How to Deep Clean an Oriental Rug

Cleaning wall-to-wall carpet is one thing (it’s cheaper and the fibers are meant for wear and tear), but deep cleaning an oriental rug is another process entirely.

Oriental rugs are made of finer fabrics, usually silk, and can be quite expensive. Many homeowners who have oriental rugs greatly value their pieces, and as such each piece should be properly cleaned. It can be very easy to ruin an oriental rug during the cleaning process due to owner error.

At Khouri Flooring, our oriental rug cleaning professionals have a few tips for a deep clean:

  1. Start by vacuuming both sides of the rug. Many newer vacuums have settings for the length of the rug fibers — be sure to use your best judgement when choosing a setting. We recommend shaking the rug out to remove any remaining dirt.
  2. Spray the rug with a garden hose and be sure to use cold water to preserve the bright colors. Cold water also won’t damage the fine fibers. Spray both sides and make sure it’s saturated.
  3. Fill a bucket with one gallon of cold water and 3 tablespoons of mild soap. If you have organic or natural-ingredient based soap, this will work best. Do not use bleach, as this could eat away at your carpet because of it’s harsh chemical properties.
  4. Use a long-haired brush or non-shedding brush and first spot clean a corner to make sure the soap to water ratio is working for your rug. Be sure to wait 10-15 minutes to see if their are any negative effects. If the colors are bleeding together, quickly rinse with water and take the rug to a professional cleaning company.
  5. If everything looks good, proceed with cleaning the rest of your rug. Be sure to clean the fibers in the direction that they lie. Don’t go “against the grain” as this causes soap to build up under the surface and it may be difficult to remove.
  6. Next, rinse the rug in cold water again with the garden hose. Be sure to rinse both sides. Rinse until the water runs clear.
  7. Finally, dry the rug thoroughly! It’s important to dry the rug before you put it back in order to prevent mold from growing on it. Mold loves moisture and dark places. If the weather permits, hang the rug outside on a clean surface. You can also dry the rug inside using fans and a dehumidifier.

Having trouble cleaning your rug or the oriental rug is too delicate or large to handle? Contact Khouri Flooring, your North Shore flooring and oriental rug company, today for professional rug cleaning services today!

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