Handmade rugs can be shaken outside if a manageable size, brushed or cleaned with vacuum cleaner. It’s probably better to avoid using the highest suction setting, and is better to clean in the direction of least resistance in the pile. Care should always be taken around fringes to avoid them being sucked into the vacuum cleaner and becoming ripped or damaged.
Occasionally if it is possible, turn the rug over and vacuum the dust from the back of the rug. Allow any mud to dry on the rug surface before using the vacuum cleaner, never rub it when damp as this may add a new colour to the rug. If a drink is spilled spoon off immediately and blot the fluid, again avoid ‘rubbing’’ it in.
A handmade rug is as susceptible to marking and staining as any other fabric, the one benefit being that a wool rug which has not undergone any type of chemical process still retains natural lanolin from the sheep’s fleece which can give some protection.
A gentle sponging using a wool wash rather than harsh detergent is ok. Again ‘blotting up’ rather than ‘rubbing in’.
Longer term care:
Over time, if you feel your rug is looking flat and less vibrant, take the rug to a Traditional Rug cleaning specialist/restorer or contact us to use our Traditional Rug Restoration and Cleaning Service.
Traditional Cleaning: Recommended after 3-5yrs
Hand-made Oriental rugs are made using natural fibres in wool, silk and cotton or a combination of these. They are dyed using vegetable dyes. To safely clean and preserve these rugs we advise you avoid using heat or chemicals in the cleaning process.
Our Traditional cleaning methods are safer and appropriate for oriental rugs and can bring an old and grubby rug back to life as well as lengthen the life of your new rugs.