Care and Cleaning
Tips to Maintain Your Oriental Carpet
- Vacuum your carpet regularly. Sand and grit work down to the
base of the pile where abrasive action damages the wool and
results in loss of pile. Always vacuum your carpet with the
suction attachment only (never use the beater brush) to remove
surface dirt. Beater brushes remove a small amount of pile with
each use and can destroy fringe in no time.
- If food or liquids spill onto a carpet clean the spill as soon
as possible. Use only club soda and a clean bath cloth or towel.
Spills such as mustard, should be allowed to dry until hard and
scraped off. Never use a cleaning agent as these may affect the
dyes and produce permanent color changes. Be sure that the top,
undersurface of the carpet, and the pad are completely dry before
relaying the carpet. Failure to do so can result in mold, mildew,
and dry rot with significant damage.
- Animal urine is very damaging to an oriental rug. It is not
only unpleasant to smell but can result in dry rot and permanent
staining or de-colorization of the dyes. Whenever accidents occur,
use club soda and clean water to thoroughly flush the area. Make
sure the carpet is completely dry before replacing it flat on the
floor. Pets tend to go again repeatedly in the same places. When
long term use is discovered, consult a professional cleaner.
- When should you have your carpet professionally cleaned? This
depends upon the location and traffic patterns in your home.
Obviously, higher traffic exposes carpets to more dirt. When your
carpet is noticeably soiled, it is time to have it cleaned.
- How should carpets be cleaned? Oriental carpets should never
be "dry cleaned" using powders, as this simply polishes the
surface and leaves a large quantity of gritty residue. Oriental
carpets should never be "steam cleaned" as this will cause dyes to
bleed. Oriental carpets should always be thoroughly dusted to
remove dirt and grit prior to washing. This cannot be achieved by
vacuum cleaning. If not properly done, the dirt residue hardens in
the foundation of the rug and makes them stiff and brittle.
Oriental carpets should always be thoroughly washed using an
appropriately formulated detergent. They should be washed on both
front and back surfaces. After washing, it is very important to
thoroughly rinse the rug until all cleaner is removed. You should
never simply surface shampoo your carpet. This will merely
brighten the surface and leave the shampoo and dirt in the carpet.
- A pad designed for oriental carpets is important for the long
life of your rug. Oriental rug pads should be nonskid and promote
air exchange between your carpet and the floor. The pad should be
designed so that dirt can settle to the floor and not damage the
back of the carpet.
- Moth damage can occur anywhere but usually in dark areas under
furniture that are not regularly vacuumed. The only long term
effective moth proofing is zinc fluorosilicate, which lasts until
a rug is cleaned. Other moth treatments lose their effectiveness
in a few months. Be sure that any of your carpets partially
concealed by furniture are properly treated.
- Your carpets should be rotated 180 degrees periodically to
minimize wear from traffic patterns and to even out any sun
- Any carpet will fade if exposed to direct ultraviolet
sunlight. Most modern windows are Low E and mostly eliminate this
problem. Older windows may be coated with a UV blocking film to
minimize this problem.
If you follow these suggestions, your carpet will look beautiful,
retain its value, and wear well for many years.