A Persian rug is usually made of heavy textiles such as wool, cotton or silk and primarily used for symbolic purposes. One of the most important aspects of home or office decor is the use of rugs. Persian rugs especially ads color, character and beauty to the environment.
Persian rugs come in a variety of design, color and material combinations which creates the perfect vibe for any type of room. Taking care of the rug is equally important as well. In order to maintain their quality and color for a long time, they have to be regularly cleaned.
Cleaning the rug is not quite difficult if you know how to get it done. It might be slightly time-consuming but it is necessary to maintain its quality so that it can be used for a longer time. This article will give you step-by-step tips on how to clean your rug.
How often should you clean your rug?
Once a year deep rug cleaning is recommended if the rug is not heavily used. If there is a high foot traffic area, then it’s recommended to clean once every six months to maintain its quality.
Here’s how you can know whether your rug needs cleaning or not: Place your hand on the rug for about 10-30 seconds and if a lot of dust flies off the rug, it’s time to give your rug clean.
Cleaning your Persian rug at home
Don’t start cleaning your rugs unless you have checked the manufacturer’s instructions. Carefully check them and then only start the cleaning process. Start by vacuuming the rug to let the loose particles out and then clean it with cold water and a very gentle detergent.
Let it dry naturally and ensure it’s not in contact with sunlight directly. Below mentioned are specific steps on how to further deep clean your rug. These steps are for Persian rug made out of wool and not for silk fabric rugs.
Step 1: Remove the loose particles
Vacuum the Persian rug in order to remove the loose dirt from the top of it. Use the suction hand attachment only to remove the dirt from the rug. Flip and thoroughly vacuum the entire rug. This step should be done at least once a month in order to reduce the amount of dirt which gets collected within the fibers of the rug. Regular cleaning helps less dirt to be collected and becomes easy to vacuum it frequently.
Step 2: Don’t vacuum the fringes of Persian rug
Don’t vacuum any fringes on the edges of your rug. If you start vacuuming them, they will get damaged by the bristles of the vacuum, creating stress on the fiber and could possibly break them as the vacuum sucks all of it up inside the machine.
Best would be just to tuck them and leave them under the rug. If by mistake fringes are caught on the vacuum, quickly turn it off and manually remove the fringe to avoid further damage with extreme care.
Step 3: Dust the rug
Use a broom or mop handle to gently beat the rug to dust it off the dirt. Either wear a mask or do the dusting outside of the home as it will emit a lot of dust.
Step 4: Vacuum the rug again
Vacuum the rug again to remove dirt which has loosened up after dusting the rug.
Step 5: Clean the area
Remove the dirt and dust from the place where you are cleaning the rug. Make sure to place the rug on a slope so that the water isn’t pooled.
Step 6: Wet the rug
Put the rug facing down on the reverse side facing up. Check the direction of the pile and use cold running water to soak the rug. Soak the rug evenly and thoroughly.
Step 7: Shampoo the rug
Fill 3 – 5 gallons of water in a bucket. Add mild liquid detergent as you see fit and mix it. Test a small area before applying on the entire rug. Start scrubbing the rug but don’t scrub too hard. Scrub up, down, back and forth. Repeat if needed.
Step 8: Rinse, flip & repeat
Ensure no detergent is left on the rug. Then flip it over and repeat the process.
Step 9: Dry the rug
Once all the suds are gone, the rug is clean. Squeeze the rug to remove excess water. Put dry towels on the rug and start walking or stomping on it slowly. Hang the rug on an air dryer and use a fan to dry it faster. Don’t leave the rug under direct sunlight for too long. After drying, vacuum again to remove stiffness.