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Cleaning Your Oriental Rugs

By Abbie Osborne-Wilson

Oriental rugs aren’t like your regular area rug; they need to be taken care of in a special way. To maintain the life of the Oriental rug you have follow specific instructions when cleaning one. You need to make sure you are ready to invest time into an oriental rug rather than using it as a possession.

You will have to protect oriental rugs from wear and tear. If you are thinking of placing this where there is high traffic all the time, you might want to choose another destination for the rug. Oriental rugs should be treated like mattresses, flipped every once in awhile.

Another way to protect Oriental rugs is to clean the piece properly. When one walks on a soiled carpet, its lifespan is reduced. Sand and dirt that is embedded will deteriorate the carpet. It is recommended that carpets should be cleaned every four or five years. A test can be performed to determine if it is time for a cleaning. Take a white cloth that has been dampened and rub the pile briskly. If there is an extreme amount of dirt that appears on the white cloth, it is time for a cleaning.

Hiring a professional carpet cleaner company will clean the rugs perfectly. They take every step needed to make sure the rugs are cleaned properly. They will first make sure all the dirt is as loose as it can get by using a giant tumbler made specifically for this. If the rug seems to be lifting anywhere or has a weaker area, the men will place a sewing gauze in that area to protect them from further damage. They will then test the rug to make sure the dye stays in the rug rather than coming out with the products they use to clean the rugs with. Most of the time they’ll use filtered water rather than chlorine filled since it may cause some damage to the carpet. They then take a long handled brush which has scrubber brushes on the bottom and they go around the Oriental rug.

They will be very careful when exposing your oriental rugs to any harsh cleaners. They usually use unformulated detergents and may even add a few conditioning agents if the wool is a big dry. Denatured white vinegar may also be used to stabilize the dyes so they won’t bleed out during the cleaning. The rug will be thoroughly rinsed and then you’ll need to let it dry. The last step is softening and improving the texture of the rugs.

You can also touch up any spills or little accidents that may occur on the rugs in between the cleanings. You can use one gallon of cold water and cup of denatured white vinegar with a sponge to refresh the colors in the rug. Always remember to never be rough with the rugs, especially by beating them or shaking them to loosen dust. You can use a vacuum carefully to cleanse the dirt but make sure you don’t catch any of the fringes in the vacuum.

The beauty of Oriental rugs is legendary. They are an investment worth maintaining. Professional cleaning should be done every four to five years by a trusted expert. Cleaning maintenance can be performed in between professional cleanings by using special care.

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