Heirloom Oriental rugs can be expensive, so you’ll want to take care of them the best you can, so they will last a long time and look their best.
Taking Care of Your Heirloom Oriental Rugs
1. Laying a rug flat– Oriental rugs may come folded for shipping and there may be creases and wrinkles when you go to lay it down. The best way to fix these issues is to figure out which way the nap lays to flatten it out. Rub your hand along the rug, it will feel smooth or rough. After you figure it out you can stand at the side of the rug with the nap running toward you. Roll the rug up and then unroll it to smooth it out. Make sure the nap is running toward you. If you still have wrinkles that just won’t go away, you can have it looked at as these wrinkles can cause permanent damage.
2. Moving a rug– If you have a large rug then there’s a right way and a wrong way to move it. Pulling it from one end with a lot of force is the wrong way as you can damage the fringe. The right way is to roll it up frost and then move it. If you are planning to store the rug, then have it cleaned first and then wrap it. Rugs that are put away dirty can be more prone to a moth infestation. Any debris left in the rug will also act like glass and can damage the fibers.
3. Use rug pads– These are great for extending the life of your rug. These pads help prevent tripping on the edges of the rug and will keep it from creasing and sliding around. They also make the rug more comfortable under your feet. These rug pads are also good at reducing sound. Make sure you use a pad that is an inch shorter than the perimeter of the rug minus the fringe, so it doesn’t show. These pads can be made of felt, polyester, rubber or a synthetic foam material.
4. Prevent sun damage– The sun can be hard on oriental rugs as it causes them to fade. The UV rays from the sun are powerful and if a rug is placed in a sunny spot then you can expect it to fade. The best thing you can do for your oriental rug is to place it out of direct sunlight and close the blinds or drapes during the day to further protect them. If you are still worried about fading, then turn the rug from time to time to even out any fading.
5. Rotate rug to avoid uneven wear– The best way to prevent your heirloom rug is to rotate it once a year to keep the wear even and to keep the color even. If you have a floor that is uneven it’s best not to place your rug on it. Raised boards or a transition strip, for example, will cause that part of the rug to wear faster than the rest of it.