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Can my oriental rugs be cleaned in-home like my wall-to-wall carpet?

 The methods and equipment we use for oriental rug and Persian carpet cleaning are not mobile and cannot be mimicked or approximated with in-home carpet cleaning systems. Oriental rugs must be removed and cleaned in our modern wash facility none of our cleaning services are performed in-home. 

Renaissance is a trusted local rug cleaning service recommended by Portland's top rug retailers to clean fine oriental rugs. We are a hand woven rug-specific cleaning service specializing in oriental and area rug cleaning.  

 Oriental Rug Cleaning 



Dry soil removal from oriental rugs or dusting as we call it is the removal of sandy/silt-like soiling.

This soil works its way deep into the foundation of your rugs, and it's beyond the reach of your home vacuum. We use special oriental rug cleaning equipment to remove it. This type of soil must be removed before oriental rug cleaning.


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Our specialized, area rug cleaning equipment is effective and safe for new, vintage and antique rugs. It's impossible to achieve this level of cleaning in a home setting. It is possible to make an oriental rug look clean on the surface while still dirty. The pic on the left side shows silty sand-like soil dropping out of our Gabbeh oriental rug during dry soil removal. This is an essential step in cleaning oriental area rugs. 


Here is our oriental rug post dusting. You can see the dramatic difference in soil removed from the foundation of this rug; however, this oriental rug is still not clean. Coarse soil removed, this rug, like most, still has many soils such as oils, proteins, sugars that only a proper rug washing can remove.



A common cause of unsatisfactory oriental rug cleaning is when cleaners cut these steps short or skip them altogether.

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How exactly do you clean Oriental rugs? 

Dirty orintal rug being cleaned

Here is our oriental rug being cleaned post dusting on the wash floor. We like to slow things down on the wash floor, letting rugs soak and the fibers release soils.


As you can see in the photo, this oriental rug is dirty, and there is a fair amount of hidden soil in the rug. Our rug washing floor painted white gives us feedback and lays bare the truth of how dirty an oriental carpet is and when a carpet is truly clean. Again, this level of cleaning cannot be achieved in your home; oriental rugs must be removed for proper cleaning.  



All oriental rug cleaning is performed by us in our SE Portland workshop and is done by hand. Rugs are thoroughly washed, not shampoo surface cleaned.


Many stains and odors other cleaners struggle with we are able to remove in our washing. Our rug cleaning products are free of perfumes, optical brighteners, and harsh chemicals. 

 This is the proper way to clean oriental rugs and fundamentally the way oriental rugs have always been cleaned.

How do I  get my  oriental rugs to you?

We have convenient drop-off rug cleaning 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. Or have our staff pick up and deliver your oriental rugs to your home or office.  We make trips out of town to the coast and Bend area periodically.  If you live out of town you can 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!  

Can you do anything about pet urine and odors in my oriental rugs? 


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

More importantly, we remove these odors from your oriental rugs without your rugs coming back smelling like it's been pickled in chemicals or the odors are covered up with perfumey deodorizer. We remove the source of the odor in oriental rugs and pet urine removal is not difficult.

Remember, this level of oriental rug and area rug cleaning cannot be achieved or approximated at home. Your rugs must be brought to our oriental rug workshop to be properly washed.


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

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Oriental Rug Drying 

Controlled rug drying of oriental rugs is important, we monitor oriental rugs 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 rugs are tested with moisture meters to assure they are dry and ready to go back to your home.

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Oriental Rug Finishing 

Considerable time and energy are given to oriental rugs after cleaning to assure they look, smell, and feel great.  Experienced hands and an eye for detail are important components of a truly clean oriental rug.

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

Why are oriental rugs called oriental? 

The term "Orient" derives from the Latin word oriens meaning "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 lads as Oriental rugs