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Kevin Houle
A-List Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning LLC
(339) 613-7565

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Spring is just around the corner and thus brings the season of cleaning and updating our homes. Along with cleaning our carpets and upholstery we may also perhaps be thinking about purchasing a new rug. Recently I made a trip to Pottery Barn to see what they had available. They have a lot of great household items and furnishings, many of which are good quality at a great price. Their rug department is a totally different story.

There are a few woven rugs that Pottery Barn does carry from Afghanistan that are good quality. Their Arzu line has some decorative wool hand woven rugs. This line is made by women in Afghanistan it allows them to make a living for themselves and also helps support education there. You can determine if a rug is woven by whether you can see the design on the back of the rug exactly as you see it on the front.

The rugs that cause the most problems are tufted rugs and other rugs that use natural fibers. The tufted rugs that Pottery barn are selling from India seem to have a host of problems. These types of rugs are difficult if not impossible to keep clean and still maintain their original look. There is an odor that comes from the latex in these tufted rugs. From what I have read on the Pottery Barn’s website people are saying that this problem gets worse over time. The smell becomes even stronger when the rug gets wet. How can you purchase and enjoy a rug that smells and worse that you cannot clean because if it gets wet it smells even worse.

The filler being used with the latex in these tufted rugs from India are also not able to hold up over time. The latex crumbles, cracks, and eventually causes the rug to lose its shape. If this happens you then need to have your carpet cleaner remove as much of the old latex as possible and then apply new material backing and a new latex coating. Not a cheap fix for a rug that you have already spent a good amount of money on.

One of things I noticed when I went to the Pottery Barn website is that they state that some shedding is expected from wool rugs. This is true. Wool is spun with many short strands together, and then the rug is shaved after being crafted to have an even pile on the front. Companies that have better quality standards will wash the rug after it is woven to remove many of these loose short clippings. If you have a rug that is constantly shedding which you often will find in cheaper tufted rugs then you will know that you have purchased a lower quality product. Wool is strong. It is the best fiber for use in rugs.

One rug that you should totally keep away from is wool shag rugs. They are large clumps of wool strung into a material backing. Sometimes they have latex on the backing, and sometimes they are just loosely strung together

The problem is keeping these rugs clean. Removing dirt or lint out of these fibers is as tough to do as combing out those snarls in your two years olds hair. These rugs often require a great deal of hand cleaning to try to get anything out of them. Even though these rugs are not extremely expensive to purchase they are very time consuming and expensive to clean.

Many stores are now saying that certain rugs made from plant fibers are earth friendly. These rugs are made from sisal, jute, and rayon. Sisal and jute feel like wicker furniture not like a soft wool rug. Another problem they have is they both release an oily substance when they get wet.

When sisal gets wet it causes the rug to turn yellow. Stains are very difficult to remove from sisal. The only time you should purchase a sisal rug is if it will be somewhere where there is no possibility of stains taking place. These rugs cannot be soaked to remove any type of stains because the cloth binding on the borders sometimes shrink or the latex backing falls apart.

With jute rugs when they get wet they turn yellow and brown. Jute is a cheaper fiber and used in many foundations is cheaper quality rugs. When you wash these rugs if you use a cotton shampoo with an acid rinse this can help with the browning, but over time these discolorations become more noticeable.

Rayon which is used as an artificial silk often fades, bleeds and yellows overtime. These rugs always look great when they are brand new but they lose their looks very quickly. These plant fiber rugs begin to look shabby in just a year. If you spill on them, they look worse even faster. With plant fibers it is sometimes possible to bleach out some stains but this is extra work above and beyond regular cleaning.Explaining to you the consumer the differences between woven rugs and tufted rugs, or wool rugs and plant fiber rugs gives you the ability to make an educated purchase. When someone buys a rug that they like the look of and then have problems with strong odor, weak fibers, and bad latex it makes consumers feel ripped off.

Many of these problem rugs are being sold at Pottery Barn and it’s your choice whether to buy them or not. There seem to be so many complaints in regards to the types of rugs that they are selling that we hope they change what products they offer. Everyone wants a rug that can be cleaned and cared for and lasts decades not months or a just a few years.

Kevin Houle
A-List Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning LLC
(339) 613-7565

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As a lot of my clients have heard me talk about my dog Scooter, so I wanted to post a few pictures of him. Please feel free to share pictures of your pets.


Scooter on Halloween 2011


Scooter learing how to ride a motorcycle


Scooter on a date



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Tollins Window Cleaning is one of the best out there. I've bumped into Bill on jobs of some of my same clients. I know my clients and they demand the BEST.

Tollins Window Cleaning
553 Walpole Street
Norwood, MA. 02062
Phone: 781-769-7600
Fax: 781-769-7605

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