Haley Gaetani | September 14 2016
People cherish their Oriental Rugs, as they’re usually an investment and something that’s displayed proudly within a home. It’s only right that we make sure we’re cleaning our rugs properly so their beauty and lifespan is optimized.
With that said, it’s extremely important for Oriental rug owners to understand the difference between cleaning rugs in a home and washing rugs in a facility. Cleaning rugs can be done by professional rug cleaning services inside the home, but it’s not the recommended process to rid the rug of soil. Washing a rug in an in-plant facility is, by far, the best route to take if you’re looking for the most thoroughly cleaned end result.
Before I explain the two different ways to clean Oriental rugs in more depth, it’s important to understand this:
All types of rugs, especially wool, are capable of storing tons of soil in them. When looking at rug fibers microscopically, you can see several different layers and small pockets that are perfect for soils to settle in and build up over time. Keep in mind, rugs can appear decent but actually be extremely dirty if it has a lot of dirt hidden deep within its fibers.
If a rug gets cleaned inside a home, it should be used as a surface cleaning to spruce up the rug during the time in-between actually having it washed in an in-plant facility. Having your Oriental rug washed in a facility has a bunch of benefits that surface cleanings don’t offer. One of the biggest benefits of having your rug washed in an implant facility is that it gets repetitively flushed out with water during the washing process which ensures the most thorough form of cleaning, especially for hidden soils. Another great benefit of in-plant washing is the way the rugs are dried. After being washed, the rugs are placed in a state-of-the-art climate controlled drying room. This step is extremely important because if rugs aren’t dried properly, they can shrink, buckle, and grow mold if it ends up taking too long to dry.
Here’s a helpful tip: dragging your rug outside and taking a hose to it on your own can do more harm than good if you attempt to “flush” it out yourself. This is because the small pockets in your rug’s fibers can trap water as well, so it’s important to leave the job up to a professional who has the equipment to extract such a high level of moisture from it once it’s clean.
Taking good care of your rugs won’t ever be something you’ll regret. Oriental rugs should be professionally washed every 2-4 years. If you keep up with it, they’ll stay vibrant and beautiful for years to come.
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