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Buyer Beware!  What You Should Look Out for When Buying a Used Rug - Prescott AZ

Buyer Beware!  What You Should Look Out for When Buying a Used Rug - Prescott AZ

Ruthie here with Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care in Prescott. I know that it can be a real treat when we find a used area rug that works really well in our homes.  Even better when that used rug is really cheap at a yard sale!  However, I would urge all of my clients to be wary when it comes to purchasing a used area rug because there are some things that we don’t really notice until we get them home

So what should you keep your eye out for when you buy a used area rug?

  1. Odors.  Sometimes the previous owner of a rug was a smoker and the rug how has cigarette odors, which can require pretty extensive deodorizing procedures to correct.  Other times there have been multiple animal accidents on the rug and urine odors are the issue, requiring you to have the rug fully cleaned and urine treated before it goes into your own home.

  2. Bugs.  If the rug was stored unprotected in the garage or under a bed, there’s a pretty good chance that the rug might have a moth infestation.  This will need to be treated before the rug can be cleaned.  Of course, a rug could be host to other creepy crawlies that you certainly don’t want brought into your home, too (bedbugs, carpet beetles, etc.)

  3. Deteriorating latex on a tufted rug.  Tufted rugs have an average lifespan of about 10 years before the latex in them begins to break down.  This can lead to a powdering effect where the latex is falling out of the rug and leaving imprints of fine, white powder on your floor.  Or, there may be a heavy latex / rubbery odor coming off of the rug as well that you don’t notice immediately that isn’t always correctable.  Alternatively, the backing of the tufted rug may be falling off and need to be replaced, too!


Having the rug professionally cleaned before bringing it into your home is always a good idea!  It’s always a great feeling when you can purchase a beautiful rug for a great bargain – but don’t let the cheap price on a lovely wool or silk area rug fool you into buying something that has more problems than what it’s worth to you!

Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care can help you with any cleaning or repair needs for your new-to-you rug (or the rug you’ve had in your home for years, too)!  We are also more than happy to answer any questions you may have about any of your rug’s needs.


Till next time, enjoy your beautiful art for your floor and remember a clean rug is a rug that can last you a lifetime!


Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care serves Prescott, Prescott Valley, Sedona, and much of the Northern Arizona areas. We meet the highest standards in professional cleaning of area rugs with rug wash specialists having earned the highest training, including certification as WOOLSAFE FIBRE CARE SPECIALISTS through the WOOLSAFE ORGANISATION. Such extraordinary certification ensures the area rugs of our client’s receive the utmost in care.

Call us for more information on buying used area rugs at 928-445-1718, visit our website at, or stop by Monday through Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at our rug washing facility at 565 EZ Street, Prescott, AZ 86301 (pick-up and delivery also available). (07-13-17)

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