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Featured carpet cleaning service area: Egg Harbor Township

Great Egg Harbor got its name from Dutch explorer Cornelius Jacobsen Mey. In 1614, Mey came upon the inlet to the Great Egg Harbor River. The meadows were so covered with shorebird and waterfowl eggs that he called it "Eieren Haven" (Egg Harbor).

The first residents of what would become Egg Harbor Township were the Lenni Lenape Native Americans, who would spend their summers on the elevated land around the cedar swamp that is now Bargaintown Lake, as well as along the banks of Patcong Creek, where they made use of the abundant fish, shellfish, wild berries, and bird's eggs in the area and collected shells that could be carved to make wampum.

Great Egg Harbor was originally part of Gloucester County. In 1694 a law was passed that read "forasmuch as there are families settled upon the Egg Harbor, and of right ought to be under some jurisdiction, be it enacted by the authority aforesaid that the inhabitants of the said Egg Harbor shall and do belong to the jurisdiction of Gloucester."

In 1710, by an Act of the Legislature, legal boundaries of Gloucester County were set from the Delaware River, along the Burlington County line to the sea and back up the Great Egg Harbor River to the Delaware River. At that time Great Egg Harbor encompassed all of present-day Atlantic County. In 1837, Atlantic County was set apart from Gloucester County and the Townships were Egg Harbor, Galloway, Hamilton and Weymouth.

Since 1837, ten municipalities have separated from the original Egg Harbor Township, including Atlantic City (1854), Absecon (1872), South Atlantic City (now Margate) (1885), Somers Point (1886), Pleasantville (1888), Linwood (1889), Longport (1898), Brigantine (1903), Ventnor (1903) and Northfield (1905).

The 177th Fighter Wing is located at the Atlantic City International Airport, Egg Harbor Township, NJ. The wing has been at this location since 1958.

The 177th Fighter Wing is located at the Atlantic City International Airport, Egg Harbor Township, NJ. The wing has been at this location since 1958.

Points of interest

  • The Atlantic County Bikeway stretches for 7.5 miles (12.1 km) from the Shore Mall to the Atlantic County Institute of Technology in Hamilton Township.
  • Storybook Land is a park for children on a site covering 20 acres (8.1 ha) that was opened in 1955, featuring storybook characters such as Mother Goose and the Three Little Pigs.
  • Jersey Shore Children's Museum provides an environment for children that stimulates creativity, imagination, and learning through interactive play.

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.

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

Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images Entertainment / Getty Images
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!

Oriental Area Rugs: Cleaning and Repair

Many of our carpet cleaning customers in Long Port, Vintner, Linwood, Somers Point and Egg Harbor have asked about Foggs Carpet Cleaning rug repair services.

We are happy to offer the following services:

  • Water damage
  • Bindery / Borders
  • Stain Removal
  • Pet damage 
  • Wine stains
  • Fringe Brightening

Repairing the "Ends"

We can replace the fringes, bind the ends with matching cloth binding or do thread surging. These will all give your rug a new appearance and is worth it if the rug is in otherwise good condition. 


1) What is the cost of repair?

Answer:  We do not know until we see the size and type of damage. When we pick up the rug for cleaning (it should be cleaned before being repaired) we can measure it and give you an exact price. If you have an approximate idea of the length of the ends that need repair we will need to also know how thick the rug is in order to determine if the rug can be bound or surged. We will then give you an estimate of the cost. Then you can decide if you want us to do the required repairs. 

2) How long does it take to fix my rugs?

Answer:  Usually it takes between 1 to 2 weeks for regular repair after we receive your rug. We will inform you when your rug will be ready. 

If you need it back in a hurry, please let us know but there may be an extra charge.

3) How do you clean my rugs?

The answer depends on what the rug is made of. It may be wool (which more common with oriental rugs) or it may be silk (this is not so common) it may be sizzle or even nylon. No matter what kind of rug it is we start by vacuuming it with powerful vacuum cleaners. Then it is cleaned using the hottest cleaning water and solution for your particular type of rug. Then they are hung to dry. 

4) How about if I want to store my rug? 

Answer:  We can store your rugs for you at a minimal monthly charge. Maybe you are getting work done in your house and need the rug stored in a safe place. Our climate controlled warehouse is the best. 

However, if you prefer to store your own rug after we have cleaned it then we will gladly paper wrap it for you for no extra charge. 

5) Can you put Protector on my oriental rugs?

Absolutely! Protector can extend the life of any rug or carpet. There is an additional charge but it is worth the investment. 

6) I have a very large area rug, would you send your team to my house?

YES! Depending on where you live in South NJ, we are able to estimate the cost of cleaning your rug which will include pickup, cleaning, deodorizing and delivery. If you are out of our delivery area there may be a nominal fee for pick up and delivery. Contact us for a quote on this fee. Or you may want to deliver and pick up your own rug to our location. We offer a discount if you want to do this.


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!