Think for a moment about just how integral a part of your life your rugs are. Your children play on board games them, your animals warm their bellies on them and maybe you lounge on them with your family. These ornately decorated rugs also tend to be passed down from generation to generation, because they are made with such high quality textiles. Without intending to, they develop sentimental value and become a token of your family’s heritage.
Surprisingly, hand-knotted Oriental rugs are the only pieces of furniture that don’t depreciate in value over time. The longer you properly maintain an oriental rug, the more valuable they become. That means caring for your rugs should rank priority over couches and tables that get old, outdated and eventually replaced.
Maintaining Your Oriental Rug
Proper cleaning and maintenance is very important to ensure your home accents remain a part of your house for as long as possible. It’s recommended you professionally clean your oriental rug every three years in order to maintain the rug’s value, luster and appearance intact.
Here are a few DIY tips to help prevent your beloved rug from premature damage.
- Avoid direct sunlight. Sunlight damages the fine fibers of the rug by causing them to fade. This is especially true for antique rugs with colors made of natural substances.
- Rotate it frequently. If the rug does get direct sunlight, rotate it at least once a month to prevent uneven discoloration. If it is not in direct sunlight, rotate the rug about four times a year to promote even wear from foot traffic.
- Vacuum regularly. Vacuuming the top and underside of your rug will keep it clean and can prevent the natural fibers from becoming packed down. If your rug is an antique, consider turning off the beater bar of your vacuum to avoid creating a run or tear by accidentally catching loose fibers. Remember to delicately vacuum the tassels as well if your rug came with them.
- Use a carpet pad or cushion. Placing carpet pads underneath your valuable rug can help protect it from wear, tear and fading.
- Keep it dry. Excess moisture and wetness can permanently damage a rug. If it does get wet, take immediate action to dry the rug with a fan or wet vacuum as quickly as possible.
- Clean up quickly. Most accidental spills can be handled with a microfiber cloth, club soda and a gentle blotting motion. The key is to clean the mess up as quickly as possible.
- Take it to a professional. A professional antique Oriental rug care specialist can have your rug re-fringed, over-rounded or rewoven to extend its life.
If properly cared for, your Oriental rug will remain a part of your family for many years to come.
For major carpet cleaning jobs, you should seek the help of a professional cleaner. Fortunately, the Orlando carpet cleaners at Perfect Pear offer cleaning services at an affordable rate and understand the value of your antique family friend. You can trust your carpet will look good and last longer with this carpet cleaning service. For more information, contact 407.688.2121.