Tips For Cleaning Oriental Rugs

For a sophisticated touch or exotic flourish for your home, oriental rugs are a great choice. Having an oriental rug in a room will significantly change the look and feel of the space.

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Oriental rugs, despite the name, usually refers to rugs produced across a large geographical spread from Iran and Turkey through India to Southeast Asia. However you can purchase ‘oriental rugs’ from manufacturers in the UK and the USA, so the name is somewhat a misnomer in the 21st century. If you have an oriental rug, you will want to know how to maintain it properly and keep it clean. The following are some helpful guidelines to help you look after your rug to ensure you get many years of good service from it.

Guideline Number 1 – Act on stains immediately
To save yourself more of a headache further down the line, make sure you respond to stains as soon as they occur. If you prevent any stains from setting in, you will prevent your oriental rug from gaining any permanent damage and negate the need for a professional clean, which can be quite costly. It is also a good idea to clean your rug about once a month – it may look clean, but rugs easily pick up dirt from everyday use. If the rug is double sided then make sure you flip it every now and then to keep one side from being worn disproportionately.

Guideline Number 2 – Vacuum
As a part of your routine for cleaning your rug the first thing you should do is vacuum clean both sides. To test how much your rug needs a good clean then thump it – you see the dust cloud that puffs up? That means it needs a clean! Vacuuming your rug will lift all that loose dirt and dust.

Guideline Number 3 – Clean
Start by creating a cleaning solution concocted of cold water and white vinegar. Mix three parts with one part vinegar – make sure you don’t overdo it on the vinegar part – you don’t want the smell to be overpowering! You will never want to use harsh chemicals or even soap on an oriental rug as most rugs are constructed using natural (aka vegetable) dyes – and these can run easily. Harsh chemicals will encourage discoloration. Using soap is bad because there is no way to remove the soap entirely without rinsing with water, and, that’s right, you’ve guessed it, rinsing with water will cause the dyes to run. Vinegar is an old remedy and will naturally clean your rug and leave the colors looking vibrant.