Antiques and Chandelier Repair

  • Restoration of antiques and chandeliers

We’ll come to your home and quote you on any, or all, of the below:

  • Dry cleaning
  • Launder & press
  • Wash & fold
  • Leather cleaning
  • Repairs
  • Clothing donations
  • Household items

BRILHO has a selection of area rug and carpet cleaning services. We help you manage the lifespan and enjoyment of your rugs and carpet by catering to common issues that rug owners come across:

  • Pet excrement stains
  • Food and beverage stains
  • Make up, paint and nail polish stains
  • Odor control
  • Rug repair & restoration
  • Custom sized rug under pads
  • Professional rug moth treatment
  • Rug dyeing
  • Carpet and rug changing

If you are an owner of a rug including: area rugs, antique rugs, Persian rugs, Oriental rugs, silk rugs including banana, bamboo and silk tapestries, wool rugs, and synthetic rugs – we can help you out.

Synthetic vs. Natural Rugs and Carpets

The structure of wool fibre is unique in that it has high levels of absorbency, fire resistance, and anti-static properties. Wool is very porous, and is capable of holding up to 10 times its weight in moisture. 30% of moisture can be stored in wool, and the material can still remain dry to the touch. This is why it’s good not to saturate a wool rug in water. If left alone in a drenched state, wool carpets are susceptible to mold and mildew growth.

Of the synthetic carpet and rug selection, those made with nylon are considered the most durable. Nylon and other manufactured fibres are generally more nonporous and have a higher level of mold and mildew resistance.

Wool carpets are stain-resistant, but not stain proof! They do well with regular vacuuming.

Nylon carpets also clean well with regular vacuuming. Nylon is a nonporous fibre and resists spills and stains. Nylon carpet and rugs have a very high tolerance for moisture absorbency and cleaning chemicals, and is safe with almost any professional carpet cleaning method.

Clearing your chimney of other objects

It is not uncommon for a chimney to become blocked by objects unrelated to soot or creosote! It could be due to loose masonry, other debris, or animals making a home or trying to make a home in or around your chimney. Often times it will be squirrels, raccoons, or birds making a nest. We can also help with cleaning blockages outside of the standard chimney sweep. Keep an eye out for animal nests during the spring – give us a call if there is an issue, and we can help you out!

If you are using your fireplace or wood stove once or twice a week in the winter, it is essential that you get the chimney cleaned every year. We stress that you should get your chimney cleaned annually, because leaving it to the last minute can be a fire hazard!

Soot and creosote builds up quickly after a few uses of the fireplace – all of the combustion happening with wood and any other elements you are tossing into the fire will leave a lot of particulates hanging around the firebox and the chimney flue.

BRILHO’s team of professional chimney sweeps have been trained to clean chimneys safely and efficiently. A chimney sweet doesn’t just sweet the firebox, there is an element of finesse to doing cleaning a chimney well. Attention to detail, measuring out the openings to the fireplace and chimney, removing creosote build-up, performing camera inspections utilizing specialized chimney cameras to view the structure of the flue, removing blockages within and above chimneys, are just a few things.

Our professionals have learned through experience what level of cleaning needs to be done, and to look out for any damages to report to home owners. The level of inspection varies based on case specific situations. Chimney sweeps will amalgamate this information and offer you an in-depth consultation and let you know what can be done moving forward before departing.

Creosote is a highly flammable, tar-like deposit that sticks to the sides of your chimney flue. Creosote forms as the materials in your firebox burns. The process of combustion causes gases from your fuel to release particulates. These particulates travel in the fireplace travel up the flue and cool down. As the cool down process happens, matter that hasn’t gone through full combustion will collect. Often times, natural materials that burn have substances within them that create a tar-like deposit. If creosote continues to build up without regular sweeps and inspections, it could unfortunately ignite and cause chimney fire.

The length of time it takes to clean a chimney is dependent on the situation. If you chimney has never been inspected or cleaned before, it my take a longer period of time.

With the inspection aside, it also takes some time to set up the working area, block off your fireplace from the interior of your home. This is to ensure that when cleaning happens, none of the matter stuck to the inside of your firebox and chimney flue will fall into your home. If there is a blockage inside of your chimney flue, it may also require our professionals to climb up onto your roof to assess the situation from up top.

All things considered, if there aren’t any major issues, a visit from our professionals can take an hour.

You should consider hiring a professional if the build-up of creosote in your firebox appears to be a shiny glossy texture. Often times, you can clean your fireplace yourself, if you have good maintenance habits with your fireplace.

Soot is very easy to clean up. If you immediately clean up your fireplace after using it, it prevents the soot to continue to burn in future uses of your fireplace. This means that the soot will stay matte and dusty. When soot is in this form, it is much easier to utilize a brush to break apart the material from the walls of your firebox and your chimney flue.

However, it would be highly recommended to hire a professional to inspect your chimney if you have never used your fireplace before. Often times with inspection, you can expect the procedure to include a cleaning as well.