TCM Restoration & Cleaning Blog

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 | , , , , , | 2 Comments

How Persian Rugs Are Made

Interesting video on how Persian Rugs are made.   We clean a variety of styles of rugs in our shop.   You can drop them off or we will pick up and deliver.

December 6, 2010 Posted by | oriental rug cleaning | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Area rugs should not get the same treatment as your wall-to-wall carpet!

For many of us area rugs are a special feature to our home.  They create that “homey” feel to our homes with their character and uniqueness.  Area Rugs have stories to tell from where they were made and where they traveled to.   They hold special memories from an old home to a new one. Rugs often are heirlooms past from one generations to the next.  There are so many reasons an area rug can be special to us and that is why it is so important to take extremely good care of them.

Many area rugs such as fine oriental rugs are very costly and are made from fragile natural fibers, dyes, and foundation materials that cannot be cleaned in the way we usually clean synthetic carpets (such as nylon, olefin, and polyester).


Most professional carpet cleaning systems involve the use of high heat, high water pressure and extreme agitation.  Most area rugs cannot be cleaned using these tactics.  A more gentle “hand washing” process must be used to safely clean area rugs.  


Because more time is involved in hand washing and more complex cleaning products must be utilized to avoid damaging the fibers and dyes, you would expect that area rug cleaning would be more costly than standard carpet cleaning.  It is.

Why Area Rugs Are More Difficult To Clean

1.  Because of the dense pile construction of ara rugs, dirt particles work their way down through the fibers-to the backing foundation of the rug where they cannot be removed by ordinary vacuuming.

2.  This loose grit wreaks havoc on your rug’s delicate fibers, causing a cutting abrasive action as you walk on the rug.  Abrasion accounts for fiber loss (wear) and embedded soil stains.

3.  Other types of soil including food particles and pet oils “hide” in the dense pile, making your rugs  an ideal haven for germs, bacteria and other nasty creatures such as dust mites!

4.  Dust mites are too small to be seen but are the common cause of year round allergies and asthma.  They live in mattresses, pillows, carpets, rugs, furniture, bedcovers, and clothes-anywhere they can feed on dead flakes of human skin.

5.  All foreign pollutants in your rugs should be removed by a professional cleaning on a regular basis to  keep your rugs “healthy”.

6.  We use a unique and thorough high-volume clear water rinse extraction process.  You see, the amount of water used to clean area rugs is directly proportional to the amount of soil removed in the rinsing process.


If you are in our service area of Anchorage, Eagle River or the Mat Su Valley…We can arrange for a pickup and delivery of your rugs for a small fee.  If you are out of our service area or in another state I recommend finding a reputable company through Ethical Services.  Please call 562-7410 in Anchorage or 373-7410 in the Valley for an inspection appointment.  Your high traffic rugs should be lightly cleaned several times a year and thoroughly cleaned at least once a year professionally.  Low traffic area rugs should be cleaned every 2-3 years to rinse away accumulated dust and soil.  Even if the rug doesn’t LOOK dirty…it should be routinely washed.

October 13, 2008 Posted by | Anchorage Carpet Cleaning, carpet cleaning, oriental rug cleaning, Wasilla Carpet Cleaning | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Choosing a Great Carpet Cleaning Company

Occasionally our company will get a call from a client to come clean their carpets right after they have had them cleaned by another company.    The poor client thought they would get clean carpets and that they were getting a good deal.  Unfortunately they discovered it was no deal at all.

To save you from making the same mistake….you should know…..

When choosing a carpet cleaning company you should check to see if they have references available for you.   We keep folders full of rave reviews from our clients and testimonials on our website for anyone to see.   If a company has many happy, pleased customers chances are pretty good that you will also be one of them!

You should also know what experience and education the company has for all of their cleaning services.  How long has the company been in business?  Is the company IICRC trained and certified? (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification -the world’s most recognized certification organization for carpet and upholstery cleaners)  The company should be trained and familiar with all kinds of carpet and fabric types.  You should want the very best expertise for your furniture, carpet and area rugs so make sure the company has IICRC certification.

Another thing you should know about is what method of cleaning the company uses.  My previous post was just about that.   We recommend the Hot Water Extraction or Steam Method because we know that is the best method to use for our clients.

Be wary of choosing a company on price.  A cheap price will get you what you pay for.  Most likely a “cheap brush the dirt off cleaning”of your carpet.   Unfortunately there are also unethical, “bait & switch” companies out there that will tell you one price to begin with and then later give you a much higher price for their services.    The company you choose should be able to give you an exact price quote before services are even started.   You can find pre-screened ethical carpet cleaners for your area at Ethical Services.

Lastly the cleaning company should offer you a guarantee. Far too often service companies are not willing to stand behind their work. Our guarantee to our clients is that if they are not completely thrilled with the cleaning experience they receive from us, we will come back to their location at no charge and no obligation to make things right. If they are still unimpressed, we will offer them a 100% refund.  A carpet cleaning company should be able to stand behind their work and offer a 100% guarantee for your satisfaction.  Don’t YOU think?

February 27, 2008 Posted by | Anchorage, carpet cleaning, Wasilla, Wasilla Carpet Cleaning | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment