When properly cleaned and maintained, rugs and carpets act as in-home air filters. Area Rug Cleaning Company has cleaning services in Ann Arbor, MI. They can ensure your furnishings are helping create a clean and healthy environment for you and your family.
Therefore, if they are NOT properly cleaned and maintained, this is what could be lurking right beneath you and your families noses:
Area Rug Cleaning Company cares for the finest to the most basic rugs from around the world. We will pick-up and bring your furnishings back to our special cleaning facility. This is where they will go through our thorough cleaning process for maximum soil and spot removal.
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Spring is almost here, which means it’s time to give your house a good scrubbing. Not sure where to start? Here are six tips and tricks to help make spring cleaning a breeze.
- Keep a daily task sheet. Because the seasons change regularly, your house cleaning will also change. Create and stick with a daily cleaning schedule, so you don’t get overwhelmed when it comes time to deep clean your house.
- Maintain a clean bathroom and kitchen. These areas should be a top priority because, typically, this is where people spend most of their time. This will also allow you to focus on other areas of the house, such as ceilings and closets, that may need a more thorough cleaning job.
- Get the kids to help. Little kids love to help. Give them a few baby wipes to wipe down shelves and watch that dust disappear.
- Start with your windows. Clean the inside and outside of all your windows. Once the light shines into your house, you will be able to see what areas you missed during the wintertime.
- Change your filters often. If you are running an AC system through your house, you need to change the filters in the spring and fall. This will help you reduce the amount of dust particles that build up in your home.
- Have the surfaces in your home like your rugs, carpet and upholstery professionally cleaned. An expert can more times than not remove more dirt and allergens than a regular cleaning can achieve.
If you’ve ever paid a claim for a piece of upholstery that bled, faded, shrunk, ripped, or had nap distortion that couldn’t be repaired, it likely had rayon fibers in its construction!
The Troubles with Rayon:
Following are four (4) issues you must be aware of before cleaning any textile that uses rayon in its construction!
Color Loss or Bleeding:
Rayon has the tendency to both fade and bleed. In your inspection step, be sure to remove arm covers, examine the zipper area behind cushions, and other areas that are not exposed to sun, soil, or abrasion. If these unexposed areas are darker, warn your customer that not only will the soiled, exposed areas not return to the original color, but they may actually experience more fading as a result of cleaning.
Spills, especially alcohol, perfume, hair treatments, as well as urine may permanently discolor rayon fabrics. Perspiration may also cause color damage. Avoid using spotting agents that contain alcohol, mineral acids (such as rust remover), and bleaches.
Rayon fibers, while man made, contain natural cellulose fibers, and may turn brown if allowed to stay wet too long after cleaning, or if alkaline cleaning agents are not neutralized and rinsed from the fabric.
Treatments applied to rayon and other natural fibers will leave a “ring” or water stain” from spills of any sort, even just clear water. These watermarks from spills may be permanent, and all cleaning must be done by evenly dampening the entire fabric prior to extraction cleaning.
Rayon may lose up to 70% of its strength when wet. This issue has deeper implications than you might first assume.
The first concern with fabric weakness is, of course, that the fabric might rip during extraction cleaning, and that possibility does exist. Use only extraction tools that have a built in glide and a perforated vacuum slot, as well as a vacuum release to minimize the risk of tearing. A non metallic screen could also be used as a barrier between the fabric and the tool. These precautions would be of particular concern when cleaning old or sun damaged fabric, as well as heavily soiled fabric that may require more aggressive cleaning.
A more common problem is texture distortion. Velvet and chenille fabrics made with rayon face yarns need careful grooming immediately after cleaning to prevent permanent distortion.
How to Clean Rayon Fabrics:
1. Dry Clean:
As the majority of the above mentioned problems are caused by cleaning with water based solutions, the simple answer in some cases is to dry clean rayon fabrics.
If the fabric is lightly soiled, and has no visible spots or stains, dry cleaning might be an acceptable option. Dry cleaning causes almost no texture distortion, and most (though not all) dyes are stable to dry cleaning solvents.
Dry cleaning will not remove water soluble soils, and that you must use proper personal protection equipment, advise your customer of the health and fire hazards related to dry cleaning, and ventilate the work site if you intend to dry clean fabrics in the home. In today’s “chemically conscious society”, it is often a better practice to only dry clean upholstery fabrics in plant, not in the home.
2. Low Moisture Cleaning:
Cleaning with very limited moisture, such as from dry foam, or a fine mist of detergent followed by gentle towel extraction will be more effective than dry cleaning. Be certain to test all products used for potential color damage, and groom any pile fabrics, such as velvet or chenille immediately after cleaning. Cleaning detergents with a neutral or acid pH will be safe on most dyes and rarely create color bleeding issues, especially if their application is followed by rapid drying.
3. Restorative Cleaning:
Some fabrics are simply too heavily soiled to respond to cleaning with either dry cleaning solvents or low moisture cleaning methods. Remember that heavily soiled rayon is likely to also be stained, and to have pre-existing color damage.
Before you attempt to use higher volumes of water, heat, and strong cleaning detergents on rayon, be certain to obtain to have a written understanding that clearly states that you cannot be responsible for texture damage, color damage, and shrinkage, as any or all may occur when rayon fabrics are aggressively cleaned.
Understanding these characteristics gives you yet another reason to encourage your clients to have their furniture cleaned regularly, and for you to stay in close touch with furniture retailers and designers, and to let them know YOU are the best resource for cleaning these fabrics.
For the past decade, the quick advice for consumers on how to know a “better” quality wool pile rug over a mediocre one has been to look at the back. If the back clearly shows the design and knots, then it is woven. If the back is covered up with material, then it is tufted.
If you go to the mass-market rug retailer websites and pull up a “tufted rug” for sale, you will inevitably see the care comments along these lines: “Shedding is natural and may be heavy. Odor is natural and may get heavy if wrapped in plastic. Colors may fade.”
None of these conditions are “natural” for a good quality wool rug. They are indicative of poor quality wool, poor dyes and poor adhesive holding these tufted rugs together.
Due to the large amount of negative reviews on tufted rugs, especially the worst ones coming out of India, there has been a shift to try to find a cheap way to craft rugs that “look” woven even though they are actually poorer construction than the tufted rugs they mean to replace.
This new rug type that is becoming a headache for both rug owners and rug cleaners is called India “hand loomed” and India “loomed by hand.” These rugs are being presented as if they are hand woven rugs, and the prices imply they are good quality. However, these are wool and viscose rugs that more than any on the market today are being considered as highly flawed merchandise.
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.
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Madrid’s Royal Tapestry Factory is an institution. In its nearly 300-year history, its workers have laboriously hand-woven some of the world’s most coveted tapestries and rugs. Its list of clients includes Spanish royalty, the Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris, and the Dresden Castle in Germany, to name a few. Celebrated Spanish artist Francisco Goya even got his start at the factory in 1775, staying on for two decades.
Unfortunately, a rich history doesn’t guarantee a prosperous future. The factory has suffered several periods of financial strife and in 2015 nearly closed for good. With the factory teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, its weavers, most of whom started when they were teenagers and are now well into their 50s, went without pay for months. “We keep coming despite the extreme situation because we like our trade,” Rosario Cañete and Veridiana Cabas told the Spanish newspaper El País in July 2015.
But thanks to a massive order (32 tapestries, the factory’s largest commission in two centuries) and an increase in subsidies from the Spanish government, Royal Tapestry can stay open and its dedicated workers can stay to weave another day. “I was told this industry wouldn’t last beyond tomorrow,” weaver Jose Antonio Carbajal told Reuters. “It’s been 43 years and I’m still here.”
Do you REALLY know what you are dealing with??
Across various carpet cleaning & associated forums, I have noticed references to different natural fibers.
You know, the ones we all love to hate??
Coir carpets (Coconut fibre)
Made from fibres from the outer husk of the coconut.
Coir Carpets are produced in India where many years of practice have given the workers in this old industry, great skills in grading, processing and weaving these fibres.
The quality of Coir carpet is determined by the type of fibre used, the weight at which the yarn is spun and whether it’s woven on a hand-loom or a power-loom.
Domestic life 12 years with Commercial 4 to 7 years, dependent on foot traffic
Jute carpets (Jute fibre)
Made from fibres stripped from the stalks of the Jute plant.
Jute fibres are not quite as hardy as Coir and Sisal fibres, but are softer underfoot.
Domestic life 10 years with Commercial 3 to 5 years, dependent on foot traffic
Treatment of U-Turn makes the urine move quickly out of rugs.
The process of getting urine out of a rug that works 100% of the time, every time on hand knotted rugs.