A genuine, handknotted Oriental rug will last for a very long time if properly cared for. It must be protected from premature wear and some of the most common types of damage. The lanolin-rich wool that makes up most Oriental rugs has amazing stain repelling properties, but if you aren’t careful, your precious rug could be severely damaged. By taking these simple precautions while removing stains from your rugs, you can assure their beauty and value for many years to come.
Deal with the spill immediately. When the liquid is quickly blotted and removed from the rug, many times stains do not even have time to set. Ensure that you are first using a dry cloth to soak up excess liquid.
If necessary, switch to a moist, clean cloth. Blot from the edges towards the center of the spill using a moist cloth if the stain persists after using a dry cloth.
Do not scrub stains. The scrubbing method is certain to embed stains into your rug’s woolen fibers.
Avoid using harsh chemicals. These can cause irreversible dye run and discoloration. If the above methods are not effective, contact a professional Oriental rug cleaner (like us!) to take care of the stain safely.
Finish up by blotting again with dry towels. If needed, rinse with water. Then, elevate the wet area of the rug and air dry with a fan for 1-2 days or until the rug is completely dry through and through.
Get your rug professionally washed every 3-5 years. This will help prevent dirt buildup and restore the rugs natural fibers. Taking your Oriental rug in for the occasional professional cleaning will extend the life of the rug and allow you to enjoy better comfort and quality throughout your use.
Although many stains can be removed from your rug, prevention is always easier than stain removal. Keep an eye on your pets, children and any nearby potted plants to catch any possible impending accidents before they happen.