Handwoven Rug Care and Cleaning Procedures

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For centuries, Persian rugs have been a luxury decoration in many homes. A Persian rug is a purchase of a lifetime, and when properly cared for, it will last for years to come.

Information provided here is for general care and cleaning of your Persian rug. Although Ramezani London Rugs provides this do-it-yourself procedure for care and protection of your investment, you should always contact your dealer or professional cleaner for further information.

Persian Rugs are usually composed of wool and cotton, which are very easy to clean and maintain.

  • Vacuuming
  • Rotation
  • Placement
  • Sunlight
  • Furniture
  • humidity
  • Cleaning
  • Storage
  • Padding
  • Restoration
  • Stain Removal

Vacuuming

Persian rugs should be vacuumed on a regular basis. The same vacuuming habits you maintain for the rest of your carpeting applies to Persian rugs. However, to prevent damage to the rug, never vacuum the fringe of the rug. Vacuuming the fringe can damage the fringe, the rug, and your vacuum cleaner.

Rotation

One of the most important and most neglected parts about owning a Persian rug is rotation. Persian rugs should be rotated at least once a year. However, depending on the traffic, you should rotate the rug anywhere from 6 months to 2 years.

Placement

Persian rugs are hand-woven and are very durable. However, the following should be considered when placing your Persian rug for use.

Sunlight

Sunlight is a very powerful bleaching agent and can reduce and fade your rug’s brilliant colours. Place your rug away from direct sunlight and if the light cannot be avoided, make sure it shines on the rug evenly.

Furniture

Avoid placing heavy furniture on the rug. A lightweight coffee table should not damage the rug easily; however, to prevent any damage to the rug; you should check and rotate the rug frequently. One of the most common damages to a rug is the longtime placement of a heavy object such as a dresser or an armoire without rotation.

Humidity

Persian rugs should be placed in a room that is cool and dry. Moisture may cause the dyes to bleed and also weakens the structure of the rug. Furthermore, moisture and warm air can attract termites and other insects that can seriously damage the rug.

Cleaning

Professional rug cleaning is recommended for Persian rug to prevent any damage. Since most rugs are composed of different materials and dyes, attempting to clean the rug yourself can result in damage to your rug such as colour bleeding. Professional cleaners utilise specialised equipment and detergents that will preserve your rug’s natural beauty and health. Cleaning frequency is directly proportional to the traffic.

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Storage

The best way to store a Persian rug is in its natural unfolded or unrolled state. However, should the situation arise, here are some of the guidelines to follow to prevent any damage?

  • Vacuum the rug before storage
  • If possible, roll the rug rather than folding it. Although most Persian rugs are folded with underside exposed, some Persian rugs must be folded with the top side exposed, and please check w/ your dealer.
  • Place Odorless Mothballs (or other approved deterrents) to protect the rug against any insects. Odourless mothballs will protect the rug w/out transferring any odours to the rug.
  • Do NOT place the folded/rolled rug in a cardboard box or a plastic container.
  • Store the rug in a cool and dry place.
  • Occasionally unfold or unroll the rug, vacuum it, check it for any damage, and refresh the mothballs.

Padding

Persian rug is usually sold unpadded; however, padding helps protect your rug from slippage, dirt, and wear.

Restoration

Professional restoration is available for almost any kind of damage that may happen to your rug. Although most new rugs don’t require restoration, older and antique rugs may need to be restored to prevent further damage to the rug. To restore your rug, consult your dealer or professional restoration service.

Stain Removal

Spills are unavoidable and can damage a rug if not properly handled. Following is a guideline to handle almost any kind of spill. You may have to repeat the procedures a few times to remove the stain completely.