Company History

Area Rug Cleaning Company has provided southeastern Michigan with exceptional rug care since 1977. Our cleaning, repair, and protection services will keep your expensive investment looking beautiful. Call (734) 973-2300 to request an estimate.

Area Rug Cleaning Company Founder

Industry Experts Since 1977

Tom Monahan started his first business in 1977, Wolverine Carpet and Furniture Cleaners. In its first year Wolverine grossed $60,000 and he learned a lot about the rug cleaning business.

“From my experience in the carpet cleaning business, I knew that people weren’t doing justice to area-rug cleaning. Even myself,” states Monahan. “We were cleaning area rugs for years and we could not clean them as well as they should have been cleaned. So, to get to the next level it required something of this commitment.”

He launched Area Rug Cleaning Company in 2005 using the special equipment that he spent decades researching, developing, and manufacturing. Since 2007, Tom Monahan has brought several of his innovations to the rug washing market which includes his 1200 gallon wash tub and the centrifuge high speed water removal machine.

  • Accent
  • Antique
  • Antique Oriental
  • Antique Persian
  • Ausbusson
  • Bamboo
  • Bathroom
  • Braided
  • Carpet
  • Cheap
  • Childrens
  • Chinese
  • Commercial
  • Contemporary
  • Cotton
  • Custom
  • Designer
  • Discount
  • Flokati
  • Floor
  • Floral
  • Gabbeh
  • Hallway
  • Hand-Knotted
  • Handmade
  • Hooked
  • Indoor
  • Indoor Outdoor
  • Industrial
  • Iranian
  • Isfahan
  • Jute
  • Karastan
  • Kids
  • Kilim
  • Kitchen
  • Modern
  • Mohawk
  • Momeni
  • Navajo
  • Nourison
  • Oriental
  • Outdoor
  • Oval
  • Persian
  • Persian Silk
  • Persian Wool
  • Rectangular
  • Round
  • Seagrass
  • Shag
  • Shaw
  • Shiraz
  • Silk
  • Sisal
  • Southwestern
  • Square
  • Stair
  • Throw
  • Tibetan
  • Tropical
  • Tufted
  • Turkish
  • Wool
  • Woven

Area Rug Sizes We Service

Have a custom size? No problem! Just let us know in advance.

10 x 14
12 x 15
3 x 12
3 x 5
3 x 8
4 x 6
5 x 8
6 x 9
8 x 10
9 x 12

The Latest Technology

For centuries the only way to get a fine area rug cleaned was to hang the rug, take a rug beater and beat the loose dirt out by hitting it really hard. Washing the rug required lugging it down to a nearby river, submerging it while holding on tight and hoping the current didn’t take it away. As you can imagine, these methods only improved the appearance of the rug with varying degrees of success.

Finally there’s a brand new technology: a cleaning system that mimics traditional cleaning by fully immersing and gently kneading the rug in a 1200 gallon tub, without worrying about a strong river current! Our special cold water solution designed for wool, cotton and silk rugs ensures safe and effective cleaning. Because fine area rugs are tightly knotted and woven, deep cleaning is the most effective method. Our total cleaning system includes dusting, washing and drying.

Our Process

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.

Every rug that is brought to our facility is inspected and then inventoried. You may view the video of dusting a rug found on the equipment manufacturer’s website. We proudly use equipment furnished by Centrum Force®, an Ann Arbor based company.

Dusting is the most important step of the cleaning process. Over time an area rug collects dust, dirt, and debris, which can dull and scratch fibers.

We mechanically dust the rug, using the innovative machine that we designed, the Wolverine Rug Duster (pictured above). Then, most rugs are submitted to a complete water immersion wash process at our boutique rug care facility.

After the rug is washed, the wet rug is rolled and loaded into the cylinder of the Centri-Maxx® horizontal rug wringer. While spinning the rug and evacuating most of the water in three minutes or less, the rug is protected from pile distortion.

Area Rug Cleaning Company in the News

Business Review Washtenaw Livingston

Laying down a new plan


“We were cleaning area rugs for years, and we could not clean them as well as they should have been cleaned. So, to get to the next level required something of this commitment.”

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Ann Arbor News

Trying to pull the rug from under competitors


“In the past few years, a trend toward removing wall-to-wall carpeting to expose wood floors or to lay tile has led to the increased popularity of area rugs. And those rugs need to be cleaned.”

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Cleanfax Magazine

When rug wringing is not all wet


“There are many ways to clean area rugs. The challenge currently facing total immersion cleaners is how to effectively accelerate drying a rug.”

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