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How much will it cost to clean my area or oriental rug?

Posted by Hammond Knoll on Dec 20, 2018 12:10:00 PM


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There are a couple questions we hear frequently from our customers.

“How much will it cost to clean my rug? Can you solve my problem?”

Understandably, most of our clients are trying to work within a budget.

They have to determine if replacement or cleaning is the best decision for their circumstances.

Things aren’t always straightforward – there are many different variables when it comes to dealing with rugs.

To get the answers you need, we have to dig into a few specifics.

Here are the factors professionals consider when pricing area or oriental rug cleaning services:

  • Is it a synthetic, wool, or silk fiber?

  • Is it a machine-made or a hand-tied rug?

  • Has it been damaged by pet urine, moth infestation, mold, mildew or smoke damage?

  • Are the colors safe or will they run during the cleaning process and cause damage to the rug?

Let’s dive in a little deeper. We’ll make it as simple as possible to understand the cost of cleaning your oriental and area rugs.

Are there any area rugs that cannot be cleaned?  

Absolutely, positively without a doubt, all types of rugs can be cleaned.

However, we’ll be as transparent as possible.

We’ll ask you some questions about your expectations and give you the information you need to make an informed decision for your beloved rug.

Despite the variables for rug-cleaning costs, HammondKnoll's years of experience – combined with the millions of rugs cleaned – gives us the ability to “ballpark” some basic costs.

The formula for determining rug-cleaning cost

When calculating the cost of rug cleaning, we base everything on the rug’s square footage.

The length is multiplied by the width to find the total square feet.

For example, a rug that is 4 feet wide and 6 feet long is 24 square feet.

The next step is to multiply the 24 by the square footage price.

Continuing with the example, If the cost per square foot is $1.64, the cost of cleaning would be $39.36.

Keep in mind, we do round inches up or down, so these prices may vary slightly.

Sample costs for cleaning oriental and area rugs


Before reading each of the following descriptions, look at the back (typically on a corner) of your rug for a tag specifying the fiber content. Often times the sizes are also included on the tag.

Here are some examples of the amount you may pay for cleaning your area or oriental rugs:

  • Domestic rug/carpet: $1.64 per square foot

  • Synthetic area rug: $2.69 per square foot

  • Machine-made wool rug: $3.55 per square foot

  • Handmade wool rugs: $4.16 per square foot

  • Handwashing specialty rugs, tapestries & hides: $7.12 per square foot

Check out the pricing for additional services and costs that are included toward the bottom of the page.

Fibers, styles and types of rugs

Here’s a breakdown of the types of rugs you may have.

Domestic rugs/carpets

This refers to a piece of regular carpet with binding or edging.

Carpet fibers that contain nylon, polypropylene (aka olefin), triexta, and polyester would fall under this category.

You can expect to pay approximately $1.64 per square foot to have your domestic carpet cleaned.

Pricing example: For a 5'-7" x 8'-2" (44 square feet) domestic rug with general soiling, you would pay around $72.16.

Synthetic area rugs

These types of rugs will typically have a pattern and be multi-colored.

They are typically made with olefin, polypropylene and nylon.

You’ll find them at major retailers like Home Depot, Lowe's, JcPenney's, and Wayfair to name a few well-known stores.

Synthetic rugs can have a "plastic" or "coarse" feel.

These rugs come either bound, serged or they’ll have fringe or tassels on each end as shown on the rug below:

The cost to clean a synthetic area rug is about $2.69 per square foot

Pricing example: For a 3'6" x 5'2" olefin rug with fringes on the ends and moderate soiling, you’ll pay around measures $50.35.

It’s important to note that the tassels or fringes are included in the size measurement.

Machine-made wool rugs

Some popular types of machine-made wool rugs are brands like Wiltons, Karastan, Couristan, as well as styles such as braided, hook rugs and hand tufted.

These rugs, as well as other machine-made wool rugs, are typically purchased from Macy's, Pottery Barn, Pier One Imports and IKEA.

Wool has a soft feel, though it’s not quite as soft as cotton or silk and typically the fibers are a bit thicker than a synthetic rug.

Below is an image of one of the most popular rugs we see, the Panel Kirman design by Karastan.

And here is an image of a hand-tufted wool rug, note the cotton backing, which is almost always found on the back of the rug.

The cost for cleaning machine-made wool rugs is approximately $3.55 per square foot

Pricing example: A 8'8" x 12' machine-made wool rug with or without fringe and heavy soiling will cost about $377.01

Handmade Wool Rugs

There is a wide variety of different hand-tied (aka handmade) rugs that come from all over the world.

We most commonly see Persian, Chinese, Indian, Pakistani, Romanian, Bokahara, Moroccan and Flokattis.

Handmade or hand-tied rugs are typically purchased from Selden's Home Furnishings, an actual antique rug dealer.

Quite often they are inherited or passed down from generation to generation.

Handmade rugs last for many years when properly cared for.

They also come in all different types of thicknesses and densities.

Below is an image of a traditional Chinese rug. Note that this rug has a thicker pile.

This is an antique Chinese rug with a lower pile than the traditional Chinese rug.

The most common rug we see are the Bokahara's. Here’s an example:

A Flokatti is a Greek woven, woolen rug with a thick loose pile.

The cost to clean a hand-tied or handmade rug is about $4.16 per square foot.

Pricing example: A 6'1"x 9'2" hand-tied rug with moderate soil and stains would cost approximately $224.64.

Specialty rugs

This category also includes tapestries, faux silk, viscose, silk rugs, Kilims, animal skins and camel bags (That's right – we have seen many, many over the years!).

A tapestry is typically used as a wall-hanging. Here are two examples of tapestry wall hangings:

Silk rugs are rare and expensive, however, we do see them many times a month. The fiber of silk rugs are shiny and very soft to the touch – think about a silk blouse or tie.

Just for fun – a camelback saddle.

It will cost you around $7.12 per square foot to have your specialty rug cleaned.

Pricing example-A delicate 2'6" x 2'6" wall-hanging with light soiling will run approximately $44.50.

Additional Services

It's important to routinely have your rug cleaned to prolong its life.

Dust, dirt and soil can break down the fibers over time.

That’s not to mention the health benefits of removing dust and the mites that can cause allergies, as well as providing a sanitary area for pets and children.

Often, some sort of problem is the motivating factor to cause a rug to be cleaned.

The top five stains we see are:

  • Pet urine.

  • Pet feces.

  • Wine spills.

  • Coffee stains.

  • Cat vomit.

In addition to cleaning, here are some other services we offer.

Pad Cleaning

Some pads are able to be cleaned, such as Durahold, DownUnder and No Muv.

If you purchased your pad through HammondKnoll, the chances that your pad can be cleaned are very high.

Pad Cleaning will cost about $.81 cents per square foot.

Teflon protection

When applied to a clean rug, the repellent characteristic of Teflon™ Advanced keeps dirt from sticking to the fibers, making carpets easier to care for and stains easier to remove.

Teflon protection is $.57 cents per square foot.

Anti-allergen treatment

Anti-allergen treatment takes care of dust mites, pet dander and other allergens in rugs, but it can also be used for upholstery, mattresses and carpet.

Anti-allergen treatment costs $.58 cents per square foot.

Wool treatment

This application is for a material that may come into contact with moths and can be applied after a rug has been cleaned.

The treatment can repel any moths or larva from penetrating the fiber.

Wool treatment is $1.16 per square foot.

Topical Deodorization

Some rugs may have a light odor from cooking, pet messes or even mildew.

If it is a slight smell then topical deodorization will most likely take care of the issue.

Topical Deodorization will cost you about $.81 cents per square foot.


This treatment is mainly used for heavy odors such as pet urine, smoke, skunk or any other pungent odor.

If the smell knocks your socks off, it's time to use this process. Keep in mind that the turn-around time is two weeks, including the cleaning process.

There are a few options from which to choose:

  • The cost for antimicrobial/disinfectant is $2.36 per square foot.

  • Wrapping in paper (for safe long term storage of rugs) is $.45 cents per square foot.

  • Ozone Treatment available (for extreme smoke and food odors) requires a custom estimate.

How long will it take to clean my rug?

Typically rugs are done in approximately one week, some rugs may require two weeks if they needed repairs, had significant pet-urine stains/odors or they’re getting an antimicrobial treatment.

Here are some additional particulars that you need to know:

  • Each rug has a minimum cleaning price of $25, which is not valid with discounts or other offers.

  • Free pickup and delivery is available, when our truck is in your area during weekdays. (A different day is also an option; just give us a call to discuss details.) Check out our pickup and delivery video.

  • Most minimums are $165 depending on your location.

Trust your beloved rugs to the experts

It’s always better to properly maintain your rugs than to constantly replace them.

It can take a toll on your budget – and your heart if you have special, hand-me-down items that have been in your family for years.

There’s a lot to consider when it comes to getting your oriental and area rugs cleaned.

The size, type and material will all play a part in determining how your rug is cleaned and how much it will cost you.

Our expert rug specialists are the best in the industry when it comes to cleaning and problem-solving. Check out our amazing reviews on Google, Yelp and Facebook.

Are we the right fit for you?  

Call us at 1-844-208-0288 or – better yet – send us your info and we’ll have an expert reach out to you right away.

Plus, we have a special deal for you. If you bring in your rugs yourself and you prepay, you’ll receive 20% off.

How many rugs do you have in your home that are sorely in need of some care?

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We are thrilled at the opportunity to add you to our long list of successful  rug cleaning and restoration success stories.

Happy rug cleaning!

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*Discounts are not valid with other offers and are not applied to minimums.  


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