Maintaining Fine Rugs



If you own fine Oriental rugs then you already know what they are and what they are not. They are not cheap, and they are delicate. With this in mind, it is essential to the life of your rug to keep it properly maintained. What’s the point in paying that much for a rug that will only last a couple of years?

One of the best things you can do at home for your Oriental rugs is routine vacuuming. This will keep it from collecting dirt, dust, soil, and all the other materials that can accumulate over time. These materials, if left unattended, can cause staining and deterioration of your rug. Make it a habit to vacuum your rugs at least once a week. If you have them in a higher traffic area then try for 2-3 times per week. Another tip for vacuuming is to flip your rug over and vacuum the back of it very 3-4 months. This will help remove any of the particles that may have worked their way further into the rug’s fibers over time.

Vacuuming is essential for maintaining your Oriental rugs but you still need to have it professionally cleaned every few years. Most experts agree that hand washing Oriental rugs, without any harsh chemicals, is the best method due to their delicate nature. It’s a simple yet effective process.

But simple as the process is, it does require a skilled hand to correctly assess and execute the procedure. There are nuances in various types of Oriental rugs that require specific techniques. Professional rug cleaners are trained in detecting these differences, such as rug fiber, dyes, the way the rug was produced, and choosing the correct steps to take to properly clean your rug.

Another service a professional cleaner can render is taking care of pet odors. If you’ve ever tried doing this yourself then you already know how difficult a task this can be. One of the reasons why is that many of the products on the market today really aren’t that effective. Professional cleaners have techniques and products that can remove nearly any pet odor. This goes back to their training and ability to identify what type of rug you have and how to eliminate odors from that particular variety.

Oriental rugs can be quite expensive and you want to make sure they are in the proper hands when they are getting cleaned. Always do your homework before hiring a cleaner. Ask any prospective cleaner how long they have been in business and how much experience they have with fine rugs. Ask them if they are certified, licensed, and bonded. And make sure you get a written quote or estimate that lists your services with their corresponding prices.

Keeping your oriental rugs well maintained will ensure many, many years of beauty and use.