Pakistani Junior Squash Team Takes Silver Medal

Last week the 11 day World Junior Squash Championships took place at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha, Qatar. 22 International teams battled it out and Pakistan proudly took home the silver medal after a spirited match against Egypt who they contested the final with for the fifth time in a row.

In Pakistan, squash is extremely popular and significant to the country’s culture. The country usually dominates the sport, with the sport’s top players, such as international squash marvels Jahangir Khan and Jansher Khan, calling the country home. However, recent political instability in Pakistan has limited opportunities for its squash players. The country’s tense political climate Pakistan impacts their ability to host major tournaments and the national squash team has a hard time obtaining travel visas to attend international competitions. This situation is certainly unfavorable and the talented Pakistan National Squash team is suffering because of it.

Mahmud Jafri, president of Dover Rug & Home and an avid squash player and enthusiast, is intent on revitalizing the Pakistan Squash Federation and the Pakistan National Squash Team as they embark on their US tour. Mahmud Jafri is spearheading an effort to assist the team by funding all lodging, boarding, and travel expenses as they participate in tournaments across the United States. Dover Squash & Fitness also generously offered to serve as the team’s training facility at no charge. Last month Mr. Jafri hosted the first of several fundraisers to increase awareness and funding for the team.

Additionally, as the sport gains in popularity here and abroad, we are creating educational and academic opportunities for young players through our many programs and workshops at Dover Squash & Fitness.  We feel strongly that the gifted young athletes that comprise the Pakistan Team deserves every chance to be successful.

For more information or to join us in supporting the Pakistan National Squash Team, please visit http://www.doversquashandfitness.com/paksquash.php and donate today.

Rug Cleaning Tips for Emergency Situations

Rugs should be treated as works of art. They are prized pieces and such treasured possessions must be treated delicately and carefully. However, accidents do happen, especially if your home is filled with kids and pets. When your rug does get dirty, it’s important to know exactly how to best clean it and preserve the value and beauty of your rug.

It’s always best to be prepared for any rug emergency before it actually happens. It’s a good idea to assemble an emergency kit in advance so you’ll be able to effectively handle any disaster that comes your rug’s way. You should have all the basic essentials on hand, like Woolite, Oxygen bleach, grease solvent (dry cleaning fluid or spot remover), nail polish remover, rubbing alcohol, turpentine, and club soda. These household items work wonders on small spills and blemishes!

If you do experience a small spill, don’t panic. You’ll probably be able to take care of it at home on your own. It’s crucial that you act quickly though to make sure the blotch doesn’t stain the rug. Scrape or blot up as much of the spill or blemish as you can using club soda or cold water to dilute. Make sure that you only use cold water though when water is called for in order to avoid setting stains.

 

If the spill is greasy, sponge gently with grease solvent or apply detergent. For non-greasy spills, sponge with a solution of one teaspoon of liquid detergent to one cup water. Do not use soap and water! Animal stains can be taken care of by sponging freely with cold water. Apply a solution of three tablespoons white vinegar to one quart water, then sponge with detergent suds and rinse. A note on sponging: make sure to work lightly from the center to edges, sponging the edges irregularly to “feather” the area. Blot until the spill is damp or dry quickly to avoid rings.

If the mishap is too large to handle on your own, call us to find out the best course of action. We’ll suggest a temporary remedy for you until professional help arrives.

Always being prepared for the worst is never a bad thing, especially when it comes to rugs. If you follow this outlined advice, you’ll know what to do in the case of a rug emergency and be able to tackle any small spill or blemish with ease. You can keep your rug looking pristine and like the prized piece of art that it is.

For more tips on rug cleaning and information on our rug cleaning services, please visit http://www.doverrug.com/cleaning.php