Your area and Oriental rugs are an investment.
You chose them carefully for a specific space, or maybe you have a beautiful Oriental rug that was passed down from an older family member.
Old, new, or somewhere in-between, your rugs need care to stay looking like new and to last a long, long time.
And part of that care is knowing the RIGHT way to vacuum.
I know what you’re thinking.
“There’s a WRONG way to vacuum my rugs?”
Yes, indeed. But don’t worry – we’ve got a demonstration that shows you exactly what to do.
(It’s not hard and there will not be a quiz afterward.)
Watch the video now and start changing up your vacuum strategy to give your rugs the best life possible.
Keep reading after the video for the full transcript, in case you like to imagine things instead of watching them actually happen like most normal people.
Area rug vacuuming demonstration
Today, we’re taking time to talk about the cleaning and care of Oriental area rugs. Primarily, vacuuming and what you can do in your home.
Many times, dry soils and sharp particles can get down into the backing, down close to the foundation fibers and when they’re there, they can cause cutting and damage that will actually wear out the fibers.
When it comes to your choice of the vacuum to use, there are canister vacuums and upright vacuums. Canister vacuums are nice because, many times, we can turn the beater bar and beater brush attachment on or off. If we’re going to be using an upright vacuum, we would want to choose the type of vacuum that has the beater bars as opposed to the brush.
When we’re setting and making the adjustment, on an area rug, we want them to come just in contact with the face fiber because we don’t want too much aggression, but we want the action against the face fiber so as to remove that dry particulate soil.
Our first step would be to take the rug, if possible, and turn it over on its back side. Running the vacuum back and forth over the rug from the back side allows the vibrations to drop soils out of the face fibers onto the floor below.
We want to be careful to not to leave the vacuum sitting in one place too long so as not to cause any damage. When working along the fringes, we want to go sideways, being careful not to damage the fringe or the surged edges of the rug. For a rug that has not had the vacuuming from the back side done in quite a while, it can take several cycles, perhaps, for all of this to be accomplished properly.
So, we’re going to take the rug now and turn it over on the face side. You’ll be able to see that soil that has gathered on the floor below, and we can sweep that up so that they’re not on the floor when it comes time to turn the rug face-side up. As you can see, we’ve gathered quite a bit from just this one small rug.
When preparing to vacuum the face of the rug, it’s a good idea to make sure that the beater bar or brushes are raised up a little bit so that they’re not too aggressive on the face fibers. Then, when we do the vacuuming, we want to take the rug and the vacuum and go side-to-side. We want to vacuum thoroughly, but we want to avoid catching the fringes.
Damage to the fringe is one of the most common needs for repair and replacement. Once we’ve done this in both directions, side-to-side, the vacuuming of the face fiber would be complete.
The frequency of the vacuuming necessary may depend a lot on where the rug is located in the home. As an example, a rug of this nature, in an entryway, may need to be vacuumed once a week. If it’s in a further point in the house, say an upstairs bedroom, maybe every other week. But remember that frequent care and proper care of the fine Oriental and area rugs in your home can extend the life of that rug from any generation.