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Oriental and Area Rug Cleaning

The Rug Rescue offers a wide variety of area rug cleaning methods, all of which are promoted by rug manufacturers as being the safest method for their particular rug type. We have undergone extremely thorough training in cleaning different types of area rugs, from everyday wool rugs to antique oriental rugs. Oriental rug cleaning requires extreme precision and skill. This cleaning process involves a delicate balance of pH solutions and should only be done by true professionals.

The following are the procedures of professional area rug cleaning!


rug cleaning prewash inspection

Each rug is inspected for any pre-existing conditions. Many times, soil covers up dye lot variations, fiber staining, prior dye bleeding, worn areas or white knots that become “uncovered” after the wash. Some of these are weaving characteristics, and others are damage that can possibly be repaired.

Check For Color Fastness

rug cleaning color fastness

The dyes of your rug are tested for colorfastness. If the dyes are not colorfast, then the rug is bathed first in vinegar to stbailize the dyes during the wash process. (This is similar to when your grandmother used to add white vinegar to her wash water when handling new fabrics, to help keep the dyes from migrating into the neighboring areas.)


rug cleaning dusting

An area rug can hold POUNDS of soil in its fibers before it begins to look dirty. So when it begins looking bad, you know it’s well past the time to have it cleaned. This is not just simple “dirt” but germs, bacteria, and other contaminants brought in by feet, shoes, and paws.

Flooding a rug with pounds of fine grit and dirt in the foundation creates mud. This is why a rug needs to be dusted before it gets wet.

This is performed with an upright vacuum cleaner, or other dusting machine, to “shake” the dirt out of the foundation of your rug from the back side of the rug.

Applying A Mild Detergent

rug cleaning apply detergent

We apply a mild detergent and agitate the rug with a very soft brush to loosen and encapsulate stains and soil.

Oriental Rug Baths

The recommended method for cleaning natural fiber rugs is a full-immersion wet wash. Essentially, they need a really good “bath” to remove the dirt, grit, bacteria, and other contaminants from the surface and within the base of the rug’s fibers.

Rugs have been woven for thousands of years, and have been washed for thousands as well. Overseas you see both rugs and fabrics washed in rivers.

Today we simply take the Old World washing ways and bring them up to date for both antique and contemporary rugs and textiles. The rug is washed using mild rug shampoo and cool water. Just like you would with your wool or cotton sweater, you avoid hot water, harsh detergents, and
high heat.There are concerns that vary depending on fiber type, dye strength, and rug construction.

Rugs, properly cared for, will outlive us many times over. We are a part of its life more than it being a part of ours. So our steps always take that into account – the welfare of the rug, and the cleanliness of it when returned to an owner’s home.

Rinsing And Wringing Out 95% Of Water

rug cleaning rinsing

After the bath rugs are put into a area rug centrifuge which is basically a giant machine that rinses and wringing machine that removes an astonishing 95% of the water taped in the rug. Not only does increase drying times it prevents orders, mold build up and browning which is when a rug doesn’t dry fast enough and becomes dingy looking.


rug cleaning dry flat

All of our rugs are laid out flat to dry. Hanging textiles up when wet can lead to too much strain on the foundation of the rugs and discolor fringes. Air movers are used to help facilitate drying, and dehumidifiers help control the drying environment.

By not using hot water during washing, or high heat in drying, you avoid the worry of shrinking. Again, these fibers are similar to your nicer wool and cotton fabrics, so a gentle wash and “dry out flat” is how they have been washed for ages. But, as with your brand new clothing items, there may be a very slight shrinking for its very first cleaning of perhaps an inch, but after the first wash that is no longer a concern (unless of course the rug is improperly cleaned with high heat carpet cleaning machines in your home, which can shrink, misshapen, bleed, and harm your rugs…this is why rugs are never cleaned in the home, but taken out for their wash in a rug cleaning facility).


rug cleaning fringe work

Fringe tassels are usually cotton strands. These are the “warps” of a rug, and literally are the foundation threads that the fuzzy wool knots are tied around to weave your rug.

Cotton is an absorbent fiber, and has no place to “hide” soil like wool does, so when your tassels look dirty you know it’s time to wash your rug. And these tassels need some extra scrubbing and elbow grease to get clean. (Think of your kids shoelaces, and you can get a feel for how hard it can be to get them “clean” when they are heavily soiled. We grew up playing baseball and softball in our family, so we are EXPERTS at heavily soiled shoelaces!)

Fringe tassels are scrubbed during the wash process, and additionally when needed. The rug after being thoroughly dried is then given a final grooming with a horsehair brush, and then rolled and ready to go home.

Oriental and Area Rug Hot Water Extraction Cleaning

rug cleaning oriental extraction

For the majority of synthetic carpet and rugs we offer hot water extraction better know as steam cleaning, which is among one of the most effective cleaning methods to date.

We recommend a deluxe cleaning which includes dusting but if you prefer not we will clean the rug with a basic Cleaning With our powerful, truck-mounted cleaning machines, hot water is injected deep into the fibers of your area rug, agitating the dirt, soil and dust mites loose, then all of this is extracted up through powerful vacuums. The result is an extremely clean carpet and you don’t have to worry about any cleaning solution left behind.