How to Clean Oriental Rugs

If you’re like me, you’ll love being in a beautiful and well-decorated space. To me, a home is not a home without the flamboyance that comes with oriental area rugs. The many different colors and patterns will add great aesthetics to any room, bringing an atmosphere of happiness into your home.

What I like about oriental area rugs are their soft fibers. The heavenly feel that your toes experience is mindblowing! Oriental area rugs also provide excellent areas for watching TV or playing games.

With all these major benefits comes the need for consistent maintenance. In cleaning your oriental area rugs, you should make sure to use the right cleaners and the correct procedures to get the job done successfully.

You may hire professional cleaners to freshen up your rugs, but scrap that! I have some amazing tips to share with you on how to keep your rugs looking fresh and clean!



Tips for Keeping your Oriental Area Rugs Clean



If you have small area rugs, cleaning them will be a breeze! However, it’s ideal to clean them outdoors, especially on a warm day. I recommend carrying out your cleaning routine in a garage or a utility room.

To achieve the best results from your cleaning:

  1. Prepare the rug. It’s best to vacuum both sides to get rid of any dirt or dust that may be present.
  2. Check for color running or fading. If you’re using commercial shampoo or rug cleaners, ensure that you act in accordance with the mixing directions on the label. Alternatively, you can just pour a few drops of gentle dish soap into a bucket of warm water.

Using hot water will cause color fading or shrinkage in the fibers. It’s safer to test the mixture on a small, hidden section of the rug to see if the colors are running. If there is no color fading or running, you can move to the next step.

  1. Wash the rug. A sponge or brush is perfect here. Use either to work a lather of shampoo or detergent into the rug, then let the mixture soak in.
  2. Properly rinse the rug with a hose. Also, make sure that the water doesn’t contain any suds before you finish rinsing the rug.
  3. Squeeze out excess water. Try to remove as much water as you are able to by using a squeegee. With much caution, only work in the nap’s direction. (The rug’s nap, that is.)
  4. Let it dry. Spread the rug on a clean area and let it dry. Flip the rug after one side has been properly dried.
  5. Loosen the rug’s fibers. Use a vacuum or a soft brush to unwind the fibers, if necessary.


Oriental rugs are a masterpiece when it comes on to home decoration. Nonetheless, their maintenance is vital for the preservation of their overall condition. There’s never a dull day with oriental area rugs! Happy cleaning!