ITHACA/ELMIRA carpet cleaners


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Before 1982, carpet cleaning in this area was known as 'carpet shampooing.' Well-meaning professional carpet cleaners would bring their portable shampoo machines into our homes and offices and 'clean' our carpets to the best of their ability.

Unfortunately, though these professionals were doing the best they could with the equipment available at that time, many a carpet was ruined from too much soap resulting in a soapy residue, over wetting, and lack of sufficient drying.

Consumers blamed the carpet cleaners and came to the conclusion that 'once you had your carpets cleaned, they would get dirtier faster.' And, they were right! The soap residue left in carpets after cleaning attracted dirt very quickly. The mold and mildew from over wet carpets and lack of sufficient drying caused too many problems to mention, from allergies to deterioration of the backings of the carpets, and damage to the floors underneath.


First ABC Truck-Mounted VanFirst ABC Truck-Mounted Van

In 1982, ABC purchased our first Truck-Mounted Hot Water Extraction unit (also known as steam cleaning) and a step van to house it. This revolutionary carpet cleaning method changed professional carpet cleaning in our area and eventually all over the county, and has proven over the years to still be the first choice of cleaning for the majority of carpet.

With the purchase of our machine came several responsibilities:

1. Our technicians had to be trained and re-trained on a regular basis.

2. The machine had to be properly maintained and upgraded.

3. We had to change our cleaning solutions and methods.

4. We had to join and be active in additional cleaning organizations to keep abreast of the latest developments.

5. Most important of all...We had to educate each and every customer on the benefits of our system vs. the 'shampoo' system.

We took on those responsibilities with gusto! Today, with the latest equipment and materials, we are the most trusted and most recognized carpet cleaning business in this area.

One of Current ABC Truck-Mounted VansOne of Current ABC Truck-Mounted Vans


Not all carpet cleaning firms are alike. In fact, the difference in the quality of service from one cleaning service to another can be astounding. With so many claims, counterclaims, and diversity of equipment and technology available, how do you go about choosing the right carpet cleaning person or firm? It can be difficult because there are usually many choices available. The following are a few guidelines to follow that can help you make the correct choice:

  • Schooled & Trained Professionals
  • Association With Professional Organizations
  • Customer Reviews & Recommendations
  • Beware the Low End Cleaner


  • Our technicians are schooled & trained professionals.
  • We are founding members of ARCS (Association of Rug Care Specialists) and subscribers to all the major service magazines and Facebook groups.
  • We continually maintain and update our cleaning equipment and supplies according to the latest developments in the field.
  • We can provide you with a list of satisfied customers in your area upon request and would be happy to do so.

We appreciate any opportunity to visit with you and look forward to serving you and we stand behind the work we do. Our intention is to give you an experience you will be happy to repeat the next time your carpets need cleaning.


Why Not Do-It-Yourself Carpet Cleaning?

What to Expect from Our On-Location Carpet Cleaning Technicians?

What is the Waste Water Removal Charge?

What ABC's Carpet Cleaning Cannot Provide?

How To Prepare for On Location Carpet Cleaning?

What Different Types of Carpet Cleaning Methods are Available?

How Soon Can I Use My Carpets?

How Should I Care for my Carpet Between Cleanings?

Does My Carpet Come With a Warranty?

Will My Carpet Require Cleaning More Often Once it is Cleaned?

How Often Should I Have My Carpets Professionally Cleaned?

How Environmentally Friendly are the Chemicals Used in Cleaning?

What are the Darkened Areas of my Carpet Around the Perimeter of My Room? (Soil Filtration)

Can Your Technicians Clean My Area Rugs in My Home or Business?

What Causes Forgotten Spills to be Visible After Professional Cleaning?

Why Do Some Spots Reappear After Professional Carpet Cleaning? (Wicking)

Why Do I Still have Stains On My Carpet/Upholstery After it Has Been Professionally Cleaned?

Are Carpet Maintenance Programs Available?

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ABC Oriental Rug & Carpet Cleaning Co.
130 Cecil Malone Drive Ithaca, NY 14850


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Did you know that our ABC Responsible Care Spotter can get those pesky spots out of your carpet and rugs and will work equally as well on your clothes and upholstery?

Stop by our office and pick one up.  They are $5.00 + Tax but if you have carpets or upholstery cleaned in your home or business, just request a free one from your Technician.

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Why not think 'outside the box' and give a Gift Certificate for professional carpet, upholstery, or tile & grout cleaning from ABC for any special occasion! 

Does a special person have a favorite area rug or oriental rug that needs cleaning or repair? Just give us a call. You'll make their day!

Bring in the mats from a car and we'll clean them as well.

Contact us if you live in the Ithaca, NY or surrounding areas and we will tailor a special gift certificate just for you for any Special Occasion.