How To Clean and Care For Oriental Rugs

An Oriental rug can add elegance to any rooms decor. They come in so many colors and designs, that it’s easy to find one that will compliment your existing room accessories. Oriental rugs can be used as the focal point of your room to add splashes of color, but they’re also very functional.

Most Oriental rugs are fairly expensive, so when they need cleaned, you need to take a little extra care. But, cleaning them isn’t hard as long as your careful. Keeping them clean can add years to their life and beauty when done properly.

Using a vacuum to clean Oriental rugs is the best way to keep them looking new longer. But, when you do vacuum it, you need to be gentle. Set the vacuums brush to a setting that is barely touching the surface of the rug. And, make sure that if your rug has fringed edges you keep the vacuum away from the fringes. If the fringes repeatedly get sucked up into the vacuum, it can cause them to fray.

Any type of rug on the floor is vulnerable to spills and stains and no matter how careful you are, accidents can happen. The best way to clean Oriental rugs is to use a little bit of club soda and just a small amount of a good quality carpet cleaning solution. Use a soft rag to just blot the stain or spill up, rubbing it will only press it deeper into the rugs fibers and you might not be able to get it out.

Another really good way to keep your Oriental rug looking newer longer is by rotating it on a regular basis. The wear on the rug will be more even and less noticeable if you turn the rug now and then. How often you should rotate the rug will depend on how much traffic the rug gets. If it’s in a high traffic area, you need to rotate it more often. It’s a good idea to get in the habit of rotating it each time you vacuum.

While rotating the rug can reduce the chances of showing signs of a walking path, it will also help prevent fading. Sunlight coming through any nearby windows shining directly on the rug will eventually fade the colors. By rotating the rug, you can help prevent light areas and keep the colors brighter and more vibrant.

Always try to avoid letting ORiental rugs get wet. While you may not have any choice but to use water or club soda to clean up a stain, there is a chance that the colors in the rug might bleed. Anytime your rug gets wet or you have to clean it, make sure that you soak up as much of the liquid as possible and place the rug where it can get air to dry quickly.

If you need to store the rug for an extended period of time, wrap it in a sheet or large piece of cloth. Never put it inside an airtight bag, it can cause the rug to rot and mildew. And, they should never be stored anywhere that is hot, humid or damp, or in a place that doesn’t have good ventilation.

If you have furniture sitting on the rug, it’s enevitable that you’re going to end up with flat spots in the rugs pile. Moving the furniture now and then can help prevent crushing of one spot. But, you can use a soft brush to gently brush the fibers and fluff them back up.