Oriental rugs aren’t just any other rug - they’re often one-of-a-kind handmade pieces of art. Their individuality often drives their prices up - when you spend such a pretty penny on the rug covering your living room floor, it should last a long time. In fact, oriental rugs have been known to be family heirlooms, passed down from generation to generation. However, they won’t last this long on their own - they need us to take care of them, properly, to have such a long lifetime.
As with any flooring, the best way to keep it clean is to prevent it from getting dirty - right? Although that’s often much harder than it sounds, even simply taking off your shoes at the door can help to reduce the amount of dirt and debris tracked through your house. Plus, your bare feet are often much easier on the rug fibers than tough shoes would be.
Running the rug over with your vacuum when you clean each week is the best way to remove any surface dirt and dust. If your oriental rug takes the brunt of an accidental spill, you’ll need more than a vacuum to clean it up. The best thing you can do, when it comes to any liquid on your rug, is to treat it as quickly as possible. If you’re able to attend to it before the liquid dries, soaking up anything excess (like you would with carpet or other fabrics) will help to lift the stain later on.
Oriental Rug Deep Cleaning
Depending on the amount of traffic your oriental rug endures, it may need a deep clean once or twice a year, or sometimes even once every few years. If it looks dirty, it’s probably time for a thorough deep cleaning from a professional. The collection of dirt particles is especially important in oriental rugs, due to their fibers and unique design, so it’s often better (and easier for you) to hire a professional for cleaning. Here at The Steam Team, we actually use a multiple-step process to ensure that everything (including stains, dirt, debris, etc.) is lifted gently, but effectively, from your oriental rug.