Are carpets and rugs sanitary?

We think of oriental rugs and wall-to-wall carpets as decorative elements that add soft comfort and aesthetics to our homes. While this is true, textiles work double duty; the rugs on your floor and walls absorb all manner of stuff. 

Rugs and carpets as passive indoor air filtration systems.


Area carpets attract and hold soils from shoes, feet, and paws tracked in from the outside world. This is why a good-quality oriental rug makes sense in your entry and adjacent hallways in your home. Rugs effectively remove dry and liquid soil, like wet shoes with Portland's classic rainy weather. Yes, a handwoven rug is a walk-off mat, but with style! The unique woven structure of a handmade carpet allows these carpets to hold a substantial amount of particulate pollutants and still look fabulous. 


How much pollutants can a wool area rug hold? 

This is pre-wash dry soil removal or a Pakistan rug. This wool rug did its job absorbing soils entering the home. Surprisingly, the rug didn't look all that dirty but our specialized rug cleaning removes deeply embedded carpet soiling.


Are throw rugs gross and unsanitary?

Remember this rug didn't bring these soils into the home it's owners did. The rug absorbed these household soils and bound them into the foundation so they didn't travel through the air or on feet to other areas of your home, like your dining room, living room or your bedroom 


The unique woven structure of handmade carpets and rugs allows them to hold a substantial amount of particulate pollutants like a sponge and still look fabulous

Not all pollutants and soils come from outside. Soils and impurities are also created in your homes, such as cooking oil, pet dander, and off-gassing from furniture, paints, and adhesives. It's these impurities that make your home unsanitary and drive unhealthy indoor air quality not wool rugs and carpets. 


Wool the miracle fiber!

What if I told you not only can wool carpets hold everyday soil from feet keeping your home cleaner wool rugs keep the air in your home cleaner. Wool is an efficient absorber of potentially harmful indoor air pollutants such as formaldehyde, nitrogen dioxide, and sulfur dioxide, soot & dust particles. 


This is well documented by scientific research; wool mark research  

How to clean wool rugs

In order for wool fibers to do their job, to help keep your home clean and healthy you must clean area rugs periodically by a rug cleaning service that understands rug cleaning. To remove the soils, pollutants, and toxins your amazing rugs have absorbed in your home specialized equipment and techniques are used. All cleaning services are not equal, seek out local rug cleaning professionals. 



Are wool carpets hard to clean? 

Cleaning wool can be challenging with the wide variety of weave styles, and production standards cleaning can be challenging. Many cleaners are not equipt to clean area carpets properly. 

Seek a professional specialized rug cleaning service like Renaissance Rug Cleaning to clean your rugs. Rental carpet shampoo, rug doctors, and even professional carpet cleaning machines can't touch the deeply embedded soils in wool area rugs and carpets. 


 Removing these deeply embedded soils in wool oriental carpets requires washing by trained experienced cleaners that know rugs not home carpet cleaning services 

Our best tip for keeping your rugs clean is to seek out the local rug cleaning expert with a state-of-the-art modern wash plant that specializes in cleaning oriental rugs and area carpets, not a carpet steam cleaner.