Says Fred Remmers, Jr.:

"In 1881, my great uncle Carl Hilstrom started the rug cleaning business in Memphis, Tennessee.  It was started with a bucket of soap and hand brush.  it was all manual until 18?  when Carl bought a machine called a star duster, which was a wooden wheel with 6 sides driven by a motor and leather belt that was 8 inches wide and about 40 feet long.  It was suppose to get dust out of the rugs.  Rugs at that time were Axminster or Oriental rugs.  At this time, it was necessary for a company like this to be created, for there were a lot of rugs.  The only way they were taken care of was to have them outside on a rack, that people made themselves, and beat them with a spring type of hand beater or primitive vacuum.  Development of equipment was by someone in the business describing to a carpenter or a blacksmith for anything metal.  However, with modern equipment, we still use a lot of the same methods from 100 years ago.  

In the early 1950's, wall to wall carpet cleaning was developed, a different concept altogether flourished, but it took about 25 year for it to over take area rugs.  At this time, rug cleaning declined to a point that rug cleaners were going broke.  To survive you had to install and clean wall-to-wall carpet.  It was something companies had to learn and it is a very difficult job to install carpet.  All on us that were installers developed back and knee problems after 20 to 30 years of this type of work. 

At the death of Fred Remmers, Sr., Fred Jr. decided drop installing of carpet and focus on cleaning area rugs and Oriental rugs, that were making a big comeback. Having survived the previous 80-90 years, Fred Remmers Rug Cleaners bought the remaining five cleaning companies in Memphis.  Then the fourth generation of the Remmers family, Pamela Remmers, continued to operate one of the oldest companies in Memphis, TN."

Today Fred Remmers Rug Cleaners with over 132 years of being in business is the oldest rug cleaning company in Memphis, TN.  Trusted and referred for seven decades, Fred Remmers Rug Cleaners is recognized as the largest full-service rug cleaning company in the Mid-South with its motto of “Expert Cleaning, Amazing Service.” Fred Remmers Rug Cleaners carries on a tradition of Oriental rug cleaning and repairs. Throughout this time, we have earned an honorable reputation as one of the top eight rug cleaners in the country and are recommended by Oriental Rug Buyers Guide.  

Today services offer at Fred Remmers Rug Cleaners include but not limited to:



   Stain Protection  


   Moth Proofing  



Fred Remmers Rug Cleaners complete Oriental rug cleaning service can remove most stains and restore the elegant look that exemplifies beauty. When faced with cleaning or restoring your rug, you need an experienced professional with years of experience and know-how to achieve the best results possible. Call today for more information or to schedule a pick-up. (901) 278-3704

FaceBook Comments

JFBConnect not found. Please reinstall.

FaceBook Fan

JFBConnect not found. Please reinstall.

Member Of:

Association of Rug Care Specialists


Angie's List

Cooper Young Business Association

Oriental Rug Retail Of America

Williamson County Chamber Of Commerce


Website security

Who's Online 

We have 20 guests and no members online

Our eBay Store


JFBConnect not found. Please reinstall.


Template Settings
Select color sample for all parameters
Red Green Blue Gray
Background Color
Text Color
Google Font
Body Font-size
Body Font-family
Scroll to top