Oriental Rug Cleaning Instructions

  • 4-5 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 30-150
What You'll Need
Vacuum cleaner
Rug shampoo or any mild liquid soap
Soft long-bristled brush or non-shedding sponge
Ordinary laundry brush
Rubber squeegee
Cool running water

You can take on oriental rug cleaning all by yourself and save tons of money on professional cleaning. The entire process can be performed in the comfort of your garage or driveway in the following five easy steps!

Step 1 – Clean Both Sides of the Rug

Before you start attacking stubborn dirt on your rug, it is important to ensure that both sides of the rug are free from dust and other particles. Use your vacuum cleaner to siphon off dirt and filth from on top and underneath the rug.

Step 2 – Shampoo the Rug

A thorough oriental rug cleaning is not possible without proper shampooing. This step is necessary for removing stains and other spots on your rug. First, wet the rug with running water. Then, apply specially-made rug shampoo or simply use mild liquid soap. Beware of using harsh detergents or ammonia as these materials can ruin the color and fabric of your rug.

To ensure that you are using a safe shampoo for oriental rug cleaning, you can test the solution on a small portion of your rug or carpet. When the color in that area does not run, you can proceed with shampooing your rug. For the center portion of your oriental rug, use a soft long-bristled brush or non-shedding sponge. Do not apply too much force when brushing and, as much as possible, brush in a straight line motion following the rug pile direction.

Step 3 – Wash the Edges of the Rug

The edges of the rug also need proper cleaning. Here, you can use ordinary laundry brush with the same cleaning solution that you have used for the inner or center portions of the rug. This time, try to brush away from the direction of the pile.

Step 4 – Rinse the Rug Thoroughly

After brushing and shampooing, wash rug with running water. While rinsing, you can lightly sweep the rug with a soft brush to take out remaining shampoo or soap.

Step 5 – Dry Completely

When doing oriental rug cleaning, it is easy to overlook the drying phase. But actually, this is one of the most important steps. Moisture can ruin your rug’s appearance and colors. To speed up drying, use rubber squeegee to force out excess water. Again, make sure to use straight line strokes following the rug pile direction.

When all water is gone, place the rug flat on a surface or, if it is small, hang it on a thick bar of wood. After the top surface has dried, turn the rug over for the other side to dry as well. Proper amounts of heat and air circulation are the best ways to dry your rug. But throughout your oriental rug cleaning, always keep your rug away from direct sunlight.