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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.  

Sedona AZ – Successfully Washing My Oriental Rug – Don’t Bring it to the Car Wash!

If you haven’t seen it already, and you need a good laugh, you may want to go to YouTube and watch the video titled How to Clean a Rug for $4.00 at the Car Wash.  This video shows a man who takes his rug down to the local carwash and, believe it or not, pressure washes his rug!  No pre-testing for colorfastness, no consideration of water temperature or even if the water pressure was too great for delicate rug fibers.  And, here’s the real kicker, he even used car wash soap on his rug!

I’m sure you know how wrong this looks and sounds – who uses soap meant to clean cars to clean their area rug!?  Common sense should tell us better than to think that this is a good idea!

Trust me when I tell you to NEVER consider this a cleaning option.  Sure, if you’re completely done with your rug and see no value in it and don’t care whether or not it falls apart or stays intact, maybe you could do this.  But you wouldn’t take the time out of your day and your busy schedule to mess around with cleaning the rug if you didn’t care about it at least a little bit, right?

Can probably see why cleaning an area rug in this manner is completely crazy?  Not just for fine wool and silk fibers, either, but even for synthetic fibers.  Each rug requires a specific and specialized care that is dependent on the fibers of the area rug.  I’m guessing that the rug in this video probably isn’t a fine wool rug, but like I said – synthetic fibers need specialized care as well.  So protect your area rug and make sure it is cleaned exactly the way that it needs to be cleaned, here at Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care instead of trying to clean it yourself at a car wash.

Located in beautiful Prescott AZ, Arizona Oriental has developed an in-depth and very thorough process to ensure that your Oriental and Persian area rugs receive exactly the care that they require and are cleaned safely and successfully.  Even the most delicate antique hand woven area rugs are safe with us and our process.  We’ll do a thorough inspection before we even begin washing your area rug to determine the best way to clean your area rug.  This is a crucial first step that also includes testing for dye stability and a UV inspection to determine if there are animal urine deposits to correct on your rug.  We will then gently dust your rug to remove the dry soil and we custom match cleaning method and solutions to the needs of the rug.  Last, but certainly far from least, is proper drying techniques to give your rug a fast and proper dry.  Once your rug is dry, we always post inspect to ensure there is nothing else needed and that our high standards have been met.

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 FIBER 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 about Self-cleaning your Oriental area rugs, or would like a quote for cleaning with us, call our office 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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