Friday, December 18, 2009


A client had just acquired genuine beautiful persian rugs and is making sure they are properly cared for. It is surprising that even new rugs are really dusty, I guess dust accumulate during manufacturing, handling, storage and in the showroom as well. I wish manufacturers would clean it thoroughly before delivery.

How do we care for oriental rug? First care tip is to use a plastic foam cushion pad under it to protect from wear and keeps it in place too. Next come daily cleaning. Carpet acts like a trap, keeping dust and allergens out of the air we breathe. Simply put, what falls to the carpet (dust, pet dander and many other particulates that we breathe in) tends to stay trapped in the carpet until it is removed through vacuuming or extraction cleaning (CRInstitute).

For daily care, use soft counter brush to remove dust and to prevent piling. Twice a month, you may use a vacuum using the nozzle with care and avoid using the beater brush - motor driven rotating bush- as it can hasten wear. Beater brush remove a small amount of pile with each use and can destroy fringe in no time. Move the nozzle in one direction slowly with the grain of the rug. A back and forth motion potentially damages the rug's sheen. Quarterly it would be advisable to vacuum the under side of the rag, pad and floor under, this prevents pest infestation too.

I learned you must rotate carpet 180 deg once in a year or two to even out any sun fading if exposed to direct sunlight. Window sunscreens must always be drawn when the sun hits furniture and upholsteries as oultraviolet rays can cause wear and fading in no time. Rotating carpet rug would minimize wear from traffic patterns and from furniture marks too. If scheduled, male staff can assist in case of heavy furniture and caroet rug.

Properly cared for, genuine oriental rug can last a long time.

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