If your Oriental rug is made of a sythentic fiber -- not real wool or silk -- you should be able to clean it yourself at home using non-toxic items. Many Oriental rugs that are constructed with durable synthetic materials look as if they're made of traditional wool or silk but are much easier to clean and maintain. To keep your indoor rugs as clean as possible, place mats by each outside door in your home to prevent people from tracking in dirt and debris on their shoes.
When your Oriental rug is in need of a good cleaning, follow these tips:
1. Start by vacuuming the rug to remove any dirt, sand, and other objects before deep-cleaning it.
2. Fill a carpet cleaner with cool water and a few drops of a clear, mild dishwashing soap according to the machine's directions. You can test the rug's reaction to the soap before using it by applying a small amount in an inconspicuous location first; look to see if the color runs or fades. If it does, don't use the soap.
3. Use the machine's soft brush attachment to work the soapy solution into the rug, working in the direction of the nap. You can wash the rug's outside edges by dipping a small brush into the soap and water mixture and gently scrubbing them clean.
4. After shampooing the rug, go over it with plain water to remove all of the soapy residue. Repeat this process a few times if needed. If your machine has a water extractor, use it to take all of the excess moisture out of the rug, and then allow it to thoroughly air-dry before walking on it.
5. If the machine isn't equipped with a water extractor, blot up the excess moisture with absorbant microfiber towels, using as many as you need until the rug is just damp.
6. To remove any stubborn stains from the rug, you can spot-clean it with a homemade vinegar solution. Again, test the rug in an unnoticeable location to make sure its dyes are color- and acid-fast before using vinegar.
To make the stain-remover, combine a 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar with 2 cups of warm water. Either pour the solution into a bottle and spray it over the stain, or apply it using a sponge. Gently work the vinegar mixture into the stain and then blot the area dry with a microfiber towel.
If you need professional help, speak with experts like Conscientious Carpet Care.