How to Care for Your Oriental Rugs & Carpets
Oriental rugs have been used since the times of the Crusades to add an attractive appeal to castles, mansions and cottages. Todays’ varieties still feature the same beautiful craftsmanship and brilliant designs that generations have come to love.
No matter how much you spent on your oriental area rugs, keeping them in the best conditions for longer will increase the value of your investment. Wools, cotton and synthetic materials all respond well to little care and considerations, the following article will provide all the information you need to do just that.
Rotation to Decrease Wear and Worn Looks
No matter the size, colors, quality or materials used in your rugs, proper rotation allows the wear to be evenly distributed across the fabrics. There are many factors that can play on the fabrics from the wear and tear caused by endless foot traffic to the rays of the sun that bleach the colors from specific areas of the rug that fall in the path of the sunlight. This should be done once a year and accompanied with an inspection of the rugs conditions and how they may be different in the center or corners. Simply rotate the rug 180° and done, repeat again in a year.
Padding for Comfort and Safety
Oriental rugs can move about if the surface below them allows for it. If you will be placing your oriental area rugs on a hard floor like hardwood, stone or tile that slides easily, consider placing them on top of a suitable rug padding. This decreases slippage and makes the surface safer for walking. It will also make your rugs softer underfoot.
The Best Vacuum for your Rugs
Vacuuming your oriental rugs regularly will significantly increase their longevity and appearance. Getting the best vacuum means considering your specific rugs as well as the nature of the contaminants that will be removed from their fabrics. Pet hair and dander requires a special type of vacuum and beater bar type vacuums are great for keeping the fluffy feel just right. You should also consider making your own rug rake which can help in dislodging contaminants from your rugs fabrics.
Dealing with Disasters
Different fabrics and oriental rugs will have different needs and the type of disaster you are dealing with will dictate the type of response applied. You will want to carefully research the specifics of your oriental area rugs when you make your purchase. This way you will know how to treat them should they become soiled.
The worst thing to do is to become hurried and upset and apply the wrong solution to the problem or make the damage worse by spreading it or pushing the contaminants further into the fabrics. So, begin by being patient and analyzing your problem. Remember that natural fibers like wool, silk, cotton or other types of natural fabrics will absorb a stain faster than synthetic fabrics.
Knowing which cleaning agents will work best with which substances will improve your chances of removing the stain completely. It would be a good idea to keep a reference on hand in the event of such a crisis. Many times, a simple 50/50 solution of water and vinegar will remove the problem easily. Begin by carefully removing as much of the solids or liquids from the oriental carpets by gently brushing and blotting the area before applying the appropriate solution to the substance you hope to remove.