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High-End boutique splurge or thrift store steal? Gallagher’s Rug & Carpet Care specializes in professional rug cleaning and rug repair to restore vintage rugs so they can’t tell the difference!

Rug Care : The Answer for Boutique Taste on A Budget in Portland

Portland is a thrift shopper’s paradise. From Division, to Hawthorne to Mississippi Ave, nearly all of Portland’s thoroughfares are peppered with vintage and secondhand stores that have great vintage rugs at fantastic prices.

Unfortunately, many vintage and secondhand rugs are not in perfect condition. You might notice yellowing or damaged fringe, mystery odors, or excessive dust, but don’t let these issues stop you from buying a rug you love.

Whether you’ve found your dream rug at an estate sale or at a hip vintage store on Hawthorne, a little bit of investment in a professional rug cleaning and rug restoration can turn a diamond in the rough into an eye-catching work of art.

When Vacuuming is Not Enough – Rug Cleaning Tips from a Portland, OR Professional

Before your rug “moves in”, it is important to consider all of the things it could be bringing with it. One of the most overlooked benefits of having a rug professionally cleaned is the harmonic dusting process. This process shakes the rug over raised grates to loosen any dry particulate and dust that may have settled deep into the foundation of the rug over time. This deeply embedded dust and dirt is nearly impossible to remove with standard vacuuming.

Proper dusting also makes the wet cleaning process more effective. If dry particulate is not removed from the rug before the wet process, it can wick or rise to the surface as the rug dries, making it look dingy and dirty again.

Every rug that we care for is cleaned by hand. This means that we are able to adjust our cleaning process to the specific staining and odor needs, while taking the composition of the rug into consideration to make sure that your investment is cleaned safely. You can learn more about our cleaning process here.

Rug Repair Tips From Gallagher’s Rug and Carpet Care

At some point, every rug will need to be repaired. Vacuums, pets, furniture, insects, and everyday wear and tear can cause a multitude of problems, but we can repair and replace fringe, mend ends and edges, reshape, and even rebuild a worn or damaged rug. Our goal is not to just repair the rug, but to restore it – that’s why we guarantee all of our repairs for the life of the rug.

Preventing Rug Damage

Rug Pads are your best defense against wear in the pile of the rug (one of the largest repair investments). We highly recommend a custom-cut pad to provide non-skid protection and to alleviate the stress of everyday foot traffic and furniture pressure from your investment.

Where to Find Vintage Rugs in Portland

We’re a locally owned and operated company and we support and appreciate the small business community in Portland! We’ve compiled a list of local retailers who who are great resources for vintage rugs!

Artifact Creative Recycle 3630 SE Division Street, Portland, OR 97202

Grand Marketplace 1005 SE Grand Avenue, Portland, OR 97214

3 Dots And A Dash 3403 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

City Home 217 SE Taylor Street, Portland, OR 97214 and 825 NW Davis Street, Portland, OR 97209

Gallagher’s offers full-service cleaning, repair, and even pick-up and delivery! Give us a call at (503) 477-4097 to schedule a consultation and see what we can do for you!


Gallagher’s is proud to be a locally owned-and-operated Portland, Oregon business. We are nestled in the historic Central Eastside neighborhood, located right on SE Belmont, just off of I-5, with our own safe, off-street parking available to customers.