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Answers to your FAQs

The articles found on this page are a collection of answers to Frequently Asked Questions from our customers over the last 40 plus years.

We want to help you to quickly find those answers by clicking on the links provided below.  A brief description of each article is also included to help you zero in on your answer.  

The articles are divided into the following categories: 

  • Oriental and Area Rugs Only
  • Wall-to-Wall Carpet Only
  • Rugs and Wall-to-Wall Carpet
  • Cleaning in General-DIY and Green Cleaning
  • Upholstery 
  • Tile and Grout
  • Health and Environmental Concerns

Of course, any questions you have about our services in particular or cleaning services in general can also be answered directly by any of our office staff.  Please feel free to call our office at (607) 272-1566 between 8am and 5pm Monday through Thursday and from 8am and 4:30pm on Fridays.  

As more questions are asked, more articles will follow.  Please Contact Us for answers to any questions you may have.  Our staff will be happy to assist you.


Oriental & Area Rugs Only


Abrash Coloration in Rugs

Abrash coloration in rugs is the differing color patterns, colorations, and various shades or hues within a rug.  Is it an imperfection or a unique characteristic?  Explanation here...

"We Cannot Clean That Rug!"

What do we really mean when we say, "We cannot clean that rug?" An honest answer can be found here...    

Rug Care Between Cleanings - 8 Essential Tips

Follow these 8 tips to ensure the proper care of your rugs between cleanings...

Chemically Washed Rugs - Buyer Beware!

Beware of chemically washed rugs!  Aggressive chemical solutions applied after production to change the appearance of a wool rug can damage the fiber irreversibly...

Area & Oriental Rug Cleaning at ABC

Rug cleaning at our ABC plant includes all types of hand made and machine-made rugs area rugs. Our procedures explained here...

Why Cleaning Area Rugs in Your Own Home or Business is Not a Good Idea!

Cleaning area rugs in ABC plant!  Why not in my own home or business? This is why... 

Contemporary and Collectible Rugs for the Oriental Rug Consumer

Learn what contemporary rugs are also collectible if you are a serious oriental rug consumer...

Creative Rug Displays

If you are passionate about rugs and have already run out of floor space for all your treasures, check this article out...

Are My Area Rugs Dirty Enough to Clean?

This is a very common question that is answered in this article...

Dye Bleeding in Oriental Rugs

Dye bleeding or dyes that run or bleed out from the dye sites in your rug can ruin your precious oriental rug.  Learn what causes dye bleeding and what can be done if it occurs...

Extend the Life of Your Oriental and Area Rugs - 5 Tips

To extend the life of your oriental and area rugs, follow the 5 tips given in this article...

Flatwoven Rugs - Inherent Cleaning Problems

Flatwoven rugs come in many different styles.  Consumers should be aware that there are many inherent cleaning problems with these rugs.  Find out more here…

Fringe Repair - Hand and Machine

Fringe repair on the ends of oriental and area rugs is one of the most popular repair services at ABC Oriental Rug. We can stabilize and rework the fringed ends of your oriental and area rugs to give them new life and restore their original beauty.

Cleaning Rug Fringes - Types of Problems

Cleaning rug fringes properly on Oriental and area rugs are a major concern in our rug cleaning plant.  Find out what to expect here...

How to Hang a Rug

How to hang a rug gives suggestions for several ways to hang your rug and make it a focal point in any room...

Latex Deterioration in Rugs

Beware of latex deterioration! When a backing has been applied by the rug manufacturer with latex, an adhesive material, wear and cleaning problems will most certainly arise... 

Make Room for Rugs

If you ever find yourself in the enviable position of having to make room for rugs in your home, this article is for you...

NAVAJO RUGS

Authentic Navajo Rug?

Is this rug an authentic Navajo rug? Here are some guidelines to help...

Navajo Chiefs Blankets

The Navajo Chiefs Blankets are often divided into several distinct types, some of which are labeled as 'phases.'

Navajo Rug ID

Navajo rug ID begins with the ability to recognize some basic regional characteristics…

Navajo Weaving History

Navajo weaving history is best seen along a timeline from their arrival in approximately 1100 to the present day...

Oriental Rugs-101

A series of articles in Oriental Rugs-101 will introduce you to this fascinating topic.

Fibers Used

Oriental Rug fibers and how they are prepared for weaving is the             topic of this article...

Dyes Used

Dyes used in oriental rugs can be synthetic or natural. In this article      advantages and disadvantages of both are explored and how to tell the difference.

Design Elements

Oriental Rug design elements help determine the appeal as well as           the value of these true works of art!

Construction Elements

Some basic Oriental Rug construction elements are common to the        majority of hand woven Oriental Rugs. The construction of the                 foundation and the knots used to construct the pile are                                 discussed here.

Weaving and Finishing

Oriental rugs-Weaving and Finishing explores the weaving process        of hand knotted and flatwoven rugs and how Oriental Rugs are                  finished after weaving.

Types and Formats

Oriental Rugs-Types and Formats broadly categorizes the art form of    Oriental Rugs into several types and formats, including classification by age.

Oriental Rug Glossary

An Oriental Rug Glossary with important terms and suggested                  supplemental reading.

Oriental Rugs - A Personal Account

Oriental Rugs - One woman's personal experiences with these works of art and with Iran and with one rug in particular…

Oriental Rugs by Design

Oriental Rugs by Design is a fun and fascinating way to study Oriental rugs and can lay the foundation for a lifelong love of these treasures...

Bijar Oriental Rug

The Bijar oriental rug is not easily identified by design or repetitive use of the same pattern. Learn about this 'iron rug of Persia' and what to look for in the newer Bijars...

Bokhara Oriental Design

The unique Bokhara oriental design originated in Central Asia and has become popular all over the world with its easily recognizable features...

Hamadan Oriental Rugs

Hamadan rugs come from a region of Iran with hundreds of villages creating similar and yet unique rugs from each area. A fascinating study...

Hamadan Rugs Area

A look into the Hamadan rugs area in NW Iran and their rug designs.

Heriz Oriental Rug Design

The Heriz oriental rug design is easily recognizable making it the perfect choice for the 2nd rug in our study of Oriental Rugs by Design...

Kerman Oriental Rug Design

The Kerman Oriental rug, a Persian city rug has had a long history. This history and the designs and construction of the rug are discussed here...

Sarouk Oriental Rug Design

The Sarouk oriental rug design has had a long history with several distinctive design features making them a good study in our Oriental Rugs by Design series...

Tabriz Oriental Rugs

Tabriz oriental rugs are woven with such diversity of designs, construction, and materials, it can be a difficult task to identify them by design alone. Here are some helpful hints...

Rug Pads for Your Oriental and Area Rugs

Rug pads provide cushioning and comfort.  There are other important reasons why ABC suggests a pad for your oriental or area rug.  Find out here...

Painted Rugs

Painted rugs are a common occurrence with oriental rugs.  But why do dealers and retailers feel they have to paint rugs?  Find out here...

Purchasing an Oriental Rug - 5 Guidelines

If you are planning on purchasing an oriental rug, here are 5 guidelines to help you choose and keep you from getting overwhelmed...

Rayon Area Rugs - Buyer Beware!

Rayon rugs are manufactured from natural sources such as wood or cotton but the end result is not a natural or a green fiber! Find out why here…

Rug Repair Services at ABC

Rug repair services at ABC...the different types of rugs we repair and a description of the repairs...

We Sell Rugs On Consignment

We sell rugs on consignment. What this means for the seller, the buyer, and ABC. Consignment policy spelled out.

Serge Repair - Hand and Machine

Hand serge repair to oriental and other handmade rugs is one of the repair options offered at ABC Oriental Rug in our full-service rug cleaning and repair plant. 

Cleaning Silk Fibers - Not a Do-It-Yourself Project!

Cleaning silk fibers can lead to disastrous results if not done properly.  This is definitely not a do-it-yourself project!  Find out why here...

Silk Production - An Ethical Dilemma?

Silk production has a very dark side which can cause an ethical dilemma for those who are concerned with the humane treatment of animals, large or small..

A Real Silk Rug-Is My Rug Made of Real Silk?

Have you been sold an oriental rug and told it was a real silk rug?  Chances are, you may have been misled.  Find out what you need to know here...

Rug Terminology Defined

Rug terminology for rug lovers-defined based on age, classification, country of origin, construction, and category...

Special Rug Treatments for Your Oriental and Area Rugs

ABC offers a number of special rug treatments for your oriental and area rugs. Anti-allergen green cleaning, dust-mite treatment, dye fix, insect live larva decontamination, moth retardation, sanitization, and soil and stain protector are discussed in this article.

Textile Insects in Rugs: What They Are and How to Prevent Them

Learn about the various textile insects that can damage your oriental and area rugs...

Tufted Rugs - Buyer Beware!

Learn to recognize tufted rugs vs. handmade rugs so you will not be fooled by the handmade appearance of tufted rugs.  

Urine on Oriental Rugs - 2 Steps to Take Right Away to Minimize Damage

Urine on oriental rugs?  Don't panic!  If you follow these 2 steps as soon as possible, you may be able to avoid further damage...

Assessing the Value of Handmade Rugs

To assess the value of handmade rugs, use a professionally trained and experienced rug company such as ABC Oriental Rug.  We can help you identify and determine the value of handmade as well as machine-made rugs.

White Knots in Oriental Rugs

White knots in oriental rugs are an inherent characteristic of authentic oriental rugs. What they are, how to deal with them, why they occur, etc.

Wall-to-Wall Carpet Only

Carpet Cleaning at ABC

Carpet cleaning at ABC has been one of the mainstays of our business.  Here is some of our history and some FAQs...

A Healthy Alternative

A healthy alternative to hard surface flooring is wall-to-wall carpet for your home. Several misconceptions are discussed here...

Carpet Cleaning is Good for Business

Carpet cleaning is good for business. An explanation and 10 reasons can be found here...

The Case for the Return of Wall-To-Wall Carpet

The case for the return of wall-to-wall carpet is demonstrated in this article...

How to Choose Carpet Fiber

How to choose carpet fiber? For the best carpet fiber for your home, the answer is here...

Choosing Carpeting or Wood Flooring?

Carpeting or wood flooring?  Which to choose?  Here are some facts to help you, especially if you are 'on the fence'....

DIY Carpet Cleaning - Does It Really Save Money?

DIY carpet cleaning-does it really save you money to do-it-yourself?  Find out here...

Environmentally Responsible Carpet Cleaning

Environmentally responsible carpet cleaning is the only way a professional carpet cleaning company should operate today. Here is what ABC offers...

Extend Your Carpet Life - Essential Tips

Here are some essential tips to extend your carpet life, one of the most expensive investments in your home...

Carpet Cleaning FAQs

Answers to frequently asked questions about carpet cleaning. If you cannot find your answers here, please contact us and we will do the research and add it to this page...

Carpet Installation

Proper wall-to-wall carpet installation procedures for extending carpet life and beauty...

Location Carpet Cleaning - What to Expect

You have scheduled location carpet cleaning in your home or business.  Do you know what to expect from the carpet cleaning technician?  Here is what to expect from ABC...

Carpet Maintenance

Tips for proper carpet maintenance in order to protect your investment…

Purchasing New Carpet - How to Choose Wisely!

Are you thinking of purchasing new wall-to-wall carpet? Ask yourself some important questions and learn what carpet fibers may be most suitable for you current needs...

Reappearing Spots and Spills After Professional Cleaning

There are several explanations for reappearing spots and spills after a carpet, rug, and/or furniture cleaning.  Find out why here...

Soil Filtration Lines

Find out what causes those dark lines around the perimeter of rooms, under draperies, under furniture, under doors, etc...

Wet vs Dry Carpet Cleaning

Which method is best? Find out here...

RUGS and Wall-to-Wall Carpet

Adult Dog Urine "Accidents?" - 6 Steps to Help Alleviate Damage

Adult dog urine "accidents" can be even more challenging than trying to housebreak a puppy.  Here are some tips...

Allergy Relief Treatment

If you suffer from allergies such as asthma, sinusitis, dust mites, pet dander, etc., our Allergy Relief Treatment may be the answer for you...

Asthma and Wool - The Truth

This article examines the supposed bad connection between asthma and wool and dispels the myth.

Better Health with Carpet & Rugs

Better health for your home environment can be achieved by wall-to-wall carpet and area rugs which trap allergens from the air. But it is important to clean carpet regularly...

Candle Wax Removal From a Carpet or Area Rug

Do-it-yourself tips for candle wax removal on wall-to-wall carpets and oriental and area rugs.

Dry Rot Damage in Rugs, Wall-to-Wall Carpet, and Fabric

Dry rot damage is a lengthy, slow, but relentless deterioration and weakening of fibers leading eventually to rips, tears, slits or other structural damage.  Learn how to avoid this type of damage.

Flood? - 3 Steps to Take Right Away

A flood must be dealt with as quickly as possible or the growth of mold and mildew will make restoration more difficult and more expensive.  Here are 3 steps to take...

Mold or Mildew?

Mold or mildew?  How to tell?  What are the similarities and the differences?  Find out here...

Prevent Mold and Mildew

4 Steps provided to help prevent mold and mildew from invading your home or business environment.

About Moths

Learn why moth infestation can occur not only when furnishings are wool.  Learn how to get rid of and how to prevent moths from damaging your possessions here...

More About Moths

This article discusses more about moths that eat our furnishings including the 2 types, how to know if you have them, how to get rid of them, etc.

Pet Friendly Carpets & Rugs

Recommendations for pet friendly carpets and rugs options for homes with dogs and cats.

Rippling and Buckling in Rugs and Carpets

Rippling and buckling can result from tension problems, moisture, etc. in textiles.  Learn how these happen, how to prevent them, and how to alleviate them properly here...

Shading and Pile Reversal in Rugs and Carpet

Shading and pile reversal can cause areas of a carpet or a rug to appear to be lighter or darker than the rest of the carpet.   Find out why and how to avoid this condition here...

Soil & Stain Protector

Requesting a soil and stain protector application after a carpet, rug or furniture cleaning will give you peace of mind...

Sun Fading of Textiles

Sun fading will cause colors in indoor textiles (carpet, upholstery, draperies, wall coverings, and rugs) to lighten and fade over time. Learn how to minimize the damage here...

Vacuum Correctly

Vacuum correctly and vacuum often and you will be properly maintaining your textile possessions.  Tips on vacuuming correctly, efficiently, and effectively...

Maintaining Your Vacuum

Maintaining your vacuum is your best weapon against untimely replacement of your carpet, rugs, and upholstery fibers.  Find tips here…

Top Vacuums - Pick Tips

Top Vacuums-Pick Tips will help you to make a decision on the best vacuum for your needs. Includes top vacuum picks from Consumer Reports.

All About Wool - Facts That May Take You By Surprise

All about wool, all-natural, renewable, and biodegradable. Surprising facts about wool fiber and its impact on the environment…

Choosing Wool Carpet or Rug - Good News or Baaaad?

Choosing Wool - Good or baaaad?  Did you know that choosing a wool carpet or rug for your home is both good news...and sometimes bad? Find out why here?


Cleaning in General Including
DIY and Green Cleaning


Antibacterial Products-Reasons Why NOT to Use Them!

Antibacterial products can actually be more harmful than helpful.  Learn why we should not use them regularly and when we MUST use them...

Chlorine Bleach-Health Hazards of Mixing with Other Products

Mixing chlorine bleach with some other common household products can be dangerous and even lead to death...

DIY Green Cleaning

DIY green cleaning is an important topic, especially in today's world where toxic chemicals can be hiding in everyday commercial cleaning solutions...

What's in YOUR Green Cleaning Arsenal?

What's in your green cleaning arsenal?  Use common household ingredients to treat spots and spills successfully...

DIY Odor Removal Tips

Some DIY odor removal tips, such as skunk odor, from ABC's DIY cleaning arsenal...

6 Ways to Remove Spots and Spills With 7 Ingredients 

A continuation of What's in YOUR Green Cleaning Arsenal...6 ways to remove spots and spills with 7 household ingredients.

10 Favorite Cleaning Hacks

Here are 10 favorite cleaning hacks to make some of your least favorite cleaning chores easier...

Green Cleaning Options

Green cleaning options, avoiding toxic commercial chemicals, can bring about excellent results...

Green Cleaning Solutions

Green cleaning solutions-Do you think they can't work?  Check this article out and you may want to start avoiding those commercial toxic cleaning chemicals…

10 Germ Magnets Lurking in Some Ordinary Places in Your Home

Here are 10 germ magnets hiding in everyday places in your home. It is easy to forget to pay attention to these...

Should We Wash Fruits and Veggies Before Cooking or Eating?

Should we wash fruits and veggies before cooking or eating? One answer can be found here...


Wood Floor Coverings and Alternatives

Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo flooring has become very popular of late. Find out why, advantages, disadvantages, etc. here...

Engineered Wood Flooring

Engineered wood flooring is an excellent alternative to solid hardwood flooring. Find out all about it here...

Hardwood Flooring

An overview of solid hardwood flooring including types, installation, maintenance, and the Janka Hardness Scale.

Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring has advantages and disadvantages when compared to hardwood and engineered wood flooring...

Cleaning Laminate Flooring

Cleaning laminate flooring properly will help to keep this flooring in 'showroom condition' for a long time. Here are some tips...

Other Flooring Options

Other flooring options to wood flooring are currently available. This article briefly discusses 3 alternatives to wood flooring, Eucalyptus, Cork, and Reclaimed Wood.

Pet Friendly Flooring

We recommend pet friendly flooring options for homes with cats and dogs.

Upholstered Furniture

Leather Upholstery Cleaning

Proper leather upholstery cleaning and maintenance will go a long way toward preserving its durability and beauty. Here are some tips...

Pet Friendly Upholstery Fabric

Searching for pet friendly upholstery fabric? Learn how to choose the best ones for homes with cats and dogs here...

Ceramic Tile & Grout Cleaning &
Grout Sealing

Ceramic Tile Cleaning

Ceramic tile cleaning (and grout as well) can be one of the most time-consuming, messiest, and back-breaking jobs. Here are some tips for you...


Health and Environmental Concerns

A Healthy Cleaning Environment vs. Harmful Everyday Products

A healthy cleaning environment warns of the dangers of using certain widely accepted cleaning products...

Air Purifying Houseplants

Air purifying houseplants? You bet! The best remove pollutants from the air and are non-toxic.

Toxic Air Purifying Houseplants

Toxic air purifying houseplants will do a great job in the home as long as there are no pets or small children.

Fridge, Counter or Pantry Storage?

Which groceries go where? Learn the best place to store your groceries so they last longer and taste better, saving you time and money...

Know Your Plastics

Why know your plastics? Because we must all be aware of the tremendous negative impact the use of plastics has had and continues to have on us and on our environment...

Obsession With Cleanliness?

Is our obsession with cleanliness making us ill? A book to read and a warning...

Reduce Plastic Waste

Suggested ways to reduce plastic waste and the pollution that results...

Plastic Recycling Codes

Plastic Recycling Codes or Resin Identification Codes and how to use them...     

Sleeping With Pets - Good Idea or Bad?

Is sleeping with pets a good idea or a bad idea? There are many advantages as well as obvious disadvantages...

Pet Hair Removal Tips

Constant pet hair removal is one of the most frustrating challenges we face when we make the decision to share our homes with our furry friends. Here are some tips...

Windowsill Herb Water Garden

A windowsill herb water garden is beautiful and so handy for the cook of the house. Learn how to successfully grow herbs in water...


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Table of Contents


Oriental &
Area Rugs Only

ABRASH Coloration in Rugs

"We CANNOT CLEAN That Rug!"

Rug CARE Between Cleanings

CHEMICALLY WASHED RUGS

Area & Oriental Rug CLEANING at ABC

RUG CLEANING in Home - NO!

CONTEMPORARY & COLLECTIBLE Rugs

CREATIVE RUG DISPLAYS

RUGS DIRTY ENOUGH to Clean?

DYE BLEEDING in Oriental Rugs

EXTEND the LIFE of Your Rugs

FLATWOVEN Rugs 

FRINGE REPAIR-Hand and Machine

Cleaning RUG FRINGES

How to HANG A RUG

LATEX DETERIORATION in Rugs

Make ROOM for RUGS

NAVAJO RUGS

    Authentic Navajo Rug?

    Navajo Chiefs Blankets

    Navajo Rug ID

    Navajo Weaving History

ORIENTAL RUGS-101

    Fibers Used

      Dyes Used

      Design Elements 

      Construction Elements

    Weaving and Finishing

      Types and Formats

      Oriental Rug Glossary

Oriental Rugs-A Personal Account

Oriental Rugs by Design

      Bijar Oriental Rug

      Bokhara Oriental Rug Design

     HAMADAN Oriental Rugs

     HAMADAN Rugs Area

     HERIZ Oriental Rug Design  

     Kerman Oriental Rug

     SAROUK Oriental Rug Design

     TABRIZ Oriental Rugs

Rug PADS

PAINTED Rugs

PURCHASING an Oriental Rug-5 Guidelines

RAYON Area Rugs

Rug REPAIR SERVICES at ABC

We Sell Rugs on Consignment

SERGE REPAIR-Hand and Machine

Cleaning SILK FIBERS

SILK Production Dilemma

REAL SILK Rugs

Rug TERMINOLOGY

Special Rug TREATMENTS

Textile INSECTS in Rugs

TUFTED RUGS-Buyer Beware!

URINE Damage on Orientals

Assessing the VALUE of HANDMADE RUGS

WHITE KNOTS in Oriental Rugs


Wall-to-Wall Carpet Only

Carpet Cleaning at ABC

A Healthy Alternative

CARPET CLEANING is Good for Business

The CASE for the RETURN of WALL-TO-WALL CARPET

How to CHOOSE Carpet Fiber

CHOOSING Carpeting or Wood

DIY CARPET CLEANING- Does It Really Save Money?

ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE Carpet Cleaning

Extend Your Carpet Life-Essential Tips

CARPET CLEANING FAQs

CARPET INSTALLATION

LOCATION CARPET CLEANING-What to Expect

CARPET MAINTENANCE

PURCHASING New Carpet

Reappearing SPOTS & SPILLS

Soil Filtration Lines

Wet vs Dry CARPET CLEANING


Rugs &
Wall-to-Wall
Carpet

ADULT DOG URINE?

ALLERGY Relief Treatment

ASTHMA and WOOL-The Truth

BETTER HEALTh with Carpet and Rugs

CANDLE WAX Removal

DRY ROT Damage

FLOOD?  3 Steps to Take

MOLD or MILDEW?

PET FRIENDLY CARPETS & RUGS

Prevent MOLD and MILDEW

About MOTHS

More About MOTHS

RIPPLING and BUCKLING

SHADING & PILE REVERSAL

SOIL & STAIN PROTECTOR

SUN FADING

VACUUM Correctly 

Maintaining Your VACUUM

Top VACUUMS-Pick Tips

All About WOOL

Choosing Wool-Good News or Baaad?


GENERAL CLEANING,
DO-IT-YOURSELF,
GREEN CLEANING

ANTI-BACTERIALS - Don't Use!

Chlorine BLEACH - Hazards

DIY GREEN CLEANING

Your GREEN CLEANING Arsenal

DIY ODOR REMOVAL Tips

Ways to Remove SPOTS

10 Favorite CLEANING Hacks

GREEN CLEANING Options

GREEN CLEANING Solutions

10 GERM MAGNETS Lurking in Some Ordinary Places in Your Home

Should We Wash Fruits and Veggies Before Eating and Cooking?


WOOD FLOOR COVERINGS & ALTERNATIVES

BAMBOO Flooring

ENGINEERED WOOD Flooring

HARDWOOD Flooring

LAMINATE Flooring

Cleaning LAMINATE Flooring

OTHER FLOORING Options

PET FRIENDLY FLOORING


UPHOLSTERED FURNITURE 

LEATHER Upholstery Cleaning

PET FRIENDLY UPHOLSTERY FABRIC


TILE & GROUT

CERAMIC TILE Cleaning


HEALTH & ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS

A HEALTHY CLEANING ENVIRONMENT vs. Harmful Everyday Products

AIR PURIFYING Houseplants

Toxic AIR PURIFYING Houseplants

Fridge, Counter or Pantry Storage?

Know Your PLASTICS

Obsession with CLEANLINESS?

Reduce PLASTIC Waste

PLASTIC Recycling Codes

Sleeping With Pets-Good Idea or Bad?

Pet Hair Removal Tips

Windowsill Herb Water Garden