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.
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.
It is kind of unsettling to see that all that dirt was in your carpet. When your vacuum looks full to the brim, it’s time to clean it out and here’s how to tackle it.
Remove the canister and empty the contents into the trash.
Take the canister apart, remove any stubborn dirt/fluff and rinse in warm water.
Check your filters and clean as needed. Some are washable so just rinse in warm water until the water runs clear, squeeze out the excess and let it air dry. (Check your manual for instructions on how to care for your filter.)
Check hoses for blockage. There should be one at the roller brush but also check where the dirt goes into the canister and the hose attachment.
Use a seam ripper to remove hair and string from the roller brush. Scissors would work as well.
Wipe the vacuum clean and wait 24 hours for its parts to thoroughly dry before putting it back together. If the filter is still damp after 24 hours, use a hair dryer to speed up the drying process.
After the vacuum is cleaned, lean it back up and turn it on for 30 seconds to run air through the system to loosen any potential clogs.
We all love our pets, but do you know what they bring into your home?
Saliva: A dog has at Least 20 species of bacteria in its mouth
All of these bacteria are left behind when your pet slobbers on your upholstery or rugs.
Pet waste: There are 20 million fecal coliform bacteria in a single gram of pet waste – urine or feces! These bacteria remain on rugs even after you clean up the waste.
Dander: An estimated 30 million Americans are allergic to animals with pet dander being the main cause!
Simply vacuuming may not get rid of all of the allergens.
Dirt: Studies show that dirt carries many different forms of bacteria and a square foot of carpet can harbor up to 1 pound of dirt!
Our rug cleaning system will deep clean your rugs, removing the places bacteria can hide.
The EPA recommends that homes with pets have their rugs and carpets professionally cleaned every 3 to 6 months for the most effective cleaning and removal of pet hair, odors, dander, and dirt or soil.
How can you keep your rugs and carpets clean when every time your door opens the deluge of snow and dirt wants to sneak in – in children’s shoes, on pets’ paws, on the feet of guests, and so on?! Here are some handy tips to help keep your rugs clean(er):
- Ban shoes in the house, or buy each family member a few pairs of house-shoes to change into. Set up a shoe rack at each entry, so shoes can be immediately taken off. Pick up some extra pairs in various sizes for guests, and hang a sign asking them politely to divest themselves of footwear before entering the main area of your home. Most people will cheerfully comply and understand.
- Have mats inside and out – one to stomp on outside the door to remove as much dirty snow as possible, and one inside for people to stand on while removing their footwear.
- Add runners down heavily trafficked areas in the home – from doorway to kitchen, in front of the couch, and down hallways. These will take the brunt of the dirt if someone forgets to take their shoes off.
- Set up a pen around the doggie door. Your pet can re-enter the home, but must stay on a rug covered penned area until you are able to snag a towel and wipe his or her feet off. No muddy paw prints on the clean carpet!
No matter how hard you try, the rugs are going to get dirty, so give us a call to help get them clean again.
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I would recommend them others.
I have used Area Rug Cleaning Co for 10 years now because they are terrific! I depend on them to clean my area rugs, as well as a couple of valuable oriental rugs. They always do a good job and I would never use anyone else. Their front office is wonderful too because everyone is welcoming and nice.
Ann Arbor , MI
In addition to our advanced Rug Cleaning Process and the other great services we offer, we also have the ability to create a Custom Rug Pad specifically designed for when oriental or area rugs are placed over carpeted floors or hard surfaces like wood or tile.
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I drive over an hour one way to utilize Wolverine Carpet Cleaning. Other carpet cleaning companies cannot reach the ground in dirt and dust; they only clean the top portion of the carpet. Wolverine is the only company in this area that has the ability to fully clean an area rug. My rugs come back in like-new condition, which has saved me from the cost of replacement.
Fringe cleaning and restoration of your area will help retain the value of your fine rugs. At Area Rug Cleaning Company in Ann Arbor, MI, our work is done on premises, by hand by one of our experienced rug care professionals. We put extreme attention to detail in the work we do to assure 100% customer satisfaction. Find out for yourself!
This mobile rug washing plant is going to the I.C.E. Conference and Trade Show in Las Vegas, Nevada at the end of the month.
Included in this set-up are various rug dusters, wash tub, centrifuge, and rug hanging racks. Come on down and see us!