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Oriental Carpet Care and Cleaning


If oriental carpets have survived for centuries under relatively good conditions. This is due to careful handling. If treated properly, oriental rugs will last a very long time. Besides the inevitable destructive effects of wear and tear, their two enemies are moths and moisture. The former is best controlled by frequent exercise or treatment and regular exposure to light and air. If carpets are to be stored, they should be checked regularly. Carpets in use are rarely threatened by moths. Certain chemical applications can prevent wool from being eaten by moths. Moisture will rot the thread and damage the fabric in time, so this should be avoided.

If mechanical damage such as cuts or burns occurs, it should be treated as soon as possible by a competent expert as such damage will quickly deteriorate. In daily use, in addition to accidents, the front end is often easily worn and worn and the damage must be repaired. Partly worn or damaged areas in the center of the carpet can be knotted and even large holes repaired to make the carpet almost as good as new, although this work is quite expensive. For low-value carpets, you can usually insert pieces cut from suitable carpets instead of new knots, which can reduce costs. Sometimes you can cut off the bad parts and use larger worn-out carpets to make small carpets.
Here are some tips to help you maintain your oriental rugs properly.

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Turn the sunlight from a sunny area to the other side of the room often to balance the effects of sunlight. Continued exposure to bright, hot sunlight or even indirect sunlight can damage the dyed fabrics used in oriental rugs. On sunny days, use curtains, blinds or thick curtains to reduce sun damage. You can also apply sunscreen on the windows to filter out harmful sunlight. Also in terms of blurring, gas and smoke (from ovens, stoves, chimneys and car exhaust) sometimes mix with oxygen and humidity to form acid. This acid reacts on the wool and causes spoilage and discoloration. Usually the faded areas are hidden by the dirt and are not noticed until the surface has been cleaned. In this case, you can avoid obvious fading by rotating the carpet from time to time so that all areas of the carpet have the same exposure.


High-quality padding can protect the carpet, especially in high-traffic areas. The best filler is synthetic fiber with a rubber backing to prevent the carpet from mowing and creasing. Using high-quality pillows can double the life of oriental rugs.

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Before you hang the carpet on the wall, make sure that the warp can withstand the pressure. Do not use nails or staples to linger on a heavy carpet for a long time. Use a sturdy poster frame to evenly distribute the weight of the carpet.


If the carpet is to be stored for a long time, wrap it in a cloth, but do not use a sealed plastic bag. Oriental rugs need to breathe and sometimes they rot or deform in plastic bags. They can also be rolled up and stored in a box with some p-dichlorobenzene crystals, which should be renewed every few months. Ideally, the large carpet should roll around the post and the protruding end of the post should be placed on a wooden block or bracket. It is not recommended to lay the carpet flat for a while.

Do not store carpets in damp, damp, hot or poorly ventilated areas. This can cause mold, give off a musty smell, discolor and weaken the fabrics, causing them to break into pieces. Do not wet oriental carpets. If you don’t remove all the moisture, mold can develop.

Do not store oriental rugs in a warm closet. The underside of the carpet will dry out and become brittle, losing the strength and durability of the carpet.


Moths can seriously damage oriental carpets. Their larvae eat not only a bunch, but also the knots on the back of the carpet. Moth larvae are especially attracted to relatively undisturbed areas such as under furniture. It is very easy to eliminate these pests and prevent them from returning. The front and back of the carpet should be sprayed every six months with one of the many moth-resistant sprays available.

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For the areas dented or crushed by the legs of heavy furniture, brush the floors with a soft brush, then lightly spray with water and then brush again.


The beauty and life of oriental carpets depends in large part on cleaning and maintenance. Lack of proper maintenance leads to loss of investment potential.


Do not apply a vacuum to the pile of the carpet (the direction of the pile can be easily determined by hand pulling the pile from edge to edge). Vacuuming the nap can also bring the dirt back. Never use the edge of the back of the vacuum cleaner. Continuously trapping the edges in the vacuum cleaner’s suction can cause the edges to break and tear. In general, use a freshly replaced bag to vacuum the carpet with low suction power.

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Sweeping with a broom is the best way to remove loose soil. The carpet should be swept with a broom at least once a week. It helps bring out the natural shine or shine of the back.


In dry weather, one of the best cleaning methods is to pat each side several times. But in busy urban areas this is almost impossible. In most cases, the carpet needs to be cleaned.


Oriental rugs should be cleaned regularly every three to five years, depending on their use and volume of traffic.

Do not use chemical methods or steam to clean oriental carpets. They remove natural oils, which makes the fluff brittle and wears out faster.

Do not use the machine to wash the carpet.

Do not wring out the oriental carpet as it will remove the pile from the foundation. Let the carpet dry on a towel or grass all day. Unless absolutely necessary, do not submerge Oriental carpets in water (unless done by a professional handmade carpet cleaner). Usually only the surface is cleaned.


Discard any species or overflow immediately. With immediate treatment, spilled coffee or milk can be removed without leaving permanent stains. Dilute the spilled liquid with plenty of water and blot the wet area until all the water is removed. Then immediately brush or scrape off the excess to prevent penetration and chemical reactions with fibers and colors. If the cause and nature of the dye is known, follow the instructions in the table.

All washing and decontamination techniques in this article have general properties only. You can consult a professional carpet cleaner or your carpet retailer for further advice.


The most effective way to prevent spills from becoming stains is to use plenty of clean towels (or paper towels) to soak up as much water as possible and scrape off any solids. Start from the center. Do not rub, as this rubbing will only spread the stain.

Do not use stain remover until the complete ink absorption work is completed. The best way to soak up any spillage is to scoop it up and be careful not to rub the stain further onto the carpet.

General procedure

When using solvents, always wipe or brush gently from the outer edge of the stain toward the center to avoid spreading or causing “rings,” especially on twisted and pile carpets. On old, dry or stubborn stains, soak, dab and scrub. Repeat this operation as often as necessary to completely remove stains.


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