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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.  

Should I Clean My Area Rugs Before Storing Them? – Prescott Valley AZ

Should I Clean My Area Rugs Before Storing Them? – Prescott Valley AZ  

This is an easy one: CLEAN IS ALWAYS BETTER!

The expanded answer is that Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care always instructs our clients to store only clean rugs.  For starters, spots caused by organic substances like urine or food spills are harmful to delicate wool and silk area rug fibers.  These substances have a higher pH than wool and silk and therefore can and will do fiber damage.  The longer these spots stay on the fiber, the more likely it is that damage will occur.

Animal urine is especially damaging due to its very high pH.  Not only will it do great harm to fibers but animal urine will also eventually cause dry rot.  Dry rot will allow the foundation fibers to dry, break, and create a hole or split in the rug.

The longer that spots of food or other substances sit on your rug, the harder they will be to remove – it may even be impossible to remove all of the staining. The sooner the spot is cleaned, the better chance there is of complete stain removal.

Knowing that spots can cause permanent damage, it’s always best to have them removed as soon as possible.  Bugs, rodents, and moths are also attracted to many spots such as urine and food spills because of the proteins they are made up of. Bugs and rodents think these spots are yummy and don’t just stop at eating the spots, they eat the rug fibers too!

At Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care in Prescott AZ, we remind our clients that, in addition to cleaning rugs, wool rugs should be treated with a moth treatment and properly wrapped in a breathable wrap for long-term storage (NEVER PLASTIC).

Need more information and help with your treasured rug?  We’re here to help and just a call away!

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 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 about storing area rugs properly 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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