An oriental rug is a name used for rugs that originate from southern and eastern Asia. While oriental rugs were often handmade, the oriental rugs of today may be machine made, making it more affordable for those to enjoy the beauty of oriental rugs but may not have the funds to invest in a handmade rug. The price of an oriental rug will vary, anywhere from under $200 to thousands of dollars, the main factor in determining the price of the rug is its quality and whether or not it is hand woven or handmade.
Regardless of how much your oriental rug may have cost, the important part of owning an oriental rug is being able to clean and care for it so that it will remain in good shape for years to come.
Cleaning Your Oriental Rug
The easiest way to keep your oriental rug clean is to vacuum it regularly. Dirt and other debris will make it way down the pile of the oriental rug, so the more frequently you vacuum your rug, then the more likely you will be able to catch the debris before it gets too deep into the threads of the rug.
Aside from regularly vacuuming your rug, you should also shake it outside regularly. Shaking out your rug will help you to shake off any loose dust that may have accumulated on your rug.
Every now and then your rug will need a thorough cleaning. If your rug is not located in a high traffic area, then you may be able to go several years without a cleaning - aside from vacuuming and shaking it out. If your rug is located in a moderate to high traffic area, then you can plan on cleaning your rug about every year or so.
Check the manufacturers tag on your rug for any cleaning instructions. Machine made oriental rugs will likely be much easier to clean than their handmade counterparts. For handmade oriental rugs, you want to check with the manufacturers for specific cleaning instructions because it may require special care.
If you do not have manufacturers instructions or are unsure about how to clean your oriental rug properly, then you should contact a professional rug cleaner. While most dry cleaners are able to accept rugs, it may be best to contact an experienced rug cleaning professional for their advice on how to properly clean your rug.
Caring for Your Oriental Rug
If your oriental rug is located in a high traffic area, then you might consider rotating the rug every now and then to prevent any one area of the rug being worn down prematurely.
Ask family and friends to remove their shoes at the door. Shoes, boots, and hard heels will do more damage to your rug than shoe-less foot traffic. In addition to being less abusive on your rugs, leaving the shoes at the door also helps to greatly reduce the amount of dirt and other debris that gets tracked into the house by shoes.
Avoid placing your rug in an area where it will be exposed to direct sunlight. Sunlight causes colors to fade prematurely, so by keeping your rug out of the sun, you will be able to help it to maintain its vibrant colors.
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