3 Ways to Keep Dust Out of Your Home

It’s one of the most frustrating things… moving an item on a bookshelf only to see a clear outline of where something was sitting.
Or how about moving a piece of furniture and discovering a herd of “dust bunnies” has taken up residence.Dust happens to everyone, even those who attempt to keep their homes spotless. While you can’t keep every last speck of dust out, you can greatly reduce the amount of dust that finds its way into your home.Here are just a few ways to create a healthier (and more dust-free) home.

Run the HVAC

While you may enjoy having open windows when the weather is nice, using your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system is actually better for keeping dust out. As long as you make sure your filters are changed on a regular basis.

Door mats

While dust can become airborne, most soil comes into the home from shoes. Having quality door mats to catch the dirt means less build-up of soil and debris in the home, reducing dust particles as well. Leaving shoes on the door mats or at the door is another smart idea.


Yes, you clean on a regular basis, but some extra effort with the details will help keep the dust out. When dusting tables, desks, bookshelves and other surfaces, use microfiber cloths to better grab the dust. When sweeping the hard floors, follow up with a damp mopping. It will really grab the dust sticking to the floor. Be sure to vacuum not only the top of your area rugs, but also turn them over and vacuum the backs. And for your wall-to-wall carpet, vacuum several times a week, especially in high traffic areas and entryways.

When it’s time for a deep cleaning of your floors and fabrics, whether your carpets, Oriental rugs, hardwood floors, tile, upholstery, or even your dryer vents, call our professionals! 941-301-9555


Overturf’s Cleaning cares for rugs from around the world, from the finest to the most basic.

In Spa cleaning is recommended for Oriental Rugs and loose woven rugs. What does that mean? It means your woven rug should not be cleaned on location like wall to wall carpet. Why not?

Machines designed for cleaning wall to wall carpet typically reach high temperatures that can damage fine rugs. Having your rug cleaned in our facility allows us to give it several treatments for a more thorough cleaning, controlled drying, and the use of various tools that are not available on location. It also gives us time to test for color fastness overnight.

Our consultants can even pick your rug up and bring it to our special cleaning salon where it will receive our very thorough Nine Step Cleaning System by a skilled textile consultant. The result – maximum soil and spot removal while taking care to protect your valuable investment.

 Step 1: Pre-Inspection and Pick Up

We will determine as much as we possibly can about the type of rug and inherent qualities that may affect cleaning. We will outline the expected results and cleaning “prescription”. Our company will come to your home to pick up your rug, or you may drop it by our shop.

Step 2: Dry Soil Removal

Woven rugs, especially hand knotted rugs are designed to hide dry soil. A few years ago, the Eureka company did a study and found that a 9 x 12 could hide 87 pounds of dirt! WOW! We use a variety of techniques to “dust” the rugs from the front and back.  A machine called a pile lifter, special vacuum attachments and any many other methods are implemented. This is the most important step in cleaning any textile.

 Step 3: Pre-Condition

Depending on fiber content and soiling type, the rug will be pre-treated to emulsify the soils. An optional odor treatment can be applied during this process. This treatment soaks the rug to break down these harmful contaminants so they can be washed away.

Step 4: Pre-Spot and Fringe Preparation

Any potentially difficult spots will be pre-treated with special solutions to increase chances of removal. The fringe is also pre-treated for maximum soil removal.

Step 5: Shampoo

Most rugs are cleaned with an Oriental Rug Shampoo that is especially designed to get maximum cleaning while protecting sensitive natural fibers.

Step 6: Rinse or Wash

Depending on the type of rug it will be rinsed with extraction equipment on both sides or washed in a wash pit designed especially for Oriental Rugs.

Step 7: Dry

Once the soil is rinsed away, the rug is dried flat or hung to dry in a controlled environment. Proper drying is essential to avoid unnatural shrinkage.

Step 8: Finishing

When the rug is dry, it is combed and finished with soft groomers made for specialty rugs. At this time optional fabric protector can be applied.

 Step 9: Post Inspection and Delivery

Our cleaning specialist will give the rug a final inspection and release it for pick up or delivery. Your rug will be wrapped to protect it from dust and environmental soils until it is picked up or delivered. Upon delivery, we will lay the rug for you.

Call Overturf’s Cleaning today to maintain your valuable rugs by scheduling an appointment today! 941-301-9555

The Story of the Starfish

Why do we love working with Just For Girls Academy & Club? And how do they help our community?

Do you know the story of the starfish?
Once upon a time, there was a wise man walking along the shore of the ocean, when he looked down the beach and noticed a young man. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.

He came closer and called out “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”

The young man paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean.”

“I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?” asked the somewhat startled wise man.

To this, the young man replied, “The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.”

Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, “But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can’t possibly make a difference!”

At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said, “It made a difference for that one.”

We asked Stefanie Overturf of Overturf’s Cleaning what inspired her to get involved:

“It inspires me when I hear the stories of some of these girls and how their lives have been impacted from attending this school. One girl in particular dealt with losing her father. This started to affect her at school and then she started having trouble with other students bullying her. At one point, she thought about committing suicide. Her mother decided to move her to the Just for Girls alternative school and she made great progress. She made friends, did much better academically and is loving life.”

The girls that are in our community now will be tomorrow’s parents, teachers, and business owners. Just for Girls helps them set goals for their future, teaches them to make healthy choices for the future, to learn how to plan for a career and budget, and overall to become productive members of our community.

This week, until the end of the day Friday, December 20th, Overturf’s Cleaning – Floor & Fabric Care is donating .50 cents for every new like on their Facebook page. So visit our page and ‘like’ it to make your contribution.

We also encourage you to visit to see how you can get involved with this wonderful organization.

Story Adapted from The Star Thrower
by Loren Eiseley (1907 – 1977)

How to care for your oriental rugs

How to Care for Your Oriental Rugs

For basic care & protection of an Oriental Rug, always do the following:

Rotation – To insure even wear, your rug should be rotated once a year. Depending on the traffic, the rotation may vary from six months to two years.

Vacuuming – Oriental rugs, like most carpeting, should be vacuumed on a regular basis to remove dirt and restore life to the fibers. Be sure not to vacuum the fringe with your beater bar! Use the end of a vacuum hose from a canister vacuum.

Padding – A quality pad under your rug protects it from dirt, wear and slippage.

Regular Professional Cleaning – Annual professional cleaning in a rug spa facility will remove deeply embedded soils by doing dusting and cleaning procedures that cannot be performed in your home.

Spot and Spill Procedures Make sure that you safely and immediately clean up spots and spills before they set.

– First, soak up the excess liquid by blotting with a clean absorbent material. Do not brush or rub the stain

– Then spot-clean with a mild detergent white vinegar-water solution. Do-not over wet.

– Rinse area thoroughly with water and a small amount of vinegar. Avoid wetting the rug’s backing.

– Blot dry until most of the moisture has been absorbed. Allow to air dry. A fan or cool hair dryer can be used to hasten the drying process.

For stains that do not come out using these methods, ask our Sarasota rug cleaning specialists.

(941) 301-9555

Overturf’s Cleaning


Do You Need a Check Up From the Neck Up?

Thank You!

We had a wonderful outpouring of support during the grand opening of our new location last week! Thank you to our friends, clients, and referral partners for coming and checking out our new digs!

Grand Opening Rug Demo

Jeremy got into the rug pool and demonstrated how our dusting process takes place, and how we soak and rinse Oriental and Area Rugs.

A gasp went through the crowd at the massive amounts of dirty brown water that was flushed out of a small 3’x5′ wool Oriental Rug that didn’t appear to be that dirty.

The Manatee Chamber of Commerce was on hand earlier in the day for our official ribbon cutting.

So thank you again, for all your support throughout the years as we continue to grow and provide the most outstanding service experience ever.

Jeremy & Stefanie

Is Your Glass Half Full?

by Jeremy Overturf

Recently I’ve been examining the effects of my attitude on my performance at work, the happiness I get out of life, and my health.

In the course of this examination, I’ve noticed that my mind will send me negative messages about different situations throughout the day, thoughts of stress and worry. Will this go wrong? Will we have the money? You know the type, we all have them.

In researching this subject, Mayo Clinic found that positive thinking can reduce stress, which leads to all kinds of health benefits. They published the following on identifying some of the negative self talk we might find in ourselves:

  • Filtering. Do you tend to magnify the negative aspects of a situation and filter out all of the positive ones? For example, say you had a great day at work. You completed your tasks ahead of time and were complimented for doing a speedy and thorough job. But you forgot one minor step. That evening, you focus only on your oversight and forget about the compliments you received.
  • Personalizing. When something bad occurs, do you automatically blame yourself? For example, you hear that an evening out with friends is canceled, and you assume that the change in plans is because no one wanted to be around you.
  • Catastrophizing. Do you automatically anticipate the worst? The drive-through coffee shop gets your order wrong and you automatically think that the rest of your day will be a disaster.
  • Polarizing. Do you see things only as either good or bad, black or white? Do you feel there is no middle ground? Do you feel that you have to be perfect or that you’re a total failure?

Some of the things I have been successfully using to combat this negative self talk:

  • Setting a goal every morning when I wake up that I’m going to have a positive attitude today.
  • Check up on yourself. Periodically during the day, stop and evaluate what you’re thinking. If you find that your thoughts are mainly negative, try to find a way to put a positive spin on them.
  • Flip your negative thoughts into positive. Instead of thinking, “what if everything goes wrong?”, thinking “what if everything goes right?”. Each is just as likely to happen as the other, but one way of looking at things serves you and the other hinders you. Instead of “I’ve never done it before”, try “It’s an opportunity to learn something new.”
  • Surround yourself with positive people. Make sure those in your life are positive, supportive people you can depend on to give helpful advice and feedback. Negative people can be “dream squashers”, can increase your stress level and make things seem worse than they really are.
  • Stop watching the news so much. Of course, this is a personal preference, but I find myself worrying a lot more when I watch a news program. The news media thrives on disaster stories for ratings, looking for what’s wrong in the world with very little if any positive news. Feeding your mind with a barrage of this day after day isn’t healthy.
  • Don’t take yourself so seriously. Learn to laugh at yourself instead of looking at every mistake so dramatically. You’ll find most of them really aren’t that big of a deal in the big scheme of things.
  • Practice positive self-talk. Start by following one simple rule: Don’t say anything to yourself that you wouldn’t say to anyone else. Be gentle and encouraging with yourself. If a negative thought enters your mind, evaluate it rationally and respond with affirmations of what is good about you.

If you tend to lean towards the negative, don’t expect to change overnight [we doubt you would be that optimistic anyway 🙂 ].

But with practice, eventually your self-talk will contain less self-criticism and more self-acceptance. You may also become less critical of the world around you. Plus, when you share your positive mood and positive experience, both you and those around you enjoy a much needed emotional boost. You will reduce your stress level, which comes with all kinds of health benefits.

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