What vacuum should I buy for my business?

You want a vacuum that can take a beating, that can do everything, and doesn’t have “fancy” parts that will break.  The problem with most “commercial” vacuums, like many of the Orecks or Tornados (at least the ones I have seen in commercial settings), is that they don’t have attachments.  So no good way to…

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Buying new carpet:  Part 1, the Carpet Style type  

Customers often ask us, “What’s the best carpet to buy?” As carpet cleaners, we get to see a lot of carpet.  Old carpet, new carpet, cheap, expensive…  Made of different materials, styles, and colors.  We get to see what holds up well and what doesn’t.  But as of this month, I’m in the market to…

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Silk Weaving in Cambodia

Silk Weaving in Cambodia Cambodia has had more than its fair share of troubles with wars and the daily reality of living with landmines.  But Cambodia is a vibrant country that seems full of hope for the future.  Their silk weaving traditions were at a danger of being totally lost because of the war.  However…

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Backstrap Weaving in Pokhara, Nepal

Backstrap weaving is an ancient art practiced for centuries in many parts of the world. Most tend to think of this technique being used in South America.  However Asia is well known for Backstrap weaving as well.  We saw examples of this type of weaving in Nepal and Bhutan. The yarns are rolled on a…

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Fabric craft in Jodhpur, India

In a previous article, I talked about the textiles that many are pressured to buy when they come to India, as illustrated here: In our excursions outside of the city, we did visit another export shop where women were working on “bedazzling” different fabrics, which were then stitched together. It’s an interesting way to use…

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How to keep rug corners down… from India in the 1700s

These are carpet weights.  They were used in the Maharaja’s palace in Jodhpur, India.  Made of silver, they were used to hold down the four corners of a floor covering, or what we would now call an area rug. At Clean Interiors we go to great lengths to be educated, not only proper cleaning methods,…

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Rug weaving in Jaipur India

This is the entrance to the historic pink city in Jaipur, India.  As part of a government-sponsored art display, local artists and rug weavers were displaying their art and selling their goods. This local rug weaver was extremely talented.   Because of my interest in rug weaving, he kindly took the time to teach me how…

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Textile Weaving in Aurangabad, India

A 2000-year old technique is still being used to create Paithani (silk) and Himroo (silk and cotton blend) garments (sarees, shawls), other household items, and tapestries. Here is one of the women at work.  It takes between 18-24 months for Paithani weaving technique for a saree.   At Clean Interiors we go to great lengths…

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