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Posted by on Jan 10, 2019 in Blog | Comments Off on Like Us On Facebook

At Area Rug Cleaning Company, we appreciate your patronage and like to share our knowledge of the rug cleaning industry with our audience on social media, especially Facebook!

Therefore, to keep updated with the latest news, specials and happy home tips, please visit our Facebook page and give us a like by clicking here and hitting the thumbs up!

Thank you for your loyalty and continued business! And for those just joining us, Welcome to the Area Rug Cleaning Company community!

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Area Rug Cleaning Company cares for the finest to the most basic rugs from around the world. We will pick-up and bring your rugs back to our special cleaning facility where they will go through our thorough cleaning process for maximum soil and spot removal. We also have a location in Wayne, MI, as well as Ann Arbor.

Rug Padding: Preventing Wear And Tear From Damaging Your Heirloom Oriental Rug

Posted by on Dec 20, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on Rug Padding: Preventing Wear And Tear From Damaging Your Heirloom Oriental Rug

Heirloom Oriental RugSun Damage

Most rug dyes are quite resistant to sun fading or bleaching. But let’s be real, sun means only one thing for carpets and rugs—sun fading. Ultraviolet rays are a powerful force of Nature. A rug will likely fade over time if used for years in a very sunny area. Consider placing your heirloom Oriental rug out of direct sunlight. Also, close the drapes while you are at work and try to turn the rug end-for-end once a year to even out possible color changes.

Uneven Wear

An heirloom Oriental rug should be rotated once every year to even out wear and color change. Try not to use a rug on a very uneven floor. An area of the floor that is raised (a loose floorboard, a transition strip from one flooring material to another, etc.) causes the part of the rug that covers it to wear much more quickly than other areas of the rug.

To Move a Rug

When you move a big rug to adjust its position, there is a better way than just to pull with brute force on the fringe or edge. A simple trick is to roll the rug up. Start by rolling from the short end of the rug so that the length of the roll is as short as possible. If storing the rug, make sure to have it professionally cleaned first before wrapping the rug for storage. If the rug is not cleaned prior to storage, it will be far more susceptible to moth infestation. Any particulate within in the pile will act like glass against the delicate wool fibers.

To Lay a Rug Flat

If an heirloom Oriental rug has been folded for shipping, there may be wrinkles or creases when you lay it down. To flatten them out, first determine which way the nap lays (rub your hand across the pile in the direction of the fringe: the pile will feel smooth one way and will roughen up when rubbed in the opposite direction). Stand at the end of the rug with the nap running toward you. Roll the rug up, then slowly unroll and smooth it down along the way. Persistent wrinkles should be attended to by a professional rug restoration expert. If not cared for properly, premature wear along the ridges made by the wrinkles can result in lasting damage. Some rugs have wrinkles “built in” as the rug is woven-try not to buy one of these!

Rug Pads

Not only with a rug pad extend the life of your rug, pads under a heirloom Oriental rug can prevent sliding, tripping on the edges, from creasing and provide comfort underfoot. According to expert interior designers, rug pads can also help with sound reduction. A pad should be about an inch smaller than the rug all the way around (not counting the fringe) so that the pad will not show beneath the rug. Pads can be made of materials like rubber, felt, polyester, or one of a number of synthetic foams.

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We hope this article had some useful tips and tricks in helping to prevent wear and tear from damaging your treasured heirloom Oriental rug prematurely.

Sources:
https://jacobsenrugs.com/blog/caring-for-your-oriental-rug
https://www.fcnews.net/2013/07/16571/
https://blog.lexingtonorientalrugs.com/2012/01/03/folding-rugs-for-storage-and-shipping/

The Big 3 Spills

Posted by on Dec 6, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on The Big 3 Spills

spillsIt seems that when food and beverages are served, spills on your carpet and rugs often follow.  If you’ve dealt with the resulting spots, you’re in good company.  Our top spills and cures are listed below.

Spill #3 – Gravy

People often ask:

How does gravy get on the floor anyway?

Doesn’t everyone pay attention when passing the gravy boat?

Gravy somehow finds its way to your carpet and area rugs, and gravy has edged out whipped cream to make it onto our list of spills.

Spill #2 – Coffee

Coffee and “party jostles” go together like cream and sugar, so coffee drips are almost expected.  We have two cures for coffee spills, one for coffee and one for coffee with cream.

Spill #1 – Red Wine

Between making toasts, friendly hugs and general high spirits, spilling wine seems to be a part of every good get-together.  Red wine can leave a permanent stain on textiles, caused by both naturally occurring color and added dyes. (White wine spills are just as common … they just don’t become obvious until they become sticky and darker as they start attracting soil.)

Knowing what to do can help alleviate your gathering “carpet spill stress”.   Here’s what you need to know:

Gravy

Gravy and whipped cream spills share similarities in how they are handled:

– Spills with a heavier consistency like creams, butter or gravy can sit on top of the fiber for a short time before soaking into the carpet nap.  If the spill is still on the nap and not in the nap, work from the edge to the center using a dull knife, spoon or spatula to get under the goo and remove it before it sinks in.
– Keep transferring what you pick up to a container or disposable towel.  Removing semi-solids in this way will make removal of what’s left a lot simpler.
– Apply warm water.  At this point making the last of the spilled residue thinner makes it easier to remove.
– Blot up the warm water and residual gravy using absorbent paper or cotton towels.

– If any residue remains, mix a mild detergent solution:  ½ teaspoon liquid dishwashing detergent in one cup of warm water.
– Apply the mild detergent solution.
– Blot until you no longer detect a transfer of moisture.
– Apply warm water to rinse.
– Blot.

At this point you may want to fold a pad of whitepaper or cotton towels and place them over the spill, then add weight.  Change absorbent pad as necessary. Just make sure the weight will not transfer color to the carpet as water is drawn into the toweling.

If the gravy has dried, use the same dull-edged tool to break the residue up and vacuum.  Sticky residue can be treated starting with the addition of a mild detergent solution.

Coffee

– Blot until there is no more liquid being absorbed into white, absorbent paper or cotton towels.
– If coffee color remains, apply warm water.
– Blot up the warm water using paper or cotton towels.
– If color remains, use the detergent solution noted above (½ teaspoon liquid dishwashing detergent in one cup of warm water).
– Blot until you no longer detect a transfer of color and moisture.
– If color remains, mix 1/3 cup of white vinegar with 2/3 cup of water to make a mild acidic solution.  The acid solution can work to make the stain less visible.
– Apply the mild acid solution.
– Blot.

If the coffee contains cream it may be necessary to apply a protein-dissolving enzyme.  Enzyme products are available at most supermarkets; make sure the product is appropriate for the fiber content of your carpet.  Apply the enzyme product, blot, apply water to rinse, and blot again.

Red Wine

– As with coffee, blot the spill to remove as much liquid as possible.
– Skip applying water and go right to applying the detergent solution.
– Blot, apply water, and blot again.
– If the stain remains, mix 1 tablespoon of household ammonia with a 1/2 cup of warm water.  Ammonia can help release coffee dyes from the carpet fiber.
– Apply the ammonia solution to the coffee stained area.
– Blot with white absorbent paper or cotton towels until you no longer detect a transfer of color and moisture.
– Apply the mild acid solution (1/3 cup of white vinegar with 2/3 cup of water) and blot.  The acid solution can work to make the stain less visible.
– Apply clear water and blot.

Heard the online tip about getting red wine out using white wine? It can work, as wine contains acetic acid.  Wine is just a lot more expensive than white vinegar.

Additional tips for all carpet/rug spot removal:

– For removing spills on any rug or carpet, remove as much of the spill as possible before adding water or cleaning solutions. Therefore, for these stains and those that have sat for a while, professional help will be needed. Call us today or visit our website at www.arearugcleaningcompany.com.
– With all stain removal, think blot, don’t rub.  Rubbing a spot can distort the fiber, so even if you get the spill out you could be left with a texture-distorted, fuzzy area.
– A small trigger sprayer can be used to apply any of these solutions and will help control the amount of liquid being applied to your carpet.
– If you happen to have a wet-vac or home carpet spotting machine, you can use it in place of blotting.  Most of these machines are more efficient at putting water down than they are at picking water up, so spend more time using the vacuum than adding water.

Source: https://goo.gl/QFNGRX

Leave A Review On Google

Posted by on Nov 29, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on Leave A Review On Google

We take immense pride in the services we offer and the customers we have had the honor to serve. Please share your experience on Google by clicking and writing a review for Ann Arbor and for Wayne, MI. We use the feedback to continually better our services. We thank you in advance for your time.

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Discover the Value of Clean [Infographic]

Posted by on Nov 8, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on Discover the Value of Clean [Infographic]

Discover the value of clean. For instance, cleaning is an investment in human health, the environment, and an improved bottom line. In addition, discover more about the Value of Clean® in this infographic from ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association. Meanwhile, and also learn how a modest investment in cleaning can help facilities reap big savings. Most importantly, the health and wellness of your family at home.

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Area Rug Cleaning Company cares for the finest to the most basic rugs from around the world. We will pick-up and bring your rugs back to our special cleaning facility where they will go through our thorough cleaning process for maximum soil and spot removal.

Source: https://www.issa.com/member-benefits/value-of-clean/value-of-clean-infographic.html

A Rug Cleaning Will Make Your Rugs Look Like New Again

Posted by on Oct 25, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on A Rug Cleaning Will Make Your Rugs Look Like New Again

Rugs of all sorts are perfect for living room and dining room areas and several other areas of your home. Heirloom Oriental and Area rugs add warmth, color and heaps of comfort to the floors of your home for you and your family. Therefore, small ones make great entryway décor. Ones for the bathroom provide comfort to the feet as you get cleaned up. The places and uses you can have for area rugs within the home are endless. Rugs can collect dirt, odors, allergens, and discolorations from the ongoing foot traffic it endures day in and day out.

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Frequent vacuuming and spot treatment is helpful. However, it is imperative to have a skilled technician do comprehensive maintenance every now and then. The more foot-traffic it is exposed to, the more often it will need a good cleaning. Hiring professional rug cleaners for a rug cleaning is the best way to help get them clean and looking almost brand new.

Best of all, receiving area rug cleaning services will help the rugs last longer so the constant need to buy new ones does not need to occur, which will keep money in your pocket for other things needed for your beautiful home.

Your rugs, whether hand-knotted, family heirlooms or modern accent pieces – are representative of your style and your home. They are an investment and require proper care. Call today to schedule an appointment!

Like Us On Facebook | Area Rug Cleaning Company Ann Arbor and Wayne MI

Posted by on Oct 11, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on Like Us On Facebook | Area Rug Cleaning Company Ann Arbor and Wayne MI

At Area Rug Cleaning Company, we appreciate your patronage and like to share our knowledge of the rug cleaning industry with our audience on social media, especially Facebook!

Therefore, to keep updated with the latest news, specials and happy home tips, please visit our Facebook page and give us a like by CLICKING HERE and hitting the thumbs up!

Thank you for your loyalty and continued business! And for those just joining us, Welcome to the Area Rug Cleaning Company community!

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Area Rug Cleaning Company cares for the finest to the most basic rugs from around the world. We will pick-up and bring your rugs back to our special cleaning facility where they will go through our thorough cleaning process for maximum soil and spot removal

5 Things for Your Home and Fall To-Do List

Posted by on Sep 27, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on 5 Things for Your Home and Fall To-Do List

Tips for your Fall To-Do List: You probably give your home a deep clean in the spring, but you should also show it some love at the beginning of fall. Here’s where to start:

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1. Perform a pantry audit.

First, remove all the cans and boxes from the shelves, and vacuum away any lingering dust or crumbs (a lot can build up in a few months!). Then, inspect each item, tossing anything that is expired or past its prime. Consult this shelf-life chart as a helpful guide and part of your fall to-do list.

2. Test smoke detectors and clean vents/ducts.

You already know to put fresh batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors (doing it on the days you change the clocks for Daylight Saving Time is an easy way to remember). If any are more than 10 years old, replace them. But you also need to clean your dryer vents & air ducts, since dust that accumulates can cause them to underperform or start a house fire!

3. Flip your mattress.

When you turn back your clocks, turn your mattress over, too. If you can’t flip it because it has a pillowtop, rotate it 180 degrees to prevent body impressions form causing certain spots to slump. Sprinkle the mattress with baking soda to neutralize odors, and then vacuum it up.

4. Clean your rugs and carpet.

Get a jump on party season by giving your rugs and carpeting a good scrub. We recommend getting a professional cleaning once a year to keep up.

5. Vacuum all upholstered surfaces.

You think your couch is clean until you plop on it, and a haze of dust appears around you. Give sofas and chairs a good vacuuming, making sure to hit both sides of the cushions, the back, sides, arms, and even the platform underneath the cushions. We also recommend getting a professional upholstery cleaning once a year.

Source: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/cleaning/tips/a25733/fall-cleaning-tasks/

Five Star Cleaning Reviews For Area Rug Cleaning Company From Satisfied Customers | Rug Cleaning And Rug Repair Ann Arbor Wayne MI

Posted by on Sep 13, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on Five Star Cleaning Reviews For Area Rug Cleaning Company From Satisfied Customers | Rug Cleaning And Rug Repair Ann Arbor Wayne MI

Our reputation is an essential part of who we are. At Area Rug Cleaning Company, we take pride in serving our customers to the best of our ability. Click here for Ann Arbor’s reviews. Click here for Wayne, MI’s five-star cleaning reviews. Theses are from satisfied customers. Leave a review of your own!

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Area Rug Cleaning Company cares for the finest to the most basic rugs from around the world. Our five-star cleaning feedback speaks for themselves. We will pick-up and bring your rugs back to our special cleaning facility. This is where they will go through our thorough cleaning process for maximum soil and spot removal.

Fall Allergies: Simple Tips to Keep Them Out of Our Homes

Posted by on Aug 30, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on Fall Allergies: Simple Tips to Keep Them Out of Our Homes

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Fall brings a kaleidoscope of colors, cooler temperatures and, for many of us, the onset of major allergy season. As the leaves fall and the season brings sometimes very wet weather there area few typical triggers for fall allergies. The biggest offenders are ragweed, mold and dust mites.

Ragweed is a major cause of fall allergies. In most parts of the country, ragweed will continue to release pollen into November. Mold is another major cause of allergy symptoms. Piles of leaves and damp areas outside and inside the home are places where mold can quickly grow. Dust mites, eager to get out of the cooler weather, will migrate into our homes and accumulate in all of our most comfortable places like furniture, beds, rugs, and carpet.

Luckily, with some planning and organization, it can be relatively easy to deal with these triggers and minimize the impact of fall allergy season. Here are several tips to keep you one step ahead:

  1. Clean all vents and air filters in your home prior to turning on heating units.
  2. Keep on a regular schedule of dusting your home and use damp cloths which help contain the dust instead of just spreading it around.
  3. Wash your sheets and bedding on a regular basis…weekly is recommended.
  4. Keep shower curtains clean. The bottom edge of fabric shower curtains is a prime spot for mold to grow.
  5. Vacuum as often as possible and use a HEPA-filter machine if you can.
  6. It’s good practice to have your carpets, rugs, and upholstery cleaned by a professional regularly. For carpets, 2-3 times per year is the recommended schedule. Fall is the perfect time to prepare your home for holiday festivities and remove built-up dirt, bacteria, and other allergens.

Contact Area Rug Cleaning Company today at (734) 973-2300 or (734) 331-9173 and get this busy fall season off to a clean and healthy start.

Source: https://www.chemdry.com/blog/fall-allergy-triggers-simple-tips-keep-them-out-your-home

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