Rugs are difficult to clean at home. Most are too delicate—and too large—to go in a regular washing machine. Professional dry cleaners know how to handle these items. To keep them in good condition in between cleanings, follow these tips.
- Vacuum regularly to remove dust and dirt.
- If a spill happens, blot—do not rub—stain with a paper or cloth towel. If the stain has solid or dried matter in it, remove as best you can with a dull knife.
- Take the rug to a dry cleaner to safely remove the stain—even if it is a very old rug. If that isn't an option, mix up a solution of two cups lukewarm water, ¼ cup white vinegar, and liquid dish soap.
- Most Oriental rugs are acid-resistant, so vinegar should remove the dirt but not the dye. Test for colorfastness by blotting an inconspicuous area with the solution on a white towel. Be careful—if color from the rug comes off on the towel, do not use this solution. Take the rug to the dry cleaner.
- If you want to clean it yourself, place an old towel under the stained area in case the water soaks through.
- Sponge solution on stained area, moving in the direction of the nap.
- Rinse sponge and repeat with clean water.
- If stain remains, take the rug to a dry cleaner.