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Looking After Your Rugs - Some Simple Advice

Updated on August 31, 2010

The Easy Way To Keep Your Rugs Looking Beautiful

Oriental rugs represent a significant investment in your home furnishings and after going to the expense of buying a fine rug it’s important to take some simple, commonsense steps to ensure your rug looks its best every day. We thought we'd ask the experts for their tips on looking after your treasured rugs, so we contacted Maria, owner of Proclean domestic cleaning Glasgow for her advice. Here are her top tips:


As with all carpets and floorcoverings, regular vacuuming preferably with an upright vacuum cleaner, is a must to ensure they maintain their appearance. Vacuuming removes large amounts of dry soil which if left in place acts as an abrasive, damaging the carpet fibres and wearing out your precious rug. One useful technique to consider is to vacuum the backing of your rug as this often helps dislodge even more dry soil from the fibres. If your rug has fringes you should take special care – either clean these by hand using a soft brush or by using the end of your vacuum hose.

Treat Spots And Spills Immediately

It is always advisable to treat any spot or spill on carpeting immediately. If you delay the spot or spill may become absorbed into the carpet fibres, resulting in a permanent stain. In cases of emergency, soak or blot up as much of the spilled liquid as you can using a soft clean white towel. However much you might be tempted, do not treat spots and spills aggressively and on no account rub or brush the affected area as this make matters worse by spreading the stain. Once you have blotted up as much of the spill as you can, treat the affected area with a homemade cleaning solution made up of water, white vinegar and some mild household detergent. Again, blot the spill with this solution until you see an improvement. Once you are satisfied that the stain has been removed, rinse the affected area with water and gently blot the area dry. Do not use too much water because you must be careful not to soak the backing of the rug.

If you find that the spot or spill has not been removed after trying the above you should contact a professional carpet cleaner without delay – remember treat all spots and spills immediately.

Underfloor Pad

It is worth investing in a good quality underfloor pad for your rug. Not only will this avoid slippages and prevent accidents, but the extra cushioning provided by a pad will result in less wear and tear on your rug, thereby enhancing its appearance and prolonging its useful life.


To ensure your rug receives even traffic and to cut down on wear and tear you should remember to turn your rug at regular intervals. How often your rug should be turned will depend on a number of factors such as the amount of footfall your rug receives, but in general every 6 months to 1 year should suit most circumstances.

By observing the foregoing straightforward maintenance plan you can be confident your beautiful oriental rug will look as good years from now as it did on the day you bought it.





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