Oriental Rug Cleaning by you or
by a Professional?
Placing a nice rug strategically onto a floor can complement its surface in the same way that a picture or mirror does to the face of a wall. We love rugs and I personally think it’s important to spend both time and money when considering the right type of rug for your home, as a quality rug really can make a difference to your interior décor.
Over the years, we’ve had braided area rugs, Mohawk rugs, and more recently, oriental area rugs. But now that we’ve gone over the wooden flooring, do we really want to hide the beauty of the floors with any rug of any size, shape, or description? Additionally, do we need the hassle of Oriental Rug Cleaning on top of maintaining these wood floors?
You see, our living room has very nice hardwood floors, so I wanted to keep them out in the open because of their natural beauty and rustic charm. However, the room did seem a little bare, so my husband and I invested in an oriental rug to make the area warm and cohesive. The rug is absolutely beautiful and it suits the old world style I chose for the design in the living area. The only drawback with such a fine-looking quality piece as this is taking care of it. I mean, rug cleaning machines and other heavy handed area rug cleaning methods may work well on an average rug types, but I think the weave of this one may need some special Oriental rug cleaning methods or approaches so as to protect it.
The main concern we have is that our rug does not suit our toddler who seems to have a vendetta against the thing. Of course, I consulted the Internet about cleaning oriental rugs. This has just led to utter confusion and general fear. If there’s one thing that stood out, that is oriental rug cleaning is no easy task. There are conflicting suggestions posed by a number of different sources. Some urge people to not take the matter in their own hands. They strongly recommend that cleaning oriental rugs should be left to professionals.
Other sources urge the rug owners to address the spill or soil immediately because the spot may become stained beyond help if you wait to take it to a professional. These sources suggest that the stain be treated with a paper towel and plain water immediately to prevent staining. This suggestion makes perfect sense, but I’m apprehensive about cleaning oriental rugs on my own if it leads to disaster. I would hate to take it to a professional just to find out that I ruined the rug by trying to save it.
Through my research on cleaning oriental rugs, I have come to the conclusion that when spills and spots arise, I will address them right away at home. I chose to do this out of shear laziness and profound cheapness. I figure that I will spend more money cleaning oriental rugs professionally than I would on the initial purchase. I understand that they are investments, but I highly doubt that they will pay off if I have them professionally cleaned too often.
There are certain rules and guidelines that I will use to address the inevitable toddler-spots on the floor. First, I will take a breath and run for plain, white paper towels. Cleaning oriental rugs with paper towels that have print will leave marks on the carpet. I will use cold water and mild soap and blot the area without scrubbing. Then the rug will be set out to dry and will not be put back into place until it is completely dry.
Having said that, if you take your rug to a professional cleaner, they may only charge a couple of dollars per square foot, so perhaps it’s not such a bad deal after all. I think the best approach is to find where you nearest Oriental rug cleaning business is before you have any mishaps. This way, you’ll be well prepared in the event of a catastrophe.