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1st Quarter Newsletter

Date:   April 18 - 20, 2018 (Saturday, April 21st Optional Day)

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Plan to join us in Seattle for the 2018 ARCS Annual Convention. This is a great opportunity to learn new skills!  Read more...

Each quarter, we highlight new members in the Newsletter. We spoke with the owners of Megerian Rug Cleaners, Raffi & Thomas Megerian and here is what they had to say:

The Megerian Family originally migrated to New York in 1917 after escaping the atrocities of the Armenian Genocide. In 1917, the Megerian brothers opened the first Megerian retail store in Manhasset, New York. Their business included the buying and selling of rugs, carpets and antique rugs, as well as the cleaning, repair and restoration of rugs and carpets.  In the 1970's the third generation of the Megerian family expanded the business into manufacturing and producing hand-woven rugs and carpets worldwide. Megerian currently has showrooms in New York City, Zurich, Yerevan, Egypt and Italy. Their facilities in Armenia include the renowned Megerian Museum, Megerian Restaurant and 22 weaving facilities throughout the country. Numerous dignitaries and personalities including Pope Francis,  Conan O'Brien (both pictured below), Charles Aznavour, Kim Kardashian and other notable individuals have visited Megerian's facilities. Megerian is also well known in the cleaning and repair business in Armenia. Megerian works with hundreds of exclusive dealers around the world who carry Megerian's signature hand woven rug collections.  

In the early 1990's the family further expended the rug cleaning and restoration division of their NYC based business. Megerian currently owns one of the largest cleaning facilities in the New York Metro Area, located in prestigious Williamsburg, Brooklyn. One of the most unique aspects of the family business is that many of the trade secrets, cleaning techniques and repair methods were passed down through the generations and remain a family secret and legacy. The family business has now entered its fourth generation and the company continues to grow as a result of the family's extensive experience, work ethic and due to the fresh ideas and energy instilled by the new generation. Megerian also has very knowledgeable and diligent employees who further add to the uniqueness and the success of the long-standing business.

Megerian Ru g Cleaners serves the entire tri-state area, including numerous rug/carpet dealers, designers and cleaning agencies around the United States. Megerian prides itself on its high quality of workmanship in ensuring that every rug/carpet is given the utmost care. Specifically, each rug cleaned and/or repaired is reviewed by a Megerian family member before being delivered to its clients, to ensure first class results. Megerian feels that the most important part of running a successful rug cleaning and repair business is to maintain an honest reputation, while striving to ensure that clients receive the best final product at the most cost-effective prices.

Thank you so much for your time and consideration, we are proud to be members of ARCS and look forward to opportunities to contribute in any way we can. 

The intention of this feature is to help members get to know new members, their family and their business better. To have your business highlighted in the next available newsletter, please email your inquiry to:

ARCS Announces New Journeyman Membership

The Association of Rug Care Specialists is pleased to offer a new level of membership, The Journeyman. This membership option is for the non-rug cleaning professional seeking to learn more about the rug cleaning industry. To be a standard ARCS member, 95% of all work must be done in house. If you are not currently meeting this requirement but still want access to ARCS education, discounts and events, this is the membership option for you!   Learn more!


In an effort to provide more benefits to our members, the Board of Directors has negotiated a discount program with our Associate member companies. These discounts will be exclusively available to ARCS members. More information will be available in the near future in the  Members section of our website.

ARCS Intermediate Wash Class 

Date:   October 15-16, 2018

Location:   Denver, CO

Armen Dohanian teaches this two-day class covering the full wash process, from check-in procedures to delivery. This class takes you beyond the basics and covers various cleaning, spotting, and drying methods. Students will learn to deal with problem rugs, odors, and the prudent use of chemicals. This is a mix of classroom time and hands-on in a working rug plant with a variety of equipment. Lunch will be included.  Read more...

Member Price: $700; Non­member Price: $1150. 


Date:   October 17-18, 2018

Location:  Robert Mann's brand new built-out facility in  Denver, CO

Centrum Force Rug Summits have become one of the favorite events of rug cleaning pros, both large and small. Why? Because, from their inception,they've been both highly informative yet informal and relaxed. Read more...

Date:   October 17-18, 2018

Location:  Robert Mann's brand new built-out facility in  Denver, CO

Centrum Force Rug Summits have become one of the favorite events of rug cleaning pros, both large and small. Why? Because, from their inception, they've been both highly informative yet informal and relaxed. Read more...

Early Bird Registration  - $550 per person; After May 15th - $585 per person. 

ARCS Annual Skills Day

Date:   October 19, 2018

Location:   Denver, CO

ARCS is reprising its skills day event with a day full of useful demo's and hands-on workshops. Food & drink is provided. Strip washing, Blocking rugs, Rug repair, Rug dusting methods, Checking in rugs, Inventory control of rugs, Proper storage methods. Plus much more. Read more...

Member Price: FREE; Non-member Price: $50.



Date:   October 20, 2018

Location:   Denver, CO

Saturday we hit the wash floor so bring your wash boots! This is a day of hands-on, hang time on a high volume wash floor where you will put intopractice the skills you've learned over the week. You will use various pieces of equipment and work the practical applications of a Moore washer, washtub, centrifuge, rinse wringer, and other equipment, in addition to the use of various chemicals on the wash floor. Bring your wash boots; you will need them! A BBQ lunch and refreshments will be provided. No Charge! Read more...

Price: No Charge!

Date:   Spring 2019

Location:   Dallas, TX. Class and test will be given at Oriental Rug Cleaning Co.

The CRS class is for students with a good foundation of experience in cleaning and rug identification, the ability to readily identify commonly encountered rugs and looking for a program to take their skills to the next level. Participants must be ARCS members in good standing. No specific prerequisites are required, but all applicants for the class are encouraged to speak with the head of the Educational Committee, Robert Mann or Ellen Amirkhan, for final approval.  Read more...



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