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Oriental Rug Cleaning

oriental rug cleaning

The great hallmarks of hand-knotted oriental rugs are their durability and ability to be cleaned and repaired. Professional oriental rug cleaning and repair will not only keep your rug looking great, but it will also ensure that your oriental rug investment will last for generations to come.

Our client in the Hamburg area of Lexington, Kentucky was in need of some restoration for their 9×12 Indian Oushak.  This soft woven rug was placed in a main traffic area, and was also at the mercy of two large dogs that used it as a launch point for running across the house. (The main floor was all tile.)  With just a few years of use, this rug began to show heavy wear, damaged fringe, and torn selvedges (the bound area on the edges of the rug.)

First, the rug was professionally cleaned, using a delicate technique that removed dirt and soil from the pile without stripping away the natural lanolin oils in the wool fiber.  This brightened the light background, enlivened the color, and made the wool soft and supple once again.  Oushak rugs are desired for their high-grade wools and soft piles, so proper cleaning was essential to restore the wool to its original texture and feel.

After the rug was cleaned, damaged fringe areas were trimmed and secured to ensure further wear would not continue to damage the foundation of the rug.  All four corners of the rug had experienced heavy enough wear that the selvedge had pulled away from the foundation of the rug in large sections.  These damaged areas were removed and replaced, restoring the selvedges to their original condition.

After the cleaning and repair phase was complete, a custom fit pad was used to hold the rug in place on the tile floor.  Because of the soft, flexible nature of an oushak weave and the slick tile floor, this rug was experiencing undue wear and tear.  The use of a correct pad fixed this problem.

If you have any questions about oriental rug cleaning and repair, contact your local oriental rug expert.  DO NOT have your rug steam cleaned or dry cleaned.  Oriental rug cleaning is a delicate and specialized task and should be done by trained professionals only.  You can learn more about our cleaning and repair services by clicking here.

To pad or not to pad… is that the question?

Do we sell rug pads?  Yes.  Do you need one underneath your rug?  Probably not.  Here is why.

Rug pad serves only two purposes.  First, it keeps your rug from sliding around when you walk across it.  This does protect your floor and extends the life of your rug, but more importantly, it keeps you from falling.  The reality of your wool handmade rug damaging your floor or you wearing your rug out because you did not have a rug pad is not all that plausible.  How else did rugs exist before rug pad anyway?

Second, rug pad adds a slight bit of cushioning.  This serves a function of comfort, but does not extend the life of your floors or rugs in any way.

The problem exists in that rug dealers have a bad habit of telling customers that they need a rug pad.  They will sometimes insist that a rug pad is necessary to protect your floor and that your rug will not last without a rug pad.  This is simply not true.  This is just an attempt to upgrade the sale by adding on a rug pad.

Now don’t get me wrong.  Rug pad can be a great thing.  It does protect your floor and will keep your rug from sliding.  It’s just that it is not always necessary.  Most room sized rugs are not going to slide anyway.  And many people simply like the feel of cushioning under the rug.  Just don’t let anyone scare you into buying one.

One other thing… if you do buy a rug pad, make sure that it is specifically made for an area rug on top of hardwood or tile flooring.  Some manufacturers even make specialty pads for rugs on top of wall to wall carpeting.   The wrong pad will have an incorrect amount of petroleum in it and can harm the finish on your floors.  Make sure that you have the right pad with a guarantee not to harm your floors.  If you have questions, contact a reputable dealer for help.  You can always call us at 859-254-4412.