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Top 5 Area Rug Cleaning Questions

Updated: Jun 9


- How much does it cost to clean an Area Rug?


We charge a set price for most cleanings, and our current rug cleaning price is 4.60 sq ft. Several factors determine the price of rug cleaning. First, the materials used in a rug, Silk and Viscose, are harder to clean and require more post washing detail work steaming, and grooming.


Another is specific spills or stains; a gallon of red latex paint on an oriental rug will cost more to clean than standard cleaning. There's much more time and labor removing the paint, and the price reflects that.


For "real" rug washing 3-5.00 sq ft. and by actual rug washing, not carpet steam cleaning or surface rug shampoo but a complete rug washing. I mention this because plenty of rug cleaning companies are not actually washing rugs but only surface cleaning them, much less labor and time-intensive process.


That's the benefit of Renaissance Rug Cleaning; we only have rug cleaning equipment, so all you'll ever get is a full rug washing

rug washing at Renaissance Rug Cleaning

There are cleaning methods that require less effort, experience, and time such as surface extraction and shampooing of rugs. These should be priced lower than full washing of rugs sometimes they are not and some cleaners pass off less effective cleaning at the higher price of washing. I recommend visiting a cleaners shop for a tour, calling around for references to rug retailers and others with experience in rugs.


- What is the best way to clean a rug?


At Renaissance Rug Cleaning, we specialize in full rug washes of Oriental rugs and area rugs, so we're a little biased on the subject. Over my 33 years of working with rugs, full washing is the best and most effective way to get a rug clean and much cleaner than shampoo or extraction cleaning.


Let me prove it to you another way, we charge 4.60 sq ft. to clean wool oriental rugs. If that rug has a few really bad pet accidents, it's still 4.60 sq ft. or maybe the carpet is supper dirty, or in a commercial environment, it's still 4.60 Sqft.


The entry price for real rug washing is higher because the time, labor, and water use are much more significant. However, once you hit this threshold, the cleaning performance of rug washing is much better. We don't charge for enzyme cleaners, decontamination baths, and deodorizers. We don't charge for these things because we don't need them rug washing is that effective.


- How can I clean my area rug myself?


People clean rugs at home all the time, but let me explain the two biggest pitfalls with DYI home carpet and rug cleaning. Water can more than triple the weight of a dry rug so consider that before cleaning that oversized living room rug in your driveway. How will you move that heavy wet rug, and how will you dry that wet rug? We have heated dry rooms, dry racks, and dehumidifiers. Everything in our shops is focused on moving water fast and efficiently from rugs. Consider the size, weight, and dynamics of drying before you start. In this case, size does matter.

Ink spotting attempt at home
Home spot cleaning went wrong

Test, test, test. Rugs can have unstable dyes. Are the dyes stable in your rug? To tell, apply your rug wash detergent of choice and blot with a white towel. Do the rug's dyes bleed, and do the colors transfer to the towel? A properly run rug cleaner is set up to deal with this issue, and more and most homeowners, not so much. My final suggestion is if you wash that rug at home and ruin it, would you be upset with yourself or not? If, not, maybe it's worth trying a DIY cleaning or consider renting a Rug Doctor or some other carpet rental cleaning machine.


Some rug issues need specialty cleaning chemicals and experience cleaning a rug with heavy dog urine, unstable dyes, and Ink stains. The outcome is always better with a professional; roughly 90% of stains and damage we cannot correct in carpets result from improper home spot cleaning, not the initial stain or spill.



-Can you take a rug to the dry cleaners?

It depends on the dry cleaner; few dry cleaners have full rug wash capabilities, and most sub out cleaning to local carpet & Rug cleaning companies. If you need special rug services, more than just cleaning rug repair, and padding, or are concerned about some spots or the cleaning process. Then It's best to seek out a rug washing company.


How to get a rug professionally cleaned?

It’s simple, do a search on google for rug cleaners near me or rug cleaners in your town.. rug cleaners Portland in our case. As a rug cleaner, we think there are several key things I look for when selecting a rug cleaning company

  1. Does the area rug cleaner have a brick and mortar location

  2. Does the rug cleaner have normal business hours

  3. Business reviews can be helpful but companies can pay for fake reviews

  4. Call several rug retailers in town ask about the cleaner or who they recommend

  5. Membership in professional associations for rug cleaners is ARCS (Association of Rug Care Specialists)

  6. Take a tour of the wash plant


rug are examined and checked in for cleaning
Area rug cleaning check-in

Navajo rugs being dropped off for cleaning at Renaissance Rug Cleaning


-How often should a rug be cleaned?

Cleaning intervals depend on where a rug is used in a home. In some cases, wool area rugs can go years, even a decade, between cleaning in areas with low traffic, such as formal dining rooms. High traffic family rooms and entry rugs, yearly cleaning is beneficial. There isn't a set interval for cleaning; we suggest using your senses, use the three D's


-Does the rug smell clean, or does it smell dusty or other unusual odors?

-Does the rug feel clean when you rub your hand across the pile, or does it leave your hand feeling dirty?

-Does it look clean, or can you see dirt spots? Does the end tassel/fringe look dirty?


Rug Cleaning recommendations and care aren't a blanket statement, and one size does not fit all situations. Canned answers like clean your rug every year might be right in some cases in others, it's wasting your money



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