Things That Ruin Your Oriental Carpets
Oriental rugs are works of art that are quite expensive. You have poured your heart and soul in finding the one that fulfills your every home décor requirement from color to pattern to size. Though these hand woven rugs are quite durable and hardy, there are certain elements lurking in your home that can ruin or shorten the lifespan of your oriental rugs.
Prevention is better than cure so you, rug owners, need keep a close eye on these factors that could ruin your expensive investments.
Moisture and water
Water is required to clean your dirty rugs but prolonged exposure to water or persistent moisture has extensive damaging effects to your woolen rugs. Extensive exposure to water, not only invites insects and allows mold and mildew growth, can actually rot the underlying fibers of rug whether they are made from wool, cotton or silk. To avoid mold or mildew, rugs need to be thoroughly drip and air dried once it’s been washed. Also don’t hang the wet rugs otherwise it will sag and will look terribly shabby and uneven. The correct way to dry a wet rug is by laying down horizontally on a clean flat surface and letting it dry naturally.
One of the most common and most damaging elements for oriental rugs is the presence of moths and carpet beetles. The adult moths and beetles don’t do the actual damage but their larvae do. Moths and beetles love the rugs the most when it comes to laying eggs with all the natural fibers and knots, especially, dark and rarely vacuumed or walk-on spaces. These larvae after hatches start eating vigorously whatever in their sights, even eating the fibers of the rugs that require extensive repair. The damage occurs silently in these unseen areas, but can move quickly.
We love our four-legged friends. However in early months, puppies tend to teethe whatever is most handy and at most times it’s your rugs. You can avoid this by sprinkling moth flakes underneath the rug. The scent of moth flakes is hated by puppies. Meanwhile cats tend to most damage by scratching and it’s important you curb this habit.
The other issue pets pose comes from lack of house training. Pet urine is highly damaging to rugs, particularly rug dyes, which can become bleached as a result and cannot be corrected.
As soon as accidents happens, blot the area with white cloth or paper towel, sprinkle the solution of white vinegar and warm water and blot as much liquid as you can. If possible, elevate the rug to allow air circulation.
Exposure to sun’s UV rays
Sun is lovely when it’s winter but we take precaution with our skin. Just like that our beautiful rugs also need protection from long term exposure to sun. Over time sun’s rays will cause beautiful colors of your rugs, especially with synthetic dyes to fade. If the sun’s rays hits at one side of the rug, the discoloration will be very noticeable.
The best way to avoid uneven discoloration is to keep rug away from direct sunlight or reduce the strength of UV rays by either applying a UV reduction film or replacing the glass with UV protective panels. Or if this is unavoidable, the next best thing to do is to rotate the rug regularly so that it is evenly exposed to the sun.
If spills happen, act immediately before spills has time to dry and stain your beautiful rug. Blot the area with paper towel or clean, damp white cloth and absorb as much liquid as possible. You may need to repeat this a few times to remove all traces of the spill.
Rolling your rug in plastic wrap and storing in upright position against wall can cause damage like plastic wrap that seal in moisture encourages mold growth. Also standing it upright can damage lower edges. The correct way to store your rugs so that it lasts longer is by rolling loosely and storing flat on the floor in a climate-controlled room.
Wrong washing processes
Each fiber has its own way of washing process. Using wrong chemical or wrong washing process can cause irreparable damage to your rug. Harsh chemicals react with natural dyes and natural fibers of rug resulting in discoloration. Look at the label behind the carpet for correct washing procedures. If your rug is made of silk, it’s best left to professional to do the cleaning job.
Protect your beautiful expensive work of art by taking necessary cautions so that your hand woven oriental carpets and rugs last for generations. Look out for these factors when you are taking care of your hand woven rugs.