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Cleaning Tips And How To Tackle Them | Carpet, Rug, Upholstery And Tile Cleaning Ann Arbor MI

Posted by on Jan 18, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on Cleaning Tips And How To Tackle Them | Carpet, Rug, Upholstery And Tile Cleaning Ann Arbor MI


From spilled beverages to plates in the sink, it’s best to deal with messes as you go. While it might seem exhausting cleaning while you go, it’s a lot less stressful than facing a mountain of dishes and no clean forks. Spills are less likely to become set-in stains if handled immediately.


Oriental Rug Care And A Journey Into Mysterious Worlds Of Old

Posted by on Jan 10, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on Oriental Rug Care And A Journey Into Mysterious Worlds Of Old

Oriental Rug Care And A Journey Into Mysterious Worlds Of Old

Want to add a splash of color to the interior of your home? An Oriental rug can complete the look of a room and draw your decor together into one seamless space. With styles hailing from Afghanistan, China, India, Iran, Tibet, Pakistan and Turkey, one can find something completely marvelous, mysterious and bring far east culture right into your living room. With some extra attention and professional oriental rug care, your treasure will last a lifetime.


A Rug Cleaning Will Make Your Rugs Look Like New Again

Posted by on Dec 14, 2017 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 dinning 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.

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.

rug cleaningBest 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!


Preventing Wear And Tear From Damaging Your Heirloom Oriental Rug

Posted by on Nov 9, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on 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 under foot. 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.

Heirloom Oriental Rug

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.


Preparing Your Home For Company | Professional Carpet And Rug Cleaning Ann Arbor MI

Posted by on Oct 19, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Preparing Your Home For Company | Professional Carpet And Rug Cleaning Ann Arbor MI

Whether your guests are staying just for the day or will be overnight visitors, this cleaning checklist will help make your home as inviting and comfortable as possible.

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Make sure all outdoor lighting is functioning properly and is turned on when it is dark. Another important precaution to ensure your guest’s safety.
Establish a place to collect all warm weather apparel, including boots. Add extra hangers to your coat closet or designate a room to collect these. You should also consider adding an extra doormat for those wet boots and have a rug cleaning by a professional. If you plan for this ahead of time your entrance won’t become a cluttered mess.

Living Area
If the carpet isn’t looking it’s best, schedule a professional carpet cleaning. Clean the windows so that guests can clearly see your outside decorations.

If the tile looks dingy, replacing it or even new grout can give a fresh look to a bathroom. Make sure the bathroom fan and window are in operating condition. Ventilation is an important part of keeping your bathroom clean and mildew-free.
Make sure you have enough guest bath and/or hand towels.

Rug Cleaning

The kitchen has become an essential room for entertaining with the popularity and ease of serving food buffet style. To provide more space, try installing appliances under countertops or consider investing in a kitchen island. Check the condition of the countertops, cabinets, and appliances. Replacing the appliances can make a huge difference when you’re preparing meals for large groups.

Guest rooms
Make sure the guest beds have fresh linens. Clear some closet space or a drawer to make your guests feel more at home. No one likes to live out of a suitcase.
Provide your guests with a bedside clock and reading lamp. Not everyone goes to sleep or wakes at the same time.

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

Posted by on Oct 5, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Five Star Reviews For Area Rug Cleaning Company From Satisfied Customers | Rug Cleaning Ann Arbor MI

First of all, our reputation is an essential part of who we are and what we do. At Area Rug Cleaning Company in Ann Arbor & Wayne MI, we take pride in serving our customers to the best of our ability. Our business would not be where it is without our customers. We know that the many loyal patrons, in the local community help us be a great company. They return year after year which means we must be doing something right. The five star reviews our valued customers leave really give you a feeling of the connection our crews give the home and business owners in the area.

Click here to see the reviews of our company. These five-star reviews for Area Rug Cleaning Company are from satisfied customers like the one below. Leave one of your own if you have not done so already!

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Our specialized equipment safely & gently removes soil without damaging fine rugs. The result is the most thorough cleaning possible guaranteed!

Oily Upholstery Soiling Problem Growing! by Jim Pemberton

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Oily Upholstery Soiling Problem Growing! by Jim Pemberton

Hair and Body Oils!
From customers, guests, & children (2 & 4 Legged)!

Recently I helped three different cleaners who were asked to clean upholstery that was around 100 years old. What was interesting was, that in every case, these fabrics were mostly just dusty, and responded beautifully to thorough vacuuming and light dry solvent cleaning.

However, when you are asked to clean upholstered furniture, you rarely encounter fabrics that would respond to such a cleaning process.


Because 100 years ago, people who sat on upholstered furniture were completely dressed, and never ate or slept on it, let alone letting their pet eat or sleep on it!

Oily Upholstery Soiling 

This exposure to human and animal skin and hair oils creates soiling conditions that look like this, and worse!

soiling conditions

Body & Hair Oil Soiling

Furniture that looks like the above, requires one of the following three cleaning materials, or blends of two or all three of them to clean the fabric to an acceptable condition:

#1. – Alkaline Builders: 
Alkaline upholstery preconditioners attack hair and body oil, which is resistant to water, and emulsifies it so that it more easily rinses away. However, these same alkaline preconditioners also can cause color bleeding and fading, as well as cellulose browning on natural fiber fabrics and blends. Avoid highly alkaline traffic lane prespray products, as they may damage synthetic fibers as well.

 “Using high pH traffic lane presprays can cause permanent color loss”

#2. – Solvent Boosters:
Solvent additives can be built into upholstery preconditioning products, or added separately. In either case, these products will assist in cutting through oily soils that have bonded to upholstery fabrics. While safer than alkaline builders when it comes to dye fastness, they do cause the preconditioning solution to rapidly penetrate the fabric, which can slow down the drying process, and also deliver the cleaning solution underneath of fabrics where dyes may be less stable, or other materials (such as ink markings) may bleed through.

#3. – Oxidizing Agents: 
Oxidizing (“bleaching”) agents may be built into the cleaning formula or added separately. These products can decolorize yellow staining caused by oxidized oils, and are also effective in breaking down protein films on fabrics. While most of the ingredients used in these formulas are mild bleaching agents, sometimes erroneously called “color safe bleaches”, no bleaching formula is completely “color safe”. The use of these products may contribute to fading, or to over whitening “off white” fabrics.

Upholstery cleaning specialists should have products that contain these three ingredients, either in a formulated product or as additives. These formulations are essential when cleaning heavily soiled or smoke damaged fabrics, and often safe on synthetic fiber fabrics.

However, it is in your customers’ best interests to have their upholstery, especially upholstery made from delicate, potentially non colorfast natural fiber fabrics, cleaned BEFORE such aggressive chemistry is needed.


Home Maintenance Checklist for the Fall [Infographic]

Posted by on Sep 7, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Home Maintenance Checklist for the Fall [Infographic]

A home maintenance list to keep your home—and property—in good condition this winter.

Fall is almost here. It’s that time to prepare your home for the cooler and more dormant months ahead. Autumn can be one of the busiest seasons for homeowners to prepare for the coming months. However, it is time to take advantage of the cooler weather to repair whatever is necessary.

In the infographic below, included is a checklist of tips and tricks.  This could give your family the advantage they need this season for your house to remain in tip, top shape:


Also, you will want to get cleaned those areas of your home that get less attention throughout the year, among the other maintenance tasks above in and around your house.

Video Blog: Area Rug Cleaning Company Ann Arbor & Wayne MI | Welcome Video

Posted by on Aug 24, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Video Blog: Area Rug Cleaning Company Ann Arbor & Wayne MI | Welcome Video

videoThe finest to the most basic rugs from around the world can be cared for at Area Rug Cleaning Company. Your rugs are brought back to our special cleaning facility, once they are picked up. They will go through our thorough cleaning process for maximum soil and spot removal. At Area Rug Cleaning Company, we believe that your rug is an investment that deserves superb cleaning.

We are proudly serving Canton, Chelsea, Dexter, Milan, Northville, South Lyon and the entire Ann Arbor, MI area since 1977.  Please watch out Welcome video:



There is a difference in quality between top cleaning area rugs in your home versus sending them to our in-plant facility to be cared for properly. Quality work done in-plant here in Ann Arbor & new location in Wayne, MI that is worth spending money on. You are invited to watch the video to help you make an informed decision on options you may be considering. We are a Certified Master Rug Cleaner, the Gold Standard in Training and Certification for Rug Cleaning Professionals.

Rug Cleaning Is An Essential Part Of A Clean Home

Posted by on Aug 3, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Rug Cleaning Is An Essential Part Of A Clean Home

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We know just how important your area & oriental rugs are to you, because they’re just as important to us. Rug cleaning is an essential part of keeping a clean home.

Oriental rugs are most often the focal point of any room; their texture, pattern, size, shape, and color perfectly complimenting every piece of furniture. But how do you retain your rug’s beauty and durability over time?

Dirty rugs can be a hotbed for germs, dirt, dust, allergens, bacteria, pet dander, rotting food particles, and even a variety of tiny bugs. These all post great health risks, especially to children and seniors.

Let’s take a look at the importance of area rug cleaning.

What Can Cause Area Rug Damage?

Over time, stains, liquid spills, pet dander, pollen, dust, loose dirt, hair, tracked in waste, and other debris gets embedded in your rugs. Even direct sunlight can cause visible rug damage.

What You Can Do About It


You probably know that you should vacuum your carpets every day, but make sure that you vacuum your area rugs too. It is the easiest way to keep out dirt and dry soil that can accumulate daily.

Get Strict

Implementing a “shoes off” policy is another way to keep your area & oriental rugs clean. All sorts of things stick to the bottoms of shoes every day; dirt and allergens from outside, waste from bathrooms, and other germs are just a few.

Let the Professionals Do It

Regular and meticulous cleaning is the key! Having your area & oriental rugs professionally cleaned will make your rugs cleaner, healthier, and long-lasting. Contact Area Rug Cleaning Company in Ann Arbor & Wayne, MI today to learn more!


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