What are the best ways to clean oriental rugs and carpets?

Here at Sharafi & Co, we are proud to say that we don’t merely stock oriental and Persian rugs for purchase, but also offer an acclaimed antique oriental carpet cleaning service that caters to the very specific cleaning requirements of this type of carpet or rug.
But what else is it useful to know about how you can keep such a rug of yours clean?
Prevention is better than cure…
Taking the appropriate steps to avoid your rug becoming dirty in the first place is certainly invaluable. In most rug-weaving countries, for example, it is customary to remove one’s shoes before entering the house, which is something that you may wish to incorporate into your own routine if it suits your lifestyle.
Not only will this help to avoid dragging dirt into your home, but bare-foot or sock-foot traffic is also much gentler and you can feel the wonderful texture of your rug.
Effective methods for cleaning rugs yourself
There are various methods for determining whether your oriental rug needs to be cleaned, including picking up a corner and sharply kicking the back while holding it. If a cloud of dirt flies out – rather than merely some dust and wool fibres, which are to be expected – the rug can be deemed to be dirty and in need of cleaning.
The good news is that it often isn’t too difficult to clean small rugs yourself, including by thoroughly vacuuming both sides and shampooing the rug with cool water and mild liquid soap or rug shampoo.
However, you will need to take care to avoid the use of strong detergents, ammonia water or sudsy ammonia water, in addition to testing for colour run in a small area of the rug first. A soft, long-haired brush or firm, non-shedding sponge should also be used, and you should be careful not to scrub too vigorously.
However, this will not get rid of the grit and dirt that is embedded in the foundation. It is very important to get rid of this, which we do with special beating machines.
Contact us about antique oriental carpet cleaning
We could discuss the process of cleaning antique rugs and carpets in much greater detail. However, with such items being so wide-ranging and therefore in need of all manner of measures to ensure they are appropriately cleaned, we would always advise you to contact us before attempting to clean yours.
Indeed, thanks to our complete antique oriental carpet cleaning service, you don’t need to do the ‘dirty work’ of cleaning your own rug or carpet at all – so why hesitate to get in touch with our team here at Sharafi & Co today?