Oriental rugs, when properly cared for, will last for many years. With some regular care and attention, these works of art can continue to be the focal point in any room. In this guide, we have some handy tips for general cleaning and care to ensure the longevity of your rug.   

How To Clean an Oriental Rug at Home 

Your routine should begin with light, regular vacuuming. Ideally, this should be performed on both sides of the rug where possible. Doing this will lift surface dirt and prevent it from becoming embedded in the base of the rug’s fibres over time. 

Many people think that shaking or beating a rug is a great way to remove dust and dirt. However, this is not good for your rug’s health over time. Such vigorous handling can strain the rug’s fibres and damage its structure (warps and wefts). Instead, a gentler approach, such as regular vacuuming with a suction, rather than a beater, hoover is preferred. 

How To Spot Clean an Oriental Rug 

Address spills promptly to prevent stains from becoming permanent, using a mild solution of water and white vinegar, or a mild detergent such as Stergene or Dreft, applied with a clean towel or cloth. Once cleaned, blot dry with a paper towel or clean cloth. Avoid harsh cleaning products such as bleach or chemical cleaners, as they can damage the fibres and affect the rug’s dyes and overall appearance. Stubborn stains may require professional rug cleaning to ensure safe and effective removal, without causing further damage. 

How To Care for Rug Fringes 

Refrain from combing the fringes, as this can damage the fibres. Instead, gently flip the rug end over end and shake gently to straighten the fringe naturally. This approach prevents unnecessary stress on the fringe fibres, maintaining their integrity. When hoovering try to keep the suction away from the fringes – they can be damaged if they become entangled in your Hoover’s mechanism. 

Moth Prevention: 

Combat moths by utilising vacuum cleaner attachments to access hard-to-reach areas, discouraging these pests from making your rug their home. Moths are drawn to natural fibres such as wool and dark, secluded spaces, making regular cleaning and inspection crucial for prevention. 

There are effective moth-prevention sprays available at local hardware and DIY stores – check to make sure they are wool-safe prior to use. 

Regular rotation:

In addition to moth protection, your regular rug maintenance should also address the issue of uneven colour fading caused by extended exposure to bright sunlight. You can help prevent this by regularly rotating your rug. Rotating your rug through 180 degrees every 6 to 12 months will also help with wear. 

Schedule professional cleaning every five to seven years to prevent dirt and grit buildup and fully restore the rug’s natural fibres. This timeframe may differ depending on the level of foot traffic the rug receives and how much regular home cleaning is performed. Professional cleaning removes deep-seated dirt and grit that regular vacuuming may not reach, revitalising the rug’s appearance and extending its lifespan. 

Professional Oriental Rug Cleaning: 

Caring for your Oriental Rug doesn’t have to be daunting. By adhering to these simple guidelines and committing to regular, gentle cleaning practices, you can ensure that your rug remains beautiful for many years to come. If you have any questions regarding caring for your rug or are interested in having your rug professionally cleaned, contact us today to find out more.  

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