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When & how often to clean your Oriental Rugs

A common question we get from clients is,”How often should I clean my Oriental Rug?”

Honestly have your rug cleaned only when it really needs it.   For rugs in some areas of your house with high traffic or near an outside door this will mean a yearly cleaning.  Rugs in other areas can go several years and more without needing professional cleaning.

To judge how dirty a rug is, try one of these methods:

  1. Pick up a corner of the rug and while holding it, kick the back of the rug sharply. If a cloud of dirt flies out of the pile, the rug is dirty and needs cleaning.
  2. Kneel down on the rug and rub the pile vigorously with your hand in a short arc for 5 to 10 seconds. Look at your fingers and palm: if your hand is dirty, the rug needs cleaning.
  3. With the pile facing UP fold part of the rug back upon itself so that the pile opens along a line of knots. Look down into the base of the pile at the foundation of the rug. If the warp and weft look dirty, there is dirt deep in the pile where a home vacuum cleaner cannot reach it. The rug needs cleaning.

If you schedule us to clean your Area Rugs in the Anchorage & Mat Su Valley we will pick up and deliver them for you.

July 10, 2012 - Posted by | oriental rug cleaning | , , , , ,


  1. I have an area rug that is 9×13 – do you think that it can be cleaned in a similar manner? It’s not oriental though…

    Comment by alexnulsen | December 10, 2013 | Reply

  2. Yes same thing.

    Comment by TCM Restoration & Cleaning | December 11, 2013 | Reply

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