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The Rug Experts Spill: How to Make Your Area Rugs Last Generations!


It’s me, Ruthie with Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care, again!  I know that many people expect the new area rug they’ve purchased to last for years so they don’t have to spend a lot of money replacing it if they can help it.  So today, I wanted to take a moment to talk about how to make sure your rugs last - by not neglecting them!

When was the last time you had your area rug professionally cleaned?  When was the last time you ran a vacuum over it? Is there damage (like a hole or tear) that could really use some repairs?

Rugs live hard lives on our floors and ignoring them without doing any kind of maintenance is really damaging!  Without frequent vacuuming, dry soil will build up at the base of your rug.                                                                                                     This dry soil acts like sandpaper and grinds away at the delicate wool and silk fibers, causing them to break and form wear patterns. Eventually these fibers will wear away completely and you’ll be left with a threadbare rug!

Animal urine needs to be addressed right away or it will lead to dry rot.  Dry rot weakens rug fibers, and will lead to rips, cuts, tears, and holes.  Animal urine should ALWAYS be treated as quickly as possible to prevent serious damage.  The high acidity level in urine causes it to do a lot of damage to your rug fibers.  Urine can also destabilize colors and lead to heavy color bleeding and discoloration that may not be correctable.

Keep in mind that ignoring repair needs will only cause the damage to worsen over time!  Maybe the fringe got caught in the vacuum and the rug has started unravelling.  Or your puppy decided that your rug would make a great chew toy and chewed a hole right through the rug.  It doesn’t matter what caused the damage, what matters is having it repaired as soon as possible to prevent further damages!  The longer you wait to have damages in your rug repaired, the more damage will occur - this means more extensive repairs will be needed to secure or restore your rug.

Taking care of your rugs is the only way to ensure they last for years and years (like they’re supposed to)! Rugs should be professionally cleaned every 1-3 years and repairs should always be taken care of as soon as possible.  If your animals are having accidents on your rugs, those need to be cleaned and treated as soon as possible as well!

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.

Give us a call for more information about how to make your rugs last generations 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). 02-19-2020

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