How to Clean Oriental Rugs


If you want your home to look great, especially in the Christmas season, why not throw in some oriental rugs? These will add a flare of aesthetic appeal to your home’s décor.

However, if you want to hire professional cleaners to maintain your oriental rugs, be prepared to dig deeper into your pockets.

Most persons don’t even have the slightest idea of how to clean their oriental rugs. I’ve known several persons who’ve tried (without a useful guide) and ended up damaging their beloved rug. Don’t be one of those persons.

The smart move is to follow these cleaning tips to keep your oriental area rug looking and smelling fresh all the time. You won’t be disappointed!

Cleaning Tips for Oriental Rugs

  1. Vacuum

The first and most important thing to do before getting into the deep cleaning routine of your oriental rugs is to vacuum them. Vacuuming help to remove most of the dust and dirt that may be present in the fibers and also to avoid the rugs from becoming pressed down by the high traffic that they experience daily.

IMPORTANT: To ensure that your oriental rugs don’t get torn while vacuuming them, switch off the beater bar.

  1. Take the rug outside and give it a proper shake to remove any remaining dirt or dust.

Even after vacuuming your rugs, dirt and debris may still be left in the fibers. To ensure that most of these are removed, shake the rug outside of your home. Just be mindful of any laws that may be in place to obstruct this practice.

  1. Deep Clean

Use fresh cold water in your deep cleaning steam machine to wash away the remaining dirt. Make sure that you follow the machine’s instructions for usage.

  1. Use a mild liquid soap and water to shampoo the rug.

Make sure that you don’t use strong products such as ammonia or detergents.

  • Test to a small area to see if there are any color runs.
  • Use a sturdy non-shedding brush or a long, soft haired brush to brush the pile firm in the direction of the nap. (Scrubbing too intensively may have undesirable results.)
  • Use the soapy water to wet the nap thoroughly.
  • Rinse with clean running water.
  1. Spray then extract the water.

Segment different areas on the rug and work section by section. Extract the water with a rubber window squeegee. Repeatedly absorb the liquid in the direction of the nap until there’s not more water left to force out.

  1. Lay the rug flat and allow it to dry.
  2. Place a box fan beside the rug to speed up the drying process. (Optional)


Regularly keeping your oriental rugs in tip-top shape will serve a long time for your household while creating the medium for superior comfort and relaxation.