Your hand knotted rugs, whether Persian or Oriental, are indeed precious but taking its care is really simple. You only need to keep a few things in mind in order to enjoy the beauty and sheen of your handmade rugs for a lifetime.
Vacuuming your Rugs
The perfect way to keep your handmade rugs free of dust is to vacuum it once a week. This would ensure that sand and gravel do not wear out the pile, the fringes or the long sides of the rugs.
Try to lift the nozzle of the vacuum after each stroke and do not drag it back and forth. Moreover, keep the nozzle at a fair distance from the fringes.
A new carpet may still have excess wool but do not try to get rid of the dust all at once. It is best to vacuum your rugs at medium speed, to avoid unnecessary wear and tear to the rug. A lot of people clean their rugs by beating its back-side with a stick. This is not a recommended way of cleaning, as it may damage the knots of your precious handmade rugs.
Removing Depressions or Creases
Handmade rugs can develop depressions or creases from the furniture that is placed over it. But this isn’t something that you should be concerned about as handmade rugs can spring back to their original shape with a simple tip.
Place a damp towel over the crease/depression and iron it a few times in the direction of the pile. Make sure you never iron the rug directly. You would notice that the crease will even out easily this way.
The colors of handmade rugs may fade slightly, if these are exposed to intense sunlight over long periods of time. To avoid sun damage, try to rotate your rugs every three months, as it would equalize the effects of sunlight. It is also a good idea to change the placement of your furniture over the rugs once a year.
Handling Liquid Spills
Liquid spills would not stain your handmade rugs, if you scoop up the liquid immediately with the help of a spoon, or wipe it off with a clean cotton cloth. If required, use a mild detergent mixed with cold water to clean the spill. Dip a clean cotton cloth in this mixture, squeeze it well and rub over the spill in the direction of the pile.
To dry the damp patch, use a blower or a hair dryer on low speed. Once the patch is fully dried, brush the pile with a carpet brush in the direction of the pile.
Storing your Rugs
You can store your rugs simply by rolling them up, pile inwards, and tying it up with a couple of straps. Keep a few moth balls inside the folds and preferably, store it in a cardboard tube box. It is ideal to seal it in several plastic bags to keep the pests away, as well as to prevent it from humidity.
Try to avoid storing your rugs in upright position, as it might distort its edges. It is best to lay it flat on the floor. It is not recommended to store your handmade rugs in basements and attics because such places are prone to insects and pests.
We advise you to unroll your stored rugs every three months to vacuum it. You should also check your handmade rugs thoroughly for pests that may have crawled into its pile. It is a good idea to replace the moth balls every three months, as its effect reduces over time.
Every time you roll back your rug for storing, make sure it is not wet or damp. Let it air-dry completely, or use a hair dryer/blower to dry it thoroughly before storing it.
Padding your Rugs
For silk rugs, or antique handmade rugs, it is recommended to use padding beneath them, as it would increase its life and reduce wear and tear.