Tips and sources on cleaning rugs

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Oriental rug home care

Spot clean with plain water,  since some cleaners can actually set the stain. “Use water and a white towel to work the stain out,” says Wade Shehady of  Shehady’s Oriental Rugs. After cleaning, elevate it with a little cardboard so it can air dry. No hair-dryer!

Blot pet stains quickly with dry paper towels. “Urine must be caught quickly because the acidity will strip the colors,” he says. “Pat with a paper towel first, then dilute with water and alternately pat until it is gone.”

Mud is a different story. “Do not try to rub it out. Wait until it dries, then lightly rub it into a powder and vacuum. Do not use more moisture. You will just make more mud.”

Vacuum lightly. “You just want to get the dust out of the rug,” Mr. Shehady says. “I tell my customers, ‘The rug didn’t do anything to you. Don’t beat it up!’” 

Rotate rugs annually for even wear and only use pads if your rug slides. Then just use a thin, non-slip pad.

Cleaners, resources

Carpet and Rug Institute:


Pittsburgh Rug Cleaning Co.:, 412-325-7847 

North Side Carpet Cleaning Co.: 412-231-3740

SEARS:, 1-866-362-9403

South Side Carpet Cleaning Co: 412-563-0900.

Stanley Steemer:, 1-800-STEEMER

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