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How To Properly Care For Your Oriental Rugs

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Oriental rugs are beautiful works of art. Each one has its own style and personality, and will bring a unique look to your room. In order to keep your oriental rugs looking beautiful, it's essential that you care for them properly. Here are a few tips to help you do just that.

Have your oriental rugs professionally cleaned.

The materials and dyes used in oriental rugs are often quite sensitive. They may react poorly to a standard laundry detergent or if exposed to water for too long. Thus, instead of attempting to wash your expensive rugs yourself and risking ruining them, it's wise to have them professionally cleaned. A professional rug service, like Imperial Rug Galleries Limited, will be able to look at your rug and know what cleaning solutions and methods will get it looking the cleanest without doing any harm.

Clean up minor spills promptly with unscented soap and water.

If you spill anything on your oriental rug, it's essential to act quickly before the stain sets in. Use a thick stack of paper towels to absorb the liquid. Then, moisten a rag with cold water (hot water will set in the stain) and use it to dab at the stain. Do not rub it -- this may spread the stain.

If the stain does not come up completely with just cold water, apply a small amount of mild, unscented soap (Castile soap works well) to the rag, and use this to dab at the spot. Never use a harsh carpet stain remover or even a scented soap on the rug, as these products may discolor it.

Dry the rug as quickly as possible after removing the stain. Placing it in front of a fan is a good way to accomplish this.

Prevent dust from building up on your oriental rug.

When you walk over a rug that has dust in it, the dust causes friction between the fibers, which causes the rug to wear out more quickly. To prevent this issue, keep your oriental rug from becoming dusty by:

  • Not placing it in front of an open window.
  • Shaking it outside to remove the dust on a regular basis.
  • Vacuuming it with the wand attachment to remove dust.
  • Rolling up the rug before dusting furniture in the room your rug is in.

By following the tips above, you'll keep your oriental rug looking its best for years to come.