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If you chose to decorate your home with oriental rugs, it’s important to know how to go about keeping them clean. Rugs take a beating with foot traffic, pets, and general wear and tear. It’s important to give them attentive care. Proper rug maintenance is a must for not only preserving their beauty but also ensuring your home is clean and healthy.

Professional oriental rug cleaning plays an essential role in rug maintenance. However, even if you have professionals cleaning your rugs with the right frequency, you’ll still need to do a bit of maintenance in between professional cleanings to keep your rugs looking great.

Protect Your Rug in Between Oriental Rug Cleanings With These Tips

Our team at Johnson County Chem-Dry offers experienced oriental rug cleaning services that carefully lift up compacted dirt and grime from delicate textiles. Many homeowners worry about cleaning upsetting the rug’s dyes and hand-woven fibers. We are here to offer advice on how to gently, but effectively, keep your rug in good condition in between care from our professionals.

Take a look at the tips below for ensuring you have a solid oriental rug cleaning routine.

  1. Make vacuuming systematic.
    You likely vacuum your home regularly, but you may not have a systematic schedule for doing so. Regular vacuum cleaning is absolutely essential for preventing dust and dirt from embedding itself deep within oriental rugs. 

    We recommend vacuuming your rug at least once a week. However, if you have pets or children, or your rug is in a particularly high-traffic area of your home such as the entryway or hallway, you may want to vacuum even more often.
  2. Stop dirt from being tracked into your home.
    You can limit the amount of soil your rug is exposed to by having a no-shoes policy inside your home. This policy has the added benefit of keeping your home cleaner overall. 

    However, it may be difficult to implement if you have friends and family coming and going regularly. Start by adding a shoe rack at the entrance of your home to encourage guests to take their shoes off. Also, be sure to have doormats at all exterior doors so guests can at least wipe their feet before entering. Both of these simple additions can help keep oriental rugs clean.
  3. Wear socks.
    You can also help keep your rug clean by encouraging your family to wear socks at home rather than walking around barefoot. Feet are naturally sweaty and produce skin oils that leach into rugs and carpets. These oils can have a negative impact on oriental rug fibers and dyes and can also act as a magnet for dirt, causing your rugs to become soiled more quickly. 
  4. Rearrange furniture often.
    Rearranging the furniture in your home doesn’t only give your living environment a fresh, new feel. It can also provide rugs with relief from the constant pressure of heavy furnishings. Consider moving your furniture around on a quarterly basis to ensure exposure to dirt and wear and tear is evenly distributed across your rug.
  5. Soak up spills right away.
    Accidental spills are one of the most common sources of spots and stains. If you drop something on your rug that could stain it, grab a white cloth or paper towel and absorb as much of the extra liquid as possible. 

    If the substance is solid or semi-solid, carefully remove the solids before dabbing at the area. Never aggressively rub or scrub the spot, as this can push the stain further into the fibers and make it more permanent.

Whether you’re dealing with a stain on your rug or simply want to increase its longevity, you can count on our oriental rug cleaning professionals for expert support.