Rug Care & Cleaning
An oriental rug is much like any fine work of art. They appreciate with the passage of time and have been the standard of luxury that has proven countless times their increased value over the years. It is essential for you to protect your investment through proper care and cleaning to increase the life and value of your rug.
Lexington Oriental Rug Co. is committed to excellence in value, selection and service. We can provide long term for your oriental rug through our Professional Hand Cleaning and Restoration Service. Call us today and keep your rug looking beautiful for generations.
The best way to keep a rug clean is to keep it from getting dirty in the first place. Removing outdoor shoes when entering the house (as people do in most rug-weaving countries) is a good idea. Bare-foot or sock-foot traffic is much gentler to a rug than a hard outdoor shoe sole (or spike heel), and leaving your outdoor shoes at the entrance to the house tracks in much less dirt.
Have your rug cleaned only when it really needs it. For rugs in some areas this will mean a yearly cleaning. Rugs in other areas can go several years and more without needing professional cleaning.
Does my Oriental Rug need cleaning?
To judge how dirty a rug is, try one of these methods: Pick up a corner of the rug and while holding it, kick the back of the rug sharply. If a cloud of dirt flies out of the pile, the rug is dirty and needs cleaning. NOTE: some dust and wool fibers are normal! Kneel down on the rug and rub the pile vigorously with your hand in a short arc for 5 to 10 seconds. Look at your fingers and palm: if your hand is dirty, the rug needs cleaning. With the pile facing UP fold part of the rug back upon itself so that the pile opens along a line of knots. Look down into the base of the pile at the foundation of the rug. If the warp and weft look dirty, there is dirt deep in the pile where a home vacuum cleaner cannot reach it. The rug needs cleaning.
Can I clean my oriental rug myself?
We do not recommend under any circumstances trying to completely clean your rug at home. Spot cleaning in the home may be necessary, but total cleaning of a rug without the help of a professional will likely lead to damage in your rug. Do not dry clean or steam clean your rug!
What about spot cleaners or chemicals?
Do not use any spot cleaners other than water or club soda with contacting your rug cleaning professional first. Most spot cleaners available at your local grocery are made for wall to wall synthetic carpeting. These usually contain harsh chemicals and bleaching agents that are not for use with wool or natural fibers.
Sweeping & Blotting
It is always best to attack spills immediately. The best way to prevent a spill from turning into a stain is by blotting up as much moisture as possible with clean towels. Begin at the outer edge of the stain and blot towards the center. Do not rub the spill. This will allow the spill to sit on top of the pile, and will not allow the spill to leave a ring where the stain would be. The best way to blot any kind of solid spill is to take a spoon and scoop it up, making sure not to rub the stain into the carpet.
Vacuuming your Oriental Rug
Oriental rugs, like most carpeting should be vacuumed on a regular basis. Unless your rug is an antique, vacuuming often will not harm the life or value of your rug. No special vacuum cleaners or equipment are needed despite what a vacuum salesman will tell you. Do not vacuum the fringe of your rug, it may become caught in the beater bar and will damage the fringe. Try not to vacuum against the pile of your rug, as excessive vacuuming against the nap can cause undue wear.
Blot away your stains
Spills of almost any nature may be removed without permanent stain if taken care of right away. The sooner you clean the spill, the less likely it will become a stain. Most spills will sit on top of the pile momentarily, allowing you to clean up before the spill can work into the pile of the carpet. Blot or scrape away any excess spill or stain immediately. If necessary, dilute the spill with a moderate amount of water, and then blot the wet area until all of the stain is removed. Repeat as necessary. Brush or scrape away any excess immediately to prevent penetration or possible chemical reactions.