Do you have an oriental rug or carpet? how do you keep it clean? Well oriental rugs are expensive and you can start by preventing it from getting dirty. For example remove outdoor shoes when you or any guest enter your house, it is a great idea if it goes with your lifestyle. Keep in mind that if it rains you have to tell your guests to take out their shoes or clean them first.
Bare foot is more gentler to a rug that a hard shoe, leaving shoes at the entrance of the house tracks in much less dirt.
Clean your rug when it really needs it, that may mean cleaning it once a year, in other areas rugs can last longer without professional cleaning.
Test if your rug is dirt:
Pick up a corner of the rug and while holding it kick the back of the rug, if a cloud of dirt flies the rug is dirty and needs cleaning.
Rug and rub the pile with your hand in a hosrt arc for 10 seconds. Look at your fingers, if your hand is dirty the rug needs professional cleaning
With the pile facing up fold part of the rug back upon itself so that the pile opens along a line of knots. If the warp and weft look dirty, there is dirt deep in the pile.
You can clean it yourself
You can easily clean small rugs, you can do it better in an utility room or garage. Vacuum both sides well.
Shampoo the rug with cold water and mild liquid soap or rug shampoo. Avoid using ammonia water, strong detergents or sudsy ammonia water. Use a soft long haired brush. Brush the pile firmly with linear motions in the direction of the nap, avoid scrubing too vigorously. We the nap thoroughly with the soapy water.
Wash fringes with the same soap solution. Use a laundry brush and then brush again and again from the pile. Rinse with running water.
Squeese excess water with a rubber window squeegee.
Lay flat to dry. When the nap feels dry, turn the rug over, dry thoroughly. If you feel the pile a bit stiff when dry, brush gently.
Professional Deep carpet cleaning
Sometimes is not enough to just clean it yourself or your carpet looks dull and lifeless with many spots and stains, then you need professional carpet cleaning. You can call the experts to help you out, ask for a free quote, tell them how many rooms you need cleaned and if there are any special spots or stains that are particularly difficult ask how they plan to remove them and if there is any extra cost.
There are many good companies that can do the job, just make sure that the have experience, that they use safe cleaning products and that they offer a guarantee.
Cleaning a caret is not rocket science but at least once a year is recommended to have a good clean to make your rugs last.