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We are happy to help our walk-in clients also, however, we are often out on area rug deliveries and may not be available if no appointment was made.  

Is Cleaning My Area Rug Myself a Good Idea?


Hi folks!  Ruthie here with Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care here in Prescott AZ and I know that most people don’t really think much about just how little they know about area rugs!  Most people don’t truly understand what the proper care for area rugs entails, which is fine! If you have a lot of luck on your side, you may be able to get away with renting a Rug Doctor from the supermarket to clean your area rug yourself.

But before you do that, let’s take a look at the big picture here.

What are some of the possible outcomes with renting a Rug Doctor to clean your area rug?

  • Unstable dyes in your rug causing color bleeding.

  • Not being able to completely extract all of the water from your rug due to the low-powered machine.  This leads to musty odors and even mold growth!

  • If there have been animal accidents on your rug, the urine deposits won’t be completely removed and the added moisture may cause them to become even smellier than they were originally!

  • The foundation fibers of your rug may shrink and cause the rug to become misshapen or ripple.

  • Fibers may flatten out and mat down, causing the rug to not look like it was even cleaned at all and, in some cases, look worse than if you hadn’t cleaned it!

You should also keep in mind that the products that come with the Rug Doctor are NOT designed to clean wool and silk fibers!  Cleaning these fibers with cleaning solutions that are not WOOLSAFE CERTIFIED can lead to a LOT of fiber damage, along with everything I’ve listed above!

Simply put, you won’t be able to get your rug anywhere near as clean on your own as we here at Arizona Oriental can!  Our facility is completely decked out with all of the tools and cleaning solutions necessary to properly care for wool and silk area rugs.  Not to mention our technicians have all of the training, certification, and knowledge required to properly clean your rugs!

Instead of renting a dirty Rug Doctor machine and chance ruining your area rugs, give Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care a call today!  We will get your area rug sparkling clean and save you all the hassle and work involved with trying to do it yourself!

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, Flagstaff, 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 our client’s area rugs receive the highest quality care.

Give us a call for more information about why you should choose a professional area rug cleaning service at 928-445-1718, visit our website at, or stop by Monday through Friday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at our rug washing facility at 565 EZ Street, Prescott, AZ 86301 (pick-up and delivery also available). 02-05-2020

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