Oriental and area rug washing

Area Rug Cleaning 

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Our rug cleaning starts with dry soil removal 

While no two rugs are identical soil is often the same. We start with dry soil removal, dry soil is a term for silt & clay-like soil that settles into the foundation of woven area rugs from normal day-to-day use. On the left is a Persian Gabbeh before dusting/dry soil removal and on the right after dry soil removal before washing. In some cases, we spend more time removing these soils than actual washing. 


Failure to adequately remove these silt-like soils before cleaning inhibits the removal of other soils during washing. Cleaners often try to compensate by using stronger and more aggressive cleaning chemicals that lead to other issues such as color run, cleaning residues, and inadequate soil & odor removal. This type of cleaning and soil removal equipment is not portable and cannot be done in -home.

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Dry soil isn't the only soil in your rug

The pic on the left is the rug from above, it's not clean yet not by a long shot.

You can clearly see there are lots of soils that dusting/dry soil can't remove. Cooking oils, liquid spills, pet accidents, atmospheric pollutants. These soils hide deep in your rug beyond the reach of a vacuum or surface cleaning methods such as shampoo or steam extraction cleaning. These soils need to be soaked and washed out of a rug


Our wash floor is painted white for instant feedback from your rug, so we can see what we are removing and when your rug is actually clean. 

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Rug Drying 

With all that water & wool how do you get oriental rugs dry? 

We use a number of water removal methods. On the left is our rug centrifuge. Just like the spin cycle on your washing machine our rug centrifuge spins water from wet rugs. By the time rugs leave this machine over 95% of the moisture has been removed.

Often rugs are hung to dry in our temperature and humidity-controlled drying area. However, some rugs are too fragile and need to be dried flat.

Like cleaning, no one method of drying is appropriate for every situation. As a specialty rug workshop, our workers, and the workshop itself is engineered to the needs of oriental rug and area rug cleaning.    



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Rug cleaning is more than just cleaning.  

The hands of skilled craftspeople at Renaissance Rug Cleaning work with your woven rugs. Dusting, washing, and post-cleaning detail are not automated cleaning processes but are monitored by people dedicated to woven area rug cleaning to make sure we have given your carpets and any spots, spill, or odor the attention they need. 

Renaissance and its workers work with oriental rugs and area carpets full-time exclusively, not as just another add-on service. 

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Renaissance is a member of woolsafe an organization dedicated to cleaing products safe for wool and people 


Is a member of ARCS (Association of Rug Care Specalists) Randy the owner has served ands presidnrt, board member, and educator for the organization over the past 10 years