By Ben Smith
Professional Carpet Systems
A study done by the Eureka Company revealed that a 9×12 Oriental rug can hold up to 87 pounds of soil without looking dirty. Oriental rugs are made to hide soil. Most Orientals are made with wool fibers that naturally hide soil. The hand knotting helps even more. This explains why an old Oriental rug still looks good! However, the dry soil is still damaging to your rug. To prevent damage it is best to have your rugs cleaned on a regular basis, use a good pad, vacuum them often and rotate them once in a while.
When having your valuable Oriental rugs cleaned, they should be taken out of the home and sent to a professional rug cleaning plant. On-site “rug cleaning” will not remove much if any dry soil from the rug. And, on sight cleaning of rugs with pet related issues can intensify the malodor and help increase bacterial growth.
Before allowing your rug to leave your home, make sure that you know where your rug is going to be cleaned. Many carpet cleaners will steam clean your valuable rug in their garage or driveway often creating new color combinations for you at no extra charge. Ask where the companies rug cleaning facility is located. Be sure that your cleaning specialist is Cleantrust certified. And, be sure to get a receipt for your rugs with contact information.
Remember, having your Oriental rugs cleaned on a regular basis by a knowledgeable and caring cleaning specialist will help maintain their condition and value for years to come.