What is one of the first things we notice when we enter a room? The flooring and the carpet. But also the colors and the details. A carpet can change the whole feeling we experience in a space. For that reason, we should try to take the care of our carpets and keep the colors bright and clean.
Oriental carpets are one of the most popular and eye-catching. With their mysterious patterns sometimes looking like taken from a fairytale. Usually, they originate from countries like Iran, China, India, Russia, Turkey, Pakistan, Tibet and Nepal and can be found in thousands of households around the world. Oriental carpets come in different shapes and sizes and are made mostly from materials like wool or cotton, but can also be made from silk or synthetic materials.
Always check the carpet’s label!
There are 5 mandatory symbols, which must always appear according to a prefixed sequence:
Lift the corners of your carpet to reveal the label. Usually, on the label, it will have instructions on the safest way to clean it. Carpets made of silk, wool, cotton, or synthetic material require a certain degree of finesse when cleaning. Cotton and wool rugs are generally more durable and easier to clean.
1) wet- dry vacuum
3) drum drying
5) professional dry cleaning
Vacuum the carpet regularly and on both sides.
Vacuuming your carpet at least once a week will save you the hard work and will keep the product looking good for a long time. It would also prevent the wool fibers in your rug from becoming packed down. Repeat this process three or more times to get all the dirt and debris from the rug. Avoid the rug’s fringes because they can get stuck in the vacuum’s sweeper. Once you’re done vacuuming, flip the rug over and repeat the process on the other side.
Pay attention to the antique or silk oriental carpets as the vacuum cleaner can damage them.
Move your furniture around.
If you have a heavy piece of furniture situated on top of your oriental carpet, it can damage the fibers faster. To prevent this, rearrange your furniture every six months. This will even out the surface.
Keep your rug out of direct sunlight.
Oriental carpets can be likely to sun damage, so try positioning your carpet maybe some meters away from the direct sunlight. Keeping it in the sun will cause the colors to fade faster. If your rug has to be in direct sunlight, rotate it at least once a month. While the colors are still likely to fade, at least they will fade evenly.
Beating larger carpets outside.
If your larger carpet is light and easy to pick up, shake it outside first; then put it over a clothesline and beat it (we know this might sound fun). You would see the dust and dirt come off of the carpet as you do this. Next, take the carpet inside and vacuum it.
Clean the spots as soon as they appear.
It’s best to tend to spills as soon as they occur because if they dry it will be much harder for you to get the stain or smell out of your carpet. As soon as the spill occurs blot up as much carpet shampoo as you can, with a paper towel or clean rag. Once you’ve soaked up the spill, dampen a rag and use cold water to blot the stain again. But first, test your soap/solution! Wait up to ten minutes to see if the cleaning solution has an adverse effect on it before proceeding to the next step.
Let dry thoroughly (drying a wet area of a larger carpet can be hastened by arranging the carpet so that air can circulate both top and bottom- maybe drape the end of the carpet across a lawn chair, or put a sawhorse or painted bench under the rug in the area of the wet spot).
Attention: Do not rub back and forth on the spill because you could end up rubbing the stain deeper into the carpet!
Advice: Use vinegar, water, and detergent to remove pet or coffee stains. Mix 1/4 cup (59.1 mL) white vinegar and 1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) liquid dishwashing detergent with 2 cups (473.17 mL) of room temperature water in a bucket and use it to remove harder stains.
The vinegar’s acidity prevents the colors in your carpet from running and can eliminate unwanted odors.
Use your garden hose.
Rinse the remainder of the cleaner off with the garden hose. Once you’re done doing one side, flip the carpet over and rinse the other side of it. The suds on the top of the carpet should be washed off thoroughly before drying.
Last on the list but not less important: use talcum powder to remove unwanted odors. After vacuuming your carpet as we explained from both sides, sprinkle some talcum powder on the top surface and allow it to sit on the carpet overnight. The powder will absorb unwanted odors left by pets or smoke. The next day, use your vacuum to lift the powder from your carpet.