Resolve to keep your home healthier

Why your New Year’s resolutions fail. 
 Dear Jeremy ,

When I used to go to the gym regularly, I would always notice big crowds the first 2 weeks of January. The first time it happened, I told a friend, “Great, this place used to be nice a quiet at this time.” He said, “Just wait a couple weeks, it’s New Years.”
Sure enough, the gym got to be a quiet place of refuge again about the 3rd week of January. So why do so many fail at their New Year’s resolutions?
Here’s what Psychology Today tells us:
“Timothy Pychyl, a professor of psychology at Carleton University in Canada, says that resolutions are a form of “cultural procrastination,” an effort to reinvent oneself. People make resolutions as a way of motivating themselves, he says. Pychyl argues that people aren’t ready to change their habits, particularly bad habits, and that accounts for the high failure rate. 
Another reason, says Dr. Avya Sharma of the Canadian Obesity Network, is that people set unrealistic goals and expectations in their resolutions.”
Not really ready to change and unrealistic expectations…sounds like some of the goals I’ve set for myself in the past!
One tool I’ve found incredible effective was something I learned from the Zig Ziglar organization. Keep reading below and I’ll share it with you.
Resolve to start the new year off with a clean and healthy home!
Are you keeping your carpets, rugs, tile and upholstery professionally maintained yearly? If not, now’s the perfect time to start this good habit and clean up after those holiday guests.

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Carpet spot and odor removal tips

Always Do This When Cleaning

Some tasks, such as removing a spot from a carpet, getting rid of an irritating pet odor from the family dog or trying to find the best cleaning solution for the toughest jobs can actually end up causing more harm than good.

Spot removal

When we find a spot on the carpet, there are two things we tend to do. The first is to put way too much cleaning solution on the spot, saturating it and even getting the padding wet. This just spreads the spot and causes trouble in the future. The second is we tend to scrub way too long and way too hard. This can fray the fibers and you can’t fix that. So when you get a spot, put some solution on a white towel and blot. Never scrub or rub.

Odor removal

The biggest question when Fido or Fluffy does their thing on the carpet is “How do I get it out?” That’s not always easy unless you get to it right away. Urine will penetrate into the carpet, the padding and even the subfloor, and when it dries, over time it becomes sticky and smelly. Some will put powdered carpet deodorizers on those spots, which only gums up the carpet and creates a residue very difficult to remove. Like with spot removal, blotting the area quickly is usually the best remedy for the do-it-yourself types.

Using products

When one product works well and you find another one works well, too, the tendency is to mix them. Remember, never mix ammonia and bleach. Both are effective products on their own, but mixed together, they become deadly. Other products on your shelf could, if mixed together, create toxic fumes that can cause harm to your family. Always follow the directions on the label.


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

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

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How to Buy a Vacuum

As you’ve often heard from us, one of the best steps you can take to preserve your valuable floors and fabrics is regular vacuuming.

Does it matter which vacuum you buy? When prices range from $50 to $500 we sometimes wonder what features to look for in a quality vacuum for home use. This article will hopefully clear up some of the confusion.

Carpet Cleaning Sarasota

What to Look For in a Vacuum


While upright vacuums often have the edge, canister vacuums can be more convenient when cleaning stairs and upholstery. reviewers say to consider the following when buying an upright vacuum:

• Look for a filter. High-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters have excellent filtration properties, but other types of filters can be equally effective. Reviews say that most vacuums control emissions fairly well; unless you have severe allergies, most filters will be adequate.

•Choose between bagging and bagless. Bagless models eliminate the ongoing expense of buying new bags, but emptying the dirt cup can be messy. Bagging vacuums generally hold more dirt and may be preferable if you have allergies, because emptying a dirt bin can expose you to a cloud of dust. Either type will do a decent job of cleaning.

•Look for a brushroll shut-off feature if you plan to vacuum bare floors. Uprights generally have a tougher time cleaning bare floors because the revolving brush, which digs dirt out of carpets, often spits dirt from hard surfaces back out of the machine before it can be sucked up. Many vacuums have this feature, but some less expensive models do not. Also, be cautious using the beater bar on Oriental rugs, especially avoid those fringes with the beater bar!

•Skip the dirt-sensor feature. Sometimes you’ll see vacuum manufacturers advertising this feature, which is supposed to sense when dirt pickup slows, presumably meaning that the area is clean. However, reviewers say dirt sensors have nothing to do with performance.

•Check the cord and hose length. A longer hose (7 feet or more) makes it easier to clean high places with an attachment, and it’s less likely that the unit will tip over when doing so. A longer cord (30 feet or more) allows you to clean a bigger area without having to plug the machine into a different outlet. Retractable cords, which don’t need to be wound up by hand after use, are also handy.

•Think about the weight. Most upright vacuums weigh between 9 and 22 pounds. If you’ll need to carry the vacuum up and down stairs, you might be happier with a lighter vacuum. These usually have fewer accessories but might be worth the trade-off. In user reviews, weight is a big complaint.

•Consider the size. Generally, uprights are more cumbersome for cleaning under chairs and tables, although some smaller uprights have a low profile that’s more conducive to hard-to-reach places.

6 Tips to Enhance Home Décor

We’re hard at work getting our new office and warehouse ready, we just moved in July 1st. Boy is there a lot to do!

We finally got the place up to our standards of cleanliness (a cleaning company can’t have a dirty office after all), touched up the walls, changed the floors, now we’re moving in our stuff.

The rug plant is coming together quite nicely.

Pictured is our state of the art rug dusting machine and a rug drying tower being assembled.

Have a phenomenal day and enjoy the following article about sprucing up your home décor if things are getting stale around your house.

6 Tips to Enhance Home Décor

After a season or two, the décor of your home may start to feel monotonous, so it always a good idea to experiment with the style & theme. Commonly, changing curtains, renovating upholstery, painting, or adding a new rug or even new flooring is done; but still the desired look may not be achieved. So, let us look at some really effective tricks to give new look to the home.

1.      If you have a big window or a showcase in the living room, then use this space very creatively. Try decorating the windows with beautiful roller blinds that go well with the interior of the room. For a cabinet or showcase, experiment with the shelves creatively. Create symmetry with vases, books, a clock, or various other accessories.

2.      A unique way to give an antique look to your living room: Use different sized empty frames and group them together by overlapping them. You can place a classic portrait behind these frames for a vintage look.

3.      Use mirror and glass especially in the smaller spaces to give a touch of magic. You can fix mirrors on the walls, and use glass tables for that special touch. Below the glass table, place a beautiful rug or carpet. This would make the room look bigger and would also add a light quotient.

4.      Creatively use the open space like the place underneath your staircase. Give a playful touch to this area by hanging toys or placing trendy table & chairs with colorful cushions.

5.      Work on the dining table next, where much of your entertaining is done. The dining table provides a lot of ways to experiment. You can first play with the texture of the table with vinyl table runners or mats. You can also use fabric napkins with the cutlery. Another idea is to customize a unique centerpiece for the table. Place a wineglass upside down in a hurricane lantern, and top it with a pillar candle.

6.      Create a focal point in the living room that would be center of attraction. It could be some artwork, fireplace, a decorative mirror, or anything that highlights the beauty of the room.

Playing with the interiors needs nothing else but a creative mind. You can easily do that using unused items at home, without even spending much. You can use ideas from online catalogues or television shows and modify them in your own way.

About the Author is a well designed showroom that has a comprehensive range of fabrics for curtains, Curtains, Hunter Douglas and wallpapers etc. We have, for many years, been an authorized distributor for all Blinds, Carpets, Upholstery and Shades.
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