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Our Thousand Oaks Wool Rug Customer With Prized Rare Rug

Thousand Oaks Rug Cleaning customer Chet Richards with his wool rug collection.

Our customer Chet Richards with his prized “Tree Of Life” Navajo rug. It was made by a Navajo woman and in their culture this type of rug is made by a woman only once in her lifetime.


Our Customer Gets Deal On Oriental Rug in Oxnard

Our customer who collects rugs bought this beautiful one in Oxnard recently at a consignment store. You can go see what furnishings and rugs they have at 921 E Ventura Blvd, Oxnard, CA 93036 or visit

He was told its a Persian rug but we think its a Tunesian flat-weave because of the giant braided tassels. This customer relies on Four Seasons Rug Care Studio  in Ventura for cleaning all his valuable rugs and also purchase custom-cut premium rug pad from us

Tunisian Runner

fine Rug Cleaning in Ventura, a Kerman Persian Sun Medallion


Ventura County Oriental rug cleaned here

This is a beautiful rare rug owned by our customer in Thousand Oaks

 When our client had us pick up this beautiful rug for cleaning in Moorpark, CA, it smelled strong like cat urine! We were able to totally restore it with no pet odor through our hand- wash process!

Beautiful 9x 12 Oriental Rug From Santa Barbara

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This beautiful 9 x 12 “Mahindra” rug from Northern India was brought to us by our client from Santa Barbara, CA last week for cleaning (this is the final grooming stage) and repairs of fringes and edges. This rug is coveted because the vegetable dyes render very bold colors. Call us at (805) 642-4784 for info on services.

Camarillo Oriental Wool Rug From Tunnesia-We Cleaned This Last Week


This beautiful rug is from Tunnesia. It is characterized by the extra large white cotton fringes. When we received it the client, who brought the rug to us from her home in Las Posas Country Club, Camarillo,  was so distraught because the family g, a poodle named “Tony,” had had many accidents and there was a strong urine smell.  The client opted to pay for our guaranteed odor and urine removal service along with the cleaning process. We gave it back to her looking and smelling great, and she is so happy!


Wool Rug Experts Convene At Surfaces Convention

Oriental Rugs made of Wool, Cotton, silk and other natural fibers require professional cleaning every two years or so. Never entrust this to carpet cleaners who do not have special credentials (this is called Woolsafe cerfification). Our company owners attend major flooring conventions to share ideas with industry experts such as we see here: Dan Traub with entreprenuer and coach Dusty Roberts of the Rug Badger company.Looking for and Expert Oriental Rug Cleaner in Westlake Village?

Getting Oriental Rugs Repaired

Oriental rugs, Persian rugs and other natural-fiber area rugs are popular for decorating floors and even walls around the world. By the way, the definition of an Oriental rug is: any area rug which is 100% natural fiber and 100% hand-made. Because of foot traffic and environmental circumstances, these rugs invariably become worn on surfaces, edges, and corners. Fringes, the foundation “warp” yarns that true Oriental rugs have hanging out of the two ends, become frayed and wear down to the nubs.

Can you repair them yourself? If you are good with needle and thread, it’s possible to do some minor repairs in some cases, such as repairing “over-casting,” the wrapping around the edge cords. You will need to find the right color of thread made out of the same materials, usually wool.

However, in most cases, a qualified Oriental and area rug cleaning facility is your best choice for having these rugs repaired. Minor to moderate repairs can include corner repair, edge over-casting, fringe stop-knot installation to prevent unraveling, and repair of small holes.

In more severe cases of damaged fibers or missing areas of material, a company who offers re-weaving may be necessary, and the repair could be quite time-consuming and costly. A common problem is pet damage, such as dogs taking a bite out of the edge. That particular problem is quite costly to have repaired, because there is nothing left, the entire section has to be totally re-knotted by the artisan, weaving in the correct pattern.

How can these rugs last longer without needing these costly repairs as frequently? Repair can be prevented by purchasing a custom-cut, cushioned pad made specifically for Oriental or other natural-fiber rugs. Your professional rug cleaning facility is your best bet for purchasing this product. Also, beware of clothes moths. They lay eggs and the hatched larvae eat holes in the back and front surfaces of the rugs.

To prevent moth infestation or minor moth “munching,” there are a few tips: first, don’t put your rug under your sofa, moths love shade and hate light. They will lay their eggs in the shade. If you have a coffee table on your rug, move the table and vacuum at least once a week. Also, don’t store your rugs in garage or storage facility if you can help it. Moths often get into the rug, whether or not it has been wrapped, and lay eggs, causing infestation. At my company, we have seen rugs opened up after a few months of storage, and to the owner’s horror the thing is filled with these maggots and the rug is pretty much destroyed. One more tip to prevent moth damage: have your rugs cleaned at least every two years by a qualified local company who truly specializes in cleaning natural fiber rugs. For Oriental rugs, the full water immersion method is far superior because it washes out imbedded insect eggs.

Finally, keep an eye on your rugs, rotate them annually and for rug repair, choose a repair specialist with great credentials when needed


History of Oriental Rugs and The Traditional Hand-Washing Method

History of Oriental Rugs and The Traditional Hand-Washing Method

What is an Oriental Rug? An authentic oriental rug is a handmade carpet, that is either knotted with pile or woven without pile. Oriental-design rugs made by machine or any method other than hand knotting or hand weaving are not considered authentic oriental rugs. They are made of natural fibers, including wool, silk, cotton and camel hair.

Many Oriental rugs  are casually called “Persian Rugs.” A persian rug is hand-knotteds in Iran. The first documented evidence on the existence of Persian carpets came from Chinese texts dating back to the Sassanid period (224 – 641 AD).The oldest known rug is the 2500-year-old “Pazyryk Carpet,” dating back to 500 B.C.

The traditional hand-washing method goes back to biblical times. The rugs are first shaken out (dusted), then soaked in a shallow stream. Soap is used , then rinsed ourt as the rugs are dragged over shallow pools and smooth stones. This is done until they are clean, and the water runs out from the rugs totally clear. Then they are squeezed out and hung out to dry. nLast, they are groomed with camel-hair brushes to make them soft.

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At  Four Seasons Rug Spa, we simulate all of these steps in a thorough six-step system, right here at our facility in Ventura.

Please call us at (805) 642-4784 to arrange pick-up or to bring your rugs to us for cleaning and repair. Owner Dan Traub is a certified rug cleaner and an expert with twenty-five years experience. You can rest assured with Four Seasons Ventura Rug Spa, your rugs are in very good hands!

Buying Oriental Rugs in Santa Barbara

Persian Hand-Knotted Rug

Persian Hand-Knotted Rug

Buying Oriental Rugs

Do you know a rug dealer who you can trust? We do- we work with Michael at Rugs and More in Santa Barbara, CA. Michael has a HUGE inventory of the world’s finest rugs and is a great person. He can identify and quickly appraise any rug, and he is totally honest. We buy our rug undercushion from Rugs and More, because they get the best product, and  they refer cleaning jobs over to us at Ventura’s Four Seasons Rug Spa. So if you are in the market for a great hand-knotted rug, we recommend Rugs and More. tel (805) 962-2166. For all of our carpet, rug tile and upholstery cleaning from Ventura to Santa Barbara, CA, see

Carpets and Rugs Add Softness and Style to Your Home

Despite the rise of hard-surface floorings such as hardwood, stone and tile, carpet is still a huge seller. The United States is the single largest purchaser of carpets in the world market, with approximately $500 million in annual sales.

Although hardwood and stone or other tile floors are beautiful, area rugs are a must to provide comfort and sound-absorption in those rooms. And, many people still prefer wall-to wall carpet in areas such as  bedrooms.

Keeping nylon, wool, or polyester carpet looking beautiful can be challenging, especially if your household includes pets, children, or both. Since I went into the carpet cleaning business  back in the 1980’s, I have done so many jobs which people have asked me the same question: how can I keep my carpet beautiful in-between annual professional carpet cleaning?

First of all, avoid using store-bought carpet spotters. They are full of detergent and tend to add to add tons of sticky chemicals to your carpet, when you use them.  However, some professional carpet cleaning companies do offer quality no-rinse carpet spotters for their clients to purchase, and some of those are good.

If you aren’t sure, I would recommend to you simply do this when you find a spot in your carpet:

Make every effort to immediately blot spills with a white cotton terry towel.  However, if the spot is already dry, first gently scrape the spot with a spoon, then vacuum it.

Mix one cup of warm water with a few drops of liquid dish detergent (not the automatic kind). Get a white, cotton terry towel and moisten a corner with the detergent mixture. Next, blot the stain with the towel, then use a dry towel to blot again. Repeat if necessary.

If the carpet or rug is wool, use Woolite instead of dish detergent. Do not use “Oxyclean” or bleach.

If it is a pet stain, you should mix the detergent mixture 50/50 with an enzyme-based  pet deodorizer from a pet store. I recommend “Nature’s Miracle.”

If you keep up on carpet spots and stains, you will have a beautiful carpet in-between annual professional carpet cleanings.