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Oriental rug cleaning service


Professional Rug Cleaning  

Can my Persian Oriental 
Rug be cleaned in-home like my
wall-to-wall carpet?

Oriental rugs are different from your wall-to-wall carpet; wall-to-wall cleaning methods can damage oriental rugs, their materials, and dyes.


Oriental rug cleaning requires specialized in-plant rug cleaning for safe, effective deep cleaning of rugs. Portable rug cleaning methods, such as carpet shampooing and hot water extraction, fail to adequately remove deeply embedded soils, stains, and odors from hand-woven rugs. 

Price, time, and convenience make it tempting to do oriental rug cleaning in-home, it is best to leave it to the professionals and have it done right.

 Rugs Cleaning Process

It's important to understand that hand-woven rugs are very absorbent; they pull in and hold soil from shoes, feet, and the atmosphere around them.

This soil works its way into the foundation, too deep to be removed by a vacuum, and much of this soil can't be removed from washing alone.

Our rug cleaning process starts with pre-inspection and then dry soil removal utilizing specialized equipment to remove these deeply embedded silt sand-like soils before washing. 

This equipment is not portable and cannot be used in your home. 

Gabbeh rug cleaning after
Oriental carpet cleaning before

Our oriental rug cleaning starts with dry soil removal, or rug dusting, as we call it, to remove dry sandy/silt-like soiling.


Here is our Persian Gabbeh rug post dusting. You can see the dramatic difference with soil removed from the foundation of this rug; however, this oriental rug is still far from being clean.

Coarse soil removed, this rug, like most, has many soils such as oils, proteins, and sugars that only a proper oriental rug washing can remove.

Not all cleaning services spend adequate time removing dry soil, and in-home cleaning, none. 


You've likely heard terms like ten-step cleaning processes; every rug requires specialized attention. The type of soil varies by use and location. The soils in your kitchen are different from the entryway. As such, our cleaning adapts to this, and so our cleaning method varies slightly and adapts to your floor covering.    

Oriental Rug Deep Cleaning  

Dirty orintal rug being cleaned

This is the same Gabbeh rug from above, being wasted by our skilled rug cleaners. With dry soil removal, you can see, there is a fair amount of hidden soil that cannot be removed by vacuum, or our commercial rug dusting process. 

You may have seen videos of laundry strip cleaning; while our cleaning detergents are much more gentle, our rug washing is similar in that we soak rugs. 

This level of rug cleaning cannot be done at home.


At Renaissace, we don't offer carpet cleaning & upholstery cleaning; we specialize in oriental and area rug cleaning. We know the types of rugs and their specific cleaning challenges. 

 The owners of Renaissance have over thirty years of experience cleaning oriental carpets. 


 Our rug cleaning products are free of perfumes, optical brighteners, and harsh chemicals that can damage wool and some natural dyes. 

 This is the proper way to clean oriental rugs and, fundamentally, the way oriental rugs have always been cleaned n places like Iran & Turkey. 

Rug Cleaning Process 

How Do I  Get My  Oriental  Carpet To You?

We have convenient rug cleaning drop-off at our Rug Spa /workshop in SE Portland from 9:30- 5:30 M-F with off-street parking; we will unload your oriental rugs for you. We also pick up and deliver area carpets to your home or office. You can also ship rugs to us or drop them off during a visit to Portland, and we can ship your rugs back by UPS or FedX  ...It's that easy!  

Periodically we made special trips to Bend and the Oregon coast for large projects and specialized work.

 Pet Urine Removal 


We remove pet urine odors and stains from oriental carpets all the time. Frankly, we’re perplexed that many cleaners make a "big stink" out of removing pet odors and getting rugs clean. Often charging exorbitant fees and hoopla of upsells for exotic chemical decontamination baths and expensive enzyme treatments. 


Our deep cleaning removes the source of the odor deeply hidden in the foundation of your woven rug without pickling your rug in perfumy deodorizers.  


Pet urine removal is not impossible, but it does take time and an experienced rug cleaner. 


Did we mention that we don't charge extra for pet urine odor removal?


rug cleaing at Renaissancve Rug Cleaning
Rug Drying 

Oriental rugs drying is important; we monitor oriental carpets for proper drying and regulate humidity levels. We use a number of methods to remove as much as 95% of moisture from your oriental rug by the time it reaches our drying tower or drying floor.  All area rugs are tested with moisture meters to assure they are dry and ready to go back to your home.

Navajo rug cleaning experts

 We use rug centrifuges to spin wet rugs at 1,500 RPMs and remove 95% of the mosture from a rug in under two minutes. 

This isn't the only water removal method we use, it is the most efficient. We clean a thick all wool oriental carpet in the morning that are nearly dry by mid-afternoon. 

Customer Service 

Our goal is to provide Portland area clients with quality, experienced oriental rug cleaning by focusing on area rugs and carpets. 

That's what makes Renaissace the top-rated local oriental rug cleaner in Portland our commitment to customer service and experience. 


Renaissance Rug Cleaning is a member of ARCS (Association of Rug Care Specialists), A trade association dedicated to the professionalism, integrity, and education of oriental rug cleaning.  

ARCS Trade organzation for rug cleaners

How Often Should Oriental Carpets Be Cleaned?

Cleaning intervals vary on the type of rug and the use the textiles receive. Oriental rug cleaning is typically every 1-3 years with normal household use.

A home with pets and children may need more frequent cleaning, while a one or two-person home can go longer between cleaning intervals.

Individuals with allergies may benefit from more frequent cleaning intervals.


Why are oriental rugs called oriental? 

The term "Orient" derives from the Latin word oriens meaning "east" or  "east rising". The opposite term "Occident" derives from the Latin word occidens, meaning west. 

The use of the term "Orient" occurred during the reign of Emperor  Diocletian (284–305); used to refer to lands east of the Roman empire as Orient and rugs made in these lands as Oriental rugs.   

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