Some people think rug maintenance is the work of specialized professionals and it is best to leave it to them. While that is partly true, there are several DIY measures that you can undertake to extend the life of your rug and keep it looking good for a longer time. Oriental rugs can look beautiful for a long time only with the proper maintenance and care to make it last through the years.
Some of the things that will harm your rugs and cause them to deteriorate quicker is general wear, grit, insects and moths and moistures. To give your rug a longer life with general use can be accomplished by the following tips to prevent these elements from giving you the long life you expect from your oriental rug. These are practical and very simple tips, although some are best done by professionals and well worth the added investment.
Regularly Rotate the Rug – Your rug needs to be rotated once a year, especially if it’s inan area that is walked on a lot. A path of wear will be created when it walked on, over and over, by rotating the rug, this will be prevented. If your rug is exposed to direct sunlight, this will fade the colors of the fibers. Rotation is important to even out fading as well as wear.
Regular Vacuuming of the Rug – Fibers in woven rugs will hold grime and dirt that gets embedded in the fibers when pressed together from walking the same direction on a regular basis. This will ruin your rug. To prevent this, regular vacuuming will remove this grime and dirt. Don’t vacuum your rug too much though, for this removes some of the fibers in the rug.
To find the direction of the pile of the rug, run your hand across and see which direction is the shiny side. Vacuum the front, then back, and again along the front of the pile.
Check often for insects – Carpet moths and beetles can attack your rug and distroy it before you even know they are there. To prevent this, check your rug on a regular schedule, underneath the rug and in the pile.
Clean it by Professionals – For a more thorough cleaning, you should take it to professional cleaners at least once a year or up to three years according to where your rug is used. The climate and location of its use will determine this. Your rug can slowly be damaged to grime and dirt that is left in by your vacuum cleaner and decrease the life of your rug without your knowledge.
Store it the right way – If you need to store your rug for a few months, roll it up in paper before storing it. Don’t use plastic because the rug fibers need to breathe. Without the proper ventilation, mildew may grow from the moisture and cause damage. Don’t store your rug in an area that is warm and moist.
Water and Fire Will Damage Your Rug – If you have a fire or flood, clean them immediately. Professional cleaning is best. The water will cause your rug to mildew, so drying immediately is essential. Natural fibers or wool in the rug will be damaged by the acid in the soot. Cleaning immediately will prevent damage.
Accidental Spills- Clean off stains as soon as possible, removing solid matter with a spoon or spatula and tamping the rug with some absorbent material to remove spilled liquids. Have it cleaned as soon as possible.
The above tips will help you to keep your rug beautiful and insure a longer lasting life.