How To Care For Your Area & Oriental Rugs
1) Rotate the rug – rotating your rugs allow for even wear, especially in higher trafficked areas. At a minimum you should rotate your rug once a year and in areas that are more frequented you should rotate every 4-6 months.
2) Vacuuming – area and oriental rugs are just like carpet. They need to be vacuumed regularly to remove soils that will damage the fiber. Choose a vacuum with a good beater bar so that it removes the fine particulate. It is also a good idea to fold back half of the rug and sweep underneath it. After vacuuming you will like find dust and soil particle underneath as the beater bar will help remove dirt from the rugs foundation. Be careful not to vacuum the fringe with your vacuum as this can damage the fringe and even worse; you could pull a yarn and unravel the rug's weaving.
3) Choose a good padding – A quality pad will keep your rug from slipping on hard surfaces. If your rug sets on top of carpet it will help protect the carpet underneath from being damaged. Rugs with a hard backing can shift from side to side or back and forth on the carpet acting as sand paper and damaging the fibers. A quality pad adds comforts to fully enjoy your rug as well.
How To Take Care Of Spots & Spills
For any spills you'll want to deal with them quickly to attempt to prevent staining. The first step is absorb as much as you can with a white absorbent towel. Next you'll want to use a mild vinegar and water solution to clean the spot with. Using this cleaning mixture will ensure you don't damage the dyes and structural integrity of the rug. Rinse with a cold water and light vinegar solution. After you have rinsed it is a great idea to absorb as much moisture as possible with another clean white absorbent towel so that it dries quickly.
Of course, we are available to take care of any spots or spills as well. We can also provide you with advice on how to additionally handle it yourself without damaging the rug.
Protecting Your Rugs and Investment
If you've purchased fine oriental rugs from a rug gallery or dealer, then there is a good chance you have made quite the investment into the woven treasures that you own. Like any other investment it is a great idea to protect that investment. Similar to our carpet cleaning protector, we have specially formulated fabric protectors specifically made for fine oriental rugs. Natural fine fibers such as cotton, wool, silk, and rayon are extremely absorbent which means any liquid that drop onto the fiber can easily damage it. Having a fabric protector applied greatly reduces the chance of these liquids permanently damaging the rug. It is great for inhibiting soils to bond to the fiber so that maintenance and periodic professional cleaning are more effective. We also can apply carpet protector to any synthetic rugs you may have as well.