Oriental rug cleaning service


Oriental C arpet Cleaning Details 

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

 Frankly, the methods and equipment to properly clean oriental carpets and Persian rugs are not mobile. Many rug and carpet cleaners use the same cleaning methods steam cleaning and shampoo that fail to get rugs clean.

Our Persian rug cleaning service is a rug deep cleaning full wash method that cannot be mimicked or approximated with in-home carpet cleaning systems. Shampooing rugs and hot water fail to get area carpets clean.

 The truth is, Your handmade rug and machine-made area carpets must be removed from your home and cleaned in a rug cleaning facility for superior deep cleaning with Properly controlled dry soil removal, cleaning, and fast, effective rug drying.

How Often Should Oriental Rugs Cleaned?

Cleaning intervals vary depending on use and environment but the average is 1-3 years.

You probably don't realize it, but soil builds up with every footstep you take, pushing dry soil deeper into the foundation of your carpets. Much of this rug soil is well beyond the reach of your vacuum cleaner. This soil, as it built up, amplifies wear from daily use and foot traffic.


Our rug cleaning facility uses special oriental rug cleaning equipment to remove this deeply embedded dry soil. This equipment isn't portable and cannot be used in your home.


 Failure to remove this soil often results in failed or inadequate cleaning.  

Gabbeh rug cleaning after
Oriental carpet cleaning before

Our oriental rug cleaning process 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 in 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, still has many soils such as oils, proteins, and sugars that only a proper rug washing can remove.

A common cause of unsatisfactory oriental & area rug cleaning is when cleaners cut these steps short or skip them altogether. Removal of this soil isn't easy and takes time and energy 

In our cleaning facility special care is given to your fragile handwoven oriental carpets and antique oriental rugs. Wear and damage can make fragile rugs and carpets challenging to clean so the experience is important when cleaning antique oriental carpets 

 We remove dry soils safely and effectively without harm; at Renaissance Rug Cleaing Inc, we are experienced Oriental rug cleaners and understand antique rug cleaning and how to preserve your handmade carpets for future generations 

 Persian Rug Cleaning Service  

Dirty orintal rug being cleaned

Much prep happens before we proceed with cleaning your fine Persian rug  


Once your rug makes it onto our wash floor, it shows us what it needs and when it's clean. We like to slow things down on the wash floor, letting rugs soak and the fibers release soil.


As you can see in the photo, there is a fair amount of hidden soil that's beyond the reach of a vacuum, spot cleaning, or home carpet cleaning system. 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, one cannot achieve this level of cleaning in your home; oriental rugs must be removed for proper cleaning 


Rug cleaners often talk about seven or ten-step cleaning processes. 

We find each rug needs something a little different in some cases the 4th or 5th step needs repeating, and that takes experience. 


Rugs and their soil have a personality, for lack of a better term. Every rug and carpet we clean is uniquely addressed, not just through a rug cleaning process.

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

 At Renaissance, we remove these odors from your fine oriental carpets and throw rugs without them returning smelling like they have been pickled in chemicals or perfumey deodorizer. We remove the source of the odor deep in the foundation of your woven rug. Pet urine removal is not impossible but it does take time and experience. 


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


rug cleaing at Renaissancve Rug Cleaning

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

Rug Drying 

Controlled rug drying of Persian carpets & rugs 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.

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rug drying

This is one of our two rug centrifuges, we use these 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 and have and often have them nearly dry by mid-afternoon. 

Oriental Rug Service 

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.

That's what makes Renaissace top-rated oriental rug cleaners, Portland

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 use your textiles receive. 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. Oriental rugs should never be steam cleaned heat, and strong hot water extraction detergents can harm wool and cause dyes to become unstable; and simply don't get rugs clean

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  

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