A fine handmade rug is purchased to last a lifetime; properly
maintained it will last for generations.
Since 1978, Asian Trade Rug Company has been providing expert
cleaning, repair and restoration in our on-site facility.
We hope the information on these pages will help you care for and
ensure the longevity of your rugs, and that you will contact us if you
have any questions or if you would like to have us do your cleaning or
Oriental rugs generally have wool pile and cotton or wool foundations,
and are easily and economically maintained. Wool rugs are durable and
consistently out-perform those made of other materials. Unlike other
fibers, wool is more resilient, cleans better, and stays clean longer.
-Vacuuming & Rotation
Oriental rugs should be vacuumed on a regular basis, front and back,
to remove dirt and restore life to the pile fibers. Be careful of the
fringe, but keep in mind that the fringe really has no bearing on the
value of most rugs, and is often trimmed during rug cleaning anyway.
And, to ensure even wear, you should rotate your rug once a year (6
months if traffic is heavy).
Depending on traffic, we suggest professional cleaning every 1 to 3
years... even if the rug looks okay,
there is often a surprising amount of very fine grit that settles in
the foundation and can hasten the wear of your rug. We recommend what
is known as the "wet-wash" process... avoid facilities that use dunk
tanks or dry-cleaning chemicals.
Read more about our cleaning process, and check out our handy *Rug
Cleaning Estimator* here.
Pet stains, chewing gum, wax, glue, red wine... if you are wondering
the best way to handle an emergency with your rug, you may want to
bookmark our Spills & Stains page here!
In case of damage, there's not much that can't be fixed with
professional restoration. At Asian Trade Rug Company, all repairs are
done by hand... (more).
Often overlooked, quality rug padding protects your rug from friction
(wear), keeps dirt out of the foundation,
protects from slippage, and in some cases even improves the look of
the rug. Beware cheap rug pads that may mark your floor or even your
rug! We'll help you select the right pads for your rugs here.