry foam is not very effective.

2 ) Dry-Chem method is similar to dry foam. The major difference is that when a  dry-chemical is used, the company sets a large cotton bonnet on your carpet. Using a machine, the bonnet spins form side to side, absorbing  the dirt in the carpet. After the bonnet is  saturated with dirt another cotton bonnet is applied.  Bonnet cleaning is like trying to use a large towel to rub the dirt out of your carpet.  Like dry foam, its not very effective for deep down restorative cleaning.

3 ) Dry-compound method spreads an absorbent mixture that looks like wet sawdust all over your carpeting. Then the machine brushes the mixture into the carpet, which in theory causes dirt to absorb in the mixture. When the mixture has dried, a vacuum cleaner sucks the material out of the carpeting. Because the carpet is not rinsed in any way, this method is not very effective.

The second carpet cleaning method is called hot water extraction.

This is a fancy way of saying that a hot water cleaning solution under high pressure is forced into the carpet and then extracted (sucked) immediately back out of the carpet. This method is also  referred to as steam cleaning even though steam is not used.

Shaw Industries, the world’s largest carpet manufacturer, recommends hot water extraction, and you can choose from two different types,  Portable extraction. which is done with a small machine, or truck mount extraction which means the large cleaning machine is mounted in a truck or van.

Not surprisingly. the truck mount extraction cleans much better because it heats the water to a higher temperature and shoots the cleaning solution into the carpet at higher pressure which breaks up the dirt, bacteria and pollens.  Then the machine uses higher suction to draw the dirt out of the carpet. (This is the method  To The Rescue!  uses )

No question, the most effective way to clean carpeting is with a hot-water unit mounted in a truck. It’s the most powerful cleaning machine on the market and the only machine that thoroughly cleans your carpet and rids it of dirt, harmful bacteria, fungus. chemicals, pollens and tobacco residue.

Some people believe that hot water damages your carpet, but this isn’t true.  By washing and then rinsing your carpet with hot water we clean your carpet completely in the same way that the person who showers and then rinses off the dirt and soap will be much cleaner  than the person who takes only a sponge bath.

FACT: The CDC recommends steam cleaning for cleanup involving virus prevention and cleaning. This should be enough to tell you that the best way to clean your carpets is steam cleaning. Note too that in their typical recommendations they require the carpet to be cleaned at temperatures that a store rental carpet cleaning CAN NOT reach. However, our truck mounted machines can. 

4: Having the right equipment is all a company needs to clean your carpets properly.

Not true. Many companies own hot-water cleaners but a large number of employees don’t know how to use them. You probably know someone who bought the newest  computer on the market, but didn’t learn how to use it for a year or more.  The same is  true with carpet cleaning machines. The company may own good equipment, but the employees may not know how to use it correctly.  This is why it’s important that you choose your carpet cleaning technician carefully.

The best carpet cleaning companies are those that have been certified by the Institute of  Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, known as the IICRC. A carpet cleaning company cannot buy this certification.  The carpet cleaner must earn the certification through study, experience and the successful completion of  a formal, written examinations. Cleaners who are certified by the IICRC have in effect. earned a degree in carpet cleaning.

The IICRC provides written credentials to the companies it certifies. So before you choose  a carpet cleaner ask to see written proof of the company’s IICRC certification.

Then you’ll find other carpet cleaners, professionals like me who work hard to earn your trust and respect.

5: The company that offers the lowest price is the company you should  hire.

Here are two important points to consider;

Point #1: The price you see offered may not be for all the services you want performed.

Before you select a company, decide what you want to accomplish.  If you want the carpet cleaner to remove only some of the dirt, you can choose from hundreds of companies that use small shampooers or other cleaning methods. You can even rent a machine at the grocery store and do the job yourself.

On the other hand if you want your carpet thoroughly cleaned, if you want to remove the harmful dirt, bacteria, pollens, chemicals and tobacco residues, then you need to hire a company that uses a hot water cleaner mounted in a truck.  This is the only way to assure that your carpet remains healthy and free from dirt, disease-causing bacteria, and hurtful chemicals.  So remember that the price you see offered may not be for the services you want performed.

Point #2: The price you see advertised may not be the price you end up paying.

Many homeowners have found that the low price they saw advertised was not the amount  they were charged. If you’ve ever hired a carpet cleaner, you too may have been the victim of false or misleading advertising.  You may have learned the hard way that some carpet cleaners offer a cheap price usually between $9.95 and $12.95 per room and then pressure you into paying a lot more once they get inside your home. Some of them may even break the law by using illegal bait and switch tactics.

Cleaning Tips: How to clean up that family holiday mess!

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Fabric

1. Flush stain with cool water.

2. Mix one tablespoon of white vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon of liquid laundry detergent with one quart of cool water. Soak in this solution for 15 minutes.

3. Rinse with water.

4. If the stain remains, sponge the stain with rubbing alcohol and rinse thoroughly.

5. Launder, using chlorine bleach, if safe for the fabric.

Upholstery

1. Mix one tablespoon of white vinegar with 2/3 cup of rubbing alcohol. 

2. Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the vinegar/alcohol solution.

3. Blot until the liquid is absorbed. 

4. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears.

5. Sponge with cold water and blot dry.

Carpet

1. Mix one tablespoon of liquid hand dishwashing detergent with two cups of cool water.

2. Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent solution.

3. Blot until the liquid is absorbed.

4. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears or is no longer absorbed into the cloth.

5. If the stain remains, mix one tablespoon of ammonia (Caution: Never mix chlorine bleach and ammonia - the resulting fumes are hazardous) with two cups of warm water.

6. Sponge the stain with the ammonia solution.

7. Blot until the liquid is absorbed.

8. Sponge with cold water and blot dry.

Stain Buster — Gravy

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Fabric

1. Scrape off excess gravy.

2. Pretreat with a prewash stain remover.

3. Launder, using the hottest water safe for the fabric.

Upholstery

1. Scrape off excess gravy.

2. Sprinkle baking soda, cornstarch, or other absorbent on the stain. Let stand 10 to 15 minutes, and then vacuum.

3. Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with a dry-cleaning solvent.

4. Blot until the solvent is absorbed.

5. Repeat Steps 3 and 4 until the stain

Carpet

1. Scrape off excess gravy. 

2. Sprinkle baking soda, cornstarch, or other absorbent on the stain. Let stand for 10 to 15 minutes, and then vacuum.

3. Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with a dry-cleaning solvent.

4. Blot until the solvent is absorbed.

5. Repeat Steps 3 and 4 until the stain disappears or is no longer absorbed into the cloth.

6. If the stain remains, mix one tablespoon of liquid hand dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon of white vinegar with two cups of warm water. Sponge the stain with this solution. Blot until the liquid is absorbed.

7. Sponge with cold water and blot dry to remove the detergent/vinegar solution.

Thanks to Good Housekeeping for these effective tips. If you still need help with your stains make sure to Foggs Carpet Cleaning!

Is Your Carpet Dirtier Than A Toilet Seat? YES!

Carpet is a great choice for your home but like anything it needs to be cleaned regularly. It adds warmth, comfort and feels good on bare feet. But because of all the traffic it encounters, it tends to get pretty dirty over time. In fact, according to Men's Health, it's a germ hotspot and can be 4,000 times dirtier than your toilet seat -- ew! "Rugs are botanical and zoological parks," microbiologist Dr. Philip Tierno told the magazine, and mentioned that they can have many different organisms living in them. 

So what's the best way to clean a carpet? Well, Men's Health suggests hiring a professional once a year for a deep steam-cleaning. But weekly maintenance is super important as well. TLC's How Stuff Works recommends vacuuming regularly and applying soil retardants and baking soda to the surface.

We knew this wall-to-wall textile could end up spotty, but we had no idea there could be so many creepy crawlers lingering in the fibers. So be sure to pay extra attention to your rugs this weekend if you're doing some spring cleaning. 

For more information, head on over to Men's Health and TLC. And be sure to contact Foggs today if you haven't had your carpets cleaned in a while. 

In the meantime check out these tips!

Wall-to wall carpeting is virtually impossible to clean thoroughly, but here are some tips to help:

  1. Encourage family members to remove shoes upon entrance into the home. Pesticides, pollutants and dirt come indoors on shoes and are tracked onto carpets. If going shoeless is not acceptable to family members, suggest that they wear house shoes (that don’t go outside), slippers or socks. 

  2. Vacuum two or more times per week. Frequent vacuuming helps reduce the level of dust mites, which trigger asthma and allergy attacks. It also means getting rid of surface dirt on carpets before it has a chance to get ground in. A vacuum cleaner with strong suction, rotating brushes and a HEPA filter, so the dirt and dust won’t get blown back out in the exhaust, is best. Go back and forth over the same spot several times, especially in high traffic areas, to get all of the dirt and dust!

  3. Clean up spills on carpets immediately to prevent stains. Soak up liquid spills by covering them with clean white (or light-colored) towels or paper towels. Scrape sticky substances off carpets with a spatula or spoon. Don’t rub the spill. That will damage carpet fibers and make the stain spread. To clean the stain, mix 1 cup warm water and 1/2 teaspoon mild liquid soap, such as dishwashing liquid or fine fabric detergent. Apply a small amount, blot by pressing a clean white towel into the carpet and lift. Then repeat the process until the stain is removed. Don’t scrub. Be patient. After stain is removed, rinse the area with a solution a few teaspoons of white vinegar to one cup water and blot with another clean towel. 

  4. Use baking soda to remove odor from carpets. Carpet deodorizers and fresheners often contain fragrances that merely mask the smell. Baking soda soaks up the odor. Just sprinkle baking soda over the surface of the carpet. Let it stand for 15 – 30 minutes. Then vacuum. 

  5. Ventilate well during and after carpet cleaning. To speed drying time and prevent mold growth, keep windows open and use fans. Avoid carpet cleaning on humid or damp days.

Renters Rights in New Jersey on Reasonable Wear & Tear

 This is obviously not normal wear and tear. Guess what caused this?

This is obviously not normal wear and tear. Guess what caused this?

Major expenses related to general maintenance and repair belong to the homeowner, unless caused by the gross negligence of a tenant. Substantial damage caused by the tenant are the responsibility of the tenant. It's for this reason that a landlord in New Jersey is allowed to collect a security deposit from a tenant. There are a number of laws in place to protect the tenant, but the security deposit is intended to protect the landlord. The security deposit is not meant to provide landlord recovery for damage that is considered normal wear and tear.



eHow has some nice coverage on your rights by law. 

Defining Normal Wear and Tear

  • As you walk through your living room you are diminishing the life of your carpet with each footstep. As a dwelling gets lived in, its inhabitants are expected to cause some degree of natural erosion. A carpet has a finite life span. Walls cannot be expected to maintain the fresh coat shininess. Faucets may occasionally leak. Drains and septic systems will eventually need to be cleaned out. Harsh winters may cause natural erosion or damage to different parts of the house. Tile grout will eventually diminish and cause loose tiles. It's part of maintaining a home and is considered normal wear and tear in New Jersey.

Abnormal Wear and Tear

  • Permanent stains and cigarette or iron burns to a carpet will prematurely end the life of a carpet. If a tenant causes terminal damage to a carpet that will require the landlord to replace the carpet prematurely in order to secure a new tenant, that damage is not considered normal wear and tear. Excessive holes from nails or thumb tacks is not considered reasonable wear and tear either. Holes kicked or punched into walls are not normal. Wild and destructive living will generally cause damage that is not considered reasonable or normal. Pipes that burst or backed up due to carelessnes or negligence are not reasonable, causing the repair expense to be the burden of the tenant

Security Deposits

  • In New Jersey a landlord is allowed to collect a security deposit from a tenant for 1 to 1 1/2 month's rent. This money must be placed by the landlord into an interest bearing account. The account details are to be given to the tenant. The landlord has 30 days after the tenant vacates the premises to refund the entire security deposit, plus interest earned. If the full amount of the deposit is not returned, details of the damages for which deductions were made must be provided to the tenant in writing with any money that was not used for repairs.

Documentation of Damages

  • To protect yourself as a tenant document the condition of the apartment before you begin moving your personal effects into the dwelling. Take pictures and make notes. It would be a good idea to scan the images electronically and email them with your notes to yourself. Doing this provides you with a time stamp that will work in your favor if there is a dispute when you move out. When you move out you are advised to be present with the landlord or superintendent for a final inspection. Take pictures and make notes. Have the landlord or superintendent sign a note stating the condition of the premises and any damages. Scan and email this information to yourself to obtain a timestamp.



Read more : http://www.ehow.com/info_8353493_renters-jersey-reasonable-wear-tear.html

Protect Your Pets! Don't use store carpet cleaning chemicals... Here is why.

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Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images Entertainment / Getty Images

Diane had a cat that suffered for many years from an over-active thyroid and excessive shedding. Her cats vet could never exactly figure out what caused her condition. She was an indoor cat, so there was no way she would have picked up something from the neighborhood. It never occurred to Diane that the source of her problem could be right in her own house.

I read about a study done by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the non-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG). Researchers found that pet cats and dogs are being contaminated with even higher levels of the same synthetic industrial chemicals that have been found in people. The findings gave Diane another reason to switch to steam carpet cleaning.

The research results were sobering. All 20 dogs and 40 cats studied were contaminated with 48 of 70 industrial chemicals tested. Average levels of many chemicals were substantially higher in pets than is typical for people, with 2.4 times higher levels of stain-and grease-proof coatings (perfluorochemicals) in dogs, 23 times more fire retardants (PBDEs) in cats, and more than 5 times the amounts of mercury, compared to average levels in people found in other studies conducted by the CDC and EWG.

When you stop and think about it, it makes unfortunate sense. Our pets spend all of their time crawling around the floor or laying on the rugs and furniture, exposing them every day to any chemicals we use. She hated to think that the solvent she was using to clean up spilled wine, were being inhaled by her pets, or rubbing off on their paws, which they would then lick. Diane actually had two cats, plus a dog. She says, "I didn’t want any of them endangered."

However, not only were these cleansers bad for her beloved animals. They were bad for her and her children, too. "We spent a lot of time on the floor when our kids were babies, toddlers, and pre-teens. They were being exposed to the same chemicals that the pets were."

Here’s another worrisome impact from these chemical exposures: They stick around. Many of the toxic ingredients used in common industrial and household cleansers have a tendency to concentrate in the body, creating what is called a “body burden” of chemicals that can combine for negative effect. Pets, with their compressed lifespans, develop and age seven or more times faster than people do. As a result, pets can develop health problems in response to these chemical exposures much more rapidly.

Health problems in pets span high rates of cancer in dogs and skyrocketing incidence of hyperthyroidism in cats. Genetic changes can’t explain the increases in certain health problems among pets, leaving scientists to believe that chemical exposures play a significant role.

Once she realized how dangerous carpet cleaning chemicals from the store could be, Diane took the following step:

"I switched to steam cleaning."

Steam cleaning relies on steaming hot water to penetrate dirt and work away grime, without the need for heavy chemicals usage. Leaving the bare minimum of chemical residue behind. 

How do you keep your carpets clean without exposing your pets to toxic chemicals? We’d love to hear your tips! Leave them in the comments below or email us!

Furniture Cleaning: Don't buy new furniture. Renew your furniture!

FURNITURE CLEANING

Furniture is a major investment for our homes here in South New Jersey. Foggs can appreciate this, we want your furniture to not just look good but to also last. Like anything that we want to keep for a time period, furniture needs maintenance. When you consider what's hiding in your furniture it really helps you to appreciate that more is involved than just making your furniture look clean. Steam cleaned furniture is about the health of your family. 

 Before and After steam cleaning

Before and After steam cleaning

Dust mites and possibly microbes can grow if they are exposed to food or other organic substances. If left alone, these fixtures can cause health issues for those that are sensitive or have weakened immune systems. Because of this, steam cleaning furniture can deliver real health benefits to the home.

If you have pets, regular cleaning of the furniture is an absolute must. Not only will this help your furniture last longer, but offensive smells that you may have gotten accustomed too can be removed. With proper cleaning and deodorizing you don't have to worry about what Fluffy's favorite napping spot smells like!

Also with the higher humidity that we experience here in South Jersey it can cause fabrics to attract more dirt than you might expect. Customers often report that they didn't remember that the color was so different on their chair or couch. Especially if you live near Atlantic City then you have the added challenge of keeping your furniture fresh from the elements of the shore.

CLEAN YOU CAN TRUST

Foggs cleans your carpet already. Why not trust us to clean your furniture as well? We understand that your furniture may be one of the biggest investments in your home. With that in mind, you can count on Foggs Carpet Cleaning expertise to get the job done right. Our trained technicians demonstrate furniture cleaning know-how with the same highly-effective hot-water extraction cleaning method we’ve been using on carpet for years.

It all begins with an on-site analysis of your furniture to determine the appropriate technique—especially for any problem areas. Then we use our specially formulated furniture cleaning agents to powerfully but safely clean your furniture. Our experts ensure that everything is done right—without damaging the fabric. The results speak for themselves: cleaner, longer wear and improved air quality. You’ll be rid of the dirt, dust and other pollutants that collect in the cracks and crevices of your upholstered and leather furniture. And you can take comfort in the fact that better care extends the life of your investment.

Read more on how important steam cleaning furniture is here on the IIRC website

CLEAN | PROTECT | PRESERVE

We can deodorize and protect your furniture after every cleaning, just as we do with our carpet cleaning services. Our experts spray the protector on your furniture to create an invisible barrier around the fibers. This improves resistance to dry soil, water-based stains, and daily wear and tear. We can also apply a deodorizer that neutralizes odors by eliminating them at their source. After every furniture-cleaning, a fresh, clean scent prevails, and your furniture continues to look great year after year.

FOR A CLEAN THAT'S MORE THAN SKIN DEEP

Even leather furniture needs a regular cleaning. It takes on the same dirt and pollutants as upholstered furniture. But unlike upholstered furniture, leather faces the added challenge of lost moisture and softness over time. Store-bought leather cleaners and conditioners provide immediate relief, but they can also cause long-term damage. Proper maintenance demands an experienced professional. Foggs uses safe, professional leather cleaners, moisturizers and protectors to rejuvenate your leather furniture—without harmful side effects.

So don’t settle for drab. And don’t buy new. Let our professional deep clean inject new life into your favorite chair or sofa. From couch, sofa and chair cleaning to all the upholstered and leather furniture in your home, get a clean you can trust—from the people who wrote the book on clean.

MAKE SURE TO CONTACT US TODAY TO SCHEDULE YOUR FURNITURE CLEANING!

Shop Smart: How Do I Choose a Quality Area Rug?

Think of them as mini magic carpets with the power to transform a room. Here, how to choose a rug that suits your life, your style, and your budget

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They’re really rather amazing, area rugs, creating maximum impact in minimum space, sparking visual interest, adding welcome cushioning, and muffling the sounds of foot traffic. Between a $10,000 Persian and a cheesy runner from the dollar store lie dozens of options. Let us walk you through the wide array of affordable, high-quality floor coverings available now.

The Right Stuff

If you change your decor nearly as often as you change your outfit, choose synthetic rugs — polypropylene or nylon — which provide water- and UV-resistance at low prices. A 5' by 8' can be had for less than $100. Nylon is the higher quality of the two because of its bulk (yarn made of polypropylene fibers can get crushed over time), plus it holds color well. But both synthetics are excellent at masking dirt. Cotton rugs, $50 and up, are an even more affordable choice, but they can stain and wear out quickly (though you can throw them in a large washing machine). Want something eco-friendly? Plant-based fibers such as sisal, jute, and bamboo are not only biodegradable but made from renewable resources. Especially good for sunrooms or outdoor use because they shed water easily, plant-based fibers are difficult to clean and may last only a few years with heavy use; still, they start at a low $100.

Entertain often or need a stylish floor covering for a high-traffic area? Check out wool. The fibers are naturally stain-resistant and don’t flatten easily (just vacuum regularly to revive). Wool rugs should last decades, but you pay for the durability: They start at $300 and run as high as that pricey Persian, which can range from $200 for a machine-made 5' by 8' replica up to thousands of dollars for an authentic hand-knotted one (more on both of these methods below).

Quality Counts: Measure the Knots

Hand-knotted rugs are the gold standard — they’re the most durable, have the finest details, and should survive generations. And though the hand-knotted technique is ancient, originating in Persia, it’s still used on contemporary rugs. The more knots per square inch, the better (they can vary from 40 to 1,200). Next best thing? Hand-tufted rugs; they’re half man-made, half machine-made. (You’ll see the term “handmade,” but it’s essentially meaningless.) Check the underside of the rug — if you see the pattern in reverse, it’s a hand-knotted piece; if you see a backing, it’s hand-tufted. And on any hand-knotted or hand-tufted rug, look for the RugMark label, which means it was made without child labor. Machine-made rugs generally cost less than a third of the price of hand-knotted versions.

Size Wise: How Big, How Small?

An area rug is meant to give a room a focal point. If the rug is too big, it just looks like wall-to-wall carpeting; if it’s too skimpy, it fails to draw the eye and make the room inviting. (Worst-case scenario: It looks as if someone accidentally left a towel on the floor.) Consider comfort when you choose thickness. For the bedroom, allow three feet of rug on either side of the bed if you and your partner both want a soft landing in the morning (your nightstands should be on the rug as well). In the dining room, be sure the rug is large enough to fit beneath a chair that’s pushed back from the table, then add six more inches. In the living room, personal preference rules. Furniture that’s half-on, half-off the rug creates a casual look; furniture entirely on or off is more formal. Finally, a rug’s price should match the cost of other major furniture in the room. In a living room, for example, the floor covering should be about the price of the sofa.

Rug Pads: Your Floors Best Friend

These handy floor savers not only provide comfort and prevent slipping, they can also add years to the life of the rug you just purchased, since less movement means less friction (read: less wear and tear). Most are made of synthetic materials - such as PVC or latex - and though they may vary in thickness (a thicker one will make your rug feel cushier), most have the same gripping capabilities. Buy a pad that's one or two inches smaller than your rug, and in your price range. (Pads range from $20 to $80.)

Now that you know how to spot a quality area rug, check out Foggs Carpet and Rug Cleaning for quality rug cleaning and restoration!

For more details check out this video from our friends at Serafian's

Frequently Asked Questions: Carpet Cleaning

Some Frequently Asked Questions...

We are happy to answer questions prior to making an appointment for your service over the phone.  Contact us today to speak with a professional carpet cleaning technician about your specific needs.

Learn everything you need to know about carpet and upholstery cleaning by turning to Foggs Carpet Cleaning in South New Jersey. 

But here are a list of frequently asked questions. 

How long will it take for my carpets to dry?

Typically 2-6 hours depending on the humidity inside and outside your home. If it is humid then putting the AC on will be a must. If you have ceiling fans or any kind of fans at all that will help too. Air flow is a must. If the weather is cool, not humid and breezy outside, then you can open windows. In the winter the regular heater and fan will dry out the carpets because typically it is less humid in the winter.

When can I walk on the carpets?

If you have a clean pair of slippers or shoes you can walk on the carpet right away. However, if you have asked us to apply a protector on the carpets such as Scotchgard then we highly recommend that you don’t walk on them until dry. Use all the drying suggestions above to help this along. Some customers go out for a while shopping or have lunch or dinner.

Will all my stains be removed? 

Most dark stains are from food or beverages and will come out with the cleaning process. However, if the stains have a color like red, yellow, blue, and green then they are mostly dyes. These may be removed however, this is a different process and there is an extra charge. 

What are the black lines around the edges of my carpet? 

These are called filtration lines.  All houses breathe. There is a small space between the floor and the wall that allows the house to breath. This however also allows dust and dirt particles to accumulate along the walls. Before installation of new carpet some have caulked this area along the floor/wall and have eliminated a lot of the dark lines. We will work on them with our cleaners and they may lighten but this takes extra time and there is additional charge for it.

What time will you show up?

We give our customers a 2 hour window. For example between 10-12 am. This means that we will arrive any time during that time period. Because this is a service work it is impossible to know for sure the exact time we will finish the cleaning job before your appointment. If you prefer you can ask for the first customer of the day which is typically 8 -9 in the morning. You may have to wait to get this appointment since it is the most popular time. 

Do you confirm appointments?

Yes, we try to call the evening before so that if there are any problems or changes in the schedule will can let our customers know what to expect. If you don’t hear from us then please feel free to call us and make sure of your appointment time. 

What cleaning products do you use?

We use professional products that are industry recognized by CleanTrust or the IICRC organization which sets the standard for all certified firms.  We never use products that some make up in their kitchen sink. We also can use products for those with allergy problems.  Just be sure to mention this before we come. 

What is the best method to clean my carpets? 

The major carpet manufacturers like Shaw Industries or DuPont which has developed the fibers recommend steam cleaning or hot water extraction. This is the method we use. We have also found through the I.I.C.R.C. organization seminars we have taken that the hotter we can get the water the better it cleans. Our machine heats the water between 220-240 degrees.  This heat does a better job and there is no residue left on the carpet to attract new dirt because we don’t have to use as much detergent as some carpet cleaners. 

Do you offer carpet and upholstery protection?

Yes we do. We will apply this product after our cleaning and it is very important to let the product dry completely before using the carpet or furniture because you will walk it off.

Do you move the furniture?

We will move regular sized sofas, chairs, love seats, end tables, coffee tables. We just ask that you move any knick knacks or pictures on the tables so that we don’t accidentally bump into them. If you prefer that we don’t move anything and only clean the walkways of the rooms, we will adjust our price down. We don’t move TV’s and their stands, pianos, china closets, hutches. In the bedrooms we will move all the small items but not typically the bureaus, chest of drawers and beds. These items can be moved if you would like but all the items on them have to be removed and the bed has to be stripped down. There is a small extra charge for this because of the time factor.

Is there Sales Tax on my carpet cleaning?

Yes, there is and it will show on your bill. Please include it in your payment. We have to pay the State the tax and so do you. 

My carpet rippled after the cleaning? Did the cleaning cause this?

On rare occasions we have seen carpets that were loosely installed develop additional ripples when cleaned. However, the carpets when dry will return to the way they were before the cleaning. If you have ripples in the carpet before we come to clean we highly suggest that the carpet be stretched by a carpet installer using a power stretcher. We may be able to recommend someone if you don’t have an installer that you use. 

What about deodorizer?

We include regular deodorizer in all of our cleaning. It leaves a nice fresh smell and is not overpowering. However, if you need extra deodorizer because of cat or dog smells, then we can do that at an additional cost.  

What should I do before the technicians arrive? 

You can vacuum if you haven’t done so in the last few days, pick up any small stuff on the floors and on tables that will be moved. Also, please leave us a spot in the driveway close to the house so we can bring our equipment in.

What can you do about pet stains?

These have to be pretreated before we can do the regular cleaning. If you have a good idea where the stains are then point them out and we can effectively treat them. If not then let us know. We have an instrument that will detect them. If the animal has urinated in the same area multiple times, there is most likely urine in the padding and even the floor. Regular cleaning and even spot treatment will not get all of it. The stain may reappear after it has dried. This is not because we didn’t clean it.  It is because during the drying process the urine that is below wicks up into the carpet. We can treat and clean this area again but because this is an extra trip there will be another small charge. 

Will my pet stop going in the same spot?

Most likely not. Unfortunately, animals get set into a habit and it is very hard to break them of it. The room may have to gated off in order to stop this. Also, animals have a keen sense of smell and they can smell the urine even if we have cleaned it multiple times.  So we can make no guarantee of total urine removal. 

How do you price carpet cleaning/ tile cleaning?

Estimates are always free. We feel that the fairest way is to measure the carpet to be cleaned. For example: Some companies say they will clean 4 rooms for a set price but when you get the details, you may find out that they consider a small hallway or foyer as one of the rooms. So in reality you aren’t getting as much cleaned for your money. Also in order to offer these specials they have to clean your carpet very quickly and will only go over the carpet one time. We on the other hand will clean the more soiled areas as much as is needed and will not cut any corners in our cleaning process. 

Do you Clean Tile or Area Rugs?

Yes, we can clean the tile on the same day as the carpets. We use the same cleaning truck mounted machine but we hook up a different cleaning wand for tile. You will be surprised at how clean this will get your tile and grout. Area rugs can be cleaned at your home IF they sit on ceramic tile or some other hard surface and NOT wood. Area rugs sitting on wood floor are best cleaned in our shop. We will take them with us, clean them, work on the fringes (if they have any) and then deliver the rugs back to you. If you wish to store the rugs then we will paper wrap them for you. We can also store the rug for you if you prefer.  Please call us for prices on the rug cleaning and storage. 

Do you do any rug repairs? 

Yes, we can have your rugs re-fringed, bound or repaired. Please call for prices for this service. 

Do you have any guarantees?

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Yes, we will try our best to do the very best work for you. All our technicians are trained and certified with IICRC. This means we have attended seminars and classes and learned the standards of carpet cleaning set out by IICRC an international organization that sets these standards.  Steve Fogg is a Master Technician; Sharon Fogg is a Journeyman Technician. Eric Fogg and James Rankin are Cleaning Technicians. 

If you would like to go to IICRC.org you can get much more information under the Consumer tab. 

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How often should I clean my carpets?

There are several things to consider when wondering how often you should have your carpets professionally cleaned. 

The time frames mentioned below are suggestions based on keeping your carpet looking it’s best for the longest time possible.  To get the most life out of your carpet, you’ll want to have it cleaned BEFORE it starts to show signs of wear.  Deep-down soil, that settles to the base of your carpet fibers can cause your carpet to break-down prematurely, shortening it’s lifespan.  Think of it as preventative maintenance – you change the oil in your car before the engine begins to make knocking noises, right?  Take the same good care of your carpet and it will last longer and look better.

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Warranty Work

Do you have a carpet warranty that you want to keep intact?  If yes, check your warranty paperwork.  Most carpet manufactures require that you have a professional steam cleaning (technically named a hot water extraction) once a year. If you don’t have a warranty that you’re concerned about, then you’ll want to consider the following variables when questioning how often you should have your carpet cleaned.

 

KIDS: 

They can do a number on your carpets.  A large family is wonderful, often providing a warm and inviting home.  More people simply means increased carpet traffic.  With children in the home, the suggested amount of time between professional carpet cleaning can range from 6 months to 1 year.  On average, about every 9 months it’s a good idea to have your carpet professionally cleaned.

PETS: 

We all love our pets!  Unfortunately with pets in the home, you should be having your carpet professionally cleaned every 6 to 12 months.  More frequently if your pet has bladder/urine issues.  The reason for more frequent cleanings is due to the fact that your pets drop dander, hair, and dust on your carpet fibers.  Frequent vacuuming can extend the time needed between professional cleanings, but frequent vacuuming can mean three times a week or more - and who has time for that? We can help with pet odors and stains!

ADULTS: 

If you live alone or with a partner and you are gentle with your carpet, it’s not un-common to go up to 2 years between professional cleanings.  You’ll have to judge the amount and kind of traffic that your carpet gets to determine what is best for your home.

To determine how often you should have your carpet professionally cleaned, consider the traffic your floors get and who is providing the traffic.  The greater average varies from home to home; from as often as every six months to more than two years.  Consider your standards of clean, foot (or paw) traffic, and your budget to help you determine how often you should have your carpet professionally cleaned.

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