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How Do You Know When Oriental Rug Cleaning Is Needed?

Oriental rug cleaning is a more delicate process than cleaning an ordinary rug.  It is possible for a layperson to do it, but it is better to hire a certified professional to maintain the piece’s integrity.

Most floor coverings should be cleaned at least once a year. It is easy to tell when a light-colored piece gets dirty, but harder to tell with dark-colored material.  The methods employed will often depend on the type of rug being cleaned.  Some do not need professional washing as often; the owner can keep it tidy with a simple beating and vacuuming.    

Oriental rug cleaning requires special care, and only a certified professional knows the proper methods and cleaners to use. While many people think that regular carpet shampoo is just fine, this type of rug is acid-fast, so the colors will likely fade if the wrong chemicals are used.

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) specialize in training individuals in this careful process.  IICRC trains professionals to apply the most effective ways of cleansing and preserving carpets and rugs.  Its programs include Carpet Cleaning Technician (which teaches how to identify carpet types and the best way of cleaning), Commercial Carpet Maintenance Technician, CCT (which instructs how to maintain carpet care), and Rug Cleaning Technician (RCT).  

Trusting an IICRC-certified technician to handle this delicate task ensures that the job is done right the first time.  Classes can be found on the IICRC’s website.

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