How to look after your oriental rug

Oriental Rug CleaningA traditional or oriental rug is a beautiful work of craftsmanship and can add great impact to your home. The history of rug making goes back thousands of years; there’s a rich culture of carpet weaving and flooring textiles in many oriental countries including North Africa, the Middle East, Northern India and Central Asia.

Oriental rugs can be very valuable. If you’re lucky enough to have one of these treasures in your home, you need to make sure you look after it properly. Genuine handknotted oriental rugs should last a very long time, as long as you observe some general care and maintenance rules.

Laying the rug

Roll out your rug on a flat, even hard floor surface. If the surface is slippery or the rug is particularly soft or thin, you may wish to position a pad underneath to prevent the rug from sliding. The pad can be made from rubber, felt, polyester or synthetic foams and should be about an inch smaller than the rug all the way round, so that it doesn’t show.

The pad will also cushion the impact between the foot traffic and the hard floor surface below the rug, providing comfort and prolonging the lifespan of your rug. Rug protectors are a personal choice but their use is particularly recommended for old, antique or valuable rugs.


It’s a good idea to move your oriental rug now and again to protect it from uneven flooring and possible colour changes. An old or antique rug in particular may fade, its colours bleaching over time due to strong sun exposure. Think about using net curtains to provide sun protection, and turn the rug 180 degrees once a year.

When repositioning your oriental rug, rather than yanking at the edge or fringe, wave the edge up and down so that a ripple of air assists in easily moving the rug into its new position.

Vacuum cleaning

Rugs should be vacuum cleaned regularly on both sides. A dirty rug wears prematurely, which is why regular vacuuming is essential to stop surface dirt filtering down into the pile where it can build up and cause unwanted, increased wear.

A plain vacuum nozzle is best – power brushing or power beating may be a good tool for machine made carpets but this method is too strong to be used routinely for the top layer of a delicate oriental rug.

Be particularly careful with the fringe which can get caught up and damaged in the rotating mechanism of your upright hoover or power brush attachment.

Rug cleaning

While periodic rug cleaning is recommended, let us issue a word or warning: it is all too easy to damage oriental rugs while cleaning. This is a specialist job that requires the services of a professional rug cleaning company.

Here at Apple Clean, we check the composition of your rug and test for colourfastness before we do anything else. We only use gentle, environmentally friendly cleaning products that are guaranteed 100% safe. We have specialist products for the effective cleaning of fringes and edges. And of course we can remove harmful bacteria and dust mites, leaving your rug hygienically clean and smelling fresh. Your rug will be dry within hours and we can professionally apply Scotchgard protection if required.

Protection from damage

Finally, in order to derive years of enjoyment from your oriental rug, you need to watch out for signs of damage, some of which may be serious and require professional help. Common problems can include pet damage (scratching, chewing, staining), sun damage, wear and tear, vacuum cleaner damage, water damage, moth damage and chemical damage.

Every effort should be made to control your pets so that no harm can be inflicted on your precious rug. Pot plants should never be placed directly on a rug in case of damp causing spoiling the pile and foundation of the rug.

Damage caused by moths and their larvae can be extensive and expensive to remedy, but small areas of damage are relatively straight forward to repair if caught early. Moth balls and cedar scent – routinely used for clothes moths – are ineffectual for rugs. Instead, it is advisable to ask for professional advice in order to choose the most suitable insecticide and guidance on how to tackle the problem safely.

Carpet Cleaning: Lessons from History


Do you beat your rugs and carpets? Or is that an odd question when you think of carpet cleaning?

Not all that long ago, the traditional carpet beater was a standard household appliance. Typically made of wicker or cane – although wire, wood or steel could also be used – the implement consists of an intricately woven head with a strong, flat surface on the end of a long handle. By beating a rug repeatedly with it, dust and dirt are released and the carpet is cleaned. Simple!

In the days before fitted carpets became commonplace and before the invention of mechanical carpet sweepers and vacuum cleaners, the only way to clean rugs and carpets was to sweep them with a broom or to take them outside and give them a good beating. Not surprisingly, this was an unpopular and physically demanding task, particularly for big, heavy rugs. However, in the absence of better alternatives, the practice became well established in virtually every home.

Only from the 1960s onwards, when more advanced carpet cleaning devices started to become affordable – anyone remember the Ewbank? – did carpet beating decline.

Interestingly, you can still buy traditional carpet beaters today. Better still, many experts still recommend the occasional beating of rugs as one of the most effective ways to get rid of dust and household debris.

Other good ways of keeping your rugs fresh and clean include:

Regular vacuum cleaning

Bear in mind that suction cleaners are safer than those who have rotating brushes, which may damage the fabric over time. Hoover from the inside out and make sure that carpet fringes don’t get caught up in the vacuum.

Rotate your rug

To even out wear and tear and traffic patterns through the room, rotate the position of the rug periodically to keep it looking younger for longer.

Refresh and deodorise

To keep your rug smelling clean and fresh, you can use a commercial deodoriser such as Febreze, Glade Shake n’ Vac or Neutradol. Alternatively, sprinkle liberally with baking soda and hoover up after 15 minutes (or ideally leave overnight).

Remove stains

Minimise the damage of any stains by acting without delay. Scrape off any solids and blot liquids, then follow the manufacturer’s instructions for stain treatment.

Professional carpet cleaning

Have your rugs cleaned professionally every year to remove deep seated dirt and grime that your vacuum cleaner won’t shift.

Selling Your Home? – Preparing For Viewers

When you’re looking to get your house on the market, it’s important to try and get your entire property looking as good as it can for any potential viewers. This includes a thorough deep cleaning procedure, although there are plenty of other things you should also consider when preparing your home for potential buyers. Remember that people might be interested in inspecting every corner of your home, including storage space and room size. Here’s a useful checklist to help your prepare your home in the right way and make a future sale all the more probable!

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We all look to get rid of unnecessary clutter when carrying out a thorough household clean, although there might be same aspects of clutter that you don’t notice after a certain amount of time. Remember that you’re looking to make the most of your room space so that people can picture their own interior design features with ease. Temporary storage boxes are great for de-cluttering as you can instantly store them away neatly somewhere, such as in the loft or in the corner of a storage unit.


We’ve all got our preferences when it comes to interior design but sometimes having a dominant style can make it hard for people to picture their own design preferences when visiting your home. Buyers with a certain preference might also be put off by your own use of property space, but don’t take it personally. Simply look to depersonalise a bit so that there’s enough room for imagination. On the other hand, it’s essential that you take full advantage of your properties biggest selling points, whether it’s a beautiful fireplace or a stunning garden.

Deep Clean

A standard cleaning procedure isn’t enough. You should make a huge checklist of things that comply with a deep cleaning process, from tackling cobwebs to vacuuming upholstery and dealing with odours. Odours can be particularly off-putting, so try and combat the issue with air-fresheners a couple of weeks prior to the first visit. When vacuuming or dusting, make sure you’ve got every corner of your home covered, as problematic dirt marks and dust build up such as cobwebs can often go unseen.

Finish DIY Jobs You’ve Started

If you were fixing a floorboard or fixing a bath faucet and couldn’t find the time to get the job done, now’s the time to sort it all out. Viewers might be put off by the idea of moving somewhere that has jobs still to be done, as they will instantly realise that they’ll have work to do when they move in. Keeping everything in order and making sure any unfinished jobs are completed makes the property look fresh and ready for a new owner.

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