Find Out How To Keep Your Oriental Rugs Looking Nice

Posted on: 26 September 2015

A good Oriental rug can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars. That means that if something gets spilled on it or it gets dirty you want to make sure that it is cleaned very carefully. You don't want to do anything that may cause further damage. 

Spot Check the Colors

Before you do anything to clean your carpet, you want to check the colorfastness of the various dyes. To do this, you should find a small patch that is in an unobtrusive or hidden section of the carpet and put your cleaning solution on it. Follow all the manufacturer's directions so that you know you are doing it correctly. Check what the colors look like when you are done cleaning that spot. Then check back again in 24 hours. If the colors haven't run and the rug looks like it hasn't been damaged, it's safe to use that particular cleaning product. 

Try Cold Water and Vinegar

If you don't want to use any kind of chemical rug cleaning product, you can try making a solution of vinegar and water to clean up the stain. For every 3 cups of water you use, mix in 1 cup of vinegar for a 3:1 mixture. Put the solution in a spray bottle so that you can use it easier, and then start cleaning the spot. When you spray the carpet, you don't want it to get soaking wet, just damp. If you have a particularly difficult area, you can use a gentle brush or rag to carefully work on the area and get up any dirt. When you are all done, you should use a fan or open windows around the area so that the carpet dries faster. 

Professional Cleaners

Since your rug is worth so much, you may not feel like you really want to do anything to it. That's when it's time to call the professionals. There are several things that they may do. One is that they may take your rug with them and dry clean it. Doing that will let the entire rug to be cleaned all at one time. This gets rid of all the dirt as well as any spots. The nice thing about the dry cleaning is that it generally doesn't cause the colors in your rug to run or bleed. 

A beautiful Oriental rug can run you thousands of dollars and can last for many years. If it gets dirty, you want to make sure that you get it cleaned carefully.