Latest Tips, Tricks & Articles
January 17, 2020
What is dry rot? Dry rot is the fungus that causes dry rot still needs moisture to grow and damage plant-based fibers. Unlike other mold and mildew that need a lot of moisture, "dry rot" describes a fungus that can grow in fibers with only 20% moisture content. So it doesn't grow in dry fibers, just less wet fibers.
November 21, 2019
With the beautiful autumn leaves comes rainy weather, clogged gutters & drains and the potential for water leaks into the home. At D. A. Burns, we can care for rugs that have been damaged by water intrusion into a home, but a little maintenance around the house can keep the water out.
October 25, 2019
It's become more common for companies to add dye to their product to make them more appealing, and we now see coffee, tea and wine being used to add color. The dyes can make the difference between a spot we can remove and a stain that permanently alters the color of a fiber. When a spill happens, there's no surprise about the color change as you can see the added color right away.
October 25, 2019
Lauren asked for advice about cleaning up a spill on her living room sofa. We asked if she happened to have any information about the fabric. She said, "The tag says polyester." That's a common enough response; the content label does say polyester, but the content label doesn't describe the fabric. Questions about the various labels under the furniture cushions come up often enough to be worth a few words of explanation.
August 19, 2019
Do you have a rug too big, too long, too small or the wrong shape to be of use? Does a favorite rug have unsightly wear or damage and you keep it in storage because you can't bear to throw it away?