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Oriental rugs are not only a work of art but also an investment, and with proper care can last generations. As oriental rugs are generally made of wool, they are more durable, resilient and stay cleaner than rugs made from other fibres. By following these simple suggestions your Oriental rug will provide you with many years of utility and satisfaction:
Beating is the traditional and the best method for cleaning a rug. The rug should be hung outside in dry weather and beaten several times on each side with a paddle or beater. This dislodges any fine grit embedded in the rug.
Rotation. A rug should be rotated once every year or two so as to ensure even wear. In higher traffic areas rotation should be more frequent. As continual direct exposure to sunlight will damage a rug, the frequent rotation of a rug will equalise the effect of the sun. Use window shades, shutters or curtains as often as possible to protect your rug from damaging ultra-violet rays. This will protect against the fading of the colours.
Underlay. It is recommended to use a quality underlay under your rug. This will help protect it from dirt, wear and slippage, especially in heavy traffic areas. The life of an Oriental rug can be doubled with the use of good-quality underlay. You may contact your local Oriental rug specialist for the purchase of good quality underlay.
Vacuuming. Oriental rugs should be vacuumed regularly to remove dirt and grit that may damage the fibres and foundation of the rug. Vacuuming helps prevent dirt on the surface of the rug from filtering down into the pile where it can accumulate and cause increased wear. Be careful with a cleaner equipped with a power brush as they create a raking effect on the pile and can eventually weaken the knots. Be very careful with the fringes as they get caught and chewed up by the rotating mechanism of the brush. For routine cleaning, use just the plain vacuum nozzle. Never vacuum against the nap, as this presses dirt back into the rug. Occasionally vacuum the back of the rug so as to remove the fine grit that may damage the foundation of the rug.
Cleaning by a professional Oriental Rug Spa technician is recommended every one to two years, depending on the amount of traffic your rug experiences. This will bring out the vibrancy and richness of colour as well as the softness of the wool.
Moth Protection. Moths can cause extensive damage to Oriental rugs by attacking the pile, fringes and the knots on the back of the rug. Moths are especially attracted to areas under furniture that remain relatively undisturbed. Frequent rotation and regular exposure to light and air will keep moths away. If your rug is rarely used you can safeguard against them by spraying the front and back of your carpet every six to eight months with a moth deterrent (surface spray).
Storage. To store a rug, wrap it in fabric, allowing it to breathe. Do not use plastic, as it can rot or mildew. Place the wrapped rug in a chest with moth deterrent is the ideal storage. A rug stored in a damp or humid area will mildew, which will weaken and discolor the fibres. Hot and poorly ventilated storage areas will dry out the base of the rug, making it brittle, destroying the rugs strength and durability. Remember to inspect the rug often.