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Intermediate In-plant Rug Cleaning

Date: February 22-24, 2018

Location: Oriental Rug Cleaning of Indianapolis, IN


The class consists of three intensive eight­-hour days taught primarily on the work floor of an operational wash plant. Topics covered will be basic rug identification, cleaning chemistry, spotting, rug identification, learning to ‘read’ and identify rug construction, rug intake assessment, rug washing, drying theory, and finishing after wash. Hands­-on portions of the class will demonstrate the practical application of all that theory on an active wash floor in real time. The hands­-on training will focus on wet cleaning; students will wash a lot of rugs and have the opportunity to try a range of techniques and observe the results. More than just an opportunity to work and learn on a high production wash floor, students will gain a broader understanding of the cleaning process and how it applies to their own businesses. Fee for the class includes lunch for the three days, handouts, and all teaching materials. A short test will be given at the end of the class session. You will need to bring wash boots.

Member Price: $900; Non­member Price: $1450.


Armen Dohanian: is a fourth generation rug cleaner. His family owns a 100 + year old rug cleaning and restoration business in Boston, Massachusetts. Involved in rug cleaning from an early age, Armen is currently vice­-president of operations at the Oriental Rug Cleaning Company in Dallas, TX, a 103 year old, “full­-service” rug cleaning and restoration company. Mr. Dohanian is an ARCS Certified Rug Specialist (CRS), a certified Master Rug Cleaner and a Woolsafe North America "Fiber Care Specialist" as well as a member of the International Society of Appraisers.

Basic Outline

The Tools of Rug Identification – Grouped in a linear and methodical progression, students learn how to read a rug’s construction to identify its origins. Material progresses from easily discernible traits to more nuanced variations using the most commonly encountered area rugs as teaching material. Students come away knowing the covered material as well as how to advance their skills outside of class.

Survey of hand­-tufted, machine­-made and specialty rugs

Hand­-knotted Rugs – a brief history, nomenclature and introduction to structure, the tools of rug ID

  • Persian rugs
  • Copies of Persian rugs
  • Designer rugs
  • Flat-weaves

Overview of Cleaning Process

  • Review of the steps in a “best practice” rug cleaning as outlined in ARCS’ Industry Guide & Recommended Practice for Rug Cleaning

Rug Intake

  • Pre­-inspection and documentation, inventory control & pre­wash stabilization 

About Rugs & Fibers

  • A review of the most commonly encountered rug fibers and construction techniques and what their implications are for the cleaning process.                                                      

About Soils & Cleaning

  • Review of the types of soils found in rugs  What are they? How do they accumulate?

Rug Washing

  • Getting our hands dirty cleaning the host plants inventory.   Topics will include:
    • How to generate a cleaning plan
    • How all the host’s “toys” work and how to scale the operation up and down to meet the demands of each student
    • What to do if a rug starts to go south

Drying Theory

  • Discussion of drying theory and its effects on the cleaning process.


  • Evaluating results and discussing the next steps.  Discussion, how clean is clean enough?  weighing risks vs rewards.

Finishing Processes

  • A survey of the non­-wash processes that go into a rug cleaning
    • Grooming
    • Fringe Correction
    • Post­-wash treatments
    • Cosmetic Touchups
  • Checkout procedures
    • Recording and reporting results

Spotting techniques

  • A discussion of the techniques for removing common spots such as rust, paint, wax, etc.

Discoloration Remediation

  • How the products work and how they differ from spotters.
  • Risks and how to manage them
  • Discussion and demonstrations of common applications and techniques
    • Urine Stain removal
    • Floor Stripping of Dye
    • Dry stripping of Dye

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About our hosts

Being a locally owned and operated family business we pride ourselves on providing an outstanding customer experience and service. We are a part of Rug Gallery Flooring, a retail rug gallery and flooring store, located on the quaint brick street of Zionsville, Indiana founded in 1981. Within our company’s culture is a large emphasis on rug history and cleaning education. We aim to provide the highest quality cleaning and care in the area. We are the only company in Indiana to acquire the title of Master Rug Cleaner. This is a year long, intensive training consisting of rug history and identification, hands on cleaning, repairs, and color correction.

Combining the knowledge of rugs from our 34-year-old retail Rug Gallery and our experience in cleaning we can provide you with the professional care and expertise you expect for your oriental and area rugs.

Association of Rug Care Specialists • P.O. Box 207 • Salem, OR 97308

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