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

Our workshop in SE Portland is a specialty, in-plant facility for cleaning oriental rugs. In fact, Renaissance is a specialized workshop for the cleaning and repair of woven rugs, we are not an in-home carpet cleaning company.  The methods and equipment we use to clean oriental rugs are specific to oriental rugs these are not portable, and cannot be mimicked or approximated by in-home carpet extraction or steam cleaning systems. In-home rug cleaning fails to remove most soils in oriental rugs and often, leaves cleaning residues. The heat and detergency can be damaging to handwoven rugs and specifically natural fibers and de-stabilize dyes. Renaissance is a trusted resource for Portland's top rug retailers that understand proper cleaning and care of woven rugs. 

Oriental rug cleaning and deep restorative cleaning 

Dry soil removal or dusting is the removal of sandy/silt-like soiling that builds up in the foundation of oriental rugs and area carpets from day to day use. In the pic to the right, you can see years of silty soil build-up in the foundation of this thick Persian Gabbeh oriental rug.  

This type of rug soil cannot be removed by vacuuming alone, it works its way to the base of rugs and special rug cleaning equipment is needed to remove it. 

Rug cleaning before
Professional rug cleaning equipment

 Again, our specialized, oriental rug cleaning equipment is not portable and cannot be used in your home. It's impossible to achieve this level of cleaning in a home setting. It is possible to make a rug that is still dirty look clean.  The pic on the left side shows silty sand-like soil dropping out of our Gabbeh area rug during dry soil removal. This is a very important step in cleaning area rugs. 

Here is our oriental rug post dusting. You can see the dramatic difference in soil removed from the foundation; however, this rug is still not clean. Coarse soil removed, rugs still have many soils such as oils, proteins, sugars that only a proper rug washing can remove.  A common cause of unsatisfactory rug cleaning is when cleaners cut these steps short or skip them altogether.  Cleaners try to compensate by using stronger and more aggressive cleaning chemicals that cause other issues such as dye bleed or color run, chemical cleaning residues, strange odors, and quick re-soiling of area rugs, color loss, and dye fading.

rug cleaning after

How exactly do you clean Oriental rugs? 

Dirty orintal rug being cleaned

Here is our woven orental rug post dusting on the wash floor. We like to slow things down a little letting rugs soak and the fibers release soils.

As you can see in the photo, the 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 a rug is, and when a rug is truly clean. Again, this cannot be done in your homeoriental and area 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 completely washed not just the surface. Many stains and odors other cleaners struggle with we are able to remove in our washing.  Our cleaning products are free of perfumes, optical brighteners, and harsh chemicals. This is the proper way to clean rugs and fundamentally the way oriental rugs have always been cleaned.

How do I  get my 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 rugs for you. Or have our staff pick up and deliver rugs to your home or office.  We make trips out of town to the coast and  Bend area perodically.  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 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 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 rug workshop to be properly washed.


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

rug cleaing at Renaissancve Rug Cleaning

Oriental Rug Drying 

Controlled rug drying 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 area rugs are tested with moisture meters to assure they are dry and ready to go back to your home.

rug drying
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Navajo rugs washed and drying at Renaissance rug cleaning  
Turkis and persian rugs drying after cleaning
We clean any kind of area rug. handwoven, machine-made Tufted 
Oriental Rug Finishing 

Considerable time and energy are given to area 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 care professionals. 

ARCS Trade organzation for rug cleaners