Spring cleaning is a tradition that allows us to freshen up our homes and get a head start on the hectic seasons of spring and summer. It is an opportunity to throw open the windows, let some fresh air in, and make our homes clean, happy and efficient spaces. The tips below outline basic techniques that will help you clean almost every surface in your home.
Dust Your Home Thoroughly: This includes hard-to-reach places, such as the tops of ceiling fans, bookshelves and cabinets. Always work from the top of a room down.
Wipe Walls and Trim: Use a vacuum to remove dust and then wipe walls and trim with a microfiber cloth dampened with water and mild dishwashing liquid. Use a solvent-free degreaser to work on stubborn spots, especially those in the kitchen.
Wash Window Screens: Using warm water and a mild dishwashing liquid, scrub each screen with a brush; rinse thoroughly.
Work Window Treatments: Wipe wooden blinds with a damp cloth; warm water mixed with a mild dishwashing liquid is safe for metal and vinyl blinds.
Clean Upholstered Furnishings: Take cushions outside and gently beat them by hand to remove dust. Use a vacuum’s upholstery and crevice tools to clean under seat cushions. This will prep also the fabric for a professional upholstery cleaning.
Have Hard Surfaces Cleaned: Tile, stone, and grout will eventually deteriorate without proper maintenance. Using a professional will ensure that you are taking all the right steps when cleaning tile & stone and using only the best products to protect your investment by keeping it properly maintained and attractive.
Carpet and Rug Cleaning: Leave this task to the professionals. Improper cleaning can cause mold and damage that cannot be undone. A professional carpet and rug cleaning will also save time for the other tasks at hand.
Wax Wooden Furniture: Wipe surfaces with a soft cloth dampened with water and mild dishwashing liquid. Apply paste wax, such as Butcher’s wax, a few feet at a time with a cotton rag folded into a square pad. Let wax dry; buff with a clean cloth.
Clean Hardwood Floors: Hardwood floors become dull and dirty over time just like carpet. A professional cleaning will bring back the shine and extend the life of your floors.
Ensure Fire Safety: Change batteries in smoke detectors (this should be done twice a year), and make sure units are free of dust. Teach everyone in your household how to use a fire extinguisher, and review escape plans.
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.
Chuck S. said on Mar 05, 2016 in Customer Lobby:
We inherited a large (9’x12′) wool area rug in 2013. The rug had been in a house for roughly 40 years and subjected to many exposures including dinner parties, farm life and dogs, to name a few. Although occasionally spot cleaned, the rug was is pretty rough shape. Due to the quality and our desire to use the rug in our home we searched for the best business to do the cleaning, We were very impressed with the experience at The Area Rug Cleaning Company. The rug was picked up at our home and, upon request, we were called with an evaluation as to the results we should expect from their service. We were advised that, due to it’s condition, the rug would be clean but not all stains would be removed. We were very pleasantly surprised when the rug was delivered back to our home within the time promised. Bottom line – the rug came out much better than we anticipated and it now adorns our home in a highly visible area. We receive many compliments. I would definitely recommend The Area Rug Cleaning Company!
- Rotation – To insure even wear, your rug should be rotated once a year. Depending on the traffic, the rotation may vary from six months to two years.
- Vacuuming – Oriental rugs, like most carpeting, should be vacuumed on a regular basis to remove dirt and restore life to the fibers. Be sure not to vacuum the fringe with your beater bar! Use the end of a vacuum hose from a canister vacuum.
- Padding – A quality pad used under your rug helps protect it from dirt, wear and slippage.
- Washing – Having your Heirloom Oriental rug professionally cleaned will ensure it is done properly and with care to protect your investment.
Dry cleaning methods do not include using water of any kind to rinse or wash your Oriental and specialty rugs. Dry chemicals are applied to the surface of the rug where they remain and form a residue. This residue will attract dust and dirt making the “cleaning” irrelevant. Further, whether the chemicals sit on the surface or go deep within the pile, they will contribute to poor indoor air quality in your home. Any pets or children who play on the rug will be exposed to the toxic chemicals.
For a rug to be thoroughly cleaned, it must be done by a professional rug cleaning company to keep your family healthy and to protect your investment. If your dry cleaner has a referral program with the local rug cleaning company, you can also ensure your rug is getting cleaned properly. To learn more about Area Rug Cleaning Company‘s rug cleaning process, click here.
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 that are specifically designed for when oriental or area rugs are placed over carpeted floors or hard surfaces like wood or tile. They keep your rugs flat and keep them from ripping bunching or moving.
The upper surface holds the rug tight while the lower surface grips the floor preventing creeping. Our rug pads are made from tough yet cushy material that provides maximum cushioning for a comfy rug that last longer with minimum ware.
- Our padding is Hypoallergenic, completely synthetic, and has no plant or animal fibers to aggravate allergies.
- Our tough, consistent construction provides maximum cushion effect for minimum wear and longer rug life.
- Rug pads prevent ripping, bunching and moving, which makes your home safer from tripping.
We all love our pets, but do we know what they bring into our homes?
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 rid 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 Area Rug Cleaning Company a call to help get them clean again. (734) 973-2300
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Area Rug Cleaning Company was great. They clean all my rentals. I started with them a while ago and the work was so good, I continued to use them.
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Have houseguests coming? Get a handle on your home with these great ideas for keeping dirt and chaos under control with company in mind.
Guest Bedroom: This is the most likely the first place your company will go to plop themselves and their belongings down. Before they arrive, wash the bed sheets in warm or hot water with a capful of white vinegar to ensure they are fresh. While the sheets are in the dryer, give the room a quick one-over, like dusting the side tables and setting out clean towels. And then to finish, replace the bedding and fluff the pillows to make your next guests feel comfortable and welcome.
Burst Cleaning: If a room is mostly picked up go in, scan the room and pick up those little overlooked things and see what a difference it makes in the room. You will be surprised how many little things there are laying around and out of place in your house. If everything has a place, then you will quickly notice what needs to be moved and where.
Clean the Three T’s: Toilets, Tabletops, the Television. What? The television? That’s right! Most living rooms are centered around your tv and the amount of dust that hangs on it, your netflix stack and dvd box set pile that’s off to one side could be tell tale signs of why the rest of your house isn’t exactly spotless. Plus if you sit chatting in the living room, you’ll be staring at it wishing you would have moved it. Toilets and tabletops are a bit more self explanatory, but important none the less.
Think Sink: Stop pretending you’re going to rinse those dishes piling up on the counter, and load them in the dishwasher (or if not, at least stack them neatly in the sink). Run some water over drippy detergent bottles, then stick those, pot scrubbers, and rubber gloves under the sink.
Of course, we all have better things to do than deep clean the house – like spending time with family and friends. So call the experts to give your home that professional clean feeling. Request a free estimate for a rug cleaning and more from Area Rug Cleaning Company today.
Approximately 40 million people in the U.S. suffer from indoor and outdoor allergies, which can be caused by allergens ranging from pet dander and mold spores to ragweed and pollen. The cold, dry air of fall and winter irritate many allergy sufferers, but there are steps you can take to lessen the effects of seasonal allergens.
Firstly, the most important step is to have your carpet, upholstery and rugs professionally deep cleaned. A deep cleaning can remove up to 98% of common household allergens and bacteria.
Click the infographic below for more ideas to help ease your allergy symptoms: