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Area Rug Care and Maintenance

black, white area rug It has been said that an Oriental rug doesn't wear out; instead, it is more likely that an area rug may "wear out" several generations of its owners!  With proper care and maintenance, you can pretty much guarantee that your beautiful rug will become a cherished family heirloom.
Padding is a Must 
The first step in caring for your oriental rug is installing proper padding.  Padding muffles the sound of footsteps and prevents the rug from sliding on smooth flooring.
More importantly, padding helps protect your rug from incessant crushing between shoe heels and flooring.  The proper padding is no more than one-half inch thick and is just smaller than the rug itself.  Types of padding available include rubber, high-density foam, needle-punch poly-propylene and rubberized hair/jute.  There are many quality and affordable kinds of rug padding available to protect your area rug.
Regular Maintenance
An oriental rug's greatest defence against wear and tear is the very substance of the rug itself: wool.  Wool fibres tend to keep everyday dirt particles toward the surface.  As you walk on the rug, however, these dirt particles can be forced down into the nap of the wool and begin to cut into the wool strands. Regular weekly vacuuming removes surface dirt before it settles into the rug. Vacuum in the direction of the rug's pile (determined by running your hand across the rug: it will feel smooth in one direction and coarse in the other - vacuum in the smooth direction.)  If your rug is new, you can expect some shedding at first.  This is natural, and you need not be alarmed.  Shedding will subside after a few months of regular use and care.
You can also extend the life of your oriental rug by rotating it 180 degrees every year or two. This helps to even out the effects of traffic and sunlight.

Remember that your oriental rug is a valuable work of art and deserves the care and attention you give any fine possession. With the minimum maintenance outlined above, your rug will provide years of beauty and durability.

Professional Cleaning

No matter how hard you may try to avoid them, dirt and stains will occur.  From time to time it is important to get your valuable area rugs professionally cleaned.  For the best and most reliable cleaning, call Reliable Carpet & Upholstery Care

If your rugs haven't been professionally cleaned in the last year or so, call today!  Reliable offers free pickup and delivery of your valuable rugs anywhere in the GTA.


Information on this website is provided courtesy of Reliable Carpet & Upholstery Care Inc.  It is intended to assist the home or business owner to address minor stains and accidents as quickly as possible after they occur.  They will not replace the service provided by a reputable carpet, rug and upholstery cleaning service.

For thorough, professional cleaning of your furniture, carpet and area rugs, call today:

Reliable Carpet & Upholstery Care  -  416-461-4006