How important is a pad for your rug?

From time to time I notice that some customers do not use pads under their expensive rugs.
When I ask if they would like me to get a pad for their rugs, their question is: Why? It,s fine the way it is.
Well, IT IS NOT ! Then, I go ahead end explain to them why it is important to have a good pad under their rugs.
First and foremost is for safety reasons. A good pad will keep the rug in place, no slipping, so you don’t run the risk of falling and break some bones.
Second. A good pad will add many more years of life to yoyr rug. It will slow down considerably wear and tear because of the cushioning that the pad provides.
Third. When you step on a rug that has a good pad under it, you will experience a softer feel.
So, as you can see, there are various reasons to have a pad under your rug.It makes sense and it is a good investment to have one in order to protect your valued investment.
If you are sure of which type of pad is right for your rug, don’t worry, call Long Island Rug Care at 631.243.2380 or 516.408.0052 and we will help you with the right choice. We have many different types of pads to fit your rug.

Pet Urine Decontamination

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We all have had this problem, every now and then our furry friends can’t make it out the door in time or they decide that it’s not worth the effort and, inevitably, they will use the rug(s) to relieve themselves.

Now, here at Long Island Rug Care , we have become experts at removing this type of contamination, restoring the rugs to their original state, that means: no urine and no smell. Just take a look at the two pictures and you will see what we are able to do with some of these rugs that are totally saturated. We were told that on this particular rug the dog had only a couple of accidents, but, as you can see, that wasn’t the case, I believe that it was more than a couple of accidents, much, much more.

This type of work it can not be done at your place, of course, unless you wouldn’t mind having the rest of the house flooded with that filthy , smelly water and,yet, we are requested, sometimes, to correct this type of problem on location, in other words, they want us to clean the contaminated rugs in their house, for whatever reason and I know that some cleaners do just that, claiming that the rugs are cleaned and sanitized and that is not true because it is not possible to remove all of that contamination by simply “steam clean” or by whatever other method is used. The rugs have to be taken out to a washing plant where they will be properly taken care of, that means that they have to put in a bath to release all of the contaminants, rinsed, shampooed, rinsed again  and dried, just like we do at Long Island Rug Care.




Removing Unpleasant Pet Odor on Your Area Rug

Area rugs are very popular these days because they can bring a lot of benefits to any home. For one, it can really improve the way any room looks by complementing the mood or theme of the room you place it in. It also gives your home more warmth and comfort which can really make a big difference in the atmosphere or feel of your home.

One trouble with having area rugs though is if you have pets inside your home as well. Pets can really be a big challenge for rug owners as pet odor is a common issue that they face. Your pets can urinate on your rug and immediately make it stink very badly. What good is a beautiful rug if it smells like your pet’s urine which you can notice even before you enter the room?

Getting rid of the nasty pet odors on your area rug is important which is why you should follow the tips below to try and eliminate it. Here is some useful advice on how you can get rid of the pet odor on your area rug.

  • Use a Vinegar-Based Cleaning Solution – Vinegar doesn’t only make your dishes more delicious; it can also be a very useful area rug deodorizer if you know how to utilize it properly. Vinegar can effectively neutralize many kinds of smells and if you use it to create a cleaning solution then you can be successful in using it to deodorize your area rug. All you would need to do is to get one part of white vinegar and combine it with three parts water. Stir the mixture completely and then place it in a spray bottle. Spray the portions of the area rug where the stain is originating from and allow it to set for three minutes. Then, use a wet/dry vac to extract the vinegar-based cleaning solution. Do this repeatedly until the pet odor is completely gone.
  • Steam Cleaning Your Rug – Steam cleaning is a very effective cleaning technique when it comes to dealing with bad pet odors on your area rug. This is because it used high temperature water released at high pressure thus it will be able to reach the deepest parts of the rug where the smell may be coming from. The hot water will also kill and eliminate any bacteria that might be causing the nasty odor. Steam cleaning your area rug is one of the best ways to fight pet odors and surely your rug will become clean and odorless in no time if you try using it.

Cleaning Up Soy Sauce Stains on Your Area Rug

Nobody wants to have a big, dark stain on their beautiful rugs. This can be a very frustrating experience that can drive any rug owner mad. An example of these tough stains is having soy sauce spilled all over your rug. This happens quite often, as a lot of people love to eat all around the house and mishaps may occur that will result in spilling soy sauce on your rug.

Facing this problem can be very hard for any area rug owner. You would need to spend a lot of effort in order to properly get rid of this mess in order to maintain the cleanliness of your rug. But lucky for you, it can be made a little easier if you know the right things to do. Here is a useful guide that you can follow in eliminating the soy sauce stain on your rug.


  • Start things off by using a paper towel or a sponge to absorb the excess soy sauce on your rug. Simply dab the spill with it in order to remove the excess liquid. Do this until you have remove as much of the soy sauce on the rug as you can.
  • Next, you will need to create a cleaning solution which will help in removing the stain. For this, you will need to mix a teaspoon of non-bleach laundry detergent and ¾ liters of water. Place this in a contained, preferably a spray bottle, and then use it on the stained portion of the rug.
  • Spray the soy sauce stain on the rug using the cleaning solution you just made. Let the solution soak the stain for about three to five minutes before proceeding and blotting it using a clean white cloth. The cleaning solution will help in breaking down the stain and blotting it will help transfer the stain from the rug and onto the cloth.
  • Continue blotting the affected area until the rug cleaning solution dries up. If there is still some stain on the rug, apply some of the cleaning solution again and repeat the previous step. Repeat this until the entire stain is gone.
  • Lastly, you should try to rinse the part of the rug where the stain was. This is in order to help get rid of any residue that may get left behind. After rinsing it with a cup of water, get some clean rags or a wet/dry vac to dry it up completely.

Tips You Should Remember Before Using a New Carpet Cleaning Solution

Cleaning the carpet is like a never-ending quest. It is very dynamic and you have to constantly adjust to the challenges that you face. One of the common problems that carpet owners encounter is using a carpet cleaning product that just doesn’t get the job done as well as you hope. This is why it is always a good idea to be open to changing your carpet cleaning product if it doesn’t give you the results you need.

But before trying out a new carpet cleaning product on your carpet, it is vital that you really take proper precaution. This is because using a new product does have some potential problems if you don’t do the proper steps before trying it out. Here are some tips that you should remember before you try out a new carpet cleaning solution on your carpet.

  1. Don’t Use it Immediately Without Testing It – This is one of the common mistakes that carpet owners forget. Some homeowners are excited about the new carpet cleaning product that they have purchased and they simply use it on the carpet without testing if it is compatible first. This can be very disastrous as it can cause minor to moderate damage on your carpet, and in extreme situations it can render it really ugly and unsightly. Surely this is not something that you would want happening to your carpet. That is why you should always remember to test out new carpet cleaning products first on a small, inconspicuous part of the carpet to see if it is safe to use. This way, you won’t have to risk damaging your carpet with an incompatible cleaning product.
  2. Consult a Carpet Cleaning Expert or Manufacturer For Any Questions – Another problem that some homeowners have when it comes to trying out new products is that they just proceed in using the product even though they have some questions or doubts about it. This can be a big mistake that your carpet will pay for. It is always advisable that you consult with a carpet cleaning expert or a carpet manufacturer if ever you have any questions or concerns with a new carpet cleaning product. This is especially true if you have carpets which require more specific cleaning methods. A carpet exert will be able to properly accommodate your questions and help you in properly using the cleaning product to help you eliminate the mess on y our carpet. As the saying goes, whenever in doubt, ask.

Items Around the House You Can Use to Clean Your Area Rugs

Cleaning is a vital activity for any area rug owner. Cleaning often involves carpet cleaning products to help get rid of dust, dirt, stains, and marks which make the area rug look dirty and ugly. But unknown to many homeowners, cleaning the rug doesn’t always have to be done using the commercial carpet cleaning products that you buy in stores. It may also be done simply by using stuff which can easily be found inside many homes.

Area rug owners who are having cleaning problems with their rugs don’t actually need to run to the store just to buy a carpet cleaning solution to remedy the situation. You can actually use household items to help you clean up any spill or stain that you might have. Here is a list of some of the common items around the house that you can use to clean your rug.


  • Borax – Borax is another household item that not many people realize can be used to help clean the rug. It is a common ingredient in detergents and serves as an all-around household cleaning solution. Borax is also known as sodium borate and you can purchase it in many stores in your town or city. While borax can be effective in removing many kinds of stains, some area rug fibers may not be compatible with it. To avoid damaging your area rug accidentally, use a small portion of borax first on a tiny and unnoticeable portion of the rug. If it causes discoloration or damage then don’t use it, otherwise you are good to go to utilize this in eliminating your rug cleaning problem. To use Borax in cleaning up spills and stains on your rug, pour some water on the affected area and then apply the borax on it. Allow the area to dry completely and then use a vacuum cleaner to suck it all up. You will notice that the stain will be gone and your rug will be clean and looking like new once again.

Shaving Cream – Shaving cream is often used by guys in the morning to help shave off their facial hair. It provides lubrication in order to ensure that men have a perfect shave. But shaving doesn’t only help you in the bathroom; it can also be very useful in getting out juice stains off of your rug. Juice stains occur quite often and sometimes you may get caught with a juice spill and you don’t have some carpet cleaning solution available. If this happens, simply run to your bathroom and get some shaving cream. To utilize shaving cream, all you need to do is to apply it onto the juice stain. Then use some paper towels to blot the juice stain repeatedly. Continue doing this until the juice stain is completely removed.

Buying a rug

Ok, you are on the market to buy a new rug and you are a little confused about what type of rug to get. You see all sorts of rugs: hand knotted, hand tufted, machine tufted, hooked, needlepoint, natural fibers, synthetic and so on and so forth. Not simple, is it?

Well, it is not really that complicated if you take a little time and write down few things that you need to take into considerations to aid you to help you make the right decision and choose the rug that is right for you.

The first and most important thing you will have to start with is the amount of money that you feel and can spend to get the rug you want. That(the money) will dictate what type of rug you will be able to buy. Of course you already know that a hand-knotted rug will be much more expensive than a tufted or hooked or a machine made rug of equal size.

Now that you know what type of rug you are able to afford, you will have to take into consideration the location where you will use your rug. Is it going to be in a foyer, den, dining room, living room or a bedroom? There are rugs that are constructed to withstand lots of traffic nad there are rugs that are a little light in construction (flimsy, if you will) and you, of course, are not going to put down in a heavily used den or family room a flimsy one as a hooked or a needlepoint rug, right? Of course not, you know that it will not last for too long. Instead, a thick 90 lines Chinese, or an Indian or Iranian rug will be a better choice. These rugs have a strong, solid base and can take lots of traffic in everyday usage.

Last but not least is the choice of color(s) and that  is strictly related to the surrounding area(s) where the rug is going to go. It will have to blend in or match with the decor of the room, match with the furniture, paint or wall paper and whatever else there is.

I hope these suggestions of mine help you and make your ordeal a little easier and get you area ready to go out and get your brand new beautiful rug and when the time comes that you will need a good, reliable, local service to care for your valuable possession you know who to call, yep, you guessed, Dom’s Cleaning Service at 631-243-2380.

H20 (Heath, Humidity & Odor)

Yes, with winter finally out of the way (hopefully), we enter that time of the year when temperatures and humidity rise a little or a lot , depends in which part of the country you live, and with warm temperatures and humidity another factor shows up: ODOR.

Now, we know that, after months of having your house or place of work all sealed up trying to keep the cold out, it is inevitable that some kind of odor will make its presence felt once the warm months are here. It could be an odor due to smoking, cooking, just mustiness or the most offensive of all odors: PET ODORS. Here at Dom’s Cleaning we are already starting to get calls about odor problems and Spring has just started , rugs are also starting coming into the shop and they all have a common problem: PET URINE or PET ODOR( body oils).

Odors are caused by bacteria that is produced by organic matter, so,  when urine or body oils are present in your carpet, rugs or upholstery, the warm temperature and higher humidity activate whatever is hiding in the textiles, hence,  the smell. That is especially true with urine.

If you run into this particular situation, do not hesitate to give Dom’s Cleaning Service a call, we are well prepared to counter and solve this sort of problems. Our extensive training has made one of the most knowledgeable and well known  cleaning companies in Long Island, specially when it comes to urine contaminated rugs .

DIY Vs.Professional Cleaning

It’s time to clean those beautiful rugs that you laying on your floors and beautify your home and now you are faced with the decision of choosing if you would be better off doing it yourself or hire a professional cleaning company like  Dom’s Cleaning Service.

You could certainly do it, you could go out and rent some kind of machine and get whatever chemical the salesperson  will sell you without any notion of what is involved in cleaning rugs. It would be really smart of you to step back and think of what could possibly go wrong with you cleaning those rugs and the possible consequences.

I know that a lot of folks search the internet for some kind of an answer or an idea hot to tackle the cleaning task but those answers are not always the best for your rugs. I, myself, have checked some of these internet sites (some clients have pointed out to me)  that offer some ” expert” opinions and therefore solutions on how to clean your rugs and how to mix your own homemade cleaners and I have to say that I am horrified at what I’ve been reading.

You see, cleaning rugs is completely different than cleaning wall-to-wall carpet, you are dealing with natural fibers (wool, cotton, silk) which have specific properties and specific problems, you are dealing with specific dyes, different types of rugs with different constructions and so on and so forth. It is not the type of cleaning that it should be tackled by the inexperienced, plain and simple. A lot can go wrong, color run, shrinking, buckling, pile distortion, to mention a few of the problems that you could encounter in rug cleaning.We see this everyday (not all rugs have those problems, thank goodness) and we have the ways and means to deal with these problem when (and if) they arise but you don’t and then what do you do? You’ll have to call a professional anyway to take care of the mess you have caused.

So, in the end, my suggestion is that  you would be better off hiring a professional rug cleaning company like Dom’s Cleaning Service from the beginning, it will save you a lot of time and headaches.  We are trained for this type of work, we will identify your rug (country of origin, if it is a city or tribal rug), then we will choose the best type of cleaning with the safest and most efficient CRI  (Carpet & Rug Institute)  and Woolsafe approved detergents.



New carpet…what to buy?

So it’s time to replace your 20 +year old worn out carpet and now you are faced with the decision to of what type of carpet you should get.

You see, years ago you would go out to the carpet store and just get yourself some carpeting with the color of your choice and chances were that the carpet was made either of wool or nylon…not anymore. Today it is a little more difficult to make that decision because there are quite a few different fibers on the market: wool, nylon, olefin, polyester, acrylic, linen, sisal (wood pulp), sea grass and even paper…yes, paper. And if that’s not enough there are also mixed blends of the aforementioned fibers, just to add to the confusion.

I will try to point out the differences between(some) of these fibers so you will be a little more informed will  make an educated choice the next time you go out and buy new carpet.

Wool:  the best by far. It is the most durable of all fibers, it is natural , wears well, comes in quite a few colors but as any natural fibers it will stain easily, so be careful . It is not widely used as it used to be because of the new synthetic fibers but if you are looking for a carpet that it will last a long time and you can afford it, get it, you will enjoy it for many years to come.

Nylon: next to wool is the best and most durable fiber of the synthetic type. The new nylon carpet (type 6.6) wears well, comes in a lot of colors, it is very strong, acid dyed which means it will resist some food coloring spills,resists abrasion.    When you go to buy your nylon carpet ask the salesman to show you “solution dyed” nylon carpet, it is the type of dyeing that resists better to fading and staining. Of course, regular maintenance is a good idea and for that you will give Doms Cleaning Service a call, I’ll guarantee you that you will be delighted. Nylon is my synthetic fiber of choice (but that’s me).

Olefin: very strong fiber, resists fading and staining very well, supposedly resists bleaching (please, don’t try it), it is colorfast, resists rot and mildew(outdoor carpets are made of olefin) but there are some problems with olefin: it is hard to clean, has poor resiliency and attracts soil like crazy. Not my choice.

Polyester: it is also referred to as P.E.T. Long wearing, colorfast, fading and stain resistant like olefin but also, like olefin, doesn’t clean well,  matting and fiber distortion are extra added bonuses with polyester.

These are the fibers that you will encounter the most when you go shopping for a  new carpet and now that you know the differences between them a I hope  it can help you make the right choice.

Dom Agostino