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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.  

Why It’s Important to Have Your Area Rug Moth Treated


Ruthie with Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care here in Prescott, AZ once again and I just wanted to take a moment today and talk about moth treatment.  One thing you do not want to happen with your area rugs is a moth infestation!  One little moth can (and will) turn into a HUGE problem for you and your area rugs.  I hate seeing moth infestation in beautiful wool & silk area rugs but it’s unfortunately something that we see more often than people might think.

Between area rugs that are stored improperly or rugs that are left in rooms that don’t get a lot of traffic, moths LOVE quiet, secluded places.  Wool area rugs provide a plentiful food source for moths and their larvae and the rug that you have rolled up in your garage or lying under your bed, it’s a disaster waiting to happen.

Rugs are basically the all-you-can-eat buffets of a moth’s world, especially when they’re in a quiet environment so that the moths can go through their life cycle undisturbed.  If your area rug has any animal accidents or food / drink spills on it, moths will be that much more attracted to it because of the added proteins these things provide along with the wool.

If one or more of your area rugs has a moth infestation, you need to bring it into us here at Arizona Oriental as quickly as possible!  We will treat the rug to kill the infestation before cleaning and treating your rug as needed.  Once we are done cleaning your rug, we can provide you with an estimate for repairs if they are possible.  Unfortunately more often than not, the extent of the damage done by moths is far greater than what the rug is worth.  However, there are still some options available to you if you would like them!

If you are wanting to store your area rug for a period of time - whether it’s been hit by a moth infestation or not - we can perform a special WoolSafe treatment that will protect your rug while it is being stored.  Our moth treatment changes the taste of the wool to moths so that it deters them from making a home in our area rugs and find somewhere else to go.  We also recommend wrapping your rug in a breathable storage wrap - this will add another level of protection to your rugs from other pests that may try to get a piece of your rug for themselves.

As a last note: PLEASE make sure that you let us know your area rug
has a moth infestation BEFORE bringing it into our shop!
We have a special procedure for handling moth-infested rugs and always
like to be as prepared as we can be!

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 what can be done for area rugs with a moth infestation?  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). 05-16-2019

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