How Can You Clean Oriental Rugs in Six Steps?


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To clean an Oriental rug, vacuum it, shampoo its surface and fringe, rinse it with cool water, remove excess water, and let it dry. Cleaning takes about five hours and requires a vacuum, a bucket, water, mild liquid soap, a stiff cleaning brush, rubber gloves and a rubber window squeegee.

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  1. Vacuum the rug

    Vacuum both sides of the rug. If your vacuum has an upholstery brush attachment, use it to loosen dried dirt and grime. Otherwise, rub those areas with a dry cleaning brush while you vacuum.

  2. Shampoo the rug

    Fill a bucket with cool water, and add several tablespoons of mild liquid soap. Put on rubber gloves, and wash the rug with this solution. Rub the soap into the rug with a stiff cleaning brush. Use downward strokes and light pressure.

  3. Shampoo the fringe

    Saturate the fringe with the cleaning solution, and rub the fabric with your hands to loosen stubborn grime. Then, stroke the fringe with the cleaning brush.

  4. Rinse the rug and fringe

    Empty the bucket, rinse it out, and fill it with cool water. Rinse the rug and the fringe until no soap remains.

  5. Remove excess water

    Run the rubber window squeegee in a downward motion away from the pile. Continue with a light pressure until all of the excess water is removed.

  6. Dry the rug

    Lay the rug flat in a well-ventilated space. When the surface feels dry, turn the rug upside down, and leave it that way for another hour. Continue flipping the rug at intervals until both sides are completely dry.

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