The Hammond Knoll Blog

Get That Sparkle This Holiday With These Speed Cleaning Tips

Posted by Hammond Knoll on Dec 1, 2016 7:00:00 AM

December is upon us and it seems to be the busiest month of the year. And cleaning your home, just takes up too much of that precious time! Here are six tips to get your home sparkling and jolly:

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Topics: professional cleaning company

Stay Beautiful Maintenance Program

Posted by Hammond Knoll on Nov 23, 2016 9:37:03 AM
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Topics: Commercial Carpet Cleaning, tile cleaning, carpet cleaning, furniture and upholstery cleaning, commerical leather cleaning, commerical tile cleaning, commercial upholstery cleaning, rug cleaning

Pick Up and Delivery Service from Hammond Knoll

Posted by Hammond Knoll on Nov 17, 2016 7:00:00 AM

From the moment you call in to the moment we deliver your clean rug back to your home, Hammond Knoll makes the process easy with our professional staff.  We will answer all of your rug cleaning questions, schedule a convenient time to pick up your rug, clean it at our climate-controlled facility and deliver it back to you!

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Topics: Pick up and Delivery Service for Rugs, rug cleaning

Romance...candlelight, wine, soft music and a crackling fire...

Posted by Hammond Knoll on Nov 2, 2016 11:45:58 AM

Bring the spark back to your fireplace, kitchen, bath or any other hard surface area in your home. 

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Topics: tile cleaning, tile and grout cleaning, hard surfaces

Share your own story with us

Posted by Hammond Knoll on Oct 27, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Share your own amazing story with us

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Topics: rug cleaning

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.

Proudly Serving the Greater Puget Sound Since 1939!

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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


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