Antique Rug Cleaning

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Antique Rug Cleaning Services

Someone with experience who recognizes the value of antique rugs should perform the service. Every antique rug requires specific attention prior to being cleaned. Nothing works better when cleaning hand-made rugs than soap and water.

Antique rugs are valuable investments. When cared for properly, you can enjoy them for years. Never attempt to steam clean a hand-made rug with a rented machine. It will cause harm to the rug and cause it to deteriorate in a few years. Have a professional use a rinse-through wash that soaks the rug in water and soap and proceeds to thoroughly rinse out the soap.

Removing Spills

Many older rugs are made with lanolin-rich wool that has a stain repellent property. If something is spilled on a wool rug, often it can be blotted before stains occur. A moist, clean cloth used to blot from the edges to the center may be all that is needed.

If soap is necessary, hair shampoo can be used. Wool and human hair have similar protein makeup. Red wine may require an unscented mild soap or one to two teaspoons of white vinegar diluted, in a quart of water, to remove. Do not use apple cider vinegar.

Scrubbing will embed stains into fibers. Use a box or stool to elevate the area that is damp. Air dry, using a fan, for 24 to 48 hours. This process dries the rug as quickly as possible. The pile and foundation need to be dry. Carpets that sit damp for a long time are in danger of foundation rot. Using other home remedies can cause irreversible discoloration. Chemicals are never to be used. If blotting or the solutions suggested here do not remove a spill or stain, call a professional.

Other Precautions

Do not place potted plants on antique rugs. Even planters with water basins can allow water to infiltrate the rug. Irreversible mildew damage can result.

Rugs that were accidently flooded need immediate attention. Smaller rugs can be hung on an outdoor railing or spread on a lawn to be dried by sunlight. Large rugs should be vacuumed with a water vacuum then dried with a hair dryer or space heater. It is advised to have the rug washed and dried professionally with a few days of the occurrence.

Regular Maintenance

Antique rugs that are made of lanolin-rich fibers should be interfered with as little as possible. The rug may lose its natural protection. Do not moth-proof, dry-clean, or steam-clean these rugs. Use a non-electric sweeper on rugs with low pile rather than a suction vacuum.

Modern sweepers cause static electricity that is effective in cleaning the surface and pile of antique rugs. They bring out the sheen in wool fibers. The beater brush of electric vacuum cleaners has a rotary action that is too rough for antique rugs. Knots are pulled out, and wrapped selvage edges are frayed.

Every five or six years, have professionals carpet cleaners tumble or hand-wash your antique rugs. The tumbling process uses a machine similar to that of a clothes dryer. Dust particles and dirt are removed. These particles penetrate the pile and have an abrasive effect on the fibers.

Choose a carpet clean with years of experience to maintain vintage rugs. Rugs more than 150 years old can successfully last in families with children and pets if a well-constructed, high-quality material rugs are cared for properly.