Oriental Rugs: Long-term Maintenance and Care
True handmade Oriental rugs can be used for very long periods of time. All that is required is taking a few precautionary measures to guard against the common causative agents of rug damage to avoid premature wear. Read on for long-term maintenance and proper care of hand-knotted Oriental rugs.
Endurance of Oriental rugs
Many people are of the opinion that since genuine Oriental rugs are cherished and valued, they should be accorded pampering just like fine china. However, Oriental rugs are renowned and highly esteemed partly due to their remarkable endurance. While wall-to-wall carpeting only allows for surface cleaning, Oriental rugs can be washed whenever they get dirty. Additionally, Oriental rugs can be repaired if they are torn. Their dyes aren’t susceptible to running or fading and they are made in a manner that protects against the penetration and settling of numerous potential stains.
Adversaries of Oriental rugs
Still, Oriental rugs require an agreeable atmosphere as well as a little TLC (tender love and care) to help protect them from their various natural adversaries:
· Carpet beetles and
Other causes of rug damage include pet scratches and stains, chemical damage, dog chews and vacuum cleaner damage. An agreeable atmosphere for Oriental rugs to last for many years is where all these factors are kept in check.
Pads underneath Oriental rugs do the all-important job of preventing sliding. Pads also provide coziness underfoot and extend the lifespan of rugs by lessening the impact of being trampled on by people on hard flooring. A rug pad can do you and your Oriental rug a world of goodness, especially when you are using a thin and soft rug. Also, if your rug is older or has been patched, rewoven or has a sapped foundation, a pad could be vital in lengthening the usefulness of the rug. Indeed, rug pads can prolong the lifespan of virtually any rug, new or old. The pad you use should be an inch or so smaller than the rug on all sides so that the pad doesn’t show underneath the rug.
Rug pad materials
Pads are usually made of materials such as polyester, felt, rubber or synthetic foams. Polyester rug pads generally provide the best results, especially for larger rugs, because this material is undeniably dense and strong. Rubber pads are known for their cracking and crumbling at the edges over time, and they at times become gluey and they stick to some old floor surfaces and are known to even stick to the back of rugs. Most pads made of synthetic foam are arguably too soft and light to offer sufficient support and cushioning to the rug.
To sum up,
Make certain that you vacuum clean both sides of your rug often enough. While Oriental rugs can in most cases be repaired when they’re damaged, preventing damage is much easier as well as cheaper than repair. Thus, do not keep your valued rug in moist conditions or in direct exposure to sunlight. Also, watch out for damage from your pets and inspect the rug from time to time. If you note that your rug is not in the correct state and you aren’t able to rectify it, call a reliable Oriental rug dealer to help you. A little TLC can make your Oriental rug useful for many years.