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Tips for Maintaining Upholstered Furniture

Posted by Hammond Knoll on Oct 20, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Maintaining upholstered furniture is easy to do while following these simple steps. They do not take much time and you can keep your sofa looking great year after year.

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We love to learn and share...below is a list of our favorite books

Posted by Hammond Knoll on Oct 13, 2016 1:27:14 PM

Here are just a few of our favorites...our book club get togethers with our team are not only a great bonding experience but a chance for us to reflect, share and even sometimes hold each other accountable only to be better.  Sometimes we read personal growth, business development and even marketing or sales referral books, if you have a favorite you think we would enjoy please share below.

 How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

**Highly recommend for salespeople and staff-teaches how to build repor with others

 Purple Cow by Seth Godin

**Great for business owners and marketing peeps-helps us to think outside the box

Win Forever by our favorite HAWKS coach Pete Carroll

**Awesome coaching advice for leaders and teams both to build a winning culture

Slight Edge by Jeff Olson

Good for anyone and everyone especially those who can't seem to take the steps to make their goals or dreams come true

Leadership and self-Deception by the Arbinger Institute

For those that have blame, denial, anger and a bit of an ego...this is one of our teams favorites

Remember to send us your personal favorites.

Happy Reading,

The HammondKnoll Bookclub


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Topics: Business Development

How to Determine if Rug Repair is Worthwhile by Brian Benzel

Posted by Hammond Knoll on Oct 13, 2016 8:00:00 AM
One of the first things we do when looking at the potential repair/restoration of a rug, is determining whether or not the repair is worthwhile. The value of a piece can be discerned in a multitude of ways: perhaps you need a replacement value, an insured value, a fair market value, or other usually insurance policy related value. These numbers are subjective to a degree, but they are all quantifiable. You can generate a hard number to use as a basis for determining the worth of getting a repair done. 

However, there is one value that can’t be so neatly defined: sentimental value. A client’s rug may be something that has no real value left due to extensive damage or wear, but sentimental value is something that can push an unrecommended repair into a reasonable prospect. In cases like these, repairs are often done just to preserve the look of the rug for as long as possible. 

At Serafian’s Oriental Rugs, we try to be practical and economical in these instances. With countless ways to repair damage, we try to line our repairs up with a client’s budget. Some clients are willing to put money into more laborious and technical repairs, despite our recommendations due to rug value, while others just want the cheapest method available to add life to the rug. We often rely on the use of latex and machine serging to keep the price down and in a manageable place for clients.

We recently had a Meshed that’s value could only be described as sentimental. He remembered playing on the rug as a young child, and despite the obvious wear beyond reasonable restoration, he wanted to know if there was anything we could do to salvage it in any fashion. Together we decided that cutting the rug down would be the best option, as the most damaged areas were nearer the perimeter.

We thoroughly cleaned both sides of the rug.

The rug brightened up significantly, but the exposed cottons from the foundation were now equally vibrant, diminishing the newly vibrant colors of the piece.

Examining what we could salvage, we decided on cutting down to a new perimeter that encompassed the whole of the central medallion. The rug is so worn on top, that we decided to flip the rug over, as it showed minimal damage on the back. Although traffic on the back side of a rug is typically a quick way to wear it out, the front had so much exposed warp and weft, that it was the safest route, along with the added benefit of being more aesthetically pleasing for the client.

We secured the edges with binding tape and latex to add a little strength, and then we serged all four edges to complete the look. We also saved the scraps for the client to possibly turn them into pillows in the future.

Although the original rug was too far gone to warrant preservation, our client was thrilled to have a “new” rug made from this piece from his childhood. We were able to keep the price down by using more cost effective methods to accommodate the client’s needs.
With proper care, your oriental rugs should last for many generations. At Hammond Knoll, we are not only experts at cleaning area rugs , but we can also repair , re-dye, remove or add new fringe to your rugs. Persian, Oriental, Flokati, Dhurrie, Silks, and Navajos each require their own rug repair techniques.

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Topics: rug repair

Broken Windows...Broken Business

Posted by Hammond Knoll on Oct 9, 2016 2:17:24 PM


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3 Ways to Decrease the Life of Your Heirloom Oriental Rug

Posted by Hammond Knoll on Sep 22, 2016 8:00:00 AM
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Topics: rug cleaning

Rugs of the World - Mashad | HammondKnoll Tacoma WA

Posted by Hammond Knoll on Sep 8, 2016 8:30:00 AM
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A special event: Dog Training Tips, Wine & Appetizers

Posted by Hammond Knoll on Sep 7, 2016 1:13:12 PM

Refresh your home, and your dog too!

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We are giddy with excitement to share our new tile video with you…

Posted by Hammond Knoll on Aug 30, 2016 2:59:31 PM

Frustrated?  Is your tile looking dull, scratched or blah?  Leave it to the experts, we've got a solution.

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Topics: hard surfaces

Back To School Means It's Time To Have Your Home Professionally Cleaned | Hammond Knoll Everett Seattle Tacoma Olympia WA

Posted by Hammond Knoll on Aug 25, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Now that the kids are back to school and a “normal” schedule starts to fall into place, it’s time to turn attention to parts of the house that have been neglected. With summer barbeques & playing children bringing in dirt and grime almost to an end, start by hiring a professional cleaning company to do the hard work for you! A beautiful, clean house is easier to enjoy throughout the year and will help to ease allergies.

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Topics: cleaning services Tacoma WA

Area & Oriental Rug Repair | How we fixed the unfixable

Posted by Hammond Knoll on Aug 18, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Oriental rugs require the highest level of knowledge to repair properly. The large variety of construction methods (hand tied, machine made, hand tufted, woven, natural or synthetic dyes) and yarn types (silk, wool, cotton, jute, acrylic, rayon, etc.) may require several types of rug repair techniques.

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Topics: rug repair


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