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Question of the Day: Will My Rugs Shrink if They are Washed?


Hi folks!  Ruthie with Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care here in beautiful Prescott AZ!  I just wanted to take a quick moment this afternoon to answer one of our frequently asked questions - will washing an area rug cause it to shrink?  

The short answer for most of the area rugs that come into our shop is NO!  It is very rare for a rug to shrink when washing it properly.  However, there are always a few exceptions to this rule!

Some rugs were made incorrectly from the start and had to be stretched or straightened once weaving was completed. Unfortunately for these rugs, they have a strong tendency to go back to this original misshapen state over time.  You may have even noticed that your handmade rug seems to be getting a bit misshapen and getting longer on one side than the other.

When it comes to washing these area rugs, we can of course gently re-stretch the rug back to its ‘normal’ shape while it dries.  Keep in mind, however, that these rugs will always have a tendency to want to revert back to this misshapen state over time. Some rugs are even so misshapen that no amount of stretching that we can do will fix it.

Again, it is extremely rare for a rug to shrink during our washing process.  If you have any concerns about this with your rug, give us a call so we can answer any questions 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, 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.

Want more information about rugs shrinking during the washing process?  Call us 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). 04-22-2019

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