How to clean oriental rugs

strayerdarbMarch 28, 2014

I have 3 rugs to clean. Two of them are real hand woven orientals and 1 is a good quality wool oriental style but machine made.

I usually clean all my carpets and upholstry myself, so I'm inclined to clean the machine made one myself.

But for the two hand woven ones should I have a professional clean them? They were expensive and reside in our formal rooms, so I don't want to do anything to harm them.

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I would roll them up and take them to a dry cleaner who specializes in oriental rugs.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2014 at 9:47AM
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Having a professional do them is an option, but I think I would opt for a dry shampoo first to try to save on the expense. Here's one I found on Amazon. I used it on natural grass accent rugs with a canvas border and it worked really well. It's called Host Dry Carpet Cleaning Kit. A good vacuum is critical to keeping them clean. Mine is a Shark lift-off and I love it...even for dog hair. Hope this helps.

Here is a link that might be useful: Host Dry Carpet Cleaner Kit

    Bookmark   April 1, 2014 at 11:18AM
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Have a pro do it, including the wool machine made one. The problem with cleaning rugs in a home setting is thoroughly rinsing and getting the residue out. Rinsing with a rug centrifuge really gets it clean. Of course this isn't something you have to do every year. Check youtube. There are many examples. Below is one. How would you do this at home?

Here is a link that might be useful: Rug cleaning

This post was edited by DreamingoftheUP on Mon, Apr 14, 14 at 21:50

    Bookmark   April 14, 2014 at 9:49PM
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A proper cleaning of an oriental carpet is not something you can do at home. We just took ours -- an expensive 9 X 12 -- to the place we bought it from 35 years ago. A competent oriental carpet dealer will have special facilities for cleaning. Inquire locally to see who has the expertise. We paid about $3 per square foot to have ours cleaned properly, and it was obvious when we got it back how different it looked, and that it had been deep-cleaned.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 12:20AM
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