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Advice for Cleaning Persian Rugs

Persian rugs are renowned throughout for several reasons. Many rug connoisseurs value them for the beauty of their symmetrical patterns and designs. Others value them for their considerable resale value, as they are often considered the most expensive of the Oriental rugs. Persian rugs are appealing from an aesthetic standpoint due to their high-quality materials, finesse of the knots and their bright, beautiful colors.

For these reasons and more, it can be especially heartbreaking when an area rug cleaning is required. Persian and Oriental rugs seem especially susceptible to spills, smudges and scrapes. Many of these incidents can be taken care of with minimal fuss—but for the heavy duty jobs, a Persian rug cleaning expert may be required.

To determine your level of need, we’ll go through the three stages of Persian rug care: Pre-Cleaning Tips, Spot-Cleaning Procedures, and Professional Persian Rug Cleaning.

Persian Rug Cleaning

Stage 1: Pre-Cleaning Tips

It stands to reason that the best way to keep Persian rugs clean is to keep them from getting dirty in the first place. One sure-fire way of doing so is removing footwear before entering your home. This should be done for two reasons: first, it prevents people from tracking dirt, mud and other debris from outside, and second, the foot traffic from a shoeless foot (be it barefoot or sock foot) is lighter and therefore doesn’t wear on the fibers of your rug as much.

Another pre-cleaning tip is to take your Persian rug in for preventative rug cleanings. On average, rugs should be professionally washed or dry-cleaned about once or twice a year. This amount of cleaning should be sufficient for maintaining the overall fiber quality and shine of your rug.

Stage 2: Spot-Cleaning Procedures

Despite your best attempts to prevent them, accidents will happen. Fortunately, you can take care of many of the spills and stains yourself with some cleaning supplies and a little elbow grease. It is also crucial that you act quickly, for the longer a stain isn’t removed the greater the chance it will be absorbed into the fibers of your Persian or Oriental rug.

The majority of spills can be treated with a simple spot cleaning. If done correctly, the spill can be sopped up without leaving a stain on your Persian rug or carpet. All the ingredients you need for an effective spot-clean solution can be found at home: a bucket of cold water, a gentle, neutral pH detergent and a wash cloth. First, gently blot the spill dry, then lightly apply the mixture of water and detergent to clean the area. Remember not to rub in a stain, as that will only cause the liquid to penetrate deeper into the rug fibers. If necessary, use a hair dryer or fan to make sure the area is completely dry.

Stage 3: Professional Persian Rug Cleaning

In some cases, you’ll find that even your best efforts to clean your rug yourself are unsuccessful. Perhaps you noticed the stain too late and it set before you had a chance to clean it up. Or perhaps the stain was especially tough to get it, resulting in further unintended damage. Whatever the case may be, you’re now at the stage where a professional area rug cleaning is required.

Because Persian and Oriental rugs are especially delicate and sensitive, you don’t want to take any chance of having it ruined beyond repair. Have a professional Persian rug cleaner inspect your rug to assess the level of work that needs to be done. From there, you’ll be informed as to the extent of cleaning needed for your rug and be quoted a price for the work. Considering how valuable Persian rugs are, the money spent getting them professionally cared for is well worth it!