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Tips When Cleaning Your Oriental Carpets

Jul 31, 2008
Beautiful oriental carpets can brighten the appearance of any room. People really like their unique style, yet many of these rugs are too expensive for most people. However, an oriental area rug is a great addition to any home if it can be afforded. While they are beautiful and add charm to your home, what is the proper care for these lovely rugs?

There are many different carpet styles for oriental carpets. Some of the main categories for these carpets are: tribal rugs, Persian rugs, antique rugs, and Turkish rugs. These individual carpets all have their own unique carpet style.

The way to keep these custom carpets looking beautiful is through proper maintenance. The best thing to do for this kind of rug is to keep things off the carpet as much as possible. Shoes, especially high heels, are really bad for carpets. Heavy objects and pets are bad for these rugs as well.

It is best to arrange your floor plan so that the possibility of these things getting on to the rug is at a minimum. Food is also really bad for any carpeting. Proper cleaning of carpets is essential for good quality. But, over cleaning can be bad as well. Only clean carpets when they are dirty. This usually takes from one to five years, depending on the traffic in the room.

First of all, how do you tell if your rug is dirty? The best way to tell is to pick up a corner and beat it with your hand. If more than a little dust flies out, then it probably needs to be cleaned.

Another way to tell is to rub your hand against the carpet for several seconds. If you hand feels dirty afterwards, then your area rug needs to be cleaned. So when you do get ready to clean your oriental carpet, how should it be done?

There are several carpet treatment methods that can be used, from having a professional clean your rug, to sending it out to be cleaned, to cleaning it yourself. If you are worried about ruining the rug if you clean it yourself, then it is probably best to let a professional handle it.

However, it can be rather simple to clean it yourself. To clean an area rug yourself, all you have to do is follow a few simple steps. First vacuum the rug really well on both sides. Then take a mild detergent solution and a soft brush.

Softly brush the solution into the rug in the direction of the nap. Try to use as little of the solution as possible, or else the rug will take forever to dry. Then rinse the rug with clear water, squeeze out the excess water and hang the rug to dry in the sun.

Now you know when to clean your precious oriental carpets and how to do it. For large area rugs, it is best to let a professional clean them. But for small carpets and rugs, it is just fine to clean them yourself. Try to stick to the instructions as closely as possible and your rug will come out fine. Good luck with your rug cleaning!
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