Today we’ll be looking at five things you need to know about cleaning oriental carpets. Oriental carpets require special care. Because of they are crafted by hand, they can be a significant investment, ranging up to 34 million dollars.

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There’s something to be said about carpet care when it comes to such a big investment! You want your oriental carpets to last as long as possible. They’re not the sort of carpet you get rid of on a whim or when you simply feel the need for change. In fact, many oriental carpets go on to become a family heirloom, being passed down from generation to generation. 

5 things you need to know about cleaning oriental carpets

Without the proper know-how, you risk destroying your oriental carpet. That’s why it’s best to read up on appropriate care and information related to cleaning oriental carpets.

1 – Oriental carpets should be cleaned professionally

An oriental carpet should be cleaned professionally every three to five years. This will blast away the dirt and grime that accumulate while deep cleaning the carpet fiber. 

2 – Regularly vacuum your oriental carpet

A basic tip when cleaning oriental rugs is to vacuum carefully and about once or twice a week. This will remove much of the loose debris. Debris and soil can have a sandpaper effect on your carpet fiber as they shuffle to and fro on your carpet from pedestrians.

Don’t forget to turn off the beater bar on your vacuum. The beater bar could damage your oriental carpet. 

Oriental rug

3 – Wipe down your carpet

As an alternative to vacuuming your carpet, from time to time, you can wipe down your carpet to maintain it in between professional cleanings. Make sure you’re using a very damp cloth to get the job done. You do not want to soak your oriental rug in a wet mess.

Wiping down your carpet will give it a freshened-up look. 

4 – Spring into action and spot clean 

In the event that a spill hits your oriental carpet, you want to spring into action. Time is of the essence here. The longer your spill sits on your carpet fiber, the harder it will be to remove it. 

First, soak up excess liquid with a dry cloth. And stay away from cleaning solutions. Next, using water only, wipe gently with the grain of the carpet to ensure that your oriental carpet fibers aren’t damaged in your attempt to care for your carpet. 

If water just doesn’t cut it, it’s a job for the professionals. Take charge of your carpet’s future and get someone in the door who knows the ins and outs of carpet care for your oriental carpet.

5 – Air out your oriental carpet

If you own an oriental carpet (and you probably do if you’re here), make time to air it out every six months. Why? Airing out your oriental rug will help fight moisture buildup and freshen it up. Moisture buildup can cause mold and mildew to grow on your oriental rug. 

We also recommend airing it out in the event you spill water on your carpet. Again, any moisture build-up is a big no. 

Water spill

Oh, and hanging it out in the sun will help kill dust mites too. What homeowner doesn’t want to curb the number of dust mites in their home? 

Bonus maintenance tip: Block the sunlight, protect your oriental carpet

As you may have seen with book covers or other belongings, sunshine streaming into your room can cause your oriental carpet to fade. To slow the fading effects on your rug, make an effort to block off sun rays when possible. Additionally, don’t forget to rotate your rug for an even discoloration. 

Fading is inevitable as oriental carpet ages, but you can delay the faded look or encourage it to happen in a uniform manner.

Take charge of your oriental carpet’s future

As you go about your day-to-day activities, it’ll give you peace of mind to know about cleaning oriental carpets. Jumping in without the right tools and knowledge could end in heartbreaking and damaging results. Preserve your family heirloom and enjoy the memories you create in your cozy home with an oriental carpet in the background.

Have you wondered about how oriental rugs are made? Follow along as we give you a tour of the start to finish construction of an oriental rug. It may give you a better appreciation for the craftsmanship of your valuable piece.