Oriental Rug And Carpet Cleaning Without Vacuums – It’s A "Green" Sweep For Lovers Of The Art Form

Do you like your oriental rugs? If you say yes, then it is more than likely, hope you for their beauty and economic life that extend far into the future as possible.

After all, you have a significant financial investment in a traditional handmade loomed original that fits your unique personality and lifestyle, whether you inherited from one or more and there is a deep and abiding emotional attachment. Anyway, you probably feel good care of an artistic object matters and that as a good steward of the carpet making craft you do right by your carpets to vacuum them regularly.

If so, you may be surprised by what I have to tell you what it is that your household effort is likely to accelerate the demise of your carpets, generate more dust in the house and takes you more money than you need to spend on maintenance. There is a better method. It is effective. It is soft. And, it is respect for our shared resources.

All curators know that objects deteriorate to be used in exposure, atmospheric conditions, insects, microorganisms and the like. The process of decline is particularly acute in objects such as textiles, produced from animal and vegetable fibers. If natural fibers age, they increasingly dry and brittle. When subjected to stress, such as wear, wool, silk and cotton fibers to break. Fresher fibers, like those found in new carpets, are more resilient and can withstand abrasive than old fiber, but all the fibers begin to break down if continually attacked by the likes of foot traffic, or worse – the modern household cleaner.

The truth is that modern vacuum cleaners, especially those with powerful rotating brushes, damaging all oriental rugs, but especially antique ones whose wool fibers tend to be dry and brittle. Pushing and pulling an upright vacuum cleaner or vacuum tank wall on a carpet with high speed rotating brushes literally breaks minutely fractional amounts of wool fibers along with other things brushes are meant to go. The bottom line? Years of economic life being sucked out of your carpet in the vacuum or bus. There is a better way. I promise.

Vacuums also cause structural damage to carpets. Their powerful rotating brushes “suits” and tear on pony and can even rip off critical seamy side, resulting in the need for expensive restoration.

Too, sucks dust to household air. Even vacuum cleaners equipped with HEPA filters are only as good as the dust they fall into the vacuum. I’ve been around a lot of vacuum cleaners, but I have not seen anyone whose rotating brushes are included in the vacuum of 100% of the fiber, dust, lint and other allergy-feeding nonsense to dislodge them. What goes up is inhaled before it comes to rest.

Yes, the brushes, on some models, can be disengaged. Some adapt vacuums automatically for the pole height, or can be manually adjusted to minimize and eliminate even aggressive sweeping action, but pushing and pulling a vacuum in the only suction mode is a chore on thick, plush wool pile and it, too, is invasive.

Let’s be honest. Vacuums are cumbersome to use and in storage. They are destructive. And, they consume electricity.

If you cherish your carpets, vacuuming them rarely, perhaps no more than once a month. Then, after two to five years, depending on usage and traffic patterns, a real oriental carpet cleaning specialist give your carpet a thorough restorative cleaning. Between monthly vacuuming regime, pick up dust and dirt by using the method that I recommend all my clients. It will minimize damage to your precious carpets, reduce the level of microscopic particles generated by vacuuming and save time and electricity; plus, my preferred method is quiet, lightweight, easily stored in a small closet and less cumbersome than a standard household vacuum.

Sometimes the best solutions to the problems are the simplest ones. Certainly this is true with regard to routine light cleaning of oriental rugs. The simple solution for effective carpet care is the traditional hand-powered, mechanically driven carpet sweeper. Invented in 1876 by Melville Bissell, the manual carpet sweeper is still the most effective and least invasive, and less costly approach to the daily maintenance of oriental rugs. I insist that my clients get into the habit of using a carpet they buy from me.

Essentially, the sweeper is a small fabric box on wheels connected to a rotating brush. When the rotating brush rubs against the carpet fibers, builds an electrical charge and it literally draws a lot of loose material into the sweeper. Rotating brush sweeps heavier material such as sand. The critical difference between the brush that rotates by hand pressure and the brush of the vacuum of power, speed and torque.

Using the traditional hand-held carpet sweeper with electrostatic action and see how it literally picks up dust, pet hair and sand and deposit them with ease in his small, easy to empty container. It will take you less time to sweep than vacuuming and you’ll be amazed at the results, as I was when I first experienced the effectiveness of the carpet sweeper on the surface dust and dirt and realized the additional benefits of low impact, non-electric approach oriental rug care.

Your handmade carpets more than decorative objects are used up and cast off. They belong to the ancient traditions of culturally diverse ethnic groups that, in part, express their unique human qualities by their textile objects. Keep your carpets and respect for their makers by giving better carpet cautious and less. Let your vacuum cleaner in the closet and reach for the traditional carpet sweeper next time should take care of your fine Asians. It’s a good thing that you can do for yourself, your carpets and your local and global neighbors.

Source by Randolph Hilman

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