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Can the Splotchy Areas on My Area Rug Be Fixed? - Prescott AZ

Can the Splotchy Areas on My Area Rug Be Fixed? - Prescott AZ

Ruthie with Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care here in Prescott AZ and I wanted to talk about one of the conditions we see in quite a few rugs that come into us – pooling.  Pooling can be found in a lot of rugs that have thick pile (Chinese rugs especially) and happens in both woven and tufted area rugs.


Pooling is a type of pile reversal that is also known as watermarking because it often makes the area look like there was water spilled on the rug.  As you can see in these photos, it does sort of look like part of the rug is wet.  This isn’t the case, however, as it’s actually a redirection of the face fibers.

Normal area rug fiber stick straight up into the air.  Eventually these fibers are worn down with heavy foot traffic, but sometimes these fibers will change direction.  Instead of standing up straight, these fibers fold down on themselves and point to the side more.  This causes the light to reflect differently off of these fibers, creating the mottled or splotchy appearance.

Pooling effects the fibers of the area rug itself, so it isn’t correctable by cleaning alone.

All area rugs are susceptible to pooling, too, even the most expensive and oldest area rugs.  This condition has existed for centuries and no one’s really sure why it happens at all.  Certain fibers aren’t more likely to have pooling as it occurs in wool, silk, and even synthetic area rugs.

Just because your rug is showing signs of pooling, of course, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have your rug cleaned!  Area rugs should be cleaned every 1-3 years depending on how active your household is.  Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care is here to help you get your area rugs professionally cleaned and we are more than happy to discuss any concerns you may have!

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 the splotchy looking areas on your area rugs and cleaning quotes 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). (05-03-17)

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