Oriental rugs are a popular style of rug that most commonly originate from countries like India, Iran, and China. These rugs are often constructed of heavy textiles like cotton or wool and are known for their intricate patterns. While oriental rugs may outshine modern floor coverings, they do require special care and the proper cleaning solutions to ensure that no harm comes to the delicate fibers. If your oriental rug receives a lot of foot traffic, it is typically not advised to clean it at home, those heavy stains should always be cleaned by a professional carpet cleaner.
Cleaning an Oriental Rug at Home
Oriental rugs should be cleaned at least once a year or more frequently if subjected to heavy foot traffic. Before you begin the cleaning process, give your oriental rug a thorough vacuum. Vacuum both sides of the rug to pick up any loose dirt, dust, and debris that may be embedded in the fibers. Be careful not to get any of the carpet fringe stuck in the vacuum as this could cause damage to the rug.
Next, create a soapy solution to gently wash your oriental rug. The soapy solution should consist of a rug shampoo or mild dish soap combined with warm water. Apply the soap mixture to the rub using a clean, firm sponge to carefully scrub the rug clean. When washing the rug, make sure that your strokes all go in the same direction to avoid harming the textiles. When cleaning the fringe edges of the rug, switch from a sponge to a laundry brush. Once the rug has been washed, rinse it well and squeeze out any excess water with a squeegee. Lay the rug out flat to dry. Flip it over to allow it to fully dry.
You do not want to leave your oriental rug too wet as this can result in mold growth. To help speed up the drying process, consider using a wet-dry vacuum to help suck excess water out of the rug. This may require you to empty the tank out several times depending on how wet the rug is. You can also set up large fans around the rug to help it dry faster. Avoid using heat on your oriental rug which could damage the carpet fibers.
Hiring a Carpet Cleaning Company
While it can be tempting to clean your oriental rug yourself to save a few bucks, you will often find that you achieve a much deeper clean when you hire a professional carpet cleaner. In addition, you can trust an experienced carpet cleaner to clean your oriental rug without causing damage to the delicate textiles. Professional carpet cleaners have many years of experience working with all types of floor coverings and textiles, including new and aged oriental rugs. They have the tools and equipment needed to refresh a rug by improving its appearance, removing tough stains and eliminating stubborn odors.
At Safe-Dry Carpet Cleaning, we use a unique approach when cleaning oriental rugs. We only use organic and chemical-free cleaning solutions that are known to be safe on all types of fabrics and rugs. In addition, all of our technicians have been expertly trained and are fully-certified in handling fragile and delicate rugs. We are proud to offer professional carpet cleaning for oriental rugs in our state-of-the-art facility or directly in your home. We even offer free pick-up of your oriental rug at a time that you schedule to make the process even more convenient.
To ensure the integrity of your rug, you will want a qualified professional to handle your carpet. At Safe-Dry Carpet Cleaning, we have extensive experience washing and drying oriental rugs and understand the proper techniques required to remove stains and odors, even those embedded deep within the fibers. From machine-made rugs to delicate handmade rugs, we have the skills and knowledge needed to provide a deep clean without fading the rug’s bold colors or roughing up the fibers. You can trust Safe-Dry Carpet Cleaning for all of your oriental rug cleaning needs.
Call and Schedule a Rug Cleaning
Authentic oriental rugs are often made by hand which makes them highly valuable and extremely delicate. If well cared for, an oriental rug can last for decades. However, proper caution must be taken to ensure that no harm comes to the rug during cleaning. There are several things rug owners do to care for their rug, such as keeping it out of direct sunlight, vacuuming regularly, and spot cleaning when necessary. When it comes to deep cleaning the rug, call in a professional. For more information on how to clean an oriental rug or to schedule an appointment, contact Safe-Dry Carpet Cleaning.