The best kept Carpet and Tile and Rug cleaning secret in Santa Cruz.


  • Residential and Commercial Wall to Wall Carpet Cleaning
  • Fiber ProTector for Upholstery, Rugs and Other Textiles                    
  • In Plant Rug and Textile Cleaning
  • Tile & Grout Cleaning
  • Stone Cleaning and Restoration                                                        
  • Upholstery Cleaning
  • In Home Area Rug Cleaning

Connoisseur Tile & Grout Cleaning BIG Cleaning Truck - Providing premium tile cleaning, grout cleaning, stone cleaning, grout recoloring, and restoration in the Santa Cruz area including Aptos and San Jose

A Brief History

We’d like to introduce Mike and Paula Pailliotet of Connoisseur Tile & Grout Cleaning. Connoisseur is a quality minded company in the Santa Cruz area (Aptos, Capitola, Watsonville, Corralitos, Scotts Valley, Felton, Boulder Creek, Ben Lomond), also serving parts of Santa Clara county including San Jose, Saratoga , Los Gatos and the Summitt area (minimum charge) . They began Connoisseur as an owner operated company in May of 2001, and continue strong by gaining trust throughout the community.

Although it is a relatively young company, Mike has quite a bit of experience in the industry. He began in the field in 1987, in the L.A. area, working for a large company. With a new family to support (baby Monique on the way), Mike was lucky to find his niche. How many people do you know who truly like their job?  In the fall of 1988, the family of three moved to the Santa Cruz area, and Mike began working for a large carpet and upholstery cleaning company in the Bay Area. Not long after that (in 1990) their son, and future employee, Davis was born.

For the next 12.5 years, while working for the large company, Mike gained much experience. He became certified by the IICRC ( in Carpet Cleaning, Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning and Stone. (He is now also certified in Stone, Masonry & Ceramic Tile Cleaning.) He was involved in research and development of new equipment, products and techniques. He became confident in cleaning all sorts of carpet, upholstery and area rug fibers, even the ones most cleaners shy away from. He was also the most requested technician, asked for by most of the customers in his territory. Not only were people attracted to his skill and expertise, but also his friendly manner and sense of humor.

Mike put all this experience to work for him in his own business, Connoisseur. Super technicians-extraordinaires Davis Pailliotet and ElyYoung are also on board six days a week to help your job get done in a timely manner.

They would love to show you why all the best flooring retailers in town ONLY refer Connoisseur to their customers. Please read through the web site and you’ll find that they are not only the best equipped and most knowledgeable cleaning company in town but also the most respected.

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One look in our truck is all it takes to know that we are not your regular carpet cleaning company.

Mike with his Vortex Tile & Grout Cleaning machine

We have the equipment, knowledge and passion to get your floors and upholstery as clean as possible. We spend a fortune on equipment to stay on top of our trade, and it shows. We invite you to discover the best kept secret in carpet cleaning in the Santa Cruz Area.


Davis Pailliotet


Our second generation lead technician. We’re not sure what generates more thank you phone calls, Davis’ charm and patience or his hard work and dedication to doing the best job possible. Being born into the trade, even at his young age there is hardly a situation that Davis has not dealt with before many times when it comes to cleaning carpet, tile and upholstery. Just don’t bring up the subject of Hockey or Bulldogs or you’ll never get him to leave..


Ely Young

Ely ccu

 Ely has been a friend of our family since he was a tot so his fit in our company was a natural. Ely being a quick learner and very self motivated, has earned him the “Best Employee EVER” award here at Connoisseur. Ely’s friendly smile and go to attitude has quickly earned him the trust of our long list or repeat customers. Ely’s detailed cleaning skills are unmatched in Santa Cruz County, Davis and Mike included. This Soquel Native spends his free time riding dirt bikes, playing the drums and saving kittens stranded in tall trees.


What makes Connoisseur Different?

We are the only company in Santa Cruz that offers all known carpet cleaning methods!

Steam? Shampoo? Dry Cleaning?  They all have their place and we do them all.

Don’t be misled by the many “One Method” cleaners in town. Whichever cleaning process we choose to best suit your carpet or upholstery, rest assured, we will take the time to do it right. You’ll never find us rushing through a job. We know how important each and every happy customer is. We offer all the latest low moisture methods such as Bonnet Cleaning, Counter Rotating Brush and Triple Planetary Encapsulation type shampoo,

We have the knowledge, equipment and techniques to get your carpet looking it’s best. We will safely and quickly get your carpet cleaned and dry. When it comes to Hot Water Extraction cleaning, our  Vortex Cleaning Machines deliver results like you’ve never seen before.  In most cases our “wet” cleaning process will dry quicker than our competitor’s “Dry” process. And you get the benefit of the sanitizing effect that only super hot water can provide. Our Super Sized cleaning rigs also allows us to clean further away from our truck than any other company in town.

When the going gets tough we use Rotary Extractors to really get to the bottom of things..


Cleaning your carpet to help maintain its looks and to prevent wear is very important. But what is even more important is to keep your home’s filter, your carpet, as clean as possible. Nothing affects in-home air quality more then having your carpets properly cleaned on a regular basis. Studies have proven time and again that clean floors will play the biggest roll in improving your allergen related problems.

The finest flooring retailers in town refer only us to their clients because they know our results cannot be beaten.


Connoisseur tile & grout cleaning truck in Santa Cruz California


 We gladly service all of Santa Cruz County, including Santa Cruz, Watsonville, Corralitos,Aptos, Capitola, Soquel, Scotts Valley, Felton and all of HWY 9. We also service Santa Clara County, San Jose, Saratoga, Los Gatos, the Summit Area.

We specialize in Carpet Cleaning, Upholstery Cleaning, Area Rug Cleaning, Tile, Stone and Grout Cleaning.


On time, personable staff, conscientious, reasonable prices, careful attention to detail, excellent cleaning process, beautiful results. I am recommending them to everyone.
Linda B
Santa Cruz,Ca

 Mike and his crew are the best! They have been cleaning my carpets for about 15 years — through teenagers and cats. I am always happy with the results as well as with their friendly and professional approach. This is the business you want to call for spotless carpets.

 Melanie C.
Santa Cruz, Ca