CARE & CLEANING
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A handmade Oriental rug is a work of art, but one that's meant to be walked on! With simple, proper care, you can add considerable life and value to your Oriental rug so that it withstands use and provides many years of beauty and elegance.
Basic Care - rug wear is inevitable but preventive steps can be taken to greatly reduce the effects of wear. Frequently rotating the rug and occasionally re-arranging the layout of the room to alter traffic patterns will help equalize the effects of wear and elements on your rug. Avoid displaying or storing the rug anywhere that is not dry or well ventilated to prevent mildew. Avoid soaking the rug when cleaning spills and never place a planter on the rug. When displaying the rug consider the amount of exposure it will receive from sunlight and household fumes (chimney, stove and furnish) as these elements can adversely affect the rug. To avoid moth damage, vacuum regularly, especially areas that are covered by furniture.
Vacuuming - regular vacuuming is the simplest way to extend the life and value of your Oriental rug. Vacuum with the nap (the lay of the nap can be checked by running your hand across the length of the rug.) Occasionally, you should turn the rug over and vacuum the backside too in order to remove dirt and debris that is ground into the rug's fibers. When vacuuming, be careful to avoid the fringe which can become caught in the vacuum's roller.
Spills and Stains - Deal with spills immediately. Dilute the spill with water and blot, do not rub, the area with a paper towel until all moisture is removed. Always blot form the outer edges towards the center to prevent the spill from spreading. Many stains can be treated using mild stain removing products. When treating stains, always blot and brush stains from the outside edges towards the center. Absorb all moisture by blotting with a paper towel and use a hand held dryer to complete treatment. For more detailed information on stain removal click here.
Professional cleaning - all Oriental rugs should be professionally cleaned at least once a year to ensure the longest life for your investment. Mousaian Oriental Rugs offers professional cleaning services. Never steam or chemically clean your rug as these cleaning methods deplete the natural oils of the pile. Do not put your rugs or kilims in the washing machine.
Rotation - rotating your Oriental rug at least once a year will further extend the life of your rug by helping to distribute the wear and tear from regular foot traffic, and fading from direct sunlight.
Padding - padding between your Oriental rug and the surface on which it's placed decreases wear and tear on the Oriental rug by reducing impact on the rug's fibers, keeping abrasive dirt and grit from wearing down the rug's backside, and allowing the rug to breathe. Additionally, it will help stabilize your rug, making it safer to walk on. Mousaian Oriental Rugs offers several padding options and will suggest the best one based on your rug type and flooring surface.
Repair - if your Oriental rug becomes worn or in need of repair, Mousaian Oriental Rugs offers expertise in restoring your rug to its original beauty. The most common repairs are to the fringe and edges of the rug, but could also include re-weaving a portion of the rug that has become torn or damaged. Pile crushed by heavy furniture can be restored up-right by spraying the area with a little water and brushing with a soft brush.
Hanging - hanging can be a good option for displaying your Oriental rug. To hang your rug or kilim, use a strong poster holder or tacking strip. Another alternative is to sew a loop of fabric along the back of the rug, place a rod through the loops and suspend the rug from the rod. Do not use nails or staples to hang the rug, and avoid hanging rugs from the warp threads.
Storage - always be sure to have your rug cleaned before storing for any extended period of time. It is also a good idea to treat the rug with a moth repellent prior to storage. Roll the rug against the lay of the nap to form the tightest cylinder (the direction of the nap can be determined by running your hand across the pile in the direction of the fringe). Wrap the rug with a cloth or sheet. Do not use a plastic bag as the rug needs to breath. Store in a cool, dry well ventilated area to avoid mildew or heat damage. Mousaian Oriental Rugs can wrap professionally wrap your rugs for you for any long-term storage needs.
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