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Rug Washing

In order to protect the beauty and longevity of your antique Persian or Oriental rug, it’s important to clean it thoroughly at least once a year. You should also have your rug professionally cleaned by a rug washing service before and after you store your rug. Dry cleaning your rugs will protect the colors from running or fading, and can also prevent the degradation of the rug’s fibres over time. If you want to protect your investment and preserve the beauty of your antique rugs, visit us at Taghavi’s Oriental Rugs. We know how to clean an antique rug so that the rug stays beautiful and protected. Call us today to learn more.

Rug Hand-Wash Cleaning Process

We have extensive experience hand-washing antique rugs, and we know exactly what cleaning solution and process to use in order to preserve the beauty and health of your antique Oriental and Persian rugs. We have perfected our rug washing services in Memphis carefully over the years so that each customer gets the same high-quality service for their rugs. Take a look at how we clean antique rugs, and then schedule an appointment with us for rug-washing services.

Pre-Cleaning Evaluation – Before we start, we will fully evaluate the condition of your antique rug. This gives us the information we need in order to ensure it is handled with care and washed properly. Our staff will let you know if we recommend any repairs be made before we start cleaning, and we will also discuss fabric protection and insect and pest treatments before beginning. If the rug’s condition is bad enough that it wouldn’t survive a washing, we will let you know during this stage.

Dusting and Beating – To get out dirt, grime, and allergens, we’ll first use our dusting and beating process. We’ll carefully and gently remove all dust, dirt, and grime within the fibres of your rug.

Color Fastness Test – When loose dirt and grime are removed, we’ll perform a color-fastness test to ensure your rug can handle our cleaning process without the colors running. If your rug fails this test, we will use a different technique to wash it so that there won’t be any color lost during the washing process. We will also treat any frayed ends or damaged areas before washing so that they won’t become further damaged.

Immersion – When the rug is ready to be washed, we will place it in our immersion tub using an all-natural cleaning agent that will clean, remove dirt, grime, and oils, and protect the fibres of the rug. We gently agitate the rug during this process to ensure the specialized cleaning solution fully reaches each fibre.

Rinsing – After the rug has been fully cleaned, we rinse it gently and carefully in cold water to remove all particles, contaminants, soap, and residue. We may wash the rug several times to make sure it is fully clean.

Additional Fringe Cleaning or Correction – After rinsing is complete, we will evaluate the rug to see if it needs any additional spot cleaning, fringe cleaning, or correction. We’re committed to giving each rug the specialized attention it needs, and we know that each rug will handle the washing process differently.

Drying – Once we are satisfied that the rug is completely clean and in its best condition, we will begin the drying process. We lay the rug out on a special screen in a climate-controlled, dehumidified environment and use special dryers to carefully and completely dry the rug. We make sure it is fully dried so that there will be no mold or mildew growth.

Application of Fabric Protection – If you choose to have added fabric protection, we will add it when the rug is fully dried. This includes Scotchgard Fabric Protector and insect repellent sprays.

Roll & Secure – Once the rug is dry, we carefully roll it up to preserve it for transportation. We may cover it in a breathable fabric to protect it from dust during transport. You can then come pick up your rug and take it home or put it in storage.

Customer Pick-up or Delivery

Once your rug has been completely washed, dried, protected, and rolled for transport, we will call you and let you know that it’s ready to be picked up. If you would prefer, we can schedule a time to deliver your rug to you. If you plan on storing your rug in a climate-controlled storage area after cleaning is completed, please let us know and we’ll wrap the rug with a breathable fabric to protect it while it’s stored. We also recommend that you allow us to treat your rug with insect and pest repellent prior to storage. When you pick your rug up, you can evaluate our cleaning process and see for yourself how our rug cleaning services improve the beauty of your antique rug. If you have any issues or concerns with the condition of your rug, we will discuss how to rectify the situation so you’re satisfied.

Choose Us for Your Antique Rug Washing Services

At, Taghavi’s Oriental Rugs, our family has decades of experience in washing and repairing antique Oriental and Persian rugs. We’ve been providing our specialized rug washing services in Memphis, TN since 1977, when we opened our first store. We are committed to providing only the highest quality of rug care to our community, and we are always seeking out new methods and treatments for antique rugs. We will care for your rug like it is our own, preserving the rug’s beauty and value so your family can enjoy it for generations to come.

Benefits of Hand-Washing Antique Rugs

Hand-washing antique rugs ensure that the delicate, expensive rug is cleaned carefully and thoroughly without causing any damage. Here are some of the key benefits of professional rug-washing services:

Use of specialized cleaners and cleaning process

Use of the right tools and equipment to get the job done well

Odors and stains are removed

Rug is protected from fading, dirt, wear and tear, moisture, insects, and pests

Rug is ready for safe storage

Rug looks beautiful again

Reduced allergens

Health and lifespan of the rug is preserved

Maintain or enhance rug’s value

Schedule an Appointment for Hand-Washing Your Rugs

If you’re interested in learning more about how to wash an antique rug, just reach out to our friendly, knowledgeable staff at Taghavi’s Oriental Rugs. We can schedule an appointment to evaluate the condition of your rug and walk you through our antique rug washing process. We also offer other key services for antique rugs, including rug repair and value appraisals. To learn more, call us today or contact us online.