What is a professional Rug Cleaning Studio in Cambridge?

Are your rugs smelling a little musty, and you're contemplating buying new... then this blog is perfect for you!!

That's a problem I have now and again in my house. We have a dog, and as much as I love her, the wet dog smell at certain times of the year can be quite overbearing... Not to mention the marks making it look dingy and old. Now normally, I would chuck it out and get a new one. However, I landed a job with the AMAZING Art of Clean team and realised I didn't have to keep throwing money away!

So, What is a professional rug cleaning studio in Cambridge?… Not a silly question. Before I started this job, I didn’t know such things existed either! (I also thought that carpet cleaners came around with a vacuum size vax… yes, I was wrong about that too!)

Now to make this easy, I have added sections. Some of you may want to see what we do at our rug cleaning plant. If so, Section 2 is where you want to go; you may want to check out Section 4 too. Some of you will enjoy the story that makes us who we are today. 

And that is where I will start, at the beginning.

Section 1. Background into where the rug cleaning started.

In 2005 Pierre and his beautiful wife Laurence started their beautiful journey with their new baby, Art of Clean. And this is where the empire began, from just carpet and rug cleaning to other outstanding services and a much larger family. 

Pierre and Laurence’s passion for learning had a lot to do with their vision. The most important part of that vision was they wanted to ensure that all customers had the best service experience they could offer. Yes, they have always had all of you in mind right from the start. Making sure they give your investments the very best treatment is extremely important. And to do this, they learnt everything they needed to know. 

And this is where they started travelling. To even be able to clean a rug, they needed to know more about rugs. There are so many different types and styles, and cleaning them is done differently.

To make sure they understood this, they travelled to:

  • Turkey
  • Greece
  • Dallas, Texas – is where they met Ellen and got their master Rug Certificate. To see more about what Ellen does, click here.
  • Poland 

They have even cleaned rugs for the Victoria Albert Museum London. So if you happen to pop into the museum and see any rugs… You will see how beautiful they are and why it was a great privilege to be allowed to clean them! 

Here you can see the Master Rug Certificate that Pierre got in 2010. As you can see, it isn’t the only one that Pierre and his colleagues have gotten over the years:

And this isn’t all of them, due to lack of frames and wall space, many more are kept in files.. but as you can see, they all do their training.

They know that knowledge is imperative to this job, and so they ensure their staff completes all training and that their training is updated regularly. 

Pierre and Laurence picked their staff at Art of Clean very carefully. Remember, this is their extended family helping to look after their baby. They see potential in all their staff and strive to raise each team member to become the best they can be. I know they have changed my life, but that’s another blog!

Section 2. What we have in our ‘Rug Cleaning Plant’.

Are you curious to see where and how your rug gets cleaned? Bet the question ‘do they have anything different to what I have at home?’ has crossed your mind, don’t worry, it did mine. So let me educate you like I was when I started working here.

  • Duster & Air Duster

We have a floor-mounted machine to dust our rugs. The benefit of a big duster means it gets dusted evenly. The device will remove the dirt from your rug with 40,000 gentle harmonic vibrations per minute. It is like your rug has gone to a spa, and this is the part where you get a massage.

We do also use an air duster for those fragile, well-loved rugs. The air duster is a gentler way to remove dirt before cleaning.

  • Decontamination Bath area

This area is where we wash your rugs with a soft brushes machine, and we use specially formulated shampoo for rugs. 

Before this stage, we always test an area to ensure the colour won’t run on the rug. On some rugs, it is impossible to set the colour. The knowledge for this is essential as you can use a different method, which here at Art of Clean, all the technicians can do due to their training.

  • Rug Centrifuge Extraction System

This machine speeds drying up to ten times quicker than any other method. 

Drying is imperative to eliminate the chance of mould growth, browning and any other issues caused by having a sloppy wet rug drying slowly for weeks. 




  • Rug drying Room

This room is where all our lovely customer’s beautiful rugs get hung to dry. The room has air movers and dehumidifiers to help dry with no heat. Heat causes shrinkage, so we try to avoid this in drying. 



  • Rug inspection area

Here we lay your rug out and do an inspection, so we check to make sure they don’t need another clean, and we also check any fringes to make sure they are all okay. 



  • Storage area

Whether you are collecting or having your rug delivered back, once the rugs are cleaned and dried, we will roll and bag them and then put them on our store shelves. 


Section 3. What Rugs can we Clean?

So, what type of rug do you have? It’s not an easy question, and if you don’t know, Art of Clean is at the end of a phone and could be able to help you to be able you with just a simple picture, give em a call on 01223 901552. Remember, the type of rug will choose the method, so it is reasonably important when needing it cleaned.

  • Persian Rugs
  • Iranian Rugs 
  • Afghan Rugs
  • Moroccan Rugs
  • Indian Rugs
  • Chinese Rugs
  • Tibetan Rugs

4. A video showing how we do our Rug Cleaning.


If you would like to know our process then this may help you:

How do I get my rug clean at home?

To get some tips on how to make your rug last longer:

Tips to help your Rug last longer

Download our eBook…

To learn more about caring for your Rugs!

How To Care For
Your Fine Rug

Written by Tracey Gilbey, Marketing and Admin Coordinator at Art of Clean.

For further advice or information on our Carpet and Soft Furnishing care, please do not hesitate to contact the Art of Clean team on 01223 901551 in Cambridge. Our services include Carpet Cleaning, Upholstery Cleaning, oriental and area Rug Cleaning, Curtain Cleaning, Patio, and Driveway Pressure washing, Leather Cleaning, Stone and Tile Floor Cleaning, and Wood Floor Sanding and Restoration. We also supply new flooring and carpets through our sister company Art of Flooring. Our Dry-Cleaning service is provided by Farthings Cambridge



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