Oriental Rug Cleaning & Fringe Repair

Oriental Rug Cleaning/Repair New York City

Vacuuming Oriental rugs regularly is the best way to keep them looking beautiful and prolong the life of the rugs. Eighty percent of rug soil is dry particulates that act as sandpaper and cause wear to rugs. Pet accidents and spills need to be addressed immediately.
Absorb as much as possible by blotting with a clean white cloth or paper towel. Apply a solution of equal parts of vinegar and water and blot again. Over-the-counter spot removers are too aggressive and contain bleach. Those spot removers leave a soap residue that causes rapid soiling when applied directly.

The Oriental Rug Importers of America recommend having hand-made rugs cleaned within a two to four-year time span. Rugs in heavy traffic areas may require cleaning every year. Soil that is not removed within that time frame embeds deep into the rugs and is nearly impossible to remove completely. Deeply rooted soil is especially difficult to remove from thick rugs.

Oriental Rug Cleaning

Only under extenuating circumstances like excessive weight or size should an Oriental rug be cleaned in a home. In-home cleaning leaves dirt and residue in the rug. The rug will resoil quickly. Fringe cannot be cleaned in the home. The rug can mildew due to poor drying.

You may be tempted to tackle area rug cleaning yourself. Oriental rugs require an approach that is both gentle and efficient. A professional rug cleaner knows how to handle fine Oriental rug fibers. Those who attempt cleaning the rugs themselves often scrub too hard, use the wrong cleaning solution or utensils, and damage the rugs.

oriental rug fringe repair

Fringe Repair

Fringe usually deteriorates due to manufacturing damage, vacuuming, and normal wear. Shedding fringe is more noticeable after a rug has been cleaned. The sticky gunk that held the weak fibers together has been removed.
Weak fibers cannot be made strong, but they can be hidden or replaced. There are four types of fringe repair.
•Matching yarn weaving
•Attach pre-made fringe
•Turn fringe under the rug
•Secure ends with stitching

Reweaving Matching Yarn

New yarn is woven into the Oriental rug. Sometimes yarn is worked into existing fringe knots. It can also be worked into the ends of the rugs. If the nap is worn, it can also be re-knotted.

Attaching Pre-Made Fringe

Any machine-made rug is best repaired by attaching new fringe. It offers a cost-effective way of stopping the end wear of hand-knotted rugs also. Typically, a fringing machine is used to sew on the fringe. However, carefully hand-sewn fringe can provide a very attractive option for hand-knotted rugs.

Turning Under the Fringe

People are often pleased when shown fringe turned under the rug. Many of today’s hand-knotted rugs have no fringe. Covering fringe that has been turned under with a hand-sewn fabric is recommended for high-value rugs. If the owner wants to show the fringe again, the stitches can be removed. Trimming the fringe and using an adhesive can hold end finishes of newer rugs in place.

Securing Ends

Machine or hand stitching is used to prevent the nap from falling out. This approach is an inexpensive preservation of a rug until the owner chooses to invest in a more permanent repair. Securing the ends does nothing for the appearance of the rug.

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