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10 tips to keep your rugs in top condition
Did you know there are a few simple steps one could take to extend the life of handmade oriental or persian rugs?
Here is a rug care guide we put together to help you keep any handmade rug in top shape:
Often overlooked, regular vacuuming will prevent dirt build up deep down the rug pile. Hand-knotted rugs are incredibly
good at hiding dirt but whenever you step on it these grit particles rub against the fibres, leading to premature wear and
For the best results use an upright vacuum cleaner with a beater
Stepping on the same place on a rug over and over again will eventually lead to wear and tear in these places. Turn the
rug occasionally to ensure the rug wears evenly.
The underlay will prevent the rug from sliding on a hard floor or even carpet and prevent fibre distortion, particularly
on an uneven floor.
Do you remember your grandmother beating the rugs outside? We do! Although we don't recommend beating a frail antique
rug, a good shake will get rid of any dust the vacuum cleaner did not pick up.
This is the best rug care tip of them all:
turn the rug face down on a hard floor and using an
upright vacuum with a beater bar, repeatedly vacuum the back. Ideally, if your vacuum allows it, turn the suction off.
The idea is to gently vibrate the rug back to dislodge any dirt from deep down the pile. The gravity will do the rest and
you should see a lot of dust on the hard floor.
floor, vacuum the rug face and repeat until the rug is dust free.
Oriental rugs are made of natural fibres like wool, cotton, silk and often a combination of them. All natural fibres
are prone to rotting in damp conditions.
Placing a nice rug in front of the fireplace might seem like a good idea, but the heat will dry the fibre's natural
Placing the rug in direct sunlight will slowly but surely cause UV discolouration or colour
This might sound easier said than done, but there are a few simple steps you could take to prevent a moth
Moths prefer dark, undisturbed places. Having your rug in the centre of a well lit room and avoiding placing large
furniture on it might help prevent moths from damaging your rug.
suspect your rug might be moth infested get in touch with us as soon as possible. We are certified for rug moth treatment and rug mothproofing.
Things to look for :
- pile loss
- adult moths (the adult moth will not damage a rug, it is the moth larvae who actually eat the wool but of course, an
adult female moth will look for a place to lay her eggs and as a food source, an oriental rug is one of their
- moth larvae - they look like tiny maggots
- moth eggs - tiny ivory dots the size of a
The best thing you can do for your handmade rug is to have it professionally cleaned. And by that, we don't mean asking
your local carpet cleaner to go over the rug (this could lead to a dye bleeding disaster) but contacting a professional rug cleaner who has
the right facilities for immersion rug cleaning, the most thorough and recommended way to clean a rug.