The best way to keep a rug clean is to minimize its contact with dirt in the first place. Removing outdoor shoes when entering the house helps alot. Bare-foot or socked traffic is much gentler to a rug than a hard outdoor-shoe sole or high 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. Rugs in some places will need a cleaning once a year. Rugs in other areas can go several years and more without needing professional cleaning.To judge how dirty a rug is, try one of these methods:
It's easy to clean small rugs yourself. The process is best done in a utility room or garage (on a clean floor) or outside on a clean driveway or paved walk on a nice, sunny day:
You should clean stains immediately after they occur. By never letting a stain set, you can avoid having your Oriental rug permanently damaged. You want to clean your rug once a month; regardless of how clean you think it may be, rugs pick up a lot of dirt every day from regular use. Flip your rug regularly so that no side sustains more damage from the sun or everyday use than another. Always clean the rug carefully so you don’t spread the stain.
Urine can cause severe color run in the rug, and the odor can be very hard to remove. Urine can also chemically damage the structure of a rug by making the foundation hard and less supple – and by attracting moths Repeated wettings can cause the foundation of the rug to loose mechanical strength to the point where the rug cracks and breaks when rolled or folded.
These stains are best treated promptly, before the spill is allowed to dry. Blot up as much liquid as possible with paper towels or a clean, white cloth. Try to rinse out as much of the spill as possible.
A smaller rug can be taken outside and rinsed with a hose and cool water (try not to saturate the whole rug--it will take much longer to dry). With a larger carpet, the corner or edge can be laid in a plastic dishpan and saturated with cool water or a container can be placed under the wet area of the carpet and cool water poured through the rug (make a hollow in the carpet over the container before you pour.) Add about 1 cup of white vinegar per gallon to the rinse water--vinegar helps prevent colors from running and will help neutralize the urine odor.
After the rug has been rinsed, blot dry and sponge with rug shampoo or with the solution given below. Allow to dry thoroughly – this is easiest done if both sides of the saturated rug are exposed to air to dry.
This unfortunately can actually work as a dye to stain the pile of the rug or carpet a different color. If a pet regurgitates or defecates on a rug, clean the area immediately by picking up as much material as possible with paper towels or with a clean, white cloth. If necessary, use a tablespoon to scrape up all the foreign material. Blot the area dry and immediately sponge several times with rug shampoo or with the cleaning solution listed below. Don't scrub too hard—this actually can spread the stain. Sponge in the direction of the nap.
*Most Oriental rug dyes are acid-fast. By adding a little white vinegar to the wash water you make the wash water more acidic, and this reinforces the bond between the dyestuff and the wool in the rug – preventing color runs.
Finally, sponge the area with cool, clean water to finish. Use absorbent towels or a firm, non-shedding sponge. Don't use a brush so stiff that it pulls fibers from the pile. Don't scrub hard at the pile. Sponge in the direction of the nap. Place some towels under the spot to keep floor or pad from getting wet. Dry thoroughly. When the nap feels dry, check the back of the rug to be sure the area is completely dry.
Mix the concoction in a spray bottle and lightly spray the rug evenly, allow to dry.
Use the same solution for the fringes of the rug.
Work a light brush through the fringes like you are brushing hair.
Place a floor fan on the rug to dry it faster. You do not want the Oriental rug to sit wet on your hard floors, the longer it sits wet, the better chance it has to mildew.
Cleaning inside the house:
This cleaning method will take slightly longer as the rug becomes immersed in water. Make sure the rug is dried completely to prevent mold. Although the rug may feel stiff immediately after being cleaned, after being laid out flat and vacuumed it will soften gradually over the next week.
Below are the steps for deep cleaning your oriental rug outside:
Absolutely! The specific materials that the rug is made from determines it’s proper cleaning method. The two common kinds of material in Oriental rug making are silk and wool. However there are many imitation silk rugs made from mercerized cotton or synthetic rayon.
A silk rug is more expensive and delicate than a wool rug. It is best to get these rugs cleaned by a professional due to their extreme fragility.
Oriental Rugs Made from Wool
Most Oriental rugs are made out of wool. As long as they don’t include rare special pigments, they can be easily deep cleaned with a bit of elbow grease.
Oriental Rugs Made from Mercerized Cotton
Many false "silk" rugs are actually made from this shiny treated cotton material. Taking care not to let fabric color bleed, wash these rugs with the same process as we do with wool.
Oriental Rugs Made from Synthetic Rayon
Rayon is highly resistant to staining and will clean easily – however it’s not truly an oriental rug.
Considerations when Cleaning Oriental Rugs
Delicate, antique, damaged, or high value rugs should always be taken to a professional rug cleaner rather than doing it yourself - especially if there is a critical emergency where your rug could be damaged. Professionals use special solvents and techniques in order to clean and preserve the rug.
Deep cleanings are recommended on an “if-needed”, rather than regularly scheduled basis.
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