Fake Silk Rugs – What You Need to Know

Rayon, viscose, faux silk, art silk, and bamboo silk are all names for fake silk. In most cases the consumer doesn’t know the difference between real silk and fake silk. This can be a problem if you are looking for the real thing.

Fake silk can look great at first but has many negative attributes regarding strength, wear, shine, etc. It seems that more and more of these fake silk rugs are coming out in droves these days because they are cheaper to make.

Not all fake silk rugs are created equal. Some are better than others. Fake silk can add a luxurious feel to your rug, especially when blended with wool.

Here are some things to consider when choosing an area rug, keeping in mind that your area rug will need to be cleaned one day!

  • Will it take a thorough cleaning?
  • Where will the rug be used? In a high traffic area or a seldom used area?
  • Do you have pets or young children?
  • Coming from a cleaning point of view, silk area rugs can be very difficult to clean when dirty and in some cases are “un-cleanable”.

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    How To Remove Sunscreen Overspray

    With summer just about here chances are, if you are like me, you are already applying sunscreen. If you use a spray, it can get all over the place including floors and furniture. Most sunscreens are water resistant so they require more than a damp cloth to remove.

    Here is a link to some useful tips on how to remove sunscreen spray and creams.

    Getting Sunscreen Off

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    How Greenway Cleans Your Area Rugs

    Here at Greenway we pride ourselves in providing the finest wool area rug cleaning service available. What sets us apart from most cleaners is the attention to detail, a huge knowledge of rug characteristics, dedication to non-toxic cleaning methods and a genuine desire to restore your rug to the best standards available. Our company is certified by IICRC (The CleanTrust) and WoolSafe® International, plus we are a BBB Accredited Business with an A+ rating. Our cleaning products are certified by WoolSafe® International, the EPA® and GreenSeal™, which ensures the safest chemicals available.

    Cleaning area rugs since 1993, Greenway is your safest and most thorough service available here on Vancouver Island. Your wool rugs are valuable and should only be cleaned by a certified professional service company. Don't leave your precious rugs in the hands of amateurs! Choose Greenway Carpet Cleaning!

    Thought you might find it interesting to see what we do with your area rugs and what is involved in restoring them. There is more to it than you may think!


    Steps One and Two – Pre Vacuuming and Dusting


    Step Three – Pre-Spray


    Steps Four and Five – Groom in Pre Spray and Dwell Time


    Step Six – Extraction and Dry Strokes


    Step Seven – Set the Pile


    Step Eight – Clean the Fringes


    Step Nine – Rug Hanging and Drying



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    The Benefits of Applying a Protector to Your Upholstery

    This cushion we cleaned had a protectant applied the last time it had been cleaned. Even though the sofa hadn't been cleaned in a while and was heavily soiled, it came up beautifully. It's well worth protecting both your new and older carpets & upholstery!

    Protected Cushion

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    In Full Compliance Review with the CRD

    We have recently been reviewed by the CRD's Parks and Environmental Services regarding the CRD Sewer Use Bylaw, and we are proud to report another year's outstanding review!

    "…it was found that (Greenway Carpet Cleaning) was in full compliance…diligence in complying with the Code of Practice for Carpet Cleaning Operation requirements is one of the important steps to help you protect your community and the environment."

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    How to Treat Fleas in Your Home

    Now that the weather is keeping us inside, and possibly fleas as well, there are some basic ways to remediate fleas.

    Keeping in mind this incorporates treating your pets, carpets and upholstery, check out this article on flea remediation:

    How To Treat Fleas in Your Home

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    10 Myths About Oriental Rugs

    There are always misconceptions about oriental rugs. Here are some examples of untruths about wool and silk rugs.Some of these truths may surprise you!

    10 Myths About Oriental Rugs

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    How to Value Your Oriental Wool Rug

    This article will give you a rough idea about the value of your older rug. Having some knowledge of the history of your rug will help, especially the age.

    Determining the Value of Your Oriental Rug




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    How to Clean Dog Urine from a Wool Rug

    Animal urine can be difficult to remove, and wool rugs can easily be permanently damaged. The best defense is to deal with the contamination immediately, while it is still fresh.

    DON'T USE AMMONIA!! There are properties in stale urine that cause an ammonia smell and that is what turns the carpet yellow.

    The following steps are a basic approach to remediating the urine in your rug:

    Step 1: Place a thick wad of white paper towels on the 'spot' and soak up as much as the towels will take. Reapply towels and do this until you can't get anymore moisture out. Apply gentle pressure, don't push it into the backing. If you can get at the back of the rug, put towels under there as well.

    Step 2: Put some cool water in a bucket and add one tablespoon of white vinegar per cup of water. Dampen the area with a sponge saturated with the mixture.

    Step 3: This time use a white folded terry towel and blot the area until you can't get any more moisture out. The vinegar will help to neutralize and dilute the urine.

    Step 4: Dry the rug as soon as possible by propping up the rug and placing a dryer/fan under the rug and another blowing on the top.

    Note: This is a quick fix to hopefully prevent more serious damage. Always call a professional to deal with urine issues if you can. In the meantime, prompt action is crucial. Good Luck!



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    Upholstery Cleaning Codes

    If you check your funiture, there will sometimes be a cleaning 'code' on a tag under your seat cushions on the deck. These codes are there so the consumer will know which method of cleaning is recommended.

    They are as follows:

    W – Wet cleaning (extraction)

    S – Solvent clean only

    W/S – Wet and solvent cleaning

    X – Vaccuum only

    From our experience, most furniture will have an 'S' designation. This is because the manufacturer does not want to be responsible for damage if the material is wet cleaned. Very few professional cleaning companies dry clean anymore, so does this mean most modern furniture is uncleanable? NO!

    Here at Greenway, we are experts in upholstery cleaning and are very capable of cleaning almost any material with water, including silk. We highly recommend a free, in-home evaluation and quote of your upholstery before cleaning, This way we will be on the same page regarding cleaning procedures and expected results.

    Please don't attempt to clean your upholstery yourself, as there are so many things that can go wrong! Leave it to the experts.


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