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Camarillo Area Rug Cleaning For Wool Rugs


Finding a qualified cleaner to handle professional cleaning of Oriental rugs, Persian rugs and wool carpets can be tricky. Here’s how to do it.

Kilim rug in Camarillo

If you have wool, silk or other natural fiber rugs down on the floors they need to be serviced more often than you may think.  These rugs and carpets are made out of colored “yarns’ and either hand-knotted or woven into the final product, which is a rug or carpet.


The Woolsafe organization recommends regular cleaning in order to maintain a beautiful appearance for many years.  Most people get this cleaning only when the piece or room looks dirty.  Actually the fibers need professional maintenance more often, because soils that won’t vacuum off will adhere to yarns and permanently stain them, as those particles act as a vegetable dye on the fibers. Whether a machine-made area rug or a fine hand-knotted Persian or other Oriental rug, caring for it is a worthy investment.


But that begs the question “who should I hire?” and “what method should be used?”

It’s well worth looking into the Woolsafe organization, who trains and approves companies, technicians, and cleaning products for safe and effective cleaning of wool rugs, carpet or upholstered furniture.  First of all, a Woolsafe certified rug and carpet cleaner is the best choice. These are called “approved fabric care specialists,” and the companies who are certified are called “Certified Operators.” To qualify for the Woolsafe instruction, testing and certification, the following criteria must be met:

  • A  company owner must have been in the carpet and upholstery cleaning business for at least five years.
  • Must be currently certified by the Clean Trust (formerly IICRC)
  • Must have current business license and liability insurance and workman’s comp for employees.
  • Must exclusively use Woolsafe approved and pretested products in cleaning operations when cleaning wool
  • Must ensure the highest technical and business practice standards in carpet and upholstery cleaning

As to the question of the cleaning methods, several have been approved by the organization. For Oriental rugs or wool rugs with no secondary backing, when appropriate, the most thorough method is the “full water immersion” method. This is where the rug is “dusted” to shake our most of the dust, then vacuumed, then shampooed in an approved detergent, then completely rinsed in a large fresh-water bath.  Next comes water extraction, forced-drying and grooming.


Of course with this method, a huge amount of training knowledge and skill must first be acquired by the cleaning operator. Several other less invasive methods are also approved by Woolsafe , such as hot water extraction.

In conclusion, finding a reputable wool rug and carpet cleaner is much easier when you know the right resources to go through.

Washing Is the Best Cleaning For Oriental Area Rugs in Ventura County

If you have a hand- made Oriental  Rug, the best method for cleaning is most often a  full- immersion wash method. If done correctly, it will safely remove not only all soil, but also insects and eggs. If you are thinking of having one of these valuable rugs cleaned, make sure to vet the company well. The cleaning skills cannot be self taught, I myself was mentored by world class rug cleaning experts Jeff Bishop, Ruth Travis and Barry O’ Connell.

You can find Oriental rug cleaning in Camarillo or Ojai

These people have been washing their rugs this way for centuries.


Inspecting Your Rugs For Damage

Area Rugs, whether they be machine or hand, made, are subject to wear and fraying. The affects of traffic can cause surface wear, corner fraying, and edge wear.


threadbare area on persian rug in Ventura County, needs hand- repair and a premium rug pad to prevent wea

threadbare area on persian rug in Ventura County, needs hand- repair and a premium rug pad to prevent wear


On an oriental or other hand- made rug. this should be repaired by a professional ( we do that right here at our rug care studio) CALL NOW AT 805-642-4784


ventura County, a persian rug that got frayed corners and needed repair

edge frayed oriental carpet from Camarillo, CA that needs cleaning

get your rugs hand repaired by Four Seasons Rug Care Studio in Ventura! 805=642-4784

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

Rug cleaning santa barbara

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