Oriental Rug Cleaning FAQs

June 26, 2024

oriental rug in homeWhen it comes to the care and maintenance of your oriental rug, you may be somewhat puzzled. You know that this piece is exposed to dirt, dust, wear, and tear daily, but the best way to go about oriental rug cleaning is not so obvious. The proper way to care for your heirloom rug depends on the textile, dyes, and weaving pattern it has been made with, as well as its age and current condition. With so many variables to consider and the longevity of your rug at stake, it is always a good idea to leave oriental rug cleaning to proven experts.

What You May Be Wondering About Oriental Rug Cleaning

At Chem-Dry, we frequently encounter rug owners who see rug maintenance as somewhat of a mystery. We are happy to help demystify the rug cleaning process and answer your most pressing questions so that you can keep your rug looking its very best for as long as possible.

Below, we are taking a moment to address some of the most common inquiries we receive on this topic.

How often does my rug need to be cleaned?

The frequency with which you should have your rug cleaned depends on everything from the amount of traffic it endures to whether you have children or pets in the house. For rugs that are in low-traffic areas and are not exposed to pet dander, you can go a maximum of two years in between cleaning. Those in high-traffic spaces or in homes with kids and pets should be cleaned on an annual basis.

Is it safe to vacuum my oriental rug? 

It is not only safe to vacuum oriental rugs, but this step is a must if you want to preserve your rug. Simply take care when completing this task and consider using the handheld upholstery attachment for better control. Vacuuming weekly is recommended, as this will catch dirt and dust on the surface of the rug before it settles into the hard-to-reach bottom layer.

Does my rug have to be dry cleaned?

Nope! If you think about it, oriental rugs were created centuries before the advent of dry cleaning, and there has always been a way to thoroughly clean them without the use of solvent chemicals. In fact, a full-immersion rug bath is often the best option for delicate rugs. However, to be sure that the right approach is used for your rug, we will analyze it before choosing to clean it in your home or take it off-site. 

Do I need to have my rug cleaned even if it doesn’t look dirty?

Absolutely. If it has been a while since you last had your rug cleaned, it is important to move forward with professional cleaning even if the rug itself does not appear dirty. This is because dirt and soil are capable of doing so much more than marring the appearance of an oriental rug. 

Contaminants can actually shorten the lifespan of delicate rugs due to the friction they cause on aging fabric fibers. Plus, they can contribute to unpleasant, musty odors in your home. The removal of deep-set dust through professional oriental rug cleaning will give your rug an essential “reset” that will help your family get more use and enjoyment out of this beloved piece in the long run.

Rely on Our Trusted Oriental Rug Cleaning Experts

At Chem-Dry, we have an outstanding track record of providing comprehensive cleaning for even the most fragile oriental rugs. With our services, you can look forward to the removal of spots and stains that could be detracting from the beauty of your rug, as well as the removal of deep-set dirt and grime that could hinder its longevity. 

Learn more about getting started with oriental rug cleaning by contacting us at (800) CHEM-DRY today!