Thursday, June 20, 2019

How To Protect Your Oriental Rug

Oriental rugs represent an investment much like antiques. Like a fine wine, these rugs get better and tend to hold or increase their value over time. Most Oriental rugs are made from durable wool fibers, and a good quality rug will last a lifetime if taken care of properly.

Whether you opt to grace your floors with Nepal bamboo silk or handmade Pakistani rugs, the uniqueness of Oriental rugs can add a touch of cozy elegance to any home. They do require some maintenance, though.

Clean It
To refresh your rug’s surface, use a sponge or cloth and cold water to wipe it down. This helps remove surface dust and restores the fabric. If you have a spill, spot clean at once. Use a dry cloth to dab the stained area. Avoid using soap or other cleaning products at all times. They can damage the rug’s fabric.

Rotate It
If your rug is positioned in an area that gets a lot of traffic, you should rotate it regularly to avoid excessive wear and tear. Rotating your rug can also prevent fading in spots receiving direct sunlight.

Flip It
The fringes on most rugs can easily tangle. If this happens, do not comb out the fringes. This can damage natural fibers. Simply flip over and shake the rug to naturally straighten out the fringe.

Vacuum It
Regularly vacuum your rug. This not only cleans the rug but keeps the fabric from packing down in areas that get a lot of walking. A good vacuuming will restore the rug’s luster.

Hang It
Mold and mildew can form when moisture builds up on your rug. To help prevent this build-up, hang your rug outside for a few hours to let it air out. This also reduces odors that might latch on to the rug. You should do this a couple of times a year.

Oriental rugs are a big investment and should be treated as such. Proper care will help ensure your rug keeps its value over time.

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