Take a look down there, below your feet. There may be an Oriental rug, finely hand-woven, perhaps 100 years old. It may be a treasured heirloom, or an expensive purchase worth tens, or even hundreds of thousands of dollars. Yet you lay it on the floor and walk on it day in and day out. The children spill juice on it, the dog has accidents on it, and the cats claw it when nobody is around.
You can’t kill a good Oriental rug.
Not that people haven’t tried. Rug owners water their plants, something leaks and the rug rots, or perhaps a rug is stored in a damp or humid garage where moths and mildew got to it. Recently someone brought us a rug that was partially eaten away by battery acid that leaked from a flashlight. Maybe the vacuum cleaner ate the fringe; perhaps the dog ate the corner.
When it comes to cleaning when it comes to the cleaning, repair, or restoration of are rugs, we’ve seen it all.
But cleaning a rug improperly causes problems. One of our customers had a $30,000 rug cleaned and put away. When he opened it, half of the rug was destroyed. We took the remaining half and made six pillows out of it.
Hand washing is the most thorough method of cleaning antique rugs, contemporary handmade rugs, and machine-made Karastan-type rugs.
Handwashing involves full immersion, wetting, and shampooing both sides of the carpet and washing fringes separately for the perfect finishing touch.
We’ve seen carpet cleaning companies or clients try to clean Oriental rugs themselves and ended up destroying them by causing “rug bleed” (where the dyes in the area rug run together causing a tie-dyed look). Do-it-yourself rug washing can be a minefield and is best left to the professionals.
Hand washing allows our experienced technicians the opportunity to follow a rug through its wash processes from beginning to end. Antique area rugs and very old rugs that are in a weakened condition should never be steam cleaned or washed in a commercial batch-washing tub.
Hand-woven Oriental, Persian and Turkish area rugs are pretty durable, and here are suggestions for keeping them in prime condition.
The No. 1 way to keep your rugs clean and in great shape is to remove shoes before walking on it.
All the experts said that proper padding is essential to prevent skidding and reduce wear.
A good pad protects your rug by allowing it to breathe, absorbs the shock of foot traffic, helps prevent the rug from slipping and provides cushioning.
Vacuuming the area rug in the direction of the pile and turning the entire rug upside down once a year, vacuuming the back, and then leaving it for a few days so the dust will fall out from the face of the rug. The agitation from vacuuming the rug from the back of the rug will loosen embedded soils, and most will fall from the face after a couple of days upside down.
Regardless of how meticulous a housekeeper is, even the best of Oriental carpets will eventually show their age. Think of all the fading and the wear and tear on a rug that’s 100 years old. How would you look after 100 years? 😊
Oriental Rug Salon is nationally recognized as a leading advocate for the care and preservation of Oriental area rugs. We regularly provide blogs and advice to consumers on how to care for cherished hand-woven rugs.
Oriental Rug Salon is a Certified Partner with the international Carpet & Rug Institute (CRI). We are also A+ Rated with the Better Business Bureau and a seven-year-in-a-row-winner of the coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award.
For all of your area rug cleaning, restoration, or repair services, please consider Oriental Rug Salon. We offer FREE pick-up and delivery for most area rugs throughout Lee, Charlotte, and Collier County, Florida. We also receive rugs from around the country on almost a daily basis from clients who want their area rugs cleaned or repaired professionally.