To maintain the beauty of your rug, it should be vacuumed weekly, being careful not to damage the fringe. Rotating it semi-annually will aid in evening the wear.
Every 3-5 years, depending on foot traffic, you should have your “Oriental” area rug professionally cleaned by hand – not by impersonal batch washing machines.
Wool rugs are woven to last HUNDREDS of years. However, you put a rug in the wrong conditions, with the wrong bugs, and you can lose that rug in under a year.
In homes, with rugs in use, this bug damage will be found under large furniture. Moths and carpet beetles love to eat under a sofa that is never moved to vacuum under it. And damage will be found UNDERNEATH the rug on the back side.
The best protection though against bugs causing harm to rugs is a regular vacuuming and washing routine. Moreover, the more often you vacuum, the longer you can stretch in between needed washings.
Moths and bugs LOVE wool rugs with urine contamination, and they will eat at these areas first. Make sure to clean up any spills that occur on your beautiful textile and fiber protection will make clean-up easier.
Vacuuming your rug IS THE VERY BEST THING you can do to protect the longevity of your favorite rugs and to help keep your indoor air quality clean (wool rugs act as an excellent air filter). So let’s talk about rugs and vacuums.
This video is the best way to explain damage caused by dust/dirt/grit in relation to rugs. This short video on “how often should I clean my rug” is spot on regarding rugs and what causes wear and fiber damage.
Wool and silk area rugs should be cleaned by experienced rug cleaning professionals at a dedicated rug cleaning plant. Due to the thoroughly exhaustive steps a wool or silk area rug must go through to be considered clean, a carpet cleaner merely slinging a wand over the surface of the rug will only deliver “surface clean” results.
Improper cleaning, using carpet cleaning solution and truck mounted equipment at the hands of uneducated technicians can cause disastrous results to your cherished textile.
It’s all fun and games until the valuable oriental rug in the den gets a pet urine stain that’s not coming out.
Pet urine is at the top of the “uh oh” chart of rug disasters. Left untreated, the stains are usually permanent. But if the field has a busy design that might not be a big issue. The odor though… well, that IS a lingering issue, and the longer that urine sits in those rug fibers, the worse of a problem it is going to become to the rug and the floor. Pet urine can cause dry rot and the total destruction of the wool and rug foundation.
Wool area rugs with a material on the back of them are called “Tufted” rugs.
These area rugs are held together by glue instead of hand-woven knots, and as such, have cleaning considerations that are different from their hand-woven counterparts.
All genuine, hand-knotted area rugs have “freckles” or white knots on them. Rug white knots are foundation fiber tie off points. These are either warps or wefts. They are a by-product of the weaving process. Sometimes, the weaver will break a foundation warp or weft and tie it off; this is a freckle.
It is just not possible to tie tens of thousands (sometimes hundreds of thousands) of knots to create a rug and not have the foundation strands not break now and then.
Abrash is a natural dye variation in a hand-woven rug. It is not viewed as a flaw, but rather as a characteristic of a hand-woven rug. Every rug has this, though some to a higher degree than others.
When wool is dyed a particular color, and one batch runs out, and another has to be made, variation in the batches create a side to side striping that can appear in a rug. This is not a defect.
Tea and Rugs – A Good Mix? There’s a rug phenomenon out there called “tea-washed.”
It’s not really TEA – but a brown over-dye that is applied to a rug after it’s woven in order to do several things: make it look older, mute the colors to give it a softer look, and also sometimes to HIDE flaws.
Tea-washed can also be called Henna-washed and Antiqued.
Viscose rugs are marketed as “artificial silk,” and they can be a disaster to clean and are susceptible to staining. While these type of rugs can be beautiful and “feel” like silk, they come with problems any potential owner should be aware of.
Every rug can benefit from a rug pad.
Pads keep rugs from slipping and buckling. Pads act as shock absorbents so that the foot traffic causes less wear and tear on the face fibers. Padding literally helps the rug “live” longer. A quality rug pad can extend the life of your beautiful area rug and ones that have been treated with an insect deterrent, will repel bugs, moths and help prevent mold and mildew.
A quality area rug protector is designed to protect rugs from staining when something is spilled on them.
Protectors can also help prevent “sanding” to the carpet fibers and make vacuuming easier because contaminates, such as dirt, dust mites, pollen and sand have a hard time sticking to the rug fibers.
Protector provides the owner time to clean up a spill before it has an opportunity to permanently stain the rug fibers.