Oriental Rug Cleaning Services

Rug washing is very different from carpet cleaning. Oriental rugs are often made with delicate materials such as wool, silk, cotton, etc., so we need to correctly analyze its construction and utilize the appropriate cleaning technique.

Oriental Rug Cleaning Services

We do not use carpet/rug cleaning machines. We provide in-plant rug cleaning by hand-washing for Navajo, Turkish, Afghani, Persian, Oriental, and other hand-woven rugs.

Most carpet/rug cleaners claim to “hand-wash” your rugs but, in fact they use the following machines. We do not recommend these methods:

  • Rotary Scrubbing Machines
  • Rug Cleaning MachineRotary scrubbing machines (also hot water extractors) – power head equipped with rotary vacuum heads that make HUNDREDS of omnidirectional cleaning passes.

    Problem – 1) Risk of rug pile distortion. 2) When used for “in-home” rug cleaning – again, not recommended, if the rug does not dry fast enough, the opportunity for mold growth and odor arises.

  • Industrial Rug-Wash Tub
  • Rug Wash TubMachine mimics the gentle motion of hand washing using a paddle wheel – tub holds 1,200 gallons of water and can wash up to 15 oriental rugs at a time.

    Problem – 1) Cross Contamination: Rugs with pet urine, moth eggs and other contaminants will contaminate all of the rugs. 2) Color Bleeding/Transfer- Managing the color run problem is left to a small dye absorbing sheet.

Our Unique In-Plant Rug Washing Process:

Each rug is washed individually (eliminating the risk of cross-contamination), using a soft brush, organic rug shampoo and plenty of clean, cold water.

  1. Drop-Off / Free Pickup
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    You may also schedule a free pickup for rugs 9×12 and larger.

    Free Pickup

    We’ll move any furniture placed on your rugs, inspect your rugs, get exact measurements and provide exact costs for the services requested. We’ll provide an invoice with all of this information & answer all questions. We’ll roll and load the rugs, and reset your room back for you, happily.

  3. Rug Inspection
  4. Rug Cleaning Services MarylandUpon pick up or arrival at our facility, the rug is rolled out, identified, measured, and inspected.

    Each rug treated according to its characteristics. We analyze the knot structure, rug dyes, condition, age, & damage and is inspected for any per-existing conditions or problems, which will then be discussed with you.

    The dyes of your rug tested for colorfastness. It’s very important to inspect your rugs before we start the washing process. There is no one solution to fit all.

  5. Dusting
  6. Oriental Rug DustingWe vacuum the rug’s front and back to remove hair and lint, as well as fine particle soil that sifts through the rug over time.

    Settlement of dust, sand, or grit can reduce the life of a carpet by causing premature wear. This is an important step in the cleaning process, and is not included at cleaners offering on-site cleaning, dry cleaning, steam cleaning and other cleaning methods. It may be prudent to dust the rug multiple times.

  7. Hand-Wash/Scrubbing
  8. Rug Washing ServicesThe rug is soaked front and back with plenty of clean, cold water. An organic rug shampoo is applied and the rug is hand-washed going the way of the pile.

    All work is gently done by hand to insure that no damage is caused.

    While the process is more time consuming, it enables us to remove dirt, pet stains/odor and allergens from your rugs and make them look beautiful, preserving their value and ability to be passed on as family heirloom.

  9. Complete Rinse
  10. Rug Cleaning RinseSafely and gently – We continue to rinse until the shampoo is removed (determined by taking pH readings) and the water running off your rug is clear.

  11. Water Extraction
  12. rug water extractionThe clean water is extracted from the carpet using an extraction vacuum (only time a machine is used).

  13. Controlled Drying
  14. Rug DryingIt is carefully hung to dry in a temperature controlled room – filtered air drying conditions, with no allowance for growth of mold or bacteria. This process takes between 24-48 hours depending on the rug.

  15. Fringe Details
  16. Rug Fringe CleaningWe hand clean the rug fringes. We will never bleach your rugs’ fringes (snow white fringes). Bleach will deteriorate the fringe fiber.

  17. Inspect & Wrap
  18. Rug InspectionYour rug will be wrapped in brown craft paper to protect it from dust and environmental soils until it is picked up or delivered.

    When your rug is delivered, we will place the rug where you desire, including moving and repositioning furniture – larger furnishings (pianos, extra heavy pieces, etc.) may require special arrangements.

We’ll return your rugs back to you – free of residues, allergens, dirt, stains, soil & toxic substances – cleaner & healthier for you & your family.


Never ever allow a wall to wall carpet cleaning company to “clean” an oriental or area rug inside your home. Carpet cleaners offer in-home rug “steam cleaning” which only cleans the surface, leaving fine dirt and micro particles at the foundation.

Also, if the rug does not dry fast enough, after it’s been steam cleaned, the opportunity for mold growth and odor arises.

When a cleaner attempts to clean a rug in the home with a hot water extraction machine (better known as steam cleaning) the top half of the rug in most cases becomes saturated with detergent while the bottom half remains untouched by the detergent. As quickly as the solution is sprayecl onto the rug it is extracted by the machine’s vacuum. This process never really gets the dirt and grit out of the bottom half of the rug’s foundation.

It must also be pointed out that the fringes of the rug cannot be cleaned. So don’t choose the quick, easy and wrong way it will cost you much more in the long run.

Types of Rugs We Wash


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