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Persian Rug Cleaning 

Portlands Persian Rug Cleaning Experts!

How Are Persian Rugs Cleaned

Persian rugs clening Portland, Oregon

Rug cleaning requires care and attention to ensure that issues such as dye instability and weaknesses are addressed and consider before washing. Renaissance is Portland rug cleaning experts.


Hand Washing: Rugs should be washed every one to three years on average preferably by hand. This labor-intensive method ensures a thorough and gentle cleaning process and deep soil removal.

The rug is soaked in water, and mild cleaning agents are applied. Then, carefully agitated by hand to remove dirt. The rug is rinsed thoroughly and dried in a controlled environment to avoid damage.

Can Persian Rugs Be Steam Cleaned

Steam cleaning or hot water extraction is a method for cleaning synthetic wall-to-wall carpets and upholstery, it's strongly NOT recommended for wool area rugs. Persian rugs are handmade and crafted using natural fibers and often natural dyes, which can be sensitive to strong detergents, and steam cleaning systems. Steam cleaning can potentially cause the following issues:

  • Color Bleeding: The high temperature and moisture from steam can cause damage to dyes in Persian rugs and results in  bleed or fade, leading to permanent damage to the rug's vibrant colors.

  • Shrinking and Warping: Natural fibers like wool can shrink and warp when exposed to moisture and heat, leading to changes in the rug's shape and size.

  • Delicate Fibers: The intricate and delicate fibers in orientals's can be easily damaged by the intense pressure of steam cleaning, vacuums systems leading to napp distortion fraying or unraveling of the rug's edges or designs.

  • Mold and Mildew Growth: If the rug is not dried properly after steam cleaning, typically in home rug cleaning it can create a favorable environment for mold and mildew growth, which can further damage your oriental rug.

How Often Should A Rugs Be Cleaned? 

Rugs should undergo professional cleaning every one to four  years, depending on the level of foot traffic and exposure to dirt. Cleaning intervals vary by use, location of rug in a home and number of occupants and pets in a home 

Professional cleaners have experience handling delicate rugs and use specialized methods to clean them effectively. When rugs are properly deep cleaned in many cases they can go years or more between washing.

Rug washing Zollanvari  rugs Tehran
Persian Rug Washing 

 This pic is from the owner's trip to Zollanvari Gabbeh rug producer wash house in Iran.

Persian rugs are meant to be washed not steam cleaned, shampooed or dry cleaned.


 We hand wash rugs much the same way and the way on s floor for an authentic rug hand washing service.


Why Are 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.   


Our Service Area 

Renaissance provides cleaning & repair services to the Portland metro area and beyond 



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