Getting Rid of Stains on Oriental Rugs

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Area rug + life = Stains

We have all had it happen. You are entertaining guests in the living room with snacks and drinks. You gesture to a friend and inadvertently knock a glass of fruit punch directly onto your area rug. Or perhaps a child drops a popsicle, or the family dog gets sick. Now the showpiece to your living room has a big, brightly colored stain right where people will notice. So what do you do now? Below, let's take a look at some steps to remove stains from oriental rugs.

Immediate Steps after a spill

The best thing to do for a stain on an oriental rug is to act quickly. The quicker you are able to attend to the stain the better. It can be extremely challenging to get a stain out of a rug that has been left to sit! Immediately after the stain has occurred, gently blot up any excess liquid with a clean cloth or paper towel. 

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    • Make sure when absorbing the stain to only blot with the towel. Any type of rubbing or wiping motion could potentially drive the stain deeper into the rug.
    • Depending on the stain, many readily available home cleaners can work well to "improve" the stain before you are able to get your rug to the cleaner. One effective remedy is a solution of white vinegar and water solution in a 1:2 ratio. You can also use a detergent solution made of 1 tsp of powdered detergent to 1/2 pint of water. With each cleaning solution it is important to always test a small area of the rug before applying to the entire stain. Some colors and fabrics can react differently to cleaners so it is important to test the detergent first.
    • Use an eye dropper or spray bottle to apply the home cleaner to the stain. Because this will add excess liquid to the stain area it is important to continue to blot the area with a white towel to remove any access liquid.

the stain is still there! Can my oriental rug be dry cleaned?

The quick answer is yes. In fact, dry cleaning is the best option for valuable rugs, especially if they are made of delicate materials. Once you have taken the immediate steps at home to address the stain, get your rug to the cleaner! Dry cleaners have experience with all types and sizes of fabric, including oriental rugs, but time is of the essence. The longer a stain sits on an oriental rug the more difficult it will be to remove the stain.

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Because many oriental rugs are made of silk or wool, water can be damaging to the When a rug is dry cleaned, water is not the main cleaning solvent. Instead, a hydrocarbon- based solution is used, which is more gentle on delicate fabrics. This is why a dry cleaner will be more effective at removing any stain compared to a DIY home method. 

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