Company Founder

About Us

Tom and Melinda Monahan own and operate Area Rug Cleaning Company, along with their proud and capable staff of five. They are serial entrepreneurs who founded their first company together in 1977, Wolverine Carpet & Furniture Cleaners. It was started in the second bedroom of their apartment; since that time they have experienced steady growth and in 2005 launched Area Rug Cleaning Company. One real difference in the quality of their cleaning takes place in their 1200 gallon washing tub! Be sure and ask to see their beloved tub when you come by and drop off your rugs!

Owner Tom Monahan

Tom Monahan credits his dad, Donald, for the lessons he learned about loyalty early in life. Tom remembers his dad as a hard worker and a faithful employee. Tom started his first company in 1972 and has continued to grow through the pursuit of his many business interests.

Although friends know him as ambitious and hardworking, he’s not a workaholic-he owns motorcycles, enjoys scuba diving, and travels around the world. Tom is proud to be a founding member of ARCS , Association of Rug Care Specialists.

Tom Monahan in the News

“A garden hose and a brush. According to Tom Monahan, Area Rug Cleaning Co. (Ann Arbor, MI), that’s all you really need to wash a rug. ‘But it’s going to be slow and tedious,’ he warns.”


“In the months of May and June, Ellen Amirkhan and I led a group of Master Rug Cleaners to Turkey where we saw the cultural highlights of the country and, in particular, rug weaving (and rug shopping). ” (see image to right)


Ann Arbor Observer – “Entrepreneur Tom Monahan: Making his own name in Ann Arbor”

“He picked the name Wolverine because he likes football. His choice paid off when he went to Metro Airport to drum up business cleaning airplanes.”

Cleanfax Magazine – “Three Questions with Tom Monahan”

“In 1977, the carpet cleaning profession came into my life. This was triggered when I observed what was being done with portables.”


Certified Rug Cleaner

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), #181.

Master Rug Cleaning Certification

“On March 34, 2007, Oriental Rug Cleaning, of Dallas, Texas, through its training and testing program, attests that Tom Monahan has completed the training course and demonstrated through examination and experience, the ability to inspect and clean Oriental and specialty rugs and is the first in Michigan to receive this prestigious certification.” From the

Qualified Wool Care Specialist

Restoring Your Treasure

Call now for a Free, No-Obligation estimate. Our area rug specialists are standing by!

734-973-2300 (Ann Arbor)
734-331-9173 (Wayne)

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