Professional Persian and Oriental Rug Cleaning in SW Florida

The Importance of Professional Persian and Oriental Rug Cleaning

Before we discuss the cleaning process, we’d like to explain why professional cleaning is necessary for Oriental and Persian area rugs, especially in SW Florida. These rugs are often made of delicate materials like silk or wool and feature intricate patterns that can easily trap dirt and dust. Over time, this accumulation can lead to fading, discoloration, and even damage to the fibers. Professional area rug cleaning removes dirt, spots, allergens, and other contaminants while revitalizing the rug’s appearance and extending its lifespan.

Oriental Rug Salon’s 7-Step Professional Rug Cleaning Process

Step 1: Pre-Inspection and Dust Removal

The first step in the cleaning process is a thorough pre-inspection. This involves examining the rug with Xenon and high-intensity lighting to discover pre-existing conditions, such as stains, wear, moth or insect activity, previous spot/stain removal attempts, or other damage. This inspection allows us to customize the rug’s care and cleaning process.

Once the inspection is complete, the rug undergoes a thoroughly exhaustive dusting process, generating over 40,000 harmonic vibrations per minute.  This important step is designed to dislodge deep-set dirt, sand, dust mites, pollen, and other contaminants that reside deep in the rug’s pile that are out of reach of vacuuming. This is a crucial step as it eliminates dry soil and sand that can cause abrasion to the fibers.

Step 2: Color Testing

Before the actual cleaning begins, a 24-hour dye migration test is performed to ensure the rug’s dyes are stable and won’t bleed during the cleaning process. This is particularly important for Persian and Oriental rugs, which are known for their vibrant and diverse color schemes. If we discover dye migration, the client is notified before cleaning begins, and preventative measures are taken to stabilize the rug dyes.

Step 3: Pre-Treatment

Any spots, stains, or areas of concern identified during the pre-inspection are pre-treated with special solutions to loosen the dirt, stabilize the dyes if necessary, treat any biological issues or insects, and prepare the rug for a thorough cleaning.

Step 4: Washing

The rug is then gently washed using a mild detergent approved by the International Carpet & Rug Institute, which is certified safe for its fibers and dyes. A Rug Master carefully monitors the washing process to ensure the rug is thoroughly cleaned and odor-free.

Step 5: Rinse and Water Extraction

After washing, the area rug undergoes a pH-conditioned rinse cycle to remove any remaining detergent and ensure that the rug’s fibers are conditioned. Water extraction is then performed to remove as much moisture as possible, which helps speed up the drying process.

Step 6: Drying

The rug is laid flat or hung to dry in a climate-controlled environment with air movers. Proper drying is essential to prevent any shrinkage or distortion of the rug’s shape.

Step 7: Finishing Touches

Once the rug is completely dry, it undergoes final inspections and finishing touches. This may include grooming the pile to restore its original texture and luster and addressing any final concerns, such as fringes or edges.

Expert Oriental and Persian Area Rug Cleaning by Oriental Rug Salon

Professional Persian and Oriental rug cleaning is a meticulous process that requires expertise, experience, and attention to detail. Following the above seven steps, Oriental Rug Salon can ensure that your Persian or Oriental rug remains a stunning and valuable addition to your home. Regular professional cleaning keeps your rug looking its best, preserves its integrity, helps protect it from insect and sun damage, and prolongs its life.

Oriental Rug Salon is a full-service Oriental and Persian area rug cleaning, repair, restoration, and area rug appraisal company serving clients throughout the United States.  Our 6,000-square-foot facility is located in Cape Coral, and we can clean any Persian, Oriental, Antique, Navajo, wool, silk, or manmade area rug.

Oriental Rug Salon is a Certified Partner with the prestigious Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), the International Carpet & Rug Institute (CRI), and is a WoolSafe Approved Service Provider.

For more information about Oriental Rug Salon, visit us at or call us at 239-424-8171.  You can also visit us on Facebook

Oriental Rug Salon offers FREE pick up and delivery for most area rugs throughout Lee, Collier and Charlotte County

Frequently Asked Questions About Oriental and Persian Area Rug Cleaning

How often should I have my Persian rug professionally cleaned?

It is recommended that your Persian rug be professionally cleaned every 18 to 24 months, depending on the level of foot traffic, if the home has pets or small children, and exposure to dirt and spills.

Can a carpet cleaning company or I clean my Persian rug at home?

While regular vacuuming and spot cleaning are important for maintenance, professional cleaning is necessary to thoroughly and safely clean Persian and Oriental rugs. It is impossible for a rug owner or carpet cleaning company to thoroughly and safely clean a wool or silk rug in the home.

How long does the professional cleaning process take?

The duration of the cleaning process can vary depending on the size and condition of the rug, but it typically takes 7 to 10 days.

Will professional cleaning remove all stains from my Persian or Oriental rug?

Professional cleaning can significantly reduce or remove many stains. Still, some may be difficult or impossible to remove completely, especially those that have caused permanent damage to the rug fiber (think bleach, previous improper spotting techniques, etc.).

Is professional Persian rug cleaning expensive?

The cost of professional cleaning varies depending on the size and condition of the rug. However, considering the value and longevity it adds to your rug, it is often a worthwhile investment.