Rugs

Featured carpet cleaning service area: Margate, NJ

Foggs serves the Margate area with the best in carpet cleaning and restoration. We also have many long time customers that we clean and repair rugs for in the Margate area. Here is a little history and some facts about the Margate area in South Jersey.

Margate City was originally incorporated as the borough of South Atlantic City by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on September 7, 1885, from portions of Egg Harbor Township, based on the results of a referendum held on August 1, 1885. South Atlantic City was reincorporated as a city on April 23, 1897, and then reincorporated with the name Margate City on April 20, 1909. The city was named for Margate, England.

The city is located on Absecon Island, which stretches for 8.1 miles (13.0 km) and is also home of Atlantic City and Ventnor City to the northeast, and Longport on the southwest. The city stretches about eight blocks from the Atlantic Ocean to the bay at most points in town. Margate is a popular Jersey Shore destination, especially during the summer, and is the home of Lucy the Elephant, a 65-foot (20 m) wooden elephant, and of Marven Gardens, of Monopoly board game fame.

Beaches

Margate's beaches attract surfers, kayaking and hobie cat sailing.

Margate Beach

The Margate beaches are narrower than beaches at many other places at the Jersey Shore. There are few dunes and those that do exist are artificial, having been created to protect beaches from nor'easters and hurricanes. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Margate voters will consider a referendum that would allow the city to participate in a program operated by the United States Army Corps of Engineers under which dunes would be constructed on the city's beaches, which would be intended to alleviate beach erosion and provide storm protection to Margate and to adjoining Ventnor City, which has already had a beach protection program in place for the past ten years, under which dunes have already been constructed.

Margate City Beach Patrol operates lifeguard stands and beach patrol operations for the Margate beaches. Lifeguards are on duty during summer months from 10 am to 6 pm, with more limited hours in the late Spring and early Autumn months.

FAST FACTS

The Margate Bridge

The Margate bridge is a privately owned and operated toll-bridge which connects Margate to the mainland.

Lucy the Elephant

Lucy the Margate Elephant

Margate is the home of Lucy the Elephant, the “largest elephant in the world” and is the oldest remaining example of zoomorphic architecture left in the United States. Over 130 years old, she has been painstakingly restored and is toured by thousands of fans each year.

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.

Labor Day: Carpet, Tile, Rugs and Furniture Sale!

You want the best service at the best price. When looking for a deal in the area you don’t want just a low price you want top notch service that is better than anyone else. 

This Labor Day get the Red Carpet treatment when you call Foggs!

This Labor Day get the Red Carpet treatment when you call Foggs!

We here at Foggs understand. That is what we want too when looking for home services! Often times we will look at Yelp, the Yellow Pages or Google for ratings. We use these services all the time ourselves. The only issue is that when you are a small company getting customers to take the time to leave a review can be a challenge. Some companies basically ‘bribe’ a client to leave a review by offering them a discount but as is clearly stated in all of these review sites terms of service this is a big no-no.

Foggs Carpet Cleaning and Restoration works hard to be the most honest carpet cleaning company in the South New Jersey area. As a family run business our carpet cleaning staff have been with us for years not months like with other companies. Steve and Eric have been cleaning carpets for decades and still run our routes regularly.

Our customers who own rentals in the Margate area have especially found that not only a good price but great customer service is critical. Due to the specific issues that rental properties face along the Jersey Shore we have become the go to company for carpet cleaning. 

Check out some of the comments our customers have made to us over the years. Better yet contact us today to see for yourself just how good we really are.

With the kids going back to school, now is the best time to get your carpets and rugs cleaned! Since the kids won’t be home all day to mess up your beautiful carpets and rugs you can feel good about getting them cleaned and them staying clean, at least a little longer...  ;)

To help you get your house organized for the new school year we are offering 10% off our carpet and rug cleaning services. Just mention the discount when you call or email us and we will make sure to give you the 10% off. 

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.


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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Email us or call us today at 609-645-1799 with more questions or concerns regarding our professional carpet cleaning services.