Vacuuming Oriental and Area Rugs
Vacuuming Oriental and Area Rugs can add years of life to a beautiful rug. If you have pets and/or moderate in and out traffic on your rugs, vacuuming should be done at least once a week to reduce the dust and dirt buildup in your rugs. Dirt and grit can travel very quickly down into the pile of area rugs. Dirt particles have sharp edges and will break off pile fibers creating bare areas in a rug. Have you ever seen an old rug with bare areas worn down to the foundation? Bare areas expose the rug foundation. When the foundation breaks making a hole, the rug will start to unravel.
Repair costs can be avoided by vacuuming properly. For wool or silk rugs use a suction attachment without a beater bar touching the rug pile. Raise the wheels to raise the beater bar or turn it off if possible. Run the vacuum across the rug from side-to-side to avoid fringes. This keeps the fringe away from the front of the vacuum head where the suction pulls in the fringe causing damage.
At least twice a year, to help remove dirt that filtered down into the pile of your rugs, smaller rugs can be taken outside and shaken. Larger rugs are turned upside down and vacuumed with the beater bar on the back. The vibration of the beater bar shakes out loose dirt onto the floor. Flip the rug over, sweep dirt up from floor and vacuum the top of the rug again. If nothing has been shaken out onto the floor, you are doing an excellent job with your routine of vacuuming.
Some dirt and stains can be hard to remove at home. A professional oriental or area rug cleaner is your best resource.
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