Top Tips on Cleaning Your Persian Rug

Persian and modern rugs can be a great centre piece in any room. But keeping them clean might take a few extra steps and a little bit of care beyond the regular vacuum. Even if you’re thinking of replacing your rug with a new one to keep things fresh, it’s still good to know how to best take care of it. So here are our top cleaning tips for your rugs.

1. Preservation

One of the best ways to ensure that your rug stays in good condition is to preserve it by keeping a few habits in mind. For example, try to keep it out of long periods of direct sunlight. If the rug is in a room that is exposed to a lot of sunlight, use shading and blinds so that the rug’s fibres don’t discolour. You can also rotate your rug regularly in order to ensure that any risk of discolouration will remain even and minimal. Avoid placing heavy furniture on top of your rug or, if you do, move your furniture occasionally to avoid long-term damage to the rug itself. Ask for information when you purchase the rug: ask your retailer if the rug has been treated. For example, some rugs will have been treated in order to preserve the colours of the fibres when wet. This will mean that colours and patterns won’t bleed when the rug is exposed to water. On the other hand, some rugs will be dry-clean only. So, ask at point of purchase or check the label before attempting to clean your rug.

2. Vacuuming

Just as with your carpeted surfaces, regularly vacuuming your rug will help to keep it clear from debris and dust. But be careful with the fabric. Again, it’s all about knowing how much your rig can endure – and this will usually be about the materials it is made from. But as a rule of thumb, vacuum your rug once per week. An extra tip is to vacuum the rug on both sides. This will help open up the fibres and prevent the rug from packing down and retaining debris and dust. Additionally, you can remove odours from the rug at the same time by using talcum powder. The procedure for this is as follows: vacuum your rug thoroughly on both sides. Next, rug right side up, cover the rug in a layer of talcum powder and leave it on overnight. Finally, give the rug another thorough vacuum. This will help to lift additional, more moist debris or dirt and will leave the rug smelling fresher and cleaner.

3. Using Water & Cleaning Products

Before you use any water or cleaning product on your rug, check the label or check with your retailer as to whether the fibres have been treated so as not to bleed or fade. If you are confident that your rug can be cleaned with water, here are a few simple tips. Use cold water. You can take your rug outside and lightly hose each side before using a soft cloth to hand-clean the entire surface. If safe to do so, you can even mix a small amount of washing powder or liquid detergent to a bucket of cold water and hand-wash with the solution. Be sure to wear gloves and try not to lather the rug too heavily with soap. For spot cleaning, you can use cold water and a small amount of vinegar or washing up liquid. Again, do not make the water too concentrated with the solution you choose, and wash lightly. Do not use wire sponges or coarse materials to clean the rug, as this will damage the fibres. Once cleaned, ensure that you dry your rug thoroughly: either outside on the line, or by a fan or cooler.

4. Alternative Options

As an alternative to vacuuming, you can also sweep your rug, or take it to the line and use a rug-beater to take out the debris and dust. But be careful. If your rug is an antique or of value, it is worth asking for expert advice before taking a brush or beater to it. Finally, another option is to seek expert hep. It might be worth investing in a professional rug/carpet cleaner if you are unsure how to best treat your rug.

However you go about it, it is important to regularly freshen your rug in order to keep it looking like new, and preserving its quality for longer.