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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.  

Prescott Rug Cleaner. Why Can I Smell Rubber On My Rugs?

At Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care, we have a lot of rugs to smell when we clean area rugs. So it’s very typical for a customer to bring us a rug and ask if we can remove the odors preventing them from enjoying their special item.

Prescott Rug Cleaner. Why Can I Smell Rubber On My Rugs?

Hi there, It’s Ruthie at Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care in Prescott Valley. 

The answer is a resounding yes for rugs with dank odors caused by animal urine accidents. Cleaning alone may not be enough to remove odors from rugs that smell like rubber or latex.

Rubbery scents are unique to tufted area rugs. Tufted rugs are made by pushing threads through a foundation cloth before gluing everything together with latex glue.

A piece of monkscloth is tacked to the back to make the rug look attractive and disguise the dirty latex. Unfortunately, odors may appear years later or quickly after the rug is purchased, depending on the quality of the glue employed by the manufacturer.

Rubbery odors are difficult to remove, even with the help of a professional Prescott area rug cleaning expert such as Arizona Oriental.


What Is The Rubber Smell?

A sticky latex odor emanates from low-quality glue, quickly stinking up a place. I understand it’s not the most pleasant odor, and it’s certainly not one you want emanating from a rug you adore!

Unfortunately, given the problem is with the rug’s manufacturing, there isn’t much that cleaning or deodorizing can do to get rid of the odors. We can help with various odors, but we can’t help with odors caused by the glue used to hold the rug together.

Depending on the age of your rug and the integrity of the backing, our repair facility may remove the current backing, scrape away the old glue, and apply a fresh layer of higher-quality latex adhesive before laying a new piece of monkscloth over the back.

Even if the scents aren’t entirely gone, removing the old glue may make a significant difference. Unfortunately, this is only an option for rugs detached from their backing and need to be replaced right away.


Where to Find Area Rug Cleaning in Prescott

Suppose you are searching for professional rug cleaning. In that case, you can contact Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care or fill in the compact form here for a direct reply.

Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care serves Prescott, Prescott Valley, Sedona, Flagstaff, and many Northern Arizona areas.

We meet the highest standards in professional cleaning area rugs, with rug wash specialists having earned the highest training, including WOOLSAFE FIBRE CARE SPECIALISTS certification through the WOOLSAFE ORGANIZATION. Such extraordinary certification ensures our client’s area rugs receive the highest quality care.

Call us for more information on cleaning wool rugs and stopping allergies on 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 (pickup and delivery also available). 07-14-2020

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