They are not only a work of art but also an investment, and with proper care can last for generations. As Oriental rugs are generally made of wool or silk, they are more durable, resilient and stay cleaner longer than rugs made with other fibers. Below are a few suggestions that will help keep your rugs and upholstery looking great.
(1). Beating: Beating is a traditional and the best method for cleaning a rug. It is best to hang rug outside if possible and beat with a paddle or beater. This dislodges any fine grit embedded in the rug.
(2). Rotation: A rug should be rotated once or twice a year depending on how much traffic the area rug receives. Sunlight to area rugs quickly will fade colors.
(3). Padding: It is recommended to use a pad under rugs to keep it from wearing faster.
(4). Vacuuming: Oriental rugs should be vacuumed regularly to remove dirt and grime so it's fibers are not worn by girt. Using a brush on a vacuum can wear its fibers if used often. Best to use the nozzle of the vacuum. Never vacuum against the nap, as this presses dirt back into the rug. Vacuuming the back of the rug and the pad occasionally, to remove dirt, is vital to the foundation of the rug.
(5). Cleaning: Cleaning by a professional cleaner is recommended every one or two years, depending on the amount of traffic. This will bring out the vibrancy and richness of color as well as softness of the wool or silk.
The HOST Dry Carpet Cleaning System, which we use, is ideal for Oriental and other wool/silk rugs. It is WoolSafe approved and environmentally safe.
***In our experience cheap wool rugs sold by Pottery Barn, for example, may not be cleaned, though the label on the rug does recommended dry professional cleaning. Inferior manufacturing when weaving of yarn causes yarn to tuft if it is cleaned. Spot cleaning is the best way to clean these inferior designed rugs. Using a white distilled vinegar solution with a soft dry white rag to lightly dab spot works well.