Oriental Carpet and Antique Rug Cleaning Services in NYC
Does Your Oriental Rug Need Cleaning, Restoration, Repair Or Maintenance?
Antique and Vintage rugs are rare, beautiful collectors items. Therefore, these rugs should be cherished and maintained with care to ensure their longevity, beauty and value. Whether it is a runner rug, room size rug, Moroccan, tribal, or Persian… your antique rug deserves to be cleaned, washed and pampered, but how?
Most frequently asked questions about professional rug cleaning and oriental carpet maintenance:
Q. How Much Does Will It Cost To Clean My Rugs?
Q. How long does it take to get my rug cleaned?
Q. How do I know when it is time to clean my rug?
Q. Who is the best Rug Cleaner in NYC?
We will always err on the side of caution and would rather lose some cleaning business than jeopardize our spotless reputation.
Q. How do I get the rugs to Nazmiyal Antique Rugs in NYC for cleaning?
A. We are happy to put you in touch with a local delivery service who, for a small fee, could pickup the rug and deliver to us and vice versa. Contact our rug expert, Alen, who will be able to advise you on how to properly roll up and package your rug to ensure its safety!
Q. Why is it important to regularly service or clean my rug?
A. An exquisite antique or vintage rug maintains its vibrancy, stays healthy and lasts longer when you preserve the natural oils in the fiber through regular maintenance, therefore keeping the rug remaining optimal in color.
Q. How does Nazmiyal NYC clean and care for our customers rugs?
A. Each rug is thoroughly and delicately hand washed with a special solution based on the specific rug’s needs.
Q. As for Rug maintenance, what services does Nazmiyal NYC offer?
A. Nazmiyal Antique Rugs in NYC offers exceptional rug cleaning, dusting, washing, stain removal, restoration, and repair.
Q. Who should I contact to inquire about getting my rug cleaned, repaired, and / or restored?
A. You can Contact Nazmiyal Antique Rugs in NYC for and rug cleaning and restoration questions you may have.
Q. How often should I have my antique Persian rugs cleaned?
A. As a general rule, antique Persian rugs should be cleaned every three to five years depending on the level of traffic they receive.
Q. What if My Rug Has Stains?
A. Stains are probably the most obvious sign that a rug should be cleaned. Aside from gently blotting spills, leave stain-removal work to the rug cleaning pros. Stains tend to set in and get worked into the fibers as they dry or are rubbed. It’s also important to note that bugs, moths and rot are more likely to affect dirty rugs, including those in storage.
Q. What is The Carpet “Touch Test”?
A. The touch test is a simple and effective way to gauge the level of soiling. Simply rub the pile with an open hand going with the direction of the grain. If your hand feels dirty or excessively sticky, the rug might need to be cleaned.
Q. Exploring What is Under the Carpet?
A. Inspecting the carpet pad and floor underneath can give you a good idea of overall cleanliness. Fine dust-like micro-particles on the floor are an indication that a rug needs to be washed. Smaller particles may seem soft and powdery, but they’re actually glass-like bits of silica that are the most damaging.
Q. Why Should I Be Checking the Rug’s Pile and Foundation?
A. A visual examination of the pile and under-structure reveals deposits of dirt that are abrading the rug’s foundation. Gently spread the pile apart to look for dirt at the base of the knots (and along the warp and weft). Because typical cleaning methods cannot remove these deeply embedded particles, harmonic vibration equipment is the safest and most effective tool for cleaning antique rugs and protecting their value.
Q. When Should I Clean My Oriental Rug?
A. To clean or not to clean: that is the question and an issue that plagues rug owners year after year. Fortunately, the new year is a particularly good time to check the condition of household carpets and to see if they need to be cleaned. Perpetual foot traffic, dirt, dust and stains from kids, pets, and holiday guests might spell doom for valuable vintage and antique carpets.
Regular cleaning is an essential part of protecting investment pieces and treating carpets with respect. The natural fibers used to create carpets have a number of remarkable characteristics. Each material requires specialized cleaning procedures to release dirt and return the fibers to a naturally clean state without compromising the stability and structure. When it comes to cleaning antique Oriental rugs, it simply doesn’t pay to wait. Depending on traffic and household conditions, area rugs should be cleaned every three to seven years.
Natural fibers and many dyes react to different substances and temperatures. That’s why it’s important to select an experienced antique rug cleaning service that can create a specially tailored process for cleaning your antique rugs, family heirlooms and investment pieces. Have a look at these common signs that a rug needs to be cleaned.
Q. How do rugs get cleaned? What goes in to cleaning process of a rug?
A. Factors that affect how your rug will be cleaned include size, geographic origin, construction techniques, fiber content, age and dyes. In most cases, antique rugs will be physically dusted to remove abrasive grit and debris trapped deep in the carpet pile. Then aqueous cleansing agents are applied to remove soil attached to the natural fibers that dulls the color and luminous sheen. Our antique rug cleaning experts are trained to clean using the most appropriate methods. If necessary, oxygen-based treatments can be employed to remove oxidation that causes yellowing in white and ivory rugs.
When necessary, we stabilize weak areas and employ protective cloths to minimize wear and unnecessary friction. Our rug cleaning experts are attentive to the special needs of every unique carpet.
After cleaning antique Oriental rugs and removing the cleansing agents and excess water, rugs are placed in a climate-controlled drying room. There, air warm, dry air circulates to ensure that even the thickest pile carpets dry quickly and thoroughly. Contact us today to learn more about cleaning antique Oriental carpets and restoring your rug’s natural beauty.
Q. How to get rugs cleaned in New York City?
A. Our focus is on buying and selling antique rugs, from antique Persian rugs to vintage carpets. But due to the lack of truly reputable rug cleaning companies in New York City, we decided to offer our rug cleaning services to the general public.
Since we are not officially rug cleaners per se, we do not have pick-up and delivery service. You would need to have your rug dropped off and then picked up. We do work with some delivery companies so feel free to call us for their information.
More About Our Cleaning Antique Oriental Rugs
An essential part of preserving the value, beauty and integrity of your antique rugs and vintage rugs is having your rugs cleaned by professionals. At Nazmiyal, our antique rug experts and professional carpet cleaners have been washing, cleaning, repairing and restoring antique rugs for more than 30 years.
To us, cleaning old rugs goes beyond removing the surface dirt. It’s also an important part of maintaining the natural fibers and carpet structure.
We, at Nazmiyal, have the knowledge and experience to safely clean and maintain high-end rugs and irreplaceable antiques. Our New York City rug servicing professionals work with many respected collectors. We deliver a level of care that has made us a vendor of choice for international collectors, museums, and the most discerning rug owners who require the best.
Periodically, cleaning rugs is an essential part of maintaining and keeping up valuable investment pieces, cherished collectibles and one-of-a-kind antique rugs. A professional cleaning is recommended for most rugs and carpets every four to five years.
In addition to our antique rug cleaning service, we also clean semi-antique and vintage rug from China, Persia, Turkey, and the Caucuses.
We perform wet and dry carpet cleaning procedures that are compatible with silk rugs, wool carpets, and the most delicate hand-woven textiles. For the past three decades, our antique oriental rug cleaning team in NY has reinvigorated valuable textiles and carpets made with sensitive colors and delicate natural fibers.
Our rug cleaning services are done in a specially designed workshop and restoration studio that can accommodate the smallest decorative rugs and largest room-sized carpets. We provide every customer with the highest level of service from the initial pick up through final delivery.
Our knowledgeable conservators and rug cleaning experts carefully examine each carpet to determine the best process and foresee issues with color bleeding, delicate fiber and structural weak points. Before cleaning antique Oriental rugs, the age, size, condition, materials, construction techniques and level of soiling are carefully considered.
Contact Our Experts at 212-545-8029 or Simply Email Us to find out why Nazmiyal is the best Oriental rug cleaning NYC option!
How to keep your rug clean and well preserved:
Rugs will become dirty over time. This is a fact – no matter how careful the owner is. The accumulation of dust and dirt may contribute to wear and/or damages. With that said, here are a few things you could do to keep your rug clean and healthy over time:
- Washing and cleaning your rug – As routine maintenance, every four years or so, a rug should be professionally washed and cleaned. Urban environments will deposit airborne grime and soot in your rugs and textiles. Rugs can also dry out from central heating and washing not only cleans the rug, but re-moisturizes the wool.
- Spot cleaning – This may be necessary in the case of stains from spills. NEVER use chemical cleaners or stain removers – if not used or applied correctly, they may damage the rug irreversibly. Red wine, tea, coffee, milk, and pet stains should require immediate attention. Such spills should be blotted up and then flushed with warm water. This can be done by putting a disposable towel or cloth under the rug and pouring water through it until the stain is rinsed out. Test the rug first to make sure that the colors do not run before flushing extensively with water. To “test” the area, simply rub a damp white colored cloth over the affected area and then see if any of the colors transferred over to the white cloth. If the actual rug colors transferred onto the white cloth, then we would strongly urge you to seek professional assistance.
- Red wine spills can also be treated by putting table salt on the stain after blotting and flushing, but the salt should be fully removed after five minutes or it will bleach the rug.
- If you soak an area on the rug – As a result of a leak, spill or if done on purpose, a damp rug should never be left flat on the floor. Make sure that it is lifted from the floor’s surface to allow air circulation on both sides until it is thoroughly dry. You do not need to lift the entire rug off the floor. You can lift the carpet by putting things under different areas of the rug. By doing this, you will allow the air to circulate and the moisture to evaporate. A damp rug left laying flat on the floor may lead to dry rot. Major washing and even spot cleaning are best left to the professionals. A professional cleaning service can do wonders as far as getting out stains, especially if one has the rug attended to quickly.
Learn How To Take Care of Your Antique Rugs and Carpets:
Routine maintenance of your antique rug or vintage carpet is essential to preserving its beauty. Below, find a useful list of tips and tricks designed to help you take care of your antique rugs. From dusting to spot cleaning your rugs, we cover some of the most important things that you can do to preserve the investment that your antique rug represents.
How To Get The Dust Out Of Your Rug?
The first thing you should do when cleaning rugs, is shake the dust off of them. A lot of times a carpet needs nothing more than the dust shook off of it for it to look good and smell fresh again.
To get the dust out of your Oriental rug, please follow these steps:
- Physically pick the carpet up by one end and shake it like you were trying to make a picnic cloth lie flat
- Hang the rug over a line and gently beat the dust out with a rug beater.
- Turn the rug over so it is upside-down and vacuum the back of the rug. The vibrations should loosen up the dust that is embedded deep in the pile and cause the dust to fall to the floor. Then just get rid of the dust that fell to the floor and vacuum the face. Keep doing this till you see that there is no more dust collection on the floor when you turn the rug over (please note that for this to work, you need a vacuum that has bristles and you should move the vacuum slowly).
How to Clean Oriental Rugs and Antique Carpets?
Oriental rug cleaning can be tricky. If you use the wrong cleaning solutions, you may inadvertently damage the rug and cause the colors to run or bleed. When you are cleaning oriental rugs, (especially the old ones that are worth hundreds or thousands of dollars), you should trust professional cleaners to do the job.
How To Make Spot Cleaning Solutions for Your Rug?
Use a mixture of dish washing detergent and warm water to clean spots out of rugs. Take a bowl and place about two cups of warm water (hot or boiling) in it. Then add a few drops of liquid dish detergent in the bowl. Use a whisk, and whisk the mixture together so that it creates bubbles at the top.
***Before you use the rug cleaning solution:
Before you attempt to use any cleaner on your rug, turn the carpet over and find a place on the back that will not be noticed if it gets “messed up”. You will want to test a spot that is at least as big as a silver dollar. Then try and apply the cleaner to see if it is going to make the colors bleed or create any other damages to the carpet.
*Make sure you let the newly cleaned area completely dry before deciding whether or not the cleaner is going to be effective and “safe”.
How To Apply The Cleaning Solution To Your Rugs
Clean the rug using mostly the bubbles and not much water. You do not want to get the area wet, simply clean. Next, take a soft bristled brush, dip a few of the bristles in the cleaning solution you created and lightly rub it over the stained area of the rug.
Rub very gently so that you do not do any damage to the fibers of the carpet… This is very important! If you get vigorous, you could actually break some of the threads and cause permanent damaged. Blot the area dry with a soft, clean cloth.
If the stain does not fully lift out, repeat the steps until the carpet is cleaned. This can be a painstaking process, but take the time and do it right
A Guide To Rug Care and How To Maintain Rugs
Owning an antique rug, especially a fine antique one, is not only a pleasure, but a responsibility. Owners of antique carpets and Persian rugs should actually think of themselves as “the current owner”, one in a series that extends from the distant past and well into the future. Antique rug care and maintenance is perhaps the most important and simplest aspect of owning a rug.
Maintaining an antique rug is vital to protecting the condition and as a result – the value. The basics of rug maintenance are also covered in our Articles About Antique Rug Services
Rugs are mainly susceptible to the following:
- Wear – due to foot traffic and/or rough vacuuming.
- Damage – due to moths and other insects
- Stains – from food or beverages.
- Burns – from smoking or fireplaces.
- Damage – leaks from plumbing/potted plants.
Why carpet damages, if left unattended, become a major problem:
You must be vigilant of a carpet if it begins to unravel or wears down to foundation. If left unattended, the carpet will continue to deteriorate further. As time goes on, worn out areas will become actual holes or tears. Unraveling, which generally occurs at the ends of the rug, will continue to “eat” away at the rug and as time goes by, the loss will become more and more significant.
Any such losses to the fabric – holes and torn/unraveled edges or ends – must be repaired as soon as possible to prevent them from getting larger and then requiring more extensive and expensive repair.
One of the factors for establishing the value of a rug is the condition. As the condition deteriorates, as there are more areas of restoration, the value will inevitably diminish.
Water damage and flower pots:
If you have a leaky flower pot sitting on top of a rug, the water will seep into the rug and over time, the damp/moist area will develop dry rot. Once the foundation of the rug has dry rot, there is no way of fixing it – that area would need to be completely removed and subsequently rewoven and the foundation recreated. This type of damage is easily avoidable and the restoration can be quite expensive, which may affect the future resale value of the rug.
Damages due to leaks can affect the entire rug. If a rug “sits” in water for a long period of time, the colors will begin to run/bleed. The rug may also start developing dry rot throughout. Please note, the rug does not need to be fully submerged in water for this to happen.
Since the wool will absorb the water, once it is wet, it will need to be opened and dried fully. Long term damages can only be assessed once the rug has been fully dried out.
How to minimize the risks of damages to your rug:
- Watch-out for wool eating moths – If you see a moth flying around then you should realize that there is a good chance that your rug is already infested and you should consider seeking professional help. Check both the top pile and the underside of your rug periodically. Look for evidence of moths, especially the white silky cobwebs of the larvae. Some residences tend to have moths. If you fall into this category use moth spray periodically, even on the reverse side of rugs in active use.
- Storing your rugs – If you store rugs folded or rolled, use moth balls or cedar shavings and check the rugs every month or two. Make sure to have the carpet fully wrapped in (and sealed) so that water and humidity will not enter. We also suggest not having the rug sitting directly on the floor of your storage facility. If a leak does occur, it might be days before you find out and you surely would not want your rug “sitting” in water for the entire time.
- Burns – Make sure that you have something placed under a candle or incense. This way the hot wax and ash wont fall directly onto the carpet’s surface.
- Flower Pots – Make sure you have something under the flower pot where the water could pool, but not overflow onto the rug. As long as the area (of the rug) where the flower pot is located remains dry, you should not have any issues.
*If you have a good carpet, then regular stains from food and beverages will most likely not cause long term damage. Therefore you should feel free to use and enjoy the piece and not worry if your guests spill red wine or food.
Mitigating any potential damage from foot traffic:
Even the finest rug will wear down if subjected to repeated foot traffic – that is a fact. That said, if you follow these simple steps, you can protect and increase the longevity of your rugs:
- Rotate the rug – It is important to rotate the rug every two years. This should be done so that the foot traffic is spread evenly over the entire surface of the rug.
- Vacuum your carpet – Frequent vacuuming is essential to remove dust and grit, which will wear the pile down under foot traffic. ***That said, it is important to note that vacuums with long and harsh bristles may damage the rug. So it important to use a vacuum that has a suction only or that has very soft and short bristles.
Keep the colors in your rug from fading:
Contrary to popular opinion, vegetable dyes may fade substantially when exposed to UV light. The synthetic dyes will fade extensively and this will happen far quicker than with the vegetable dyed rugs. Prolonged, intense sunlight is not good for textiles of any type. Intense and direct light might also dry and oxidize the wool by weakening the fibers. This is true of vintage rugs and antique rugs.
That said, by following these simple steps, you can easily keep the colors in your rug looking great:
- Shade the rug – If you have rugs in a very sunny room, it is advisable to use shading (especially during the sunnier hours of the day). You do not to block the light, but will need to reduce it somewhat.
- UV films and filters – Applying UV Filters to your windows is strongly advised. While you will not see an actual difference, the filters are quite effective. They are quick, easy, and inexpensive to implement so it is highly recommended to have them installed.
Things you should avoid doing to ensure your rug will have a long and happy life:
- Do not store rugs in a closet or attic without checking every month or so for moths and humidity.
- Do not store rugs in a basement, the damp environment could lead to irreparable dry rot (due to humidity always being present in such places).
- Do not leave a rug that is damp or wet directly on the floor surface. Moisture that cannot escape or dissipate from under the rug and may also cause dry rot – make sure to prop a damp rug up, letting the air circulate.
- Do not use vacuum cleaners with harsh bristle roller bars, unless the roller feature can be turned off. Roller or beater bars can cause the ends and sides of the rug to fray, leading to extensive loss. The long bristles may also damage the pile of the rug itself.
- Do not attempt to treat stains with chemical cleaners. These may make things worse and prevent a professional cleaner from removing the stain later on.
DYI – How To Clean Your Rugs And Remove Carpet Stains When Accidents Happen
Ultimate DIY Guide To Rug Cleaning
DIY Guide to Clean Your Rugs – Dealing with carpet and rug stains can be a nightmare if not approached properly. Some approaches may even make the stain worse, permanently set it into the fibers, or destroy the quality of the fibers.
To avoid this after an accident or spill, follow these 10 DIY rules of rug cleaning and carpet stain removal:
Top 10 Rules For When You Clean Your Rugs By Yourself:
- Deal with all stains swiftly to prevent them from bonding with carpet and rug fibers.
- Avoid being too liberal with cleaning solutions. Affected fibers should be thoroughly moistened with the solution, but not sitting in a pool of liquid that could spread the stain to unaffected fibers and make cleaning and drying even more difficult.
- Only use cold water to dilute cleaning solutions. While certain materials may be removed more easily with hot water, the heat serves to seal in displaced color pigments into the carpet’s fibers.
- Only use cleaning fluids when necessary. Many spills can be removed without the risk of dispersing the particles with liquid cleaning solutions.
- Stains should never be scrubbed or rubbed. Use a repetitive dabbing motion of press, release, and readjust cloth…. press, release, and readjust cloth… repeat the process as needed.
- Never use colored or printed cloths or paper goods to clean a stain. White cotton cloths and rags are ideal.
- Start at the edge of the stain or spill and move toward the center.
- Use a garment brush or a toothbrush with soft haired bristles if needed to gently brush out residual stain residue.
- If needed, a hair dryer or fan may be used to dry the cleaned area, especially if in a high traffic area where any leftover moisture will wick dirt.
- Restore the carpet or rug pile with a clean soft bristled garment or toothbrush. Make sure to stroke the fibers in the direction of the pile / with the nap and not against it.
Preparing The Rug Cleaning And Spot Treating Solutions To Clean Your Rugs
There are several DIY spot cleaning solutions that are usually safe and effective to clean your rugs which include:
- Vinegar – A vinegar solution of either 100% vinegar or 50 / 50 vinegar and water is one of the safest and most effective solutions for most stains.
- Detergent – Mix a tablespoon of translucent dish detergent, such as liquid Dawn, with a tablespoon of cold water.
- Ammonia – Mix a tablespoon of household ammonia into half a cup of cold water.
- Oil solvent – Examples include mineral spirits and fingernail polish remover.
How To Apply The Spot Cleaning Solutions While You Clean Your Rugs:
Never pour spot cleaning solutions directly on the carpet or rug because it often leads to overly saturating the fibers and possibly acting as a conduit to spread the stain. Instead, pick a method based on the size and depth of the stain, including;
- Spray bottle (hand held)
- Apply the solution directly to an uncolored cloth.
- Eye dropper or medicine dropper
- Ladle or spoon
- Cotton tipped cosmetic stick (Q-Tip)
When You Clean Your Rugs, Treat Each Accident or Stain Appropriately:
Some people make the mistake of learning a stain trick and applying it to all stains. Stains operate very differently due to their various chemical makeups and adhesion properties. For safe and effective removal, each type of carpet stain should be treated and cleaned appropriately.
Most Common Types Of Carpet Accidents Or Damages And How You Should Clean Your Rugs
How To Clean And Treat Burns From Your Rugs
Burn markings should never be rubbed or scrubbed at. Dabbing methods also will rarely remove soot on burnt carpet. Carefully push the unaffected fibers away from the burned section. The burn will often be on the surface or top portion of each carpet fiber. In this case, use craft or cosmetic scissors to snip the burnt section of each carpet fiber away. Use a garment brush to overlap unaffected fibers around the snipped pieces.
How To Clean And Remove Asphalt Stains From Your Rugs
Use a blunt object, such as a spoon, to gently scrape as much of the asphalt off as possible. Lightly apply an oil solvent solution directly over the stain to moisten it. Use a cloth to dab to solution and stain away. Continue the effort until all the asphalt is lifted. A detergent solution may be used to finish cleaning up any residual staining.
How To Clean And Remove Wax And Gum From Your Rugs
Wax and gum will harden if ice is applied over either of them. Leave the ice for five minutes so that the wax pieces or gum is hard enough to be broken free of the rug or carpet fibers. Any remaining traces of the wax’s color may be removed with the solvent and dab technique.
Wax has an alternative method should it not come up easily following an ice treatment. A brown paper bag may be laid over the wax. Swiftly run a warm iron across the bag, never leaving it idle in one place, until the wax adheres to the bag. Keep in mind that this method does pose a fire and burn risk.
How To Clean And Remove Oil And Grease Stains From Your Rugs
Use a spoon or blunt object to gently scrape away hardened particles. Use an oil solvent solution and the dab technique until oil is lifted. Follow up with a detergent solution and the dab technique. Dry and bush if needed. An ammonia solution and the dab method may be necessary for set-in, stubborn stains.
How To Clean And Remove Spills From Your Rugs – Beer, Soft Drinks, Milk, Juice, Tea, Liquor And So Forth
Begin by absorbing and removing the spillage itself by blotting with a dry colorless cloth as follows: Lay the cloth over the spillage to absorb surface liquid, never pressing down just yet. Repeat until surface liquid is completely absorbed. Use a second dry cloth to press down directly on the stain to remove deeper spillage. This two-step absorptive technique helps to ensure surface spillage isn’t pressed deeper into the carpet or rugs fibers. And, this in of itself may often remove the stain.
If stain remains, apply a detergent solution and the dab technique. Any residual stains may be removed with a vinegar solution and the dab method. Harshly-colored beverages may require an ammonia treatment with the dab method. Thoroughly dry the cleaned area. If necessary, use a garment brush to restore the natural placement of the fibers.
How To Clean And Remove Blood Stains From Your Rugs
Use the two-step absorption process to remove surface liquid without deeper penetration. Go with a detergent solution and the dab method first. Ammonia solution and the dab method may be used to remove any residual staining. Thoroughly dry.
How To Clean And Remove Chocolate Stains From Your Rugs
Use a spoon to scrape off any bits of chocolate. Use a detergent solution to dab the stain. Ammonia and the dab method may be used for difficult stains. Dry and brush if needed.
How To Clean And Remove Coffee Stains From Your Rugs
Use the two-step method to absorb the liquid. Apply and ammonia solution to the stain and let it sit for two to three minutes. Use the dab method to remove the stain. Reapply ammonia as needed and repeat until the stain is lifted. Dry thoroughly.
How To Clean And Remove Glue Stains From Your Rugs
Saturate a cloth with vinegar. Dab and gently pull upwards against the carpet fibers. Repeat until all the glue is lifted. Follow up with a detergent solution or minimal amount of alcohol solution may be necessary to remove any residual stickiness.
How To Clean And Remove Ice cream Spills From Your Rugs
Scrape away as much of the ice cream as possible with a spoon. Use the dab method with an ammonia solution to remove any stains. Dry and brush if needed.
How To Clean And Remove Condiment Spills From Your Rugs
Scrape away as much of the ketchup, mustard, mayo as possible. Dab away any remaining condiment from the surface gently. Apply a detergent solution and use the dab method to lift deeper residue. If stain remains, use an ammonia or vinegar solution and the dab method. Dry and brush if needed.
How To Clean And Remove Ink Stains From Your Rugs
Ink is like the gladiator of stains, but it’s not without a DIY stain solution. Spray the stain thoroughly with hairspray. Wait 10 – 15 minutes for it to dry and adhere to the ink. Use a soft-haired garment brush dipped in a 50 / 50 vinegar to water solution to lift the stain.
How To Clean and Remove Lipstick Stains From Your Rugs
Scrape away as much of the lipstick as possible. Dab away any remaining lipstick from the surface gently. Apply a detergent solution and use the dab method to lift deeper residue. If stain remains, use an ammonia or vinegar solution and the dab method. Dry and brush if needed
How To Clean And Remove Nail polish, Paint, & Shoe Polish From Your Rugs
Scrape away any dried or liquid polish. Dip a cotton-tip cosmetic stick into nail polish remover. Dab at the stain, using a new cotton stick as needed until the bulk of the stain is removed. Follow up with a detergent solution, clean cloth, and the dab method. Difficult colors may require an ammonia solution and the dab method.
How To Clean And Remove Soot and Ash Stains From Your Rugs
These dried particles shouldn’t be moistened. Instead, use a vacuum with a nozzle attachment to suck up the particles. Be sure to place the nozzle head just above the particles, avoiding pressing them into or rubbing them across the carpet or rug
How To Clean and Remove Vomit Stains From Your Rugs
Scrape the vomit from the carpet or rug with a spoon. Use a vinegar solution and the dab method to both disinfect the fabric and remove the stain. Follow up with a detergent solution if needed. Thoroughly dry.
How To Clean and Remove Urine Stains From Your Rugs
Urine removers often damage carpets and don’t even sanitize them. Use the two-step method to absorb the liquid. Use the dab method with 100% vinegar solution to disinfect, remove odors, and remove the stain.
How To Clean And Remove Wine Stains And Spills From Your Rugs
Use the two-step method to absorb all excess fluids. Use the dab method and a vinegar solution to lift any remaining stains. Dry thoroughly.
***Special Considerations Before Starting Any DIY Carpet Or Rug Cleaning Project:
- Applying anything to a stain has the potential to worsen the stain and/or otherwise damage the carpet or rug. If this isn’t an acceptable risk, contact a professional cleaning service as soon as possible.
- Specialty flooring, such as Oriental rugs, antique carpets, silk rugs, fine Persian rugs (to name but a few) may require professional cleaning services.
- Know your chemicals! Certain chemicals, such as bleach and ammonia should never be mixed. Doing so may produce chemical burns to the lungs, skin, and eyes and could even have fatal consequences. Always know what chemicals are being used and how to use them safely for the health of humans and fabrics.
- If in doubt of a product and material being compatible, use a test swatch first.
- In drying, keep in mind any pads underneath carpet and rugs. Leaving moisture underneath can create mold, dry rot and mildew.
Now Lets Learn How Best To Keep Your Rugs Clean
Learn more about the upkeep of old rugs
Upkeep of old rugs – Good oriental rugs, antique rugs, or even first-rate hand made rugs, have a proven track record when it comes to investment. Like any other investment you may own, your house, antique paintings and furniture you must take care of them in order to help maintain their value.
With old rugs, the upkeep is easier that you may think. Naturally one needs to keep it clean so we suggest vacuuming your rugs regularly based on how much traffic they get.
For example, a library rug that you walk on just a few times a day would not need vacuuming more than once or twice a month but your entry hall rug which gets the most traffic and dirt would probably need to be vacuumed once a week.
Every two to three of years we suggest you have your rugs picked up and professionally cleaned. Also to help wear the evenly we suggest rotating your rug every time it come back from cleaning.
This simple but very effective measure will aid in adding many years to the life of your rug. When it comes to fraying, unraveling or holes we suggest getting immediate assistance. As in life, the more you put it off the worse off you may be in the long run.
A small hole or wear area will grow and grow and before you know it a minor and inexpensive matter could evolve into an avoidable headache which can cost you hundreds even thousands more than if you had attended to it immediately.
Therefore we suggest that if you have any concerns or questions about the upkeep of old antique rugs please do not hesitate to call us. We will be happy to answer any questions you have.
How To Keep Your Rug Clean – Removing Footwear
Keep Your Rug Clean – Many people are worry about how to keep their rug clean. One way to avoid the wear and tear of high volume foot traffic is to restrict the use of footwear in the home.
In many countries where rug weaving is a respected and accepted art form, both residents and visitors are required to remove hard soled footwear upon entering a residence. Bare feet or those protected only by socks, put less stress on rug fibers. In addition, by removing your shoes, you can keep soil, dirt and debris from the outside world from being tracked throughout the home as well as your clean rug.
Even when placed in high traffic areas, it’s important, for the longevity of the rug, to clean it only when it’s truly needed. Rugs in both high and low traffic areas of the home may only need to be cleaned once every few years.
A professional rug cleaner can give any rug a thorough cleaning but make sure to do so only when it’s really needed.
How to Tell if a Rug Needs to be Cleaned
There are a few ways to determine if it is time to shampoo a home’s rugs. One way to examine larger rugs is by holding up one edge of the rug and kicking the bulk of the carpet from underneath. If the impact causes a generous cloud of dust or debris to be released, that’s an indication that a deep cleaning is needed, but bear in mind that carpet fibers and some dust is to be expected.
A method that will work on any sized rug is to kneel down and use one’s hand to uncover dirt. The hand should be rubbed vigorously against the rug’s pile fibers in an arching motion for five to 10 seconds. If this causes the individual’s hand to become dirty, the carpet should be cleaned soon.
A final method involves looking at the underside of the rug. Bend it back over itself, so the warp and weft can be examined. Signs of dirt here indicate that a deep cleaning is needed. If the dirt is embedded this deep into the rug, a typical vacuuming will not be enough to pull out the dirt.
How To Clean A Rug Yourself
Yes, you can clean a rug yourself and it’s not always necessary to hire professionals for a good rug cleaning.
Here is the DIY instructions and step by step guide to clean a rug yourself:
- Vacuum each side of the rug thoroughly to clean it of excess debris. By both sides we mean vacuuming the backside of the rug first (the vibrations will shake loose dust and debris that are deeply embedded in the rug). After collecting all the dust from the floor, flip the rug to its front side and vacuum the face. Repeat this until there is very little to no dust left in the rug.
- Once the rug is dust free, its time to Shampoo the face / front side of the rug. Use only cool water, along with a mild liquid dish soap or shampoo specifically made for rugs. A good tool for this would be a soft brush with long bristles or a high-quality sponge that won’t shed. Wet the brush liberally with the water, soap and the bubbly suds. Brush the fibers firmly in the direction of the nap, careful not to apply too much pressure.
There are a couple things to consider in selecting the proper detergent for this type of cleaning job. In choosing the best detergent, check ingredients to ensure it doesn’t contain ammonia of any kind. Also, it’s a good idea to test one small segment of the carpet for color runs, before proceeding to shampoo the entire rug.
- For a deep clean, use a lot of the solution water. Then use the brush or sponge to scrub away from the carpet, so dirty water will be pushed out of the fibers. Repeat this process several times for best results. Rinse the rug thoroughly with clean, running water, ensuring to wash out excess soap and lingering soil.
- For a lighter clean or for cleaning antique rugs specifically, we suggest using very little water. You may even only want to use the soapy suds and brush them lightly into the rug’s pile. By constantly washing the brush in the water, you will remove the dirt from the rug and wash it off in the solution.
- If you cleaned your rug with a lot of water, try to squeeze out all the excess water. The best tool for this is a rubber window / floor squeegee, but one’s hands may work in a pinch. Push the excess water out in the direction of the nap and repeat this process as needed to get as much of the water out.
- Dry the rug completely, front and back. Lay the rug flat on the floor with the face of the rug pointing up. Then place items underneath it allow air to circulate through the rug until it feels dry to the touch (this will help ensure that it wont get damaged by dry rot setting in). If you have the ability to hang it that may be the best. To hasten the drying process you may want to use fans to push more air through and around the rug.
- Any stiffness in the rug’s fibers can be brushed out with a vacuum or a soft bristled brush after the now clean rug has dried out completely.
This method can be done by anyone and is the best way to rid a rug of deeply embedded soil and debris. This is best done on a clean driveway, garage floor or any large surface. Even one’s utility room may also suffice, but one should use his or her best judgment.
Keep Your Rug Clean Amidst Spills
People need to feel free to use and enjoy the rugs they buy. As part of daily use, spills do happen but don’t panic or get upset when they do.
By working on any spills, as they occur, you greatly reduce the chances of any long term damage.
Pet urine accidents are one of the most common types of spills. These are one of the more problematic accidents to deal with. Urine stains will likely harden the foundation of the rug and they will leave an odor. With repeated urination, the rug’s foundation may crack and break. Also, since urine is very acidic, it may actually bleach the colors and create discolored area so getting to these stains quickly is vital.
How to clean spills and urine from your rug:
If you get to the affected area quickly, first use a cloth or rag to blot up as much of the liquid as possible. Next, a smaller rug (if the rug is safe for a deep wash) can be cleaned outside with a hose and cool water.
If the rug is large, you can clean portions of it in a basin or bucket. In these instances, press the affected area down into the basin. Be careful not to put too much weight on it, or tipping may occur. Pour cool water over the affected area of the carpet in the basin.
*In either case, add 1 cup of white vinegar for every gallon of rinse water to help deter color running and to rid the carpet of urine or food odors.
Once the rug or the affected area has been rinsed, make a solution that consists of 1/4 cup of white vinegar, 1/2 tsp of liquid dish washing detergent and two cups of tepid water. Use this solution to sponge or blot the affected area of the rug thoroughly and then let it dry. If possible, drape the carpet or rug over a lawn chair or sawhorse. This will allow both sides to dry simultaneously and quicken the process.
In cases where a pet (or child) accident involves vomit or fecal matter, remove the solid material first. It’s best to clean it up without spreading, because this may increase the risk of a larger stain. Next, clean the carpet as directed above, being cautious to blot and not to scrub.
Again, scrubbing could cause the affected area to spread and may create a deeper stain.
*** Always remember to clean WITH the direction of the nap.
A Note About White Vinegar and Cleaning Your Rugs
The majority of oriental rugs use acid fast and natural rug dyes. When adding the white vinegar to carpet washing water, the solution is given a higher acidic rating, which strengthens the bond between the dye and the fibers of the rug. This process creates better protection against color running or fading.
Whether a liquid spill or a pet accident involving solid matter, always finish by sponging the area with cool and clean water. Absorbent towels or a non shedding brush is best for this part of the process, though a soft bristled brush may also be used.
Push in the direction of the nap, but bear in mind that scrubbing too hard could cause the fibers to loosen. Towels should be placed under the rug to keep the underlying floor and any padding from soaking up the water (though we do strongly suggest that you remove the under pad before you begin cleaning your rugs).
Be sure that the backside of the rug is completely dry, before removing the towels…. both the nap and underlying side of the rug should both be thoroughly dry.