For more than 2,500 years, Oriental rugs have been used in the East by nomads and villagers for warmth and beauty. More recently in the West, they have graced homes with their art and luxury, and complement any decor. An Oriental rug is a purchase for a lifetime and will last for many generations when properly maintained. The following information offers simple, basic advice for the protection and care of your investment.
Oriental rugs are generally made of wool and are easily and economically maintainable. Rugs of wool are extremely durable and consistently out-perform other materials. Unlike other fibers, wool is much more resilient, cleans better and stays clean longer.
A professional Oriental rug cleaning will enhance your carpets, bringing out the richness of color and softness of the wool. Depending on the amount of traffic on the rug, a professional washing is recommended every one to three years.
To ensure even wear, your rug should be rotated once a year. Again, depending on the traffic, the rotation may vary from six months to two years.
Oriental rugs, like most carpeting, should be vacuumed on a regular basis to remove dirt and restore life to the fibers. Be sure not to vacuum the fringe.
A quality pad used under your rug helps protect it from dirt, wear and slippage. We will be happy to provide you with the correct padding.
In case of damage, just about any problem has a solution with a professional restoration. Old and antique rugs sometimes need to be rewoven and restored to life. Newer rugs are rarely in need of repair. An experienced professional must always be consulted in these matters.
When spills occur, dilute with plenty of water. Next, blot from the edge of the spill toward the center. Avoid rubbing the area. For solid spills, take a spoon and carefully scoop up the material. It is always best to attack the spill immediately. QCBN
By Mark Thompson
For further advice, contact us at 776-9123. We will be glad to help. Or, visit our website at thompsonsteamway.com.
Mark Thompson is the owner of Thompson’s SteamWay, Inc. A Family Owned and Operated business in the Quad-Cities for over 27 years. We are a I.I.C.R.C. Certified, (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) Business, specializing in Carpet, Upholstery, Tile & Grout, Area Rug cleaning, Water Damage Restoration dedicated to Customer Service and Integrity! They can be reached at 928-776-9123 or Thompsonssteamway.com or Thompsonssteamway@me.com