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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 it Better to Store Area Rugs Dirty or Cleaned? – Sedona, AZ

Is it Better to Store Area Rugs Diry or Cleaned? The simple answer is easy – CLEAN IS BETTER!

Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care always instructs our clients to store only clean rugs, never dirty rugs.  And there is much good reason for this. First of all, spots that are caused by organic substances like urine or food spills are harmful to delicate area rug wool and silk fibers.  They have a higher pH than wool and silk and, as such, can and will do fiber damage.  The longer that these spots stay on the fiber, the more likely permanent damage will occur. Not to mention how harmful animal urine is to rugs.  Urine has a very high pH, which will do great harm to fibers and eventually cause dry rot.  Dry rot literally allows the foundation fibers to dry, break, and create holes and splits in your rug. One can put a rug in storage (soiled) and a few years later retrieve the rug to find these above mentioned damages has occurred and ruined the rug!

When it comes to spots of food or other substances, it becomes more difficult and sometimes impossible to remove these types of spots the longer they set into the fibers.

As you can see, it’s important that you have these spots professionally removed as quickly as possible before they can cause permanent damage to your area rugs.  Not only that, but bugs, rodents, and moths are all attracted to many of spots caused by urine and food because of the proteins they’re made up of.

At Arizona Oriental in Prescott AZ, we remind our clients that, in addition to cleaning, wool rugs should be treated with a moth treatment and properly wrapped in a breathable wrap (NEVER PLASTIC) prior to storing. We are here to help you preserve your nice rugs for your enjoyment as well as for the generations that will come after you. Frequently we care for Persian and Oriental Rugs that are generations old and still look lovely because of the fine, professional care they receive.

If you need more information and help with your treasured rug, give us a call!  We are here to help you.

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 Sedona, Prescott, Prescott Valley 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 which includes 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.

If you would like more information on  the proper storage of fine area rugs or a free estimate, give us a call 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). 

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