Oriental & Area Rug Cleaning …
Rugs can be beautiful additions to your home, but they can be expensive and sometimes delicate. It’s important to know how to clean and maintain them to protect your investment. These few tips can keep your rugs looking new for as long as possible in-between professional cleanings. There are a few very common mistakes that people make when it comes to cleaning area rugs. These mistakes can end up subtracting years from the life of your rugs, as well as can cause permanent damage. We recommend you have your rugs professionally cleaned at least once per year. We offer Oriental & Area Rug cleaning, Quality Fiber Protection & Repairing, Stain Fiber protection, as well as Licensed Appraisals… and remember with Carpet Dry-Tech, Inc., it’s always FREE Pickup & Delivery Service!
The best way to keep your area rug looking its best in-between professional cleanings, is to flip it upside down and vacuum the back of the rug once per month. It is okay to use a beater bar/rotating brush vacuum on the back of a wool rug, on the front it is recommended to only use suction. The beater bar/rotating brush sucks up the small fine wool fibers wearing away your wool rug. For synthetic area rugs it is fine to use the beater bar/rotating brush vacuum on the front and back of the rug. It is not advisable to vacuum fringes/tassels where this can harm your fringe as well as harm your vacuum (beater bar and belt).
Be aware of Over-the-counter carpet shampoos or sprays! Carpet shampoos are usually made for synthetic wall to wall carpet not wool area rugs. Always check the label before using any spot cleaners or rug shampoos. When you use a spotter or shampoo make sure you rinse it all out. If there is any soap residue left in the rug it will attract dirt. ALWAYS TEST YOUR RUG WITH A DAMP WHITE COTTON TOWEL TO MAKE SURE THE COLORS WILL NOT RUN OR BLEED. There are many harmful OTC products out there in the market that will not only NOT remove the stain in question, but could create a chemical reaction and make that stain permanent so even professionals will not be able to remove it. Our professional recommendation is to never use any type of OTC products on your oriental rugs…simply call us to handle this professionally for you!
Make sure that you clean up spills or stains as soon as they occur. Blot or scrape the spillage up depending on the type of spill. Blot, using a clean white 100% cotton dry towel and pressing down very hard from the outside towards the middle. Do this repeatedly, turning the folded towel over and over until you have absorbed as much moisture as possible. When you blot the spot move the towel in straight lines, NEVER RUB IN A CIRCLE, THIS CAN CAUSE PERMANENT DAMAGE TO YOUR RUG. If the spillage is milk care must be taken to rinse the area thoroughly with mild detergent and water to prevent souring of the residue. For red wine spills, use equal parts of 10% hydrogen peroxide and Dawn liquid dish soap apply to cotton towel and blot. See diagram below for proper spill ‘blotting’ technique, then Call us here at Carpet Dry-Tech @ 678.368.5991 for proper & permanent stain elimination!
Weekly vacuuming of both sides is ideal. If that’s not possible, you should do it at least once every two weeks.
It is recommended that you rotate your rugs at least once a year. This means turning the rug end for end or 180 degrees. This helps the rug to wear more evenly. You may also want to rearrange your furniture to change traffic patterns.
Rugs should be rolled, not folded. When transporting in a moving van, a rolled rug should be placed on top of furniture and then have nothing heavier than a lampshade placed on top of the rug. Folding can cause permanent creases or wrinkles in your area rug.
Rugs and carpets eventually get dirty. For the best possible clean get a professional area rug cleaner to do the job.
If your rug gets really wet from a flood or other water source get it to a professional rug cleaner as quickly as possible to help prevent permanent damage to your area rug.
Contact Us or Call Carpet Dry-Tech @ 678.368.5991 for ALL your Area Rug needs!