How often should I get my rug cleaned?

Selvedge rug fringes on a wool rug.

This is one of the most common questions I’m asked. I know that when you bought your rug you were probably told that rugs (especially wool rugs) don’t need to be cleaned very often because of their quality. Well, wool rugs can hide soil much better than wall-to-wall carpet, or even synthetic rugs. However, the scales or cuticles on wool fibers can get so filled with dry soil (even with regular vacuuming) that they will start to break off from the weight of this trapped soil.

Time is Conditional

Rugs that live in your entryway or hall runners or in any room where you watch television or read should be cleaned annually. Rugs in seldom-used rooms (in my home that would be the formal dining and formal living and study) will normally be fine with every other year IF you implement my recommendations on making your rugs last longer.

Homes With Pets

Rugs that live with pets should be washed annually. If you suffer from allergies, annual cleaning is strongly recommended. Remember that your rug is a filter that traps millions of airborne particles that move through your home every minute of every day. It needs to be unplugged to continue to work well in your home. Imagine how hard your air conditioner is to work with a clogged filter or how long your car would last without changing the oil for years.

I do not sell rugs, so I want your favorite rugs to last as long as possible. Waiting until your rug is visibly dirty is poor advice. I know the stories about how rugs are often used as floors in overseas villages, so they require little care. Hygiene alone would require a more thorough and frequent rug cleaning schedule for your rugs.

Tim Petzold of Aegis Fine Rug Cleaning

About The Author: Tim Petzold

Meet Tim Petzold, the Owner and Founder of Aegis Fine Rug Cleaning, a trusted and highly-respected fine rug cleaning company in Austin, Texas. Tim has dedicated his entire adult life to building his business and takes pride in its reputation for legendary service. He is a duly certified Rug/Master Textile Cleaner/Restorer who has been in business since 1983. Tim’s goal is to educate and assist people in making informed decisions regarding their Oriental and Persian rugs. His business model is based on providing exceptional service, and he never cuts corners or skips steps to offer a lower price. Welcome to Tim’s blog, where he shares his expertise and insights on fine rug cleaning.