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Dye Bleeding – The Effects of Bad Area Rug Cleaning

Posted by on Sep 24, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Dye Bleeding – The Effects of Bad Area Rug Cleaning

If you have beautiful area rugs spread throughout your home or workplace, you may have tried DIY area rug cleaning, or you hired someone to clean them only to find that you now have damage to your beautiful rug.

Dye bleeding can happen on many area rugs when they are not cared for correctly. You may find that the dyes bleed into one another, changing the colors, patterns, and overall look of your rugs. This happens when dyes in your rugs are not colorfast. Incorrect area rug cleaning causes these colors to run into one another. Red dyes are the biggest culprit when it comes to not being color-fast, however this bleeding can happen with any color.

Another reason your rugs might bleed is due to the fact that additional color was added to the rug after it was woven, this additional dye will likely run when your rug is cleaned incorrectly, especially if the area rug cleaning is not completed by a professional.

When you call in a cleaning company you expect them to clean your rugs without causing damage. The problem comes when you call a company that does not have the right experience. This is due to the fact that it is important to use the right solution and the right application when it comes to area rug cleaning. A dye test should be performed on your rug to determine which cleaning solution is going to work best for each particular area rug. There are many different ways to clean a rug and using the wrong solution and wrong application can cause excess damage to your area rug.

It is important to consider that saving a few dollars by attempting area rug cleaning on your own may actually cause damage to your rug that cannot be repaired. This may lead you to have to keep a rug that now looks less than perfect, or you may have to buy a brand new area rug.

Area rug cleaning is important to keep your rug in good condition and to prevent a build-up of dirt, allergens, and even toxins. The thing to remember is that your area rug cleaning should be completed by an experienced professional. A professional that has the knowledge and experience to use the right product and the right application to clean your rug without causing damage.

If you are looking for an experienced team to perform your area rug cleaning, Area Rug Cleaning Company can help. Contact us today to find out more about our area rug cleaning services.

What Is Abrash And Why Do Oriental Rugs Have It?

Posted by on Sep 9, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on What Is Abrash And Why Do Oriental Rugs Have It?

Hand knotted rugs possess certain inherent characteristics which aid in their uniqueness. Color variations in the field and or border, known as abrash, are a beautiful example of such a characteristic. The term abrash, from the Arabic word for mottled, is typically used to denote color changes or striations running horizontally across the face of a rug. These color changes will appear within the same color ie., a light blue field may have striations of darker blue. However, abrash can also refer to a more general variation of color throughout a certain field of color causing the area to have a mottled appearance.

Abrash results from variations in the dyeing process. Most commonly, different dye lots may not result in a perfect match, particularly if small dye batches are used. The weaver runs out of one batch and restarts with another which may result in a shade difference. Differences within the same dye lot are also possible. Variations in the yarn density and twist, especially with hand spun yarns, allow for different absorption rates of dyes. In addition, the time spent in the dye bath may also affect absorption rates since the yarns on the outside of the skein will absorb color faster than the yarns on the inside of the skein.

Occasionally abrash may appear more apparent following a professional cleaning. Sometimes the true colors are obscured by soiling, and often the rug owner will very closely inspect the rug noticing slight variations which were pre-existing, but have long been forgotten.

Although some may prefer consistent and precise coloring in their rugs, abrash is often prized as a beautiful characteristic of an oriental or hand knotted rug. Many machine made rugs often incorporate abrash in their designs to enhance their appeal. It is often discussed in the rug community how much of abrash is an “accident” of the dye process or how much is intentional by the weaver. The question only adds to the mystique of oriental rugs.


Cleaning Tips That Help Save Time

Posted by on Aug 26, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Cleaning Tips That Help Save Time

You love a spotless house—but you don’t want to spend the bulk of your time actually cleaning. With time always of the essence, we need to be able to find ways to clean-up more quickly. Luckily, there are shortcuts, tools and methods that will help you efficiently and effectively clean in a shorter amount of time.

Stop Clutter at the Front Door: Mount a plastic or cloth shoe rack inside your front entry closet door, and use it to stash all kinds of living room and family room miscellany—toys, hats, gloves, magazines. You can even designate one of the pockets for mail you do not know whether to save or toss.

Circle Your Way Around The Kitchen: Always begin on the right side of your stove, then move clockwise around the room. The stove is typically the dirtiest part of the kitchen, so ending with it keeps you from spreading dirt and grease. (First, soak drip pans and knobs in warm soapy water. By the time you’ve worked your way around, they’ll be easier to clean.)

Make Pick-up Quicker: Put all items that do not belong in the room in a container. Do not try to pick up each item and place it where it belongs. Even if you don’t get distracted you will waste time running to all ends of the house multiple times.

Sweeping Solutions: Cleaning should always be done top to bottom. That way, any crumbs or dust that fall to the floor while you’re working get picked up last. And believe it or not, there’s a right way to sweep.

Get Swept Away: To sweep, hold the broom like a canoe paddle, with one hand on top of the handle and the other toward the middle. Push your hands in opposite directions to get the most out of every sweeping stroke. Sweep from the outside in so that you don’t miss any spots, and move the dirt to the center of the room, where it will be easy to pick up.

Shower Doors Will Shine: Rubbing a teaspoon of lemon oil on glass shower doors twice a month causes water to bead up and roll off. Or, try Rain-X Original Glass Treatment, a car-care product made to keep rainwater off your windshield. Use it twice a year.

Use Bedtime as Bathroom Clean Time: While the kids are washing up at night, wipe down the tub, toilet and mirrors, and toss out clutter. When they’re finished, quickly wipe down the sink and floor.

Address Your Drawers: Most women have drawers full of clothes they don’t wear, and their dresser tops then become repositories for things they can’t store. Get rid of things you haven’t worn in a year and vow to put away your clean laundry each week.

Conquer Laundry and Stave Off Static: Since fabric softener and dryer sheets can strip towels of their absorbency, add ¼ cup white vinegar to the rinse cycle or throw two (new, clean) tennis balls in your dryer to get rid of static electricity, soften fabrics and eliminate the need for dryer sheets.

Time It: If you actually time how long it takes to do certain chores, you won’t mind doing them as much. Believe it or not, most chores only take 10 minutes.

A Few Benefits of Houseplants

Posted by on Aug 12, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on A Few Benefits of Houseplants

Your rugs and carpets are the biggest filter in your home and just like your air conditioning filter they filter out airborne soils that pass through them. Keeping these objects properly cleaned and maintained is vitally important to your health. What about bringing plants into the home as well, to assist with this filtering process?

When you embellish interior spaces with houseplants, you’re not just adding greenery. These living organisms interact with your body, mind and home in ways that enhance the quality of life.

Breathing Easier
When you breathe, your body takes in oxygen and releases carbon dioxide. During photosynthesis, plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. Adding plants to interior spaces can increase oxygen levels.

At night, photosynthesis ceases, and plants typically respire like humans, absorbing oxygen and releasing carbon dioxide. A few plants – orchids, succulents and epiphytic bromeliads – do just the opposite, taking in carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. Place these plants in bedrooms to refresh air during the night.

Releasing Water
As part of the photosynthetic and respiratory processes, plants release moisture vapor, which increases humidity of the air around them. Plants release roughly 97 percent of the water they take in. Place several plants together, and you can increase the humidity of a room, which helps keeps respiratory distresses at bay. Studies at the Agricultural University of Norway document that using plants in interior spaces decreases the incidence of dry skin, colds, sore throats and dry coughs.

Setting the Mood
A study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology reports that people who have plants in their home have higher mood levels and experience less stress and fatigue. Cheerful moods follow houseplant growers to work, where they have better attitudes toward their work and their coworkers. Interiorscape designers take advantage of the effects of plants on people to make hard surfaces and sharp corners seem softer, resulting in a feeling of comfort and well-being in living spaces with plants.

Plants bring natural beauty to our living spaces. They also help clean the air we breathe by absorbing toxins and acting as little oxygen factories. Plants simply make us feel better!

Area Rug Cleaning Company Customer Review

Posted by on Jul 31, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Area Rug Cleaning Company Customer Review

Reviewed on Customer Lobby:

Quite satisfied with the whole experience

Area Rug Cleaning Company cleaned a rug from my home. They came promptly when they said they would to pick up the rug. They did a great job cleaning it and then accommodated our busy schedule to return the rug to us. The staff we dealt with were very professional and the price was very reasonable. We are quite satisfied with the whole experience and recommend the services offered by Area Rug Cleaning Company to everyone.

Greg D.

Boehner, MI


Knowing What Size Rug is Best for Your Seating Area

Posted by on Jul 22, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Knowing What Size Rug is Best for Your Seating Area

There are plenty of factors to consider when buying a rug and it can become overwhelming. Knowing how to choose the right rug size for your space is one of the most significant details.

In general people buy rugs that are too small because 5×7 and 6x9s are so much cheaper than 8x10s or 9x12s. However, it is often going to make the whole space look chopped up and accidental looking so in a way you’ve just wasted that money.

Measure the size of your SEATING AREA before shopping and get the closest size up from that. If your budget is tight and your room is small you can have a smaller rug that floats in front of the furniture. (This is especially ok if your sofa is backed up against the wall.)

You don’t need to waste the rug real estate under the sofa if you can’t even see that it’s there. But if your furniture is floating (furniture with legs) or if the room is big, get a larger rug or it will make the room look smaller and totally out of proportion.

One of the principal functions of a rug is to pull the room together. We hope these tips will help with navigating through the various sizes of area rugs for your seating area.

Customer Review: They did their job well and efficiently!

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Customer Review: They did their job well and efficiently!

We are so pleased to have another satisfied customer!

Customer Review: They did their job well and efficiently

Area Rug Cleaning Company came out to my house, picked up two very large hand woven rugs, and gave me an appropriate estimate right away. They then brought the rugs back to their shop and double checked the estimate to make sure we were both on the same page. They were so quick with the job that they actually had them ready for me before I was even ready to have them back!

Stacey B.

Ann Arbor, MI


Home Staging Tips: Do-It-Yourself

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Area Rug Types, Blog | Comments Off on Home Staging Tips: Do-It-Yourself

If you are intending to put your house on the market this summer or just want a more “put-together” look, here are some tips to help you along with achieving those goals.

Welcome visitors with an inviting porch. Even if you have only a tiny stoop, make it say “welcome home” with a clean doormat, potted plants in bloom and — if you have room — one or two pieces of neat porch furniture. Keep your porch lights on in the evenings, in case potential buyers drive by. Illuminating the front walk with solar lights is a great extra touch, especially if you will be showing the house during the evening.

Get your house sparkling clean. From shining floors and gleaming windows to clean counters and scrubbed grout, every surface should sparkle. This is the easiest (well, maybe not easiest, but certainly the cheapest) way to help your home put its best foot forward. You may want to hire pros to do some of the really tough stuff.

Style your dining room table. The dining room is often a blind spot in decorating the home. Between dinners, a dining room table can look bare and uninviting, so styling it up with visitors in mind can increase the appeal. An oversize arrangement can look too stiff and formal, so try lining up a series of smaller vessels down the center of the table instead.

Take a good look at your floors. At the bare minimum, give all floors a thorough cleaning, along with carpet and rugs. Consider having wood floors refinished if they are in poor shape. If you don’t want to invest in refinishing floors, the strategic placement of area rugs can go a long way.

Beware pet odors. If you have pets, get all rugs cleaned and be extra vigilant about vacuuming and washing surfaces. Also do not forget to keep any extra-loved pet toys and doggie bones hidden when tours are scheduled.

Rearrange your furniture. In the living room, symmetrical arrangements usually work well. Pull your furniture off the walls and use pairs (of sofas, chairs, lamps) to create an inviting conversation area.

Entice people to explore the whole house. By placing something that draws the eye to the top of the stairs, in hallways or in corners, you can pique curiosity and keep potential buyers interested throughout a whole home tour. A piece of artwork, a painted accent wall, a window seat, a vase of flowers, a hanging light or even a colorful rug can all work to draw the eye.

Benefits of a Professional Rug Cleaning

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Benefits of a Professional Rug Cleaning

Some people consider rug cleaning to be a DIY activity. However, there are some things you should consider before attempting to clean your rug yourself:

A professional rug cleaner provides high quality cleaning

Professional rug cleaning goes further than your regular vacuum or home steam cleaner can do. The equipment and tools used will disinfect and clean your rugs, creating a hygienic environment for you and your family.

The rugs in your home can harbor dirt, grime and allergens brought in from outdoors. If someone in your family has any allergies, rug cleaning can help to reduce the amount of allergens in the air.

Professional rug cleaners have training and experience

There are many types of rugs on the market. Some require different cleaning methods from others. Using the wrong technique can damage the rug fiber and in time ruins the rug.

Rugs can be expensive if you have to replace them. A professional rug cleaning can help extend the life of the rug. Dirt, sand and grime over time can permanently damage rug fibers. This damage results in wear and discoloration of the rug.

Professional rug cleaners can help with trouble areas

Pets, children and walking traffic can leave your rugs stained and worn. A professional rug cleaner can help you freshen your rugs, eliminate odors and prevent rugs from matting from use.

The rug cleaner can also assess your rugs use to determine how often you should get your rugs cleaned. Regular cleaning can help eliminate some of these issues and keep your rugs in shape so that they last longer.

Professional rug cleaning frees up your time for other things

Rug cleaning can be a time and energy intensive process. By hiring a qualified company, you can leave it in their hands. This allows you to spend your time doing things you enjoy or to spend time with your family.

How to Avoid Tracking Dirt into the House

Posted by on May 5, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on How to Avoid Tracking Dirt into the House

What’s the best kind of dirt? The sort that never enters your house in the first place. That’s dirt in its proper place – dirt that you don’t have to clean up. One of the best ways to streamline your cleaning routine is to cut the mess off at the source. So here’s lots of advice on how to stop dirt in its tracks:

1. Put out a welcome mat: Place a nice thick mat at every door; the bigger the better. This includes the door from the garage and the back door coming in from the back yard, not just the front door. Make sure that everyone knows that they need to use the mat to wipe their feet before coming into the house, and that the mats are not just for decoration.
2. Have a no shoes policy: Asking your family and guests to remove their shoes when they come into the house is becoming a more common practice these days. However, for this to work it’s important to have a place for your guests and family to put their shoes when they come in. You could have a basket or a shelf on the floor by the door to give an obvious nod to your guests that they should remove their shoes when coming into your home.
3. Close your doors: Dirt just likes to travel. It’s happiest when it can roam freely all over your home, hiding in nooks and crannies where it’s most labor-intensive to find and remove. So stop dirt at the borders. That is, habitually keep your doors, drawers, cabinets, wardrobes and other barriers closed. This will keep dirt out in the open, where vacuum cleaners and cleaning cloths will be able to deal with it more readily.
4. Supply a bench: Placing a bench by the door where people can sit down and remove their shoes is a great option for eliminating the tracking of mud into the house. Many benches come with baskets underneath where indoor shoes can be stowed for the family. Some benches even have a mirror and coat hooks, creating a mini mudroom feel that can work for most any door in the house.
5. Place throw rugs by the door: Keeping throw rugs on the floor by the doors is another way that you can capture some of the errant mud that often finds its way into your house. Between a mat on the outside and a rug on the inside most people will get the dirt and mud off of their shoes. Choose rugs that are easy to shake out or throw into the washing machine. Rubber backed rugs won’t slip on hardwood or carpeting.
6. Use only one door: During bad weather use only one door. Using an entrance that comes into an area that is easy to clean will minimize the mess. Reducing the number of entrances will allow you to keep up with any footprints or dirt that comes in so that it isn’t tracked through the rest of the house.
7. Keep a towel by the door: Place a towel by the door so that when you bring your pet back into the house you can dry his feet. This will help reduce wet footprints on your floors and furniture. If your pet has muddy feet you may need to use a damp rag or wipes to clean off the mud before it can be tracked into your house.
8. Keep pet paw hair trimmed: Have your groomer trim your pet’s paw hair to remove the fur from between the pads of the feet. This fur is what collects the dirt and allows Fido to bring in grass and other debris from outside. Keeping up with this grooming yourself will minimize how much your pet will track in.
9. Sweep sidewalks: Keep walkways clean as they approach your door. If the sidewalk is clean there is less of a chance that dirt will be tracked in. The same goes for keeping patio areas and garage floors neat and clean. Eliminating dirt from the point of entry will reduce the work to keep it out.
10. Update flooring: Keep in mind the next time you update the flooring in your home to install easy to clean flooring. Hardwood is an excellent option because it is easily swept and mopped. Including a tile entryway can also reduce the amount of dirt tracked onto your carpet. Installing stain resistant carpeting is another smart option so that if mud is tracked into the home it will not stain the carpet and can be easily cleaned up.

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