All areas rugs are unique and each one requires special care. Understanding that each is different is important to maximizing life and quality. Handmade, machine-made and tufted rugs are the three most common types of area rugs and each has its own identifying qualities. Knowing how to clean an area rug starts with recognizing what type of rug you have. And, to keep your rugs looking new, they require regular maintenance and deep cleaning.
Hand-woven or hand-knotted rugs are considered to be true “Oriental Rugs.” You can identify an oriental rug through their fringe because it will be an extension of the foundation yarns. The rug material will also be made from natural fibers like wool, cotton or silk. Also, since these rugs are handmade you’ll notice slight imperfections on the rug like misshapen side cords or uneven shape. Persian rugs and carpets are a common example of this.
Oriental rugs are usually one-of-a-kind and can be very valuable. That’s why it’s important to take proper care of them, in addition to professional deep cleaning, to ensure your investment lasts. Here are preventative measures to maintain and clean your oriental rug, so they can stay in their best condition:
While similar in appearance to oriental rugs, you can identify a machine-made area rug in several ways. Machine-woven area rugs will have the fringes sewn into the rug and the rug edges will be neatly straight and symmetrical. They are also constructed from synthetic fibers. Knowing this means you’re one step closer to a proper clean for your home area rug. Outside of professional cleaning, to clean a machine woven area rug, try these methods:
Machine-tufted area rugs are fairly easy to identify since most rugs of this type aren’t styled with fringe. If they do have fringe, it will be attached to the back. These rugs also have a cotton or linen canvas glued to the back of the rug. Lastly, a big identifier for tufted rugs is the pattern on the front will not be visible on the back of the rug like it is with oriental rugs.
While making tufted rugs is faster than true oriental rugs, these rugs can still be very valuable and require special maintenance and care. They are frequently made from natural fibers and contain glues and adhesives that secure different areas of the rug together. While a professional clean is always the safest, you can also help clean and maintain your tufted rug with these tips:
Maintaining and cleaning area rugs is no easy task, but it is definitely needed to extend the life of your rug. Without proper care and attention, you may need to replace your area rug sooner than you’d prefer. For the safest and most effective cleaning process, we recommend having them cleaned at our Oriental & Fine Area Rug cleaning facility as shown below. This ensures your area rug is in good hands and will avoid the stress of cleaning these delicate rugs on your own.
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