Oriental rugs add charismatic colors, patterns and textures to your room. These rugs easily blend into any type of décor but you have to be bit diligent when it comes to the rug care. Generally, cleaning traditional rugs is not a difficult task provided you know how to do it correctly. It is important to know what not to do before we proceed towards steps to remove the stains.
Do’s and Don’ts
It may be tempting but you should never use bleach on your oriental rugs as it can take away dyes from the fiber. While trying to remove the stain, you should never rub hard on the rug. Rather use dab-blot-dab-blot method. Always use white cloth to clean your rug. The colored cloth can discolor itself on your rug.
If your rug get stained or spilled over, try to act as quickly as possible because the fresh stains are way easy to clean. For the spilled drinks, first carefully absorb the liquid using a sponge, or pick up the solid white damp white cloth. Take care not to brush it off. Once you have removed the material, try below methods to remove the stains. First go with most gentle method.
Use Talcum Powder
Spray some talcum powder on the stain and let it stay there until the rug is dry. Vacuum it. The light stains should go away.
Use Plain Water
Spray some warm plain water using spray bottle over the stain and blot it with clean cloth. Most of the stains should get easily cleaned with this. If the stain stays, try out the next method.
Use Mild Detergent
Add one spoon of plain washing soda to 500 ml of water. Spray the solution over the stain and blot with plain cloth starting with outer edge. When the stain is cleared, use plain warm water to clean the detergent from the rug.
Create a vinegar solution by adding 2 tablespoon of white vinegar into two cups of water. White vinegar is a mild acid and will not harm your rug. Spray the solution over the stain and blot gently until the stain is gone. Use plain water to remove residues of vinegar.
After the cleaning, you should allow the rug to dry from all sides. You can also use dryer to dry it quickly. If, in spite of using above methods, the stain does not go, you should try professional rug care services.