The easiest way to clean oriental carpets and rugs is in a utility room, garage, and driveway or out on the patio on a warm, sunny day.
- Vacuum both sides of the oriental rug well, removing all dust and dirt.
- For large area rug cleaning, spray cool water over the rug with a hose.
- For small rugs, wet with cool water by hand.
Using mild detergent and a soft brush, gently scrub the rug in the direction of the nap.
- Wash the fringes with the same mild detergent, being careful not to pull on them.
- Rinse thoroughly with cool running water when done cleaning.
- Remove excess water off the rug with a rubber squeegee moving in the direction of the nap, not against it.
- Continue to squeegee until no more water runs off.
- Lay flat out of the sun to dry.
- After the nap has dried, turn the rug over, so the back can dry completely.
- If the pile is stiff when the rug has dried completely, use your hand, brush, or the vacuum to soften it up.
Tips and care
To prolong the life of an Oriental, Turkish, or Persian rug, vacuum frequently in high traffic areas.
Frequently vacuum the underside of the rug because of moths.
Moths are attracted to anything dark, dirty, or damp and if they make a home underneath your rug, they will destroy it.
Rotate your rugs weekly or monthly to ensure even wear.
Good quality padding underneath the rug will protect it and the fringe. Unless the rug looks dirty, washing is usually only needed every three to five years.
Call a professional rug cleaner with any carpet repairs that are necessary, rather than trying to do it yourself.
For untreated spills and pet urine problems, professional rug cleaners are your best option. They know how to remove not only stains but also odours effectively and safely.
If the fringe becomes uneven overtime, trim the edges to even them up.
Steam edges down that start to curl.
Lay a clean damp towel on the edge and steam with a hand iron.
Clean rugs and wrap in plain brown wrapping paper and waterproof material before storing.
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