Top Ten Best Rug Cleaning And Care Tips 

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Keeping your oriental rugs and wool carpets looking good doesn't start with us; it begins at home with you. The expert cleaners at Renaissance Rug Cleaning put together the top tips for keeping your oriental rug, area carpet, or accent rug looking good for years to come. These tips aren't a substitute for taking your top-rated local rug cleaners, but they will save you money by extending out cleaning intervals. 

Select the right rug for the space and its use.

When decorating with rugs, carefully consider how the rug will be used. A white area carpet might look spectacular in your entry, but it will show traffic much sooner. Rugs and carpets don't just look good on the floor; rugs and carpets remove SoilSoil from your feet and trap them in the carpet.

Rugs with more colors, reds, blues, and designs hide SoilSoil much better, so consider the SoilSoil hiding performance of your carpet in high-traffic areas. Soil retarding treatments like Dupont Teflon and Scotch Guard can help reduce staining from some basic spills. Keep in mind, Soil retarding products do not keep your rug from getting dirty.  

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Put a quality rug pad under your rug 

Quality rug padding or underlayments are often overlooked when purchasing a new oriental rug. Rug pads serve several purposes; they cushion the impact of foot traffic. As Soil builds up in the foundation of your rug, foot traffic crushes Soil against fibers and causes abrasion of carpet fiber and foundation yarns every time you walk on your area carpet. 

Quality rug pads keep carpets from slipping or sliding on the floor. Area rug pads keep rugs from stretching; this stretching accelerates rug deterioration by weakening the foundation and accelerating pile and knot loss. 

All pads are not equal; be sure to select specially engineered padding designed for area rugs. In-home wall-to-wall carpet pad is not intended for the area rugs and fails to hold rugs in place. 

 Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum 

You will see your local rug cleaner soon enough; vacuuming extends out cleaning intervals by keeping your rug looking great between cleanings. Soils pulled from feet on tho carpets work their way to the foundation of carpets. Slowly from foot traffic, these soils work their way to the foundation of your rug and carpets and beyond the reach of regular vacuuming, so, The more frequently you vacuum, the slow these soils build up in the foundation. 

Address spots and spill 

Spots and spills happen; it is inevitable. Address spots timely time and with the appropriate cleaning products and methods, keeps rug and carpets looking good. Remember, all spots are not the same, nor are all cleaning products. See our handy spot cleaning guide for the proper tips to spot clean your rug at home and avoid costly, damaging home cleaning mistakes. 


  Rotate rugs when possible 

Most rugs don't receive even use; one end or side often receives 90% or more of the foot traffic. Turning carpets end for end evens out foot traffic, wear, and soiling and extends out cleaning intervals. Ideally, this is done every 3 months when it's practical to do so. 

Keep an eye on fringe ends and sides

Rugs take a beating on the floor, so keep an eye on fringer or end tassels, and on the sides of rugs, look for signs of fraying, damage, or loss. Early detection of wear and damage can save money; as the saying goes, a stitch in time saves nine.

 The longer damage is ignored, typically the more expensive the repair. In some cases, the damage can take the rug too far, where repair doesn't make economic sense. 

Pets and Oriental rugs 

We love our furry family members a few tips can help.

Make sure your cats have enough scratch posts. Both cats and dogs need toys to play with or make their own, like your fine Persian rug. Pet emotional requirements need to be met, just like people. Some breeds require more stimulus, walking, and exercise; if these needs aren't met, they can act out destructive. 

A house-trained pet that suddenly starts urinating on your fine rug can be a sign of a health issue. Urinary tract infections are a common cause of pet accidents on rugs. Urinating becomes very painful, and your pet holds it until it can't anymore. A trip to the vet is strongly advised. 

The Key to pet urine accidents is addressing them quickly before they soak into the foundation of your fine oriental rug. Avoid high pH cleaning products and all-purpose cleaning products like Resolve, Folex, and rug doctor cleaners. 

 Seek out mild wool-approved cleaning products specially made for fine wool carpets. If the carpet is soaked completely from front to back, your woven carpet needs to be properly washed. Carpet & rug deodorizing products don't remove pet odors and stains; they cover them up. Ultimately making the issue worse, causing damage and color loss to your rugs. Pet urine must be removed from rugs during cleaning. 

Wool Moth and Carpet beetles 

Protein fibers like wool are susceptible to moth infestation. Moth larvae eat wool and can destroy a good rug. If you add a vintage rug or used rug to your home, consider cleaning the area rug to remove SoilSoil and reduce the possibility of bringing moths into your home. 

Vacuuming and rotation are both prudent steps to keep moths at bay and your rugs free from damage. We strongly suggest calling a professional pest exterminator if you find signs of infestations. When an infestation is discovered, it's not enough to deal with the rug, and often moths have become a whole house infestation issue. 

Rug storage pitfalls 

Whether remodeling, moving, or changing rugs up for the season, storing rugs improperly can cost you big. Wool carpets haphazardly tossed in the garage or basement make for an excellent breeding ground for wool months. Wool carpets and rugs should never be stored on concrete or tile floors. The moisture in wool is pulled to the cold concrete and, over the course of a few months, rots your fine rug. 


This is a perfect excuse to have your area carpets and rugs washed, wrapped, and ready to use when you are done with a remodeling

Visit your local rug cleaning service.

At some point, your rug needs professional rug cleaning to remove deeply embedded soils. Don't just search for Area rug cleaners near me or Oriental rug cleaners near me. This is no guarantee you are getting a professional cleaning service for wool area carpets.

Plenty of carpet cleaners make slick web pages that sound like they know how to clean rugs but lack the skill set. Area rug cleaning is a nitch-specific cleaning service different than steam cleaning carpet.

Instead seek out a cleaner with knowledge, experience, and facilities to clean oriental carpets and area rugs.


Take a tour of the rug cleaning facilities and make sure they are set up to work with Oriental carpets and delicate natural fibers rugs made with wool and silk. Area rugs & carpets made with wool, silk, and other natural fibers need specific care different than in-home carpet steam cleaning. 

Just because a cleaner shows up on a google search as a local rug cleaning service and has a slick webpage doesn't mean they have proper rug cleaning facilities. 

Have questions needed a local area rug cleaning service? Ask the rug experts ARCS (Association of Rug Care Specialists) ARCS trains and certifies Oriental and area rug cleaning professionals and their rug cleaning workshops. This ensures a rug cleaning service knows how to treat your handwoven rugs and natural fiber carpets right.  

ARCS (Association of rug care specialists) is a trade association for professional oriental rug cleaning and area carpet cleaners