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What is the BEST Way to Clean Area Rugs?


What is the BEST Way to Clean Area Rugs?

Hi folks! Ruthie with Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care here in beautiful Prescott, AZ once again! I know that I've made a few posts about what not to do with your area rugs, but I wanted to take a moment to talk about what the BEST cleaning for area rugs is.

The best way to clean your area rugs is with a full rug bath done by a professional! Of course, I'm a little partial since that is exactly the type of cleaning that we offer here at Arizona Oriental, but it truly IS the best cleaning that an area rug can get!

Dry cleaning uses powders that never get fully removed from your rug. It also doesn't actually CLEAN anything, just masks any odors you may have, but that is only temporary.  It certainly does nothing to treat any actual problems in your area rug and I certainly don't recommend it for area rugs or wall-to-wall carpet.

Having your rug steam-cleaned by a carpet cleaner is also not recommended. There are too many factors that can happen to your area rugs that someone without the experience or training would be able to control.  Things like dye-bleed, shrinkage or rippling, musty odors, etc. All of these are really good reasons NOT to have your rug cleaned by anyone but the professionals!

As far as how we at Arizona Oriental clean area rugs here in our shop, here's a little rundown of our process:

  1. A full inspection of your area rugs including a dye stability test to check for any pre-existing conditions on your rug. This helps us determine EXACTLY how your rug needs to be cleaned.

  2. Thorough dusting of your rug with a specialized dusting machine. This shakes loose all of the dry soil from your rug’s fibers.

  3. Any pre-treatments needed to stabilize the colors in your rug or treat any animal urine problems that may be present.

  4. Apply all Wool-Safe cleaning solutions and flush your rug with fresh, clear water to completely rinse and clean your area rug. We hand-clean all area rugs that come into our shop!

  5. We will hang your rug to dry or lay it flat on our special drying tables - either way, there will be air blowing directly on your rug to expedite the drying process. This ensures a fast, thorough dry!

As you can see, there is a lot more that goes into cleaning area rugs to ensure they get REALLY CLEAN.  Trust the professionals here at Arizona Oriental to clean your rugs, we will be sure to clean them just the way they need and deserve!

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 to know more about the BEST way to clean area rugs? Give us a call and get a free estimate 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). 7-30-2018  

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