Oriental rugs are a common type of rugs that were initially used in countries like China, Iran, and India. Today, Oriental rugs are used in virtually all the households across the globe. Oriental rugs are known for their unique designs and rich colors and can be found in several households. These rugs come in different sizes and shapes as well as variety and are usually made from materials such as cotton or wool, but can also be made from materials such as synthetic materials or silk.
Adding an oriental rug in your house can make your room look bright, but just like most rugs, they are prone to getting dirty. However, with proper cleaning techniques and care for your rug, your rug can look new for a long time.
Oriental rugs are made from different materials and as such there is no definite way of cleaning them. However, oriental rugs can be cleaning depending on the manufactures instructions available on most labels when you buy your rug. Here are some of the ways you can use to take care of your oriental rug to help you maintain a clean look:
Sweeping the Rug
This method can be used to clean all types of oriental rugs, be it woolen, cotton, synthetic, or cotton. Use a broom with straw bristles or even a carpet cleaner for the initial cleaning of the rug. Always sweep from one direction, usually from end to end. Avoid rubbing your broom back and forth because you might end up damaging your rug. Once you are done sweeping the rug, repeat the same procedure and go over it for a second time till you are sure your rug is clean.
Vacuum Clean the Rug on Both Sides
Lay your rug in an empty flat area and vacuum over the rug slowly to remove hair, abrasives, and any form of dirt that may damage your rug after some time. Repeat the process two or three times to ensure that you get all the dirt out and avoid the fringes because they can get stuck on the vacuum sweeper. Once you are done with one side, flip over to the other side and repeat the same procedure till your rug is clean.
Clean Your Rug Using Talcum Powder
Talcum powder is good for removing unwanted odors left behind by either pets or smoke. After vacuuming your rug thoroughly, sprinkle the powder on the rug and allow it to sleep overnight before using the vacuum cleaner to lift the powder out of the carpet.
Use Water and Detergents to Clean
This method of care can be used for deep cleaning of your rug. You can sock the entire side of your rug with water mixed with detergents then clean thoroughly using a brush before flipping over to the other side and doing the same. You can then hang you Oriental rug somewhere and use a hosepipe to rinse off the dirty water and detergent and leave it to dry or use a dry cleaner to dry it.
Although the above-mentioned methods of Oriental rug care can be used on all types of rugs, it is important that you read the manufacturers cleaning instructions before cleaning your rug.