An antique Oriental rug can cost you up to $40,000 on average. Even “antique reproduction” Oriental area rugs cost $7,500 on average. So if you’re going to take the leap and buy something so valuable, you’re going to want to take good care of it.
Looking for advice on keeping your Oriental area rug in good condition? You’ve come to the right place! Here are 4 tips for maintaining your Oriental rug.
1. Block Sunlight
Can the sun really damage Oriental area rugs? Absolutely!
Sunlight will fade the dye in your rug if it is placed in the sun for an extended time. This is especially the case if colored with natural substances.
If possible, always block sunlight from hitting your rug. If it’s not possible, rotate your rug frequently to obtain uniform fading.
2. Vacuum Regularly
You know it’s important to vacuum your wall to wall carpeting, but vacuuming is of the utmost importance for Oriental area rugs. That’s because it’s easy for the fibers in your rug to be packed down by foot traffic. Vacuuming not only removes dirt, but it also can bring your fibers back to life!
It’s important to note that you should turn off your vacuum’s beater bar when vacuuming the rug. The beater bar often runs or tears your rug’s fabric by grabbing onto loose fibers and tassels.
Always vacuum in both directions to make sure you pull as much dirt out of the carpet as possible.
3. Spot Clean Any Spills Immediately
If you don’t spot clean a spill as soon as possible, a stain will develop. Wondering how to clean your Oriental area rug? Follow these simple steps:
- Use a damp, light-colored cloth. Dab it from the end of the spill and move in towards the center. Also, place more below the spill to prevent damage to your backing.
- AVOID SOAP OR BLEACH! This can ruin your rug’s fibers. Instead, spot clean using water and a damp, light-colored cloth.
- Blot dry to get rid of excess moisture. Then air dry or use a fan to hasten the process.
If these steps fail, DON’T PANIC! CALL ME IMMEDIATELY if you have any questions. There’s never a charge for the information I can provide over the phone. I’d be happy to walk you through the process.
While some websites have a list of remedies for serious spills, these can damage your valuable rug. Always leave stain removal to the professionals when water doesn’t work.
4. Get Professional Cleanings
But don’t just call a professional for a stain! You should get your rugs cleaned regularly (the EPA recommends every 6 months to a year depending on use). Experts recommend that you do so every couple of years.
Classic Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning cleans your rugs 100% safely, all-naturally and without toxins and surfactants. You can walk on your rugs immediately and they’re dry in about an hour. We rake your rugs before the cleaning to loosen debris before vacuuming and rake it after the cleaning to groom the fibers.
This process restores your rug’s natural fibers by getting rid of dirt buildup. It can even restore your rug’s original color and appearance.
Oriental Area Rugs Need Special Care…And We’re Prepared!
Do you need a professional cleaning for Oriental area rugs? Classic Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning can help! We offer convenient appointment times and personal, courteous service from start to finish. We’ve cleaned thousands of wool and oriental rugs and we’re now in our 26th year in business!
Our all-natural carpet cleaning is sure to get the job done without damaging your beautiful rugs. Contact us to learn more about our pricing and book an appointment for your rug today!