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Like Us On Facebook | Wolverine Carpet Cleaning Ann Arbor MI

Posted by on Mar 23, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Like Us On Facebook | Wolverine Carpet Cleaning Ann Arbor MI

At Wolverine Carpet Cleaning, we appreciate your patronage and like to share our knowledge of the cleaning industry with our audience on social media, especially Facebook!

To keep updated with the latest news, specials and happy home tips, please visit our Facebook page and give us a like by CLICKING HERE and hitting the thumbs up!

Thank you for your loyalty and continued business! And for those just joining us, Welcome to the Wolverine Carpet Cleaning community!

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Six Helpful Tips To Make Spring Cleaning A Breeze | Professional Rug, Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Can Remove Allergens

Posted by on Mar 9, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Six Helpful Tips To Make Spring Cleaning A Breeze | Professional Rug, Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Can Remove Allergens

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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.

Source: http://cachevalleyfamilymagazine.com/five-quick-tips-for-spring-cleaning/

Watch Out for These Four Problems with Rayon Fabrics!

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Watch Out for These Four Problems with Rayon Fabrics!

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.

Cellulose Browning:
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.

Water stains:
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.
 

"Water Stains on Rayon Chenille Fabric"

“Water Stains on Rayon Chenille Fabric”

Fabric Weakness:
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.
                                    

"Rayon Velvet"

“Rayon Velvet”

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.

WARNING!
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.

Source: http://www.ecleanadvisor.com/public/1560.cfm?sd=2

Featured article: A Rug To Run From by Lisa Wagner

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Featured article: A Rug To Run From by Lisa Wagner

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.

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Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality | Carpet, Rug And Upholstery Cleaning

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality | Carpet, Rug And Upholstery Cleaning

The indoor air quality in your home may be affecting your health and the health of your family members. Being that, the average time a person spends indoors is 90% and indoor air quality is much worse than outdoor air quality these days. Regular housecleaning can help improve your home’s air quality. Carpet, rug and upholstery cleaning can all help improve indoor air quality, as they act as natural air filters so they must be kept clean.

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Tell Us About Your Experience

Posted by on Jan 19, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Tell Us About Your Experience

We love hearing from our customers and wouldn’t want to miss the chance to improve our services. The process is simple and it only takes a few minutes of your time. Click Here to leave a review in Customer Lobby for Wolverine Carpet Cleaning and tell us a little bit about your experience. We would appreciate your feedback!

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Like Us On Facebook

Posted by on Jan 5, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Like Us On Facebook

At Wolverine Carpet Cleaning, we appreciate your patronage and like to share our knowledge of the cleaning industry with our audience on social media, especially Facebook!

To keep updated with the latest news, specials and happy home tips, please visit our Facebook page and give us a like by CLICKING HERE and hitting the thumbs up!

Thank you for your loyalty and continued business! And for those just joining us, Welcome to the Wolverine Carpet Cleaning community!

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3 Reasons to Have a Professional Upholstery Cleaning

Posted by on Dec 29, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on 3 Reasons to Have a Professional Upholstery Cleaning

upholstery_cleaningUpholstery is something that is often overlooked when considering to clean your home. Your carpet may cover more square footage -but we bet you’ll spend more time sitting in your favorite armchair than on the living room floor!

Here are three reasons to have your upholstery cleaned regularly.

1. Keeps your furniture looking clean: One thing is having your favorite sofa feeling “broken in” but it’s another for it to look broken. Keeping your furniture looking nice makes you want to maintain it and keep it longer. Calling to schedule a professional upholstery cleaning periodically will help you maintain a clean and better looking decor in your home.

2. Keep your family healthy: Simply put, your health is the primary reason you want to keep clean upholstery. Unfortunately, there are many allergens and pollutants that you don’t see that linger deep inside your furniture. Without the proper cleaning, your favorite sofa will be the favorite resting spot for dust mites which can create havoc to your health, especially for people with breathing issues, such as asthma.

3. Improve your home’s air quality: Most people don’t realize that your upholstery acts as a giant air filter. Dust and allergens collect on the soft surface, then gets stirred back into the air causing poor indoor air quality. A regular cleaning can get rid of problems such as mold, dust, mildew, and allergens. Similar to changing out your AC filters regularly.

Fringe damage

Posted by on Nov 22, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Fringe damage

The fringe on an oriental rug is an iconic trait. Occasionally, some people cut the fringe off their rug due to staining, yellowing, damage, or wearing down. Unfortunately, this DIY home remedy will cause more harm than good.

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Wolverine Fiber ProTector saves the day!

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Wolverine Fiber ProTector saves the day!

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Fiber ProTector has become a world leading company within preventive maintenance solutions for carpets and textiles since 1996.

Wolverine Carpet and Furniture Cleaning is proud to offer Fiber ProTector. This revolutionary system encapsulates every fiber in the fabric. It prevents dirt and fluids from penetrating and sticking to the fabric.