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At the start of a new year, everyone wants to look and plan ahead. A lot of this starts with a good ol’ New Years resolution. Sometimes it starts as a not so simple question “What do I want to accomplish this year?”.  Either way, lots of predictions are being made for 2016. When it comes to design, ...
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New on the scene

Introducing new nylon rugs from Karastan! You read that right! Karastan has come out with a fun new collection of nylon area rugs.  These rugs come in a variety of colors and patterns and because they’re nylon, they’ll clean up well.  They’re even easy on your wallet with a 5’3” x 7’10” rug ...
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Just Giants shoe drive

Help us reach our goal of 4,000 pairs! Any kind of shoes can be donated for the cause. They will be cleaned, repaired and recycled to those in need around the world, including the USA by Funds 2 Orgs.Shoes Drop Off Locations:Fox Valley Winery, Oswego ILFox Valley Trophy - Oswego ILKeith's Car Care -...
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Why is steam cleaning your carpet so important?

If you’re asking yourself why it’s so important to have your carpet cleaned regularly, you clearly have no idea what could be lurking among the fibers. People commonly only consider the way their carpets look whenever thinking about having them cleaned — unless there are any noticeable stains, it ...
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Do I need a rug pad for hardwood floors?

Yes, you do. Honestly, this shouldn’t be seen as optional or something you can pick up later. At best, you could end up with a damaged floor; at worst, you could end up with a broken bone, and there’s plenty of potential problems to take into account. If you’re still unconvinced that hardwood ...
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Why is cleaning your carpet regularly so important?

If you’re asking yourself why it’s so important to have your carpet cleaned regularly, you clearly have no idea what could be lurking among the fibers. People commonly only consider the way their carpets look whenever thinking about having them cleaned — unless there are any noticeable stains, it ...
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How you should clean your carpets?

Most modern carpets are made with materials that prevent many allergens from gaining a foothold in your home, but dirty carpets can still play host to pollutants, bacteria, irritants, and other dirt and debris. Fortunately it doesn’t have to be that way– all you have to do is clean your carpets ...
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What kind of carpet am I?

There are plenty of different types of carpets out there, and each is suited to a different purpose. But while people often consider their décor when selecting carpet, it’s also important to consider your personality — which kind of carpet reflects who you are? What kind of carpet are you?Take the ...
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Febreze: Good for you carpet or not?

Febreeze is generally okay to use on your carpet, but there’s a bit more to it than that — it’s a temporary fix at best.We’re carpet and rug cleaning experts, and we’ve found that plenty of homeowners from Naperville, Lisle, and Wheaton are curious about this. Read on for the details.What is ...
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How much do you know about carpet care?

Feel up to taking out carpet quiz? Just a few questions will help you get to grips with everything from different types of carpet to tricks that make it last longer. We want homeowners around Naperville, Lisle, and Wheaton to feel as informed as possible — what better way to get you up to speed ...
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How does humidity and air conditioning affect carpet cleaning?

On average, your carpet will take around 6-12 hours to dry after professional steam cleaning. Humidity levels can extend that period, but you can use air conditioning to help control the moisture in the air.But any homeowner around Lisle or Wheaton knows that there’s more to it than that. Read on ...
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Wish us luck: Russell Martin nominated for two awards

Please wish us luck! Russell Martin has been nominated for two major awards… and results should be in any day now!The World Floor Covering Gold Standard Award recognizes and rewards excellence in the flooring industry and giving back to your community. Sam Martin has also been nominated for the ...
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Ask Russ: How do I clean muddy paw prints? When should I clean furniture?

Dear Russ ,With the snow melting and all this rain, my dogs keep tracking mud onto my beautiful carpet. What’s the best way to get this cleaned up?Signed, Muddy PawsDear Muddy Paws,This is a common problem this time of year. Mud can make us all crazy, but it is one of the easier messes to clean up: ...
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Five signs it's time to replace your carpeting

If you are like me, you hold off on major home purchases until it’s absolutely time. Here are 5 signs its time to replace your carpet.There are more waves in your carpet than the Lake Michigan shoreline. There are different reasons why you see rolls, waves, in your carpet. If your carpet is less ...
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Bleaching carpet is a bad idea

As a one-stop-shop for carpet care tips, sales, and cleaning around Naperville, Lisle, and Wheato, we’ve heard it all, and it’s common for people to ask us about whether it is okay to use bleach on their carpet. It’s an understandable question — after all, you use bleach to clean plenty of items. ...
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Tip on decorating for Christmas with rugs

The days are getting colder, the nights creeping in sooner, and all thoughts are turning towards the holidays. The stretch from Fall through to Christmas is always livened up by decking the halls, and we thought we’d tell you the how and why of using rugs to add to your holiday decorations.Your ...
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Understand how carpet affects a media room

The right home theater carpet affects your media room by:Controlling soundAbsorbing lightIncreasing comfortHere’s an in-depth look at how carpeting can be used to craft a dream media room.Sound AbsorptionCars, trains, and airplanes all use carpeting, as do concert halls and cinemas. That’s because ...
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Cleaning your furniture: Why you should an how often

People don’t often ask themselves how often they should clean their furniture — in fact, they might never have it cleaned at all. That’s a real shame since cleaning your furniture can:Improve its appearanceRemove any unpleasant odorsClear away any allergens (such as dust and pet dander)Extend its ...
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When should I clean my carpet?

As one of the most trusted providers of carpet and rug cleaning across Naperville, Lisle, and Wheaton, plenty of people ask us how the seasons affect cleaning and drying times. Well, this is a wise question to ask, and it’s something most people don’t even take the time to consider. Truth is, the ...
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Five keys to choosing the right living room rug

Need to know how to choose a living room rug? Well, it comes down to five crucial considerations:SizeColor and PatternTextureDécorNumberOf course, you’ll need a little more than that to make your mind up, so here’s our quick rundown of how to make your selection.SizeIt’s common to buy a rug that’s ...
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How to clean!

You don’t have to be Suzy Homemaker to know how to use T.A.C.T. No, not the tact you use when keeping your mouth shut when Aunt Phyllis wears a floral mumu, but the all-important recipe used for cleaning almost anything; from dishes to your carpet.  By altering the amount of each of the following ...
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How to decorate a room - starting with the carpet

Decorating a room. It’s one of those things we never consider tough before starting. Truth be told, bringing a whole room together involves a myriad of decisions that can have even the most enthusiastic homeowner sorry they started. Of course, things will flow a lot smoother if you keep the ...
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How we clean area rugs?

Ever wonder how Russell Martin cleans your area rugs? It's something we’ve been doing since 1957 right here in downtown Naperville! When a rug first arrives at our rug plant, it is inspected by our master cleaning technician, Tomas. He then writes a prescription for the rug and gets to work.We don’...
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It's a bird...It's a plane... It's a new carpet warranty?

It’s not uncommon for us to talk as much about our pets as we talk about carpet around here.  Pets are a part of our life (both professionally and personally) and we wouldn’t have it any other way.  Sadly, with pets come pet accidents.  These fluffy little creatures can leave behind nasty little ...
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How to prepare for carpet cleaners

Need to learn how to prepare for regular carpet cleaning? It starts by taking care of the following tasks:Vacuuming High-Traffic AreasRemoving Breakable ItemsRemoving Smaller Pieces of FurnitureKeeping Pets Out of the WayCleaning Existing MessesBut that’s just the beginning — you’ll also need to ...
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Naperville carpet company ranks second in the world

Russell Martin Takes Second in World Floor Covering Association’s Gold Standard AwardNaperville company Russell Martin Carpets and Rugs took second place at the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA)’s Gold Standard Awards in the under $10 million in sales volume category. Russell Martin was named ...
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Carpet trends

As with anything in the design world, there are good trends and bad trends.  Avocado green or bright orange shag carpet = bad trend! Pattern and texture in carpet = good trend! Thankfully, we’re not seeing the return of brightly colored shags but we are seeing a return to softer carpets. This can ...
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Enzyme-based carpet cleaners:A quick look at everything you should know

Unfortunately, a whole lot of carpet cleaners don’t remove unpleasant smells — instead, those sprays, powders, and liquids do nothing more than mask it. That’s why we recommend using an enzyme-based carpet cleaner for the following problems:VomitUrineBloodFecesFood and Drink Without further ado, ...
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What does value mean at Russel Martin?

Value is one of those words that gets thrown around a lot in retail.  More often then not when you think or hear the work value you think cheap or poorly made.  When we think of value, we think of a good product or service that meets a need with out breaking the bank! For years we’ve searched ...
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Trending

Over the past few years, we’ve noticed a shift from clients carpeting the first floor of their homes, to installing hardwood floors throughout. These wood floors are beautiful and can make a statement on their own. However, they do have their drawbacks as well. Most wood floors being installed ...
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What's trending now?

If you wait long enough, everything comes back into style, right? Well, what if you don’t have to wait for a favorite pattern to “come around again?” We are starting to see the new 2018 carpet and rug introductions and to say we’re are excited for what’s to come is an understatement.One of our ...
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Why you should choose wool carpet and rugs?

Wool carpets and rugs carry a certain kind of glamour that those made from other materials lack. Honestly, that’s no coincidence. Wool carpets and rugs come in a wide range of designs, look fantastic, and continue to look deeply plush and luxurious years after they have been installed. If you’ve ...
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What makes silk rugs a bad idea?

Why are silk rugs a bad idea? There are quite a few reasons, especially when you compare silk rugs to wool rugs:Silk rugs are often extremely expensive.Silk rugs are extremely prone to damage.Silk rugs are extremely hard to maintain.From tough on your wallet to tough to keep clean, silk rugs ...
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Why is winter a great time to clean your carpet?

When snow starts to fall and temperatures start to drop across Naperville, Lisle, and Wheaton, winter carpet cleaning might not seem like the best idea. But that’s an assumption you should cast aside. Truth be told, there are a whole heap of benefits that come with cleaning your carpet during ...
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How does winter salt affect carpet?

You wouldn’t want to hit the roads Naperville, Lisle, and Wheaton this winter without knowing the salt trucks had been out before you, but you might not know how winter ice melting products affect your carpet. As much as we need them to deal with snow and ice, such products can wreak havoc on your ...
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