Area Rugs

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The area rugs that accent your home require special attention.

Whether Persian or Oriental, antique or modern, our gentle, deep cleaning, immersion process will protect and prolong the life of your cherished area rugs, leaving them fresh, bright, and free of ground in dirt that can abrade and cut the woolen fibers set deep in the pile.

At RAVE FabriCARE, we specialize in Navajo and other Southwestern-style area rugs, especially those with deep black, red and navy dyes on tan or cream backgrounds. These dark colors typically “bleed” or “run” when “cleaned” by ordinary dry cleaners.

We can accommodate all sizes of area rugs up to 10′ x 12′.

Our multi-step process

At RAVE FabriCARE, we employ a multi-step process that:

  • Removes particles of dirt and sand embedded deep in the pile
  • Removes spots and stains (to the extent possible)
  • Eliminates odors associated with animal or human urine, feces and throw up
  • Removes dingyness and grayness from white, cream and pastel background colors
  • Enhances the brightness of the contrasting colors
  • Removes dingyness and grayness from white and off-white fringes.

This is the goal.

The results that can be achieved will, of course, depend on:

  • the overall condition of the area rug,
  • the nature of the spots and stains,
  • the quality of the dyes used, and
  • the quality of the construction techniques used.

No “steam cleaning” or “dry cleaning”

There are companies that offer “steam cleaning” or “dry cleaning” of area rugs.

They’ll come to your home and, using truck mounted equipment, vacuum your rugs in place and then surface clean them using steam or a dry powdered process. This process “cleans” the surface of your area rugs but, unfortunately, leaves a significant amount of dirt and sand still deeply embedded in the pile.

Our process is different.

Before your rugs are cleaned, they’re turned upside down and fed through a vibrating machine. This machine shakes out the dirt and sand that’s deeply embedded in the pile.

Next, your rugs are immersed in a water-based bath and cleaned with gentle detergents. In the case of silk area rugs, we use a chemical process instead of a water-based process.

Then your rugs are hung in a dry room until absolutely dry.

The difference between the processes

Here’s one way to think about the difference between our immersion process and their “steam cleaning” or “dry cleaning” process.

Suppose you wanted to clean some cotton T-shirts. In most cases, you’d probably load them in a washing machine, add some detergent and press the start button.

Those T-shirts get clean because (1) water passes through the fibers of your T-shirts and flushes out the dirt, (2) the dirt that’s removed from those T-shirts is suspended on the surface of the water by the suds from the detergent, and (3) the dirt and the suds are expelled from the washer during multiple rinses.

In other words, you cleaned those T-shirts by washing them.

You didn’t clean those T-shirts by vacuuming them and then applying steam or a dry powder to the outer surface.

Case closed.

Spot cleaning

We do not offer spot cleaning of area rugs.

Area rugs of lesser quality

Please note that we do not service the following area rugs:

Rugs purchased from low-priced “decorator stores”

We do not service rugs purchased from decorator stores such Bed, Bath & Beyond, Cost Plus, Crate & Barrel, Pier 1 and Word Market. 

Typically, these rugs use dyes that are known or suspected “bleeders”. Cleaning these types of rugs using a water or chemical immersion process is a gamble. What’s more, it might be far cheaper to replace than to clean.

Rugs that have canvas or monkscloth glued onto the reverse side

If you examine the reverse side of your area rug, you should be able to see the weave.

Occasionally, a manufacturer will glue a canvas or monkscloth backing to the underside. In these cases, you will not be able to see the weave.

If you’ve had the rug for a period of time and you lifted a section of the rug off the floor to examine the underside of the rug, you might see a “whitish powder”.

This typically indicates that the glue has started to deteriorate.

We do not service any rugs with a glued on canvas or monkscloth backing, even if the rug is relatively new and shows no signs that the glue has started to deteriorate.

Rugs that contain sisal or jute

When these rugs are cleaned, it’s almost impossible to achieve a consistent color.

Area rugs subject to fire or water damage

RAVE FabriCARE is Arizona’s leader in the restoration of fine garments, household textiles and accessories for high value homeowners with a residence that has been contaminated by fire, smoke, soot, water, mold, mildew and/or humidity.

If any of your area rugs have been contaminated by fire, smoke, soot, water, mold, mildew and/or humidity, please contact us.


Pricing and surcharges

Basic prices (per square foot)

Silk area rugs                                                                           5.00

Navajo and other Southwestern-style area rugs                 4.50

Wool and synthetic area rugs                                                4.00

Hooked rugs                                                                            4.00

Long haired sheepskin area rugs                                          5.00

Other natural skin area rugs (such as cowhide)                  5.00


Fringes (white, off-white, cream or tan): Add 10%

Human or animal urine and feces (based on the size of the contaminated area): Add 10% to 15%

Minimum prices

The minimum price on the cleaning of an area rug is $50.00


Typical turnaround time is 2 to 4 weeks, depending on the issues associated with the rug being cleaned.

Waiver of liability

RAVE FabriCARE uses the utmost professional care when cleaning your area rugs. Nonetheless, we might still require a signed waiver of liability before accepting certain area rugs for cleaning.


Because there are so many variables involved that it’s virtually impossible to predict every outcome.

Here are some of the issues involved:


Shrinkage is usually minimal. Rugs made of wool and/or cotton tend to shrink more than other types.


Some rugs may have been made with fugitive dyes. After washing, colors can change, bleed or fade due to air pollution, wear, sunlight, age, improper cleaning methods in the past, and/or deteriorated material.


Ripples can occur as a result of shrinkage or moisture absorption.

Spots and stains

Some spots and stains may be evident prior to cleaning while other may be latent. Some latent stains can become more visible after cleaning. No area rug cleaning service can guarantee the removal of all stains.

Dry rot

Deteriorated material can come apart in cleaning. It’s impossible to predict the presence of dry rot before cleaning unless such dry rot is obvious to the naked eye.


Color changes in the dyes are sometimes done intentionally by the weaver or manufacturer where colors go from darker to lighter or change completely. This is not a defect. Sometimes a weaver may dye wool at different times, and, after washing, the colors of the original wool may become more evident.

Texture change

Changes in appearance due to changes in texture may take place during the cleaning process.

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