Soft and Hard. Warm and Cool. Rugs and Wood. Better Together


Over the last decade many homeowners have decided to remove carpet and replace it with hard surfaces like hardwood, laminate, ceramic, stone. They did so because they liked the look and felt it would be easier to maintain. What many found however, was that their new floor was not as easy to care for as first thought, and the feel underfoot was not as pleasant as when they had carpeting in the room. The solution many found was to add area rugs to their rooms.

Area Rugs can add a splash of colour, along with warmth, a soft feel, and a safer place for your kids and pets to play. But with so many types of area rugs available, how do you choose the rugs that are right for you?

Is your rug going to be placed in a high traffic area?

In high traffic areas like hallways and family rooms, choose rugs with busy patterns and colours that will easily hide dirt and soil. Select tightly woven or knotted rugs that will not show develop traffic patterns as quickly as thicker rugs would.

Is your rug in a room where you may spill food or drinks on it?

As I recommended in the higher traffic area, stay with a busier pattern. Make sure that a carpet protector is applied to avoid and permanent disasters. A tighter weave or knot helps as well, as spills tend to stay on the top of the carpet, rather than run deep into the fibres.

What about rugs in a bedroom?

Unless you like being woken up with a jolt on a cold winter morning, a plush, thick rug is the perfect choice beside your bed. Thick rugs provide excellent insulation from the cold. They also help to deaden sound, so you won’t disturb your partner when you leave for work early or arrive home late.

Synthetic or Wool?

Synthetic rugs will save you money in the short run, but wool is the better long term investment. It is rare for us to see a synthetic rug come into our shop that is more than ten years old, but we often have wool rugs brought to us that have been enjoyed for decades, some have been more than one hundred years old.  A well made wool rug will likely be passed down from generation to generation.

Special note of warning about long shag rugs

Long shag rugs (rugs with stands over one inch in length) have become very popular in recent years. They look and feel wonderful when you buy them, but you may want to consider these as “disposable” rugs. Because the strands on these rugs are so long, they are exceptionally difficult to maintain. Home vacuum cleaners are rarely powerful enough to suck the dirt from the base of the rugs. Tufts and fibres often pull out. Twisted strands often unravel, leaving a shadowy look that cannot be fixed. Some rugs actually have their colour applied as a coating (like a paint) that wears off over time or when cleaned.

Long shag rugs are the very difficult rug professionals to clean, so they will cost considerably more to have cleaned than other synthetic rugs, often more than wool or silk, so buy wisely.

Whether you are choosing your rug for its colour, design, warmth, longevity, or all of the above, you will find that the contrast of hard and soft surfaces will make your floors more beautiful and your home more enjoyable to live in.

Phil Shames is the Owner of Ecosuds Carpet and Upholstery Care. Serving the Greater Hamilton, Burlington, and Grimsby areas of Ontario. Ecosuds is a multiple award winning company specializing in environmentally friendly, low moisture fine rug, carpet, and upholstery cleaning. Phil can be reached at 905-667-5624 ext. 101 or

5 Steps to Avoid Premature Carpet Ageing

Clean Healthy Carpet

Clean Healthy Carpet

It is a sad fact that almost every day we are called to help another family deal with the heart ache of “carpet abuse”. Carpet that has been trampled on with dirty shoes, vacuumed with poor quality machines, and carpet left for years and years between cleaning. Tragically, many of these once fine specimens of carpet have had their lives shortened by many years. By following a few simple steps, these carpets could have been enjoyed for many more happy years. If you would like to avoid “premature ageing, follow these simple steps………………….

  1. Vacuum your carpet at least once a weekDry dirt will scratch your carpet fibres and cause permanent shadowy traffic patterns if left too long. Vacuum cleaners should have a motorized beater bar and be adjusted to the correct height for the pile.Make sure to empty the bag or dirt reservoir often.
  2. Don’t wear outdoor shoes inside. Dirt stuck to the soles of your shoes will stick to your carpet, dry out, and cause abrasive damage.
  3. Use carpet mats at all outside entrance doors.Leave abrasive and potentially damaging dirt on cheap mats, not on your beautiful carpets. Replace mats when they no longer clean up nicely.
  4. Wear slippers or socks. Oils and lotions from feet will cause your carpets to look dirty sooner. Sticky lotions will hold onto abrasive dirt that may cause damage.
  5. Deep clean your carpets every 12-18 months. If you leave your carpet cleaning until they look dirty, it may be too late. Our clients who have their carpets cleaned every 12-18 months (the Carpet and Rug Institute recommended frequency) have carpeting that always look fresh and new. Their carpets last many years longer too, saving them thousands of dollars in the long run.

Phil and Nikki Shames own Ecosuds, a Hamilton Ontario based company that provides high quality and environmentally friendly carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, fine rug cleaning, and anti slip treatments for tile and bath. They can be reached at  905-667-5624 or Please visit to learn more

Divine Intervention Could Not Keep Pope from Slip & Fall Injury

Pope Benedict Broken Wrist

The recent retirement of Pope Benedict XVI brought to light the dangers all seniors face at home and abroad. Back in 2009 The Pope slipped and fell while on vacation in Northern Italy. Thank God he was not seriously injured, but he did suffer a broken wrist. For many seniors who slip and fall, the injuries are much more serious.

Did you know that half of all of those over 65 who fall and fracture a hip are unable to return home and carry on an independent life?

Ecosuds’ new SlipMedic service can quickly and  affordably remedy slippery-when-wet hard floor and bath surfaces, dramatically reducing the likelihood of a slip and fall accident. Contact us to learn more.

Phil and Nikki

Phil and Nikki Shames own Ecosuds, a Hamilton Ontario based company that provides high quality and environmentally friendly carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, fine rug cleaning, and anti slip treatments for tile and bath. They can be reached at 905-667-5624 or Please visit to learn more

Ask Phil & Nikki – How to Clean a Red Wine Spill from Valentine’s Swooner

Wine on Carpet

Hi Phil & Nikki.
Valentine’s Day is coming and it brought back memories of a spill I had last year. My spouse and I were cuddling on the sofa, when I accidentally knocked over a glass of red wine onto my carpet. It left a bad stain. What could I use to clean a red wine stain from my carpet?

Romantic Klutz, Burlington, Ontario

Dear Romantic Klutz,

Love can cause us all to swoon and get a little klutzy, but no worries, you can usually get those stains out of your if you act quickly.  Follow these directions to get rid of any evidence of your “kluziness”….

Step 1: Blot up as much of the spill as is possible. A wet/dry vacuum is useful if a large quantity of liquid was spilled. If spot has dried, saturate the tufts in the affected area with tap water (do not over wet). Allow to remain for about one minute and blot. If the spot is being removed using water, continue until the spot is completely removed. Blot dry and apply the paper towels and brick. If it is not completely removed go to the next step.

Step 2: Neutralize with a solution of 1/3 cup of white vinegar, 2/3 cup of water. Saturate spot, using a spray bottle and blot to remove excess moisture. After neutralizing, go to back to step 1.

Next time your sweetheart makes you swoon, make sure you don’t have a glass of wine in your hand.

Happy Valentine’s Day.

Phil & Nikki.

Phil and Nikki Shames own Ecosuds, a Hamilton Ontario based company that provides high quality and environmentally friendly carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, fine rug cleaning, and anti slip treatments for tile and bath. They can be reached at 905-667-5624 or Please visit to learn more

Choices of Carpet Cleaning in Hamilton, Burlington, and Grimsby

Carpet Cleaning companies in Hamilton and Burlington use four different processes to clean the carpet in your home or business. As a consumer, it is often difficult to choose the method that is best for you. Here is some information that can help you decide:

1. Rotary Method Here shampoo is scrubbed onto the surface of the carpet using one large or two small brushes. This does a fair job of cleaning the carpet surface, but the deep-down dirt is either untouched or carried deeper into the pile by the shampoo. And this method makes no provision for removal of the shampoo and dirt. The carpet must be vacuumed later in a separate operation.

2. Steam Method In the first place, no steam is used – probably a good thing since live steam would be disastrous to your good carpet. Actually, the “steam” is only hot water that is sprayed into the carpet. And in most cases, little more than half of the dirt bearing water is extracted from the carpet. The remainder is left and can result in soggy carpet, browning mildew, shrinkage, or damaged backing, padding and floors. Drying time can run up to 24-hours – a long time for any carpet area to be unusable.

3. Rotary/Bonnet Method Such procedures will brighten the surface but can’t remove the dirt deep in the pile. Results: embedded dirt works up quickly to the surface to resoil the carpet.

4. Von Schrader Low Moisture Air Cell Soil Extraction Method Von Schrader Low-Moisture Dry Foam Extraction System which is an exclusive, patented process. The LMX System is one of the most technologically advanced systems ever built for fast cleaning, quick drying and DEEP down cleaning of carpet.. Hot water extraction detergents leave a gummy, sticky, or waxy residue. This residue clings to the carpet fibers and quickly attracts soil. Rapid resoiling leads to a dull, dirty carpet appearance. Von Schrader’s specially formulated cleaning products leave a minimal amount of crisp, brittle residue that does not attract soil to the carpet fiber. This prevents resoiling and preserves carpet beauty. The loose, non-clinging flakes are easily vacuumed away. The LMX continues the evolution of a carpet-cleaning phenomenon that has yet to be equaled! Ecosuds is Hamilton, Burlington, and Grimsby’s Authorized Von Schrader Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning company.

You can learn more about this non-toxic, environmentally friendly, fast drying process at or call 905-667-5624 for more information

So You Want to Start a Business?


You dream of the time freedom, calling your own shots, setting your own hours, ending the tedious commute, ditching the office politics, and telling your boss to take this job and…… well you know the rest.

What is keeping you from living out that dream of starting your business? If you are like most people who have thought about starting their own business, but can’t bring yourself to do it, fear is likely the cause holding you back. Fear that you don’t have enough money. Fear that you will not make enough money to keep up your standard of living. Fear of what your friends and family will think. Fear of failure (after all….the media keeps telling us that 4 out of 5 new businesses don’t last five years).

So how can you start a business without giving in to these fears? There is one industry that has created more millionaires than any other, has allowed more “average” people to live their dreams, and has provided an opportunity to more people out of the rat race than any other. That is the Network Marketing Industry.

Now before you roll your eyes and move on to another site, hear me out. Many people have the pre-conceived notion that network marketing is a “pyramid scheme”. That most network marketing opportunities are scams.  After all, many of us know stories of people with garage loads of over-priced inventory. Or people who invested thousands of dollars in programs that they never did anything with. While it is true that there have been some  shady operators in the mlm field, there were certainly no more than in any other field. There are countless stories of franchises gone bad, “business opportunities” that bled bank accounts dry, and “fad” businesses that came and went in a flash. You need to do your due diligence before you get involved in any business.

Why should you consider the network marketing industry as your ticket out of the “rat race”?

Very low startup cost:

Many network marketing companies provide a startup cost of less than $500. Some have startup costs below $50. Compare that to the tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars you will need to start most other businesses.

Start part-time.

Most people start their businesses part-time. Just ten hours per week can help you grow a fantastic business.

Earn a great part-time income.

Face it. It’s tough to make ends-meet. Most part-time jobs do pay little over minimum wage. You need to work  a lot of hours , have little control of the hours you will work, all the while making someone else rich. What would an extra $400-$500 per month mean to you and your family? It could pay for your new car, pay for your kid’s education, allow you to save for retirement, pay down bills, or just take off the pressure of barely ,making the bills at the end of each month. You set your hours and you are growing a business that will pay huge dividends down the road.

Build an amazing full-time business.

There are not many businesses that allow you to start part-time, and in just a few short years, replace and surpass your current income. While most network marketing businesses do not provide high income early on, with “time in the saddle” and consistently working the business, you will succeed.

Tax write-offs.

Would you like to be able to write off part or your car expenses, your home costs, and even your vacation costs? You may be able to cut thousands of dollars a year from your income tax bill by starting your own network marketing business.

It’s fun!

There has never been an industry that is more encouraging, filled with more enthusiasm, and is packed with people who simply have more fun.  Network marketing meetings are not boring and drab. They are typically up-beat and fun. You get to meet new people over coffee and learn all about them ant their dreams. You can work from home, from your favorite coffee shop, or even from the beach (sure beats a cubicle). You only work with people you like and only sell products your passionate about.

Speaking of working with only people you like and selling products your passionate about, how do you go about selecting the right network marketing opportunity for you? That will be the subject of my next article.

Phil Shames is an Independent Distributor with Scent-Sations Natural Wax Candles and Home Scents. He also is the Owner of Ecosuds Carpet & Upholstery Care and Ecosuds Products in Hamilton Ontario. He can be reached at . Visit his websites at,, and .

Who’s Joining you in Bed Tonight

Your mattress likely has over 1,000,000 of these little critters bunking with you nightly.

Dustmites are a huge problem for those with allergies and asthma

Dust mites (not to be confused with much nastier bed bugs) are all over your home. These little bugs don’t bite or spread disease like bed bugs can, but over 2 million Canadians suffer from allergies caused by these tiny house companions.

Most people are not allergic to the bugs themselves, but rather to their poop. And they poop a lot. Each bug will produce 200 times it’s weight in poop over its lifetime. If you often wake up with watery eyes, a stuffy nose, skin rashes, or asthma symptoms, there is a good chance that you have dust mite allergies. So how can you get rid of them? You can never totally rid your home of dust mites, but you can reduce them and thereby reduce your symptoms. Here’s how:

Wash your bedding and pillows at once a week in hot water.

Vacuum daily if possible. Keep your home a little cooler (dust mites don’t reproduce well under 22 degrees C.)

Keep your humidity between 35 and 50 percent. Wash all stuffed toys in hot water.

Use mattress covers that can be easily removed and washed.

Replace pillows annually and use pillows made of Dacron or Orlon Have your mattresses, upholstered furniture, carpets and rugs cleaned annually (more often if you have asthma or severe allergies).

Spray your pillows, sofas, and mattresses with Young Living Thieves Spray regularly to control dust mites and kill germs naturally (available from Ecosuds).

Have a professional like the folks at Ecosuds professionally clean and sanitize your mattresses at least once a year if you suffer from allergies or asthma.

Contact Ecosuds at or 1-866-340-9939. Vist the Ecosuds website to learn more about mattress and upholstery cleaning.