Everyone has prized possessions. Some people pride themselves in their cars. Others on their massive wardrobe of clothes. However, not everyone cherishes the same thing. And this concept is captured well by the popular phrase, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” 

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Most likely, we can all agree on at least one thing, though. Whether oriental rugs are prized possessions or not, they’re not something to treat nonchalantly when it comes to repairing. Everyone wants what’s most suitable for their rug. Today, we’re going to explore the worst mistakes you can make in the area of rug repair. Your cherished (and expensive) piece deserves the best. So let’s take a look at what that is. 

Delaying your repairs

If you own an oriental rug, you probably know how quickly these rugs can get dirty, snagged, or damaged in some way. Most likely one of the worst things you can do to your damaged rug is wait too long to get it repaired. Because of how oriental rugs are made, a small bit of damage can lead to a big problem. Here, the maxim “A stitch in time saves nine!” rings true.

Repairing holes via patches

When it comes to repairing holes, there’s not always a one-size-fits-all fix. However, there is one thing you definitely shouldn’t do.

One of the worst things you can do to repair a hole in your oriental rug is to simply lay a patch over it. If the foundation of the rug isn’t rebuilt properly first, the patch will simply come undone, or worse, tear away at the hole further. 

Dry cleaning

Sometimes, oriental rug owners try to come up with creative ways to keep their rugs from needing repair. But this can often become confusing. There are varying opinions on how often you should clean your rug, what methods you should use, etc. Some rug owners even attempt to keep their rugs in better shape by having them dry-cleaned every so often.

However, dry cleaning your oriental rug would be a terrible decision. Dry cleaning consists of using harsh chemicals – otherwise known as petroleum solvents – instead of water to clean a dirty item.

These chemicals will break down the fibers in your rug, as well as damage the colors. The breaking down of fibers in your rug will cause it to become less durable and sturdy. And damage to your rug’s coloring will, of course, injure your rug’s vibrancy and beauty.

Using a bleach-based cleaner

A costly and often ruinous mistake can be made when taking care of a stain. Imagine this: you’re walking on your rug with a cup of coffee or a smoothie, and you drop your cup. Your blueberry smoothie is not a good color addition to your red rug. So you think to grab your all-purpose cleaner, and spot-clean the stain away. In reality, this may make your problem worse.

Many household cleaners contain bleach. So instead of just getting rid of one stain, you’ll add another element of color (or, in this case, discoloration). Bleach will fade the colors in your rug leaving you with a less-than-beautiful rug. 

Spilling your drink may be the perfect cue for getting your whole rug professionally cleaned and repaired. After all, you probably won’t spill something on it again for a while, because you’ll likely be extra cautious with your drinks. But if a professional reading isn’t an option, read this article on how to safely take care of and clean your rug at home.

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Repairing frayed sides or ends insufficiently

A rug that is well-loved is bound to get plenty of use. This means that sooner or later you’ll have to deal with fraying ends or sides. Vacuums often catch and snag strings, which can lead to plenty of headaches. You can often repair your own fraying rug. But there are a few mistakes you don’t want to make when doing this.

First, although it may seem feasible initially, grabbing a length of string and a needle is not going to help in the long run. Rug owners will sometimes try to simply sew frayed strings back into the rug or to sew a loop stitch around the border to tuck in loose ends.

Both of these methods may help momentarily, but they won’t help much in the grand scheme of things. Instead, you’ll at least want to try sewing cotton binding on the frayed edged. We would suggest getting your rugs professionally repaired, but if you can’t at the moment, be sure to research before you dive in!

Do choose professional repair

Obviously, not everyone has the time or money to get their rug professionally repaired. But if you do, we would highly suggest it. Be sure to use a repairer who has good reviews and ratings. And in the meantime, if you need more help tackling your rug cleaning, check out our tips for cleaning oriental carpets.