How to Maintain and Clean your Oriental Rug

Cleaning –
How often you should wash your handmade rug?
It is suggested that a rug be washed once every 5 to 10 years depending on the amount of traffic.  Washing your rug can ensure a softness and luster that can only develop over time.  Please be sure that your handmade rug is only washed using traditional methods (soaking and air drying) and not simply done using machine carpet cleaning methods (which can ruin a handmade rug).

Traditional cleaning method to treat hand-woven rugs-3

Rotating –
How often do I need to rotate my rug?
Your rug should be rotated evenly every 6 months to 2 years (depending on your traffic), this will ensure that any wear caused by traffic is evenly distributed.  Sunlight will also begin to wear on your rug and give it a faded yet rich color that can only progress with time, so rotating away from windows can limit some uneven fading.

Vacuuming –
Is it okay to vacuum my handmade rug?
It is recommended to regularly vacuum your handmade rug.  Vacuuming will not only keep your rug clean for asthetic purposes but can help increase the longevity of the fibers.  Be extremely cautious though not to vacuum your fringe, vacuuming the fringe can destroy the fringe and potentially cause irreplaceable damage.

Padding –
How necessary is it have a pad for your rug?
The correct type of pad can reduce the wear and tear on your rug as well as keeping the rug from slipping.

Restoration –
It is highly recommended that a professional be contacted on any matters pertaining to restoration and/or complicated stain removal.

Traditional cleaning method to treat hand-woven rugs-2.Stain removal
-Try to remove the stain immediately, when possible of course.
-When attempting to remove any stains remember to start from the outermost boundary of the stain and work inwards, this will help prevent the stain from spreading.
-Avoid rubbing, try to blot and absorb any of the spillage.
-Use materials that are clean when working with appropriate cleanser.

Types of stains (Class E)
-Alcoholic Beverages
-Ammonia or Alkali
-Bleach
-Sugar Candy
-Charcoal
-Chocolate/Cocoa
-Gravy
-Lipstick
-Metal Polish
-Milk
-Mud
-Perfume
-Rust
-Sauce
-Tooth Paste
-Washable ink

How to clean:  Detergent, Blot, Vinegar, Blot, Detergent, Blot, Water, Blot

Types of stains (Class D)
-Butter
-Carbon Black
-Ketchup
-Cooking Oil
-Cosmetic
-Crayon
-Egg
-Excrement
-Fish Slime
-Hair Oil
-Hair Spray
-Hand Lotion
-Ice Cream
-Lacquer
-Machine Oil
-Mayonnaise
-Paint
-Salad Dressing
-Shortening
-Soy Sauce
-Starch
-Tar
-Varnish
-Vaseline
-Vomit

How to clean:  Cleaning Fluid, Blot, Detergent, Blot, Water, Blot, Ammonia, Blot, Detergent, Blot, Water, Blot

Types of Stains (Class C)
-Crème de Menthe
-Blue/Black Dye

How to clean:  Detergent, Blot, Vinegar, Blot, Ammonia, Blot, Detergent, Blot, Water, Blot

Types of Stains (Class B)
-Acid
-Blood
-Coffee
-Lard

How to clean:  Detergent, Blot, Ammonia, Blot, Detergent, Blot, Water, Blot

Types of Stains (Class A)
-Beer
-Berries
-Red Dye
-Fruit Juice
-Furniture Polish
-Mercurochrome
-Merthiolate
-Mixed Drinks
-Mustard
-Soft Drinks
-Tea
-Urine
-Wine

How to Clean:  Detergent, Blot, Ammonia, Blot, Vinegar, Blot, Detergent, Blot, Water, Blot

Removing Wax from your rug:  Put a brown paper bag over the wax, then put a hot iron over the brown paper bag while continuously moving the iron.  This will melt the wax and then the paper bag can be used to absorb the wax.

Removing Glue:  Use a cloth soaked in vinegar or alcohol.

Removing Chewing Gum:  Using ice cubes against spot and while applying pressure will help break apart the hardened pieces of gum.