Cleaning Oriental Area Rugs

Your indoor spaces are not complete without the added aesthetics of oriental area rugs. For most of us, they are a great investment for home d├ęcor improvement and can add amazing colors to your rooms.
Oriental area rugs have soft layers of fibers which make them an excellent place for watching your favorite TV shows, playing games, or throwing slumber parties!
Nevertheless, for your rugs to last for an extended period, you need to maintain them. Your maintenance routine should involve regular cleaning, whether by professional or DIY (Do It Yourself) services.
Hiring professional cleaners can be costly, but if you think you can do a good job at cleaning your rugs, why not give it a try? Who knows? You might just surprise yourself.
To guide you on your self-cleaning routine, I’ll give you some cleaning tips for keeping your oriental area rugs in tip-top shape. Here goes!
Tips for Cleaning Oriental Area Rugs

While small oriental area rugs can be easily cleaned, it’s best to clean them outside on a nice sunny day, or in a garage or utility rooms (on a clean floor). To do this:
-      Get the rug prepared. Thoroughly vacuum either sides properly to remove any loose dust and dirt.
Test for color fading or running. Carefully follow the mixing directions on the store-bought shampoo/rug cleaner, or add a few small drops of mild dishwashing soap to a bucket of warm water.
Don’t use hot water, except if you want your rug’s fibers to shrink or the color to fade.Test the solution on a small area on the rug first to ensure that the colors aren’t running. If not, go on to the next step.
-      Wash. Use a brush or sponge to work a froth of detergent or shampoo deep into the rug, then allow the mixture to soak. Before rinsing, work in the solution for a few minutes.
-      Rinse the rug. Use a garden hose to thoroughly rinse the rug. Ensure that the water is sud-free before you finishing the rinsing process. 
-      Get rid of excess water. Use a squeegee to squeeze as much water as you can out of the rug. Be careful, though. You only need to work in the direction of the rug’s nap.
-      Allow it to dry. Place the rug flat on a clean surface. After the upper section dries, flip it for the bottom to dry as well.
-      Loosen the fibers. Use a soft-bristled brush or a vacuum to loosen the rug’s fibers, as most of them may have been pressed down throughout the drying/washing process. 
NOTE: Only wash your oriental area rugs when they are dirty. To determine if they are, pick up the rug from one corner and let it flop onto the floor. If you see a small cloud of dust floating around, a proper cleaning is needed.


Oriental area rugs are a great addition to your home. However, maintaining them is essential for improving their overall condition. Cleaning can be done by hiring professional services or just doing it yourself. Either way, maintenance is key. Happy cleaning!