Taking Care Of An Oriental Rug

Posted on: 19 June 2015


If you have just purchased an oriental rug to place within your home, you will soon be enjoying its majestic beauty and vivid coloring. To keep your rug looking its best, you will need to do routine cleanings so it does not become faded, dingy, or discolored. Here are some instructions to follow when maintaining your oriental rug, allowing it to keep its beautiful coloring for years to come.

Removing Dirt

Vacuum your oriental rug every week so there is no dirt build up that gets embedded into the fibers. When vacuuming, use a brush attachment so the rug does not become trapped in the roller on the undercarriage of your vacuum cleaner. Flip your carpet every few weeks so it wears evenly.

Cleaning The Fibers

To clean your rug, mix one part vinegar and three parts water and place into a spray bottle. Spray your carpet with a light mist to help brighten the colors of the dye naturally. The dye in an oriental rug will bleed if you spray any type of chemical cleaner on it. After you spritz the rug with the vinegar solution, drape it over a few chairs or saw horses to allow it to dry. Never hang your oriental rug vertically, as the colors will run into each other, ruining the entire look of your rug in the process.

Spray the fringe on each end of the rug with the same vinegar/water solution. Gently comb through the fringe with a wide-toothed comb so the solution distributes evenly. This will help remove any discoloration and will brighten the fringe, giving it a fresh, clean look.

Handling Stains

Try your best to keep people from drinking anything near your oriental rug to decrease the risk of staining. If something does spill on your rug, handle it immediately so the stain will not set into the fibers. Blot the stain using a clean piece of cloth. Start at the outer edges of the stain and work your way toward the middle. This will help contain the staining to one area instead of dragging it across more fibers.

Put a solution made from half vinegar/half water inside a spray bottle. Put the bottle on a mist setting and lightly spray the affected area. Try blotting again with a new piece of cloth. If the stain does not disappear, call a professional carpet cleaning service (such as Logan Carpet Cleaning Inc) right away to remove the stain from your carpet properly.