Is your rug losing it’s wool?

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I receive many calls each week from consumers who complain that the rug they have purchased continues to “shed”. Some have even said that they have filled up their vacuum several time with this “fuzz” and wonder if they will have any carpet left in a few more months. The first thing I usually ask is what the carpet is made of, and the label will always state that it is 100% wool. Furthermore, it is usually a machine loomed (or power loomed) thick cut pile rug. Although I love wool because of its durability, it is difficult to assess the performance of any rug without comparing it to one of high quality. There is a test you can do before making a purchase, or in your home.

Quality test: Perform this before you make the purchase. Continue reading “Is your rug losing it’s wool?”

The Powder Post Beetle

Search no further for an article that will answer all your questions about the elusive powder post beetle and its relationship to furniture.

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Have you ever seen tiny pin holes in your furniture? Ones that just appear for some reason. Collecting directly under the holes you will see a very neat pile of fine sawdust powder. At first, you may wipe the sawdust away- not knowing what actually caused it, but in a couple of days you find that it has appeared again in another neat little pile. After careful inspection, you find the source which is a tiny little hole. You have a powder post beetle. Continue reading “The Powder Post Beetle”

Unlevel Door Fix

If your doors aren’t level and you have adjustable hinges, then you’re in luck. Here is a one minute video that describes how the typical euro-hinge can be adjusted, but first make sure that your piece is sitting level. Most floors are not perfectly level and require the levelers on the bottom of the feet or legs to be slightly adjusted.

There are variations of this type of hinge, but they all work nearly the same. I get calls quite often on how to adjust doors so that they are even, and it’s tough to try to instruct someone on how to do this over the phone. If the doors are on a piece of furniture, make sure that the item is as level as possible first! Most door issues are due to a piece being on a wooden floor that is not perfectly flat- so use the adjustable floor glides to level the unit first and it may fix the door issue. If it is on a tile or brick floor with many inconsistencies, then level it as best you can and then fine tune the door fit with the adjustable hinges.