Frequently Asked Questions
How often should my Oriental Rugs be professionally cleaned?
As a rule of thumb, Oriental rugs should be professionally cleaned every three to five years, depending on whether or not the rug is placed in an area exposed to a lot of soil.
How can I tell if my Oriental rug needs professional cleaning?
You can bend back the nap of the rug gently, to expose the fibers at the base of the knots. If you see dirt or grit that regular vacuuming hasn’t removed, the rug needs professional care. Also, move any piece of furniture that covers part of the rug, and compare that section with the rest of the rug. If the colors look different, it’s time for a professional cleaning. You can get more detail in our article on how to tell when your rug needs cleaning.
Should I vacuum my Oriental rug?
Give your Oriental rug a thorough vacuuming at least once a week if possible. Use a good vacuum cleaner with a motor driven beater bar. Never use a broom on Oriental rugs: the sharp straws can do damage. Old, antique or thin very finely woven rugs require special attention. They should be placed in low-traffic areas, and are best cleaned weekly with a carpet sweeper or suction-only vacuum with a floor brush attachment. See our post on the best equipment and method for vacuuming.