These valuable rugs require regular and proper care in order to provide long years of beautiful, useful service. Improper care can cause damage to the rug. People who own these types of rugs want to know that the cleaner who does the work knows how to clean them without damage. The HOST Dry Extraction Cleaning System is designed to clean these valuable rugs safely. There are many myths about cleaning Orientals, one of which is that vacuuming wears out the rug. In fact, gritty dirt particles can act like sandpaper and wear away the fibers. The vacuum is the best way to remove dust, sand, grit, etc., from the carpet. A rug should be vacuumed every week, more often if it is in a very high traffic area.

A vacuum with an all brush agitator is recommended for best results. If the rug is very old, do not use an agitator. Use a straight suction vacuum so as not to put undue strain on the structure of the old rug. Also, be very careful when using an upright vacuum near the fringe. It could get caught in the agitator and cause damage. If your customer is not using a pad under the rug, recommend it. This will extend the life of the rug immeasurably. The pad helps absorb foot traffic so the rug does not take the full brunt of the shock.

The patterns which are typical of Oriental rugs can fool the eye. They help hide dirt and spots. This is why it is so important to clean and vacuum regularly, even if dirt is not visible. Traditionally, the typical cleaning method for Oriental rugs has been in-plant cleaning. However the HOST System is an excellent method that delivers quality results. HOST Dry Extraction Cleaner is an excellent and safe way to clean these rugs. It is safe for all Oriental carpets because it cleans on the acid side of the pH scale. However, DO NOT use PREP on these rugs. Inspect the rug. If the rug is in good structural condition, you can use the HOST Liberator, Freestyle or Reliant. We recommend that you use the soft (gold) brushes. They deliver the right amount of brushing without the risk of texture distortion. When cleaning silk rugs, clean by hand with a soft brush and always brush the pile in one direction with a pile brush to set the pile before it dries.

  1. Vacuum the rug thoroughly.
  2. Apply a light application of HOST Dry Extraction Cleaner to the rug.
  3. Brush as you would for any other carpet. If you are using the HOST Liberator or Freestyle, vacuum the HOST cleaner while it is still damp.
  4. Apply a light application of HOST SJ to the fringes and brush with a hand brush. Move across the fringe brushing back and forth on both sides of the fringe.
  5. If any spots remain, try another application of HOST SJ. In some cases you may apply PREP to the fringe with a towel. Blot the PREP, then follow with more HOST SJ. Do not overwet.

Occasionally, you may need to use HOST Spot Remover. Be careful with this. Always test the spot remover on the back of the rug first to check for color bleeding. After using the HOST Spot Remover, follow up with a handful of HOST cleaner to absorb the excess residue. In some cases, you may want to vacuum the back of the rug. This will knock out any excess HOSR cleaner as well as remove additional dust and dirt. Follow these simple techniques and you will find that cleaning Orientals is easy and profitable.