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Taking Care of Your Oriental Area Rug – Do’s and Don’ts

Oriental Area Rug CleaningOur Oriental area rugs are not just decorations for our floors, but also valuable investments that can become heirlooms for our loved ones. With the proper care, Orientals can last a lifetime. Not only is professionally cleaning important, but there are everyday things you can do to extend the life of your Oriental.

1) Handle with Care: Vacuum BOTH sides of your rug regularly. Don’t place excessively heavy objects on the rug that can leave permanent marks, and do not drag heavy items across your rug for fear of snagging rug fibers. And do not fold your Oriental. Roll the rug so you don’t leave permanent folding marks.

2) Protect from the Elements: Keep your Orientals out of the direct sunlight. This can cause unnecessary fading and/or weaken carpet fibers that can result in unraveling or disintegrating.  Also protect from prolonged exposure to moisture.  This can ruin the colors in the rug and mold can eventually grow.

3) Correct Cleaning Methods: Due to the delicate nature and wool carpet fibers of your Orientals, make sure you know the different cleaning methods for rug cleaning.  You can’t use the same method and solutions on your Oriental as you would use for your wall-to-wall carpeting. Some methods are not safe for a wool, Oriental rug. Contact an area rug expert to make sure you are using a correct method and correct solutions for your investment.

Chem-Dry provides professional area rug cleaning in South Bend and Elkhart. We know the best methods for your heirlooms and we have specific solutions meant for wool that will help ensure your Orientals last a lifetime. Contact us and we can advise you on the best steps to take for your particular rug!