More than just a floor covering, fine oriental rugs are works of art. Each one is as unique as the weaver that made it. However, to ensure their lasting beauty and value, proper care and maintenance is necessary.

The first step is regular “dusting”. Daily or weekly dusting, or vacuuming, is essential. This will greatly reduce the amount of damage caused by dust and grit. When dusting, go from end to end (fringe to fringe), always moving in the direction with the nap. Some prefer to use a non-electric sweeper. Others favor a canister vacuum with an upholstery attachment or non-rotating floor tool. Do not use a revolving brush head as it is too aggressive and can pull out knots, fray the wrapped selvedge edges or damage the fringe. The proper tool would be a non-revolving horse hair, or other soft bristle brush commonly used on hard surfaces, such as a parquet floor tool.

Rug Beater

Dusting A Rug -
The Traditional Method

A rug beater is a device for hand-beating dust and dirt out of a rug. Popular from the 1880s through the 1920s, the rug or carpet beater was a common domestic tool. The carpet was taken outside, hung over a line and repeatedly hit with the rug beater. Beating the rug was a good chore for active children or stressed adults.

Periodic, professional cleaning is an essential part of properly caring for your oriental rugs.

How often should professional cleaning be performed? The frequency of cleaning will depend on the location of the rug in the home, as well as how many pets and family members live in the home. Rugs that receive a large amount of use may need to be cleaned yearly. Even rugs that are placed in rooms that are rarely used will need cleaning every 2 to 3 years due to atmospheric pollution.

Don’t wait until the rug “looks” dirty. A 6x9 wool rug can hold up to 87 pounds of dirt before it appears soiled!

Which is the best method of cleaning for an oriental rug? Since every oriental rug is unique, your rug will be cleaned with the most suitable method for its age, soil condition, type of dyes and fibers. Whenever appropriate, traditional hand washing techniques are the first choice. The traditional rug wash is performed in a rug cleaning plant where the rug is gently, yet thoroughly cleaned and flushed by hand, then laid flat to dry in a controlled environment.

However, sometimes there are circumstances that call for a different method of cleaning. It may be that the dyes respond better to a low-moisture type of cleaning, or perhaps the rug cannot be taken from the home due to its size or the furniture that is placed on it.

If you have any questions regarding the best way to care for your fine oriental rugs, our Rug Care Technician will be happy to help you evaluate your individual needs.

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