How to Maintain and Care for your Oriental Area Rug
Rugs are valuable pieces of Art. Art we can live on, and if we want to keep them looking good and last for many years we need to know how to maintain and care for our oriental area rugs. Area rug Maintenance is not hard if you know how to do it. Properly care of you area rug will ensure your investment on your oriental area rugs is taken care of.
Do You Need a Padding for your oriental area Rugs?
if you are purchasing or you have rugs you need to purchase a pad to put underneath of your area rugs. You may ask yourself; Why do I need a Pad for my area rugs? Well by having a Pad you keep your rug from sliding around. Sliding around can cause premature wear and wrinkles that will damage your area rug appearance. Get a pad and your rug will retain its original and new looking appearance much longer.
The regular maintenance is our second tip for you. The maintenance of your oriental area rug is based on few simple steps:
First Rotate your Oriental area rugs very often.
Well over the years traffic pattern or sunlight can cause fading or uneven wear on your beautiful rug. How you prevent this. It is very simple just rotate the rug and it will wear and fade evenly. Simple right, but not everyone knows about it, or sometimes they hear the have to rotate the rugs but, don’t know why is so important. Rotate your rugs and do it at least every 4 or 6 months.
Second Vacuuming your Area Rugs and Carpets:
Vacuum is the best way to remove dry soil and dirt from your rugs and the best way to keep them looking good. Whiting the first year we recommend to vacuum your rugs at least two or three times week. This is to remove the excess of fuzz that accumulates on the rug surface. The fuzz is normal is there is nothing that can affect the live of the rug. It’s just the result of loose fibers generated during the weaving process.
After the first year you can base your vacuuming depending on how much traffic you have over the rug. If you have pets or high traffic over the rug you should vacuum once a day to keep soil from accumulating. You need to be extra careful with the fringe areas when vacuuming with a beater bar. If the beater bar catch and pull the fringe, can permanent damage and separate the fringe.
Next tip is to spot clean any spill you oriental area rugs:
It is easier to clean a spot as soon as it happens but, there are some details you need to know. When cleaning a spot or spill on a rug, Never Ever Rub on the spill. Every type of fiber will absorb liquid spills, that means you need to be quick on cleaning the spot so it won’t become an stain. Remember to always do a bleeding test on you area rugs before spot clean your rug with any solution. The safest you can use to clean a spot will be water, white paper towel; then gently blotted the spot (apply pressure with the paper towel on the spot to absorb the liquid) repeat until you get the spot out.
I almost forgot to mention to never walk on a damp or moist area on your rug. By doing this can distort or damage the pile. If you need to speed up the drying time you can set a fan or use a hair dryer.
Professional Oriental Area Rug Cleaning needed:
A Professional Oriental area Rug Cleaning is needed to be done to your area rugs. Thi is a step that is required to maintain your rug warranty if you bought from a US carpet dealer. Having a Professional Doing a Cleaning or Washing service to your area rugs will extend the life of your rugs because they will be able to dust off all that dry soil that is cutting and sanding down the fiber of your area rugs. Doing a safe and Professional area rug washing will remove most of those spots that may become stains on your carpets. The equipment and solutions available to use will restore and bring the color back on your area rugs.
How often should I Clean my area rugs?
The IICRC or (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) which is the world’s most recognized body of certification on the cleaning industry recommends to clean your rug depending on how much you use them. For example if you have pets at home, if you smoke, have frequent spots, or there are people with respiratory problems or allergies issues. The classification is depending on every household situation.
Light Soil Rug: is a rug is placed on an area that is not frequently used and it does not has too much traffic, is vacuumed at least once a week, and pets are not around often. That rug could be wash every two years or as recommended by manufacturer.
Normal Soil Rug: is a rug that if you have a family with children or elderly people and this rug is on a regular traffic area, and you vacuum the rug one or two times a week and cleaning spots when they are noticed. This rug should be wash annually to give a restorative cleaning.
Heavy Soil Rug: is considered when there is a family with pets or smokers. This rug is on a place that is used all the time. The rug is vacuumed every two or four times a week, and clean spots when is noticed. This rug needs to be wash two times a year.
How you Find a Professional Area Rug Cleaning Company?
Be wise when choosing a cleaning company for your rugs. You need to know the process the use, the type of fiber of your rug, if the use the appropriate solution for your type of fiber. Not every rug has the same fiber and constitution.
We always suggest sending your rug to a reputable professional who is accustomed to cleaning rugs like our company. Ask all the questions you have, a reputable and knowledgeable company will answer and explain every details about their cleaning process. In-Home Cleaning is not recommended it could damage your rugs and your floors. Remember you get what you pay for.
Basically is you follow these suggestions we just made, you will be able to keep your rugs for many years looking its best. You only have to do is get a pad for your rug. Rotate your rug every 3 months. Vacuum your rug at least once a week, more if you have pets. Spot clean as soon as it happen, and professional clean as needed or as recommended. If you have any questions call us or if you need help with rug cleaning we will be more that happy to assist you.